well, we are officially one year in! I can’t believe that Nick and I have been living here for an entire year! It has been such an amazing year- we have been so blessed by getting to live and serve here, and by the people God has brought into our lives. We have learned so many lessons, grown in dependence on Christ, and felt blessings beyond what we could have ever imagined. It is incredible what can happen in just a year.
The other day Nick and I were talking about how amazing/crazy this year has been. It’s hard to believe that this next year could be any more crazy, but the thing is, it probably will be. We’re so excited for the next adventure that God has put in front of us, and we’re jumping in head first.
yes, it is true- Nick and I are in the middle of an adoption! Today was such a great day to mark one full year in Dubai, first we went to the police station to get our criminal clearance for here, and then we got to have our final home study. We still have a few more papers to fill out/hoops to jump through for the UAE/USA side of things, and we don’t know how long it will all take, but we know that God is preparing our hearts more and more every day for our sweet baby.
International adoption is something that God put on our hearts even before we were married, and we just feel God’s timing is now. There are so many unknowns, and so many questions still unanswered for us, but we do know that our baby will be 0-12 months and from Pakistan, and we are hoping to bring them home sometime this next year (although the sooner the better for us!).
We are so thankful for all of the support we have received, and we are so thankful for God’s grace that has brought us to this point. The more I learn about how Christ adopted us into His family, the more I see His heart for adoption, and the more He grows and molds me. We have so far to go but we can’t wait to see how He continues to grow us in this area, and we are so excited for the journey. Thank you to all of you who have journeyed this with us. We are so blessed by each of you!
p.s. a big thanks to my friend Shelby who helped us with our announcements to send to our family- she really is the best! you can check out her amazing creativity at http://honeysuckleblog.blogspot.com/