The Application

The application for adoption is a big deal.  We don’t know exactly what to compare it to.  It’s really two big things.  First,  it is saying yes to God’s plan in writing.  It is a commitment to parent the child he has picked out just for us.  Second, it is turning the key on the biggest adventure we have taken as a married couple to-date.  We’re in!  
We completed the paperwork in about a week and a half.  As part of the application process we each had to have a physical.  We found a doctor through Allina Health.  It is always a little scary picking out a new doctor.  God definitely had His hand in this one for sure because at the end of Kelly’s first visit the doctor shared that her and her husband adopted one of their daughters.  That was definitely another wink from God that He is with us every step of the way. 
Kelly snapped this cute photo of the paperwork before putting it in the mail on August 13, 2013.  

The Fingerprints

Two of our favorite adoption blogs (EBTIS) and (hispowermyweakness) both make some great comparisons between the stretch marks of pregnancy and the adoption process.

Let’s just say that our fingerprinting process required…patience. The fingerprinting process was painless, nothing like they show in the movies. The person who completed our first set of fingerprints told us to make sure and keep the receipt in case the agency completing our background study didn’t accept them (bad sign?).

“Two prints got smudged but would most likely pass,” he said. A few weeks later (again…patience) we received a letter in the mail that Kelly’s fingerprints were denied due to poor quality. “Just to clarify, I think my wife’s fingerprints are perfect” – husband.

We called to reschedule another fingerprint appointment and had to wait 3 weeks for an opening. The second time around we asked for two sets of fingerprints just to be on the safe side. As of 10/6 – still no word. Government shutdown? no. Checked that. State agency. They say they are “just backed up.”

Once our background checks clear we will be able to start the home study part of the adoption process.