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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Homestudy complete...almost

Garth and I had our final homestudy visit at our house yesterday afternoon and it went really well. Cindy was here for about an hour and we finished up the questions that she had, and then she just looked around the house to make sure it was suitable for children. The entire weekend before, Garth and I cleaned and organized...and if you know me, that is really an accomplishment. I don't think our house has been this clean and organized since we moved here, so now is the time to visit! Cindy told us that she was working on a couple other homestudy reports so she probably wouldn't be able to do ours for a couple weeks, but since she still doesn't have my background report, that's not that big a deal as she would have to wait for that anyway. Hopefully she will get that in the next week or so. After she writes our report, she will send a rough draft to our family coordinator, Caitlin, at America World. Once Caitlin approves that, then Cindy will send us at least 2 copies of the notarized report for our dossier. Once we get the official homestudy report, we will be able to start applying for adoption grants and loans. At that time, there will also be a way for people to send money directly to America World for our adoption and have it be tax-deductible. More details on that later.

The garage sale donations have been GREAT! Garth and I are amazed at how many people are donating things to us. We have a great variety of items and they are still coming in. We have gotten so much stuff that the room that I was using to put stuff in was getting full so we have already had to start putting tables in the garage to put the things out there. Since we don't have room for our cars in the garage anymore, Garth and I are praying that it won't hail until at least after the first weekend in June.

Thank you so much for your prayers for us during this adoption process. We greatly appreciate them.

Sincerely,

Garth and Carmen

Thursday, April 1, 2010

First Homestudy Visit

We are having our first homestudy visit on Monday!!!! As some of you know, when Garth and I got back from Australia, I was told that my fingerprints had been rejected and I had to have them redone. The 2nd time around I had them scanned instead of inked, so I know they will be fine. Last week I called the Nebraska State Patrol to make sure they had gotten my fingerprint cards, and they had, but they said it was taking 6 to 7 weeks to get the background checks. I had previously been told by our home study agent that they needed all the documents back before we could start our home studies, so I was naturally devastated. I didn't want to wait another WEEK much less 1-1/2 to 2 MONTHS. Well on Tuesday, I called NCS to make sure they had received everything else, and while I was talking to her, I told her how long it was taking to receive the background checks. She said "Oh, that's too long to wait. Once we get your last referral in, we will start our visits". I contacted the remaining person who needed to send the referral in, and they said they would mail it that day.

This morning when I woke up I said my normal morning prayers but I added a plea that Nebraska Christian Services would call saying they got the referral letter and we could begin our home study visits. Today also happens to be my birthday, and I told God that it would be a really awesome birthday present to be able to schedule that first visit. Well...the call just came, and we are meeting on Monday at 2:00!!! I am SO EXCITED I just about can't sit in my chair and work! I thought that all the home study visits would actually be in our house, but we are actually going down to Omaha for the first one, and she said she comes to our house on the last visit...so I have more time to clean!

Carmen and Garth Druckenmiller

Today I Kissed an Angel

Today I kissed an angel. I knew it from the start. The first time my angel smiled at me; I gave away my heart.

Today I kissed an angel; This angel child of mine. Though not of my creation, My child by God's design.

Today I kissed an angel. My heart is dancing wild; Our family, by a miracle; Blessed by our angel child.

All I Really Want by Steven Curtis Chapman