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Hurray, we had our last Home Study visit Saturday.  We passed our physical standards, talked about our marriage, how we plan to meet the required competencies, and answered miscellaneous questions that she wasn’t sure she had the answers to.  We were told that they have 120 days to complete our study from our first class which was September 18th.  We still have one class this Thursday night which is specific to our licensing agency, Missouri Baptist Children’s Home.  After that we don’t have anything else we can do we just wait to hear back about our Home Study.  I am searching photolistings of children in the foster care system that are waiting for families.  We can receive further information about Missouri children but no one will send information to us about out of state children without a completed home study.  We are interested in adopting a sibling group so please join us in prayer that we will rest in God’s timing and have wisdom in preparing ourselves, our home, our schedules, and our family for the challenges in our future ministry to hurt children.

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Well, Saturday, November 1st was our 28th wedding anniversary and we spent it working on the house and being interviewed for our Foster Care licensing home study.  Brent, Taylor, and I were each interviewed individually and asked about our parents, childhoods, hobbies and interests, education, schools we attended, etc.  We got a quick prescreening of the house for our physical standards and we still need to:  get the dog vaccinated, post the emergency numbers and fire escape plan on the refrigerator, get another carbon monoxide detector, and one more bunk bed.  Finish moving dressers around, make up all the beds, etc and be ready to show that we are ready to accept up to four children.  We are making progress!  She will be back on Saturday, November 15th for our last (if we pass) visit. 

Thursday night will be class number 8 out of 10 so we are counting down to the end!  We were excited to hear that class 9 is a panel discussion with current foster kids, parents, an adoption lawyer, and other experts that we can ask questions.

We were very excited to recently hear from another FCC family that is interested in adopting from foster care!!  Let’s hope this spreads like wildfire. 

Psalm 68:5-6a “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families…” (NIV)

Ephesians 1:3-5 “How we praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we belong to Christ. Long ago, even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure.”

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