Time for a wee update. Things are moving along pretty well as far as paperwork goes. We have a few more documents to gather for our dossier, some of which are time sensitive and we have to wait to get them done, like the immigration paperwork.
Our home study is well under way and we have our second meeting in Milwaukee tomorrow with our social worker. This time without the kiddos. What fun that was last week when we had the kids with us.......They say that the home study is not as scary as you think, but someone is still looking at you and your family and making judgements based on what they see. So......we went in not really concerned and pretty well prepared (or so I thought) with things for the kids to do quietly while we talked with the social worker. The first question she asked (and remember we've not met before) was are your kids going to be able to sit for an hour and half while we go over all this? Ummmm........sure they are, I've got things for them to do as I hold up my bag of tricks to show her. All the while I'm thinking "we've got pretty good kids, she just doesn't know us yet".
So the interview (well it seemed like an interview) started and things were going well. I had set out all the colouring activities I had brought along and decided to keep the secret weapon for later. The room we were in had toys in it so that was an added bonus and the kids made a beeline for the "new" toys as soon as we walked in. Great, this will be a cinch, I thought to myself. About fifty minutes in Coen starts to get a bit antsy, I've got this covered I thought to myself, we're almost done, they've been great and I've still got the secret weapon. So I bust it out thinking I can sit Coen between Joe and I and the other two wouldn't notice. Who was I kidding as soon as Coen starts playing the Kindle, yes that's right I let them play games on the kindle, Caide and Jordis just seem to smell it or something. Okay I've still got it I think, and I tell them they can each have a turn. Jordis's turn comes round and things are still moving along pretty well, then Caide's turn and then all of a sudden just out of nowhere I hear this screaming and crying and my kids have turned into beasts and I'm thinking, what the heck happened here, where are my kids, these aren't mine. I look at Jill (the social worker) and smile then turn to my kids and pretend to be all sweet and loving but I'm shooting them "the look" you know the look, right? It's not working, Joe looks at me, looks at the kids then takes the kindle, that's right, he takes the kindle, right there in the midst of utter chaos, and all the while Jill is sitting there taking this all in. Okay I've gotta do something I think to myself so while I rock Coen in my lap and cuddle Jordis next to me I start looking around the room completely avoiding eye contact with Jill and see I bunch of teddy bears lined up on an old church pew, I've got, come on guys let's have a teddy bears picnic. Coen takes the bait, Jordis is reluctant but follows along and the sinners are appeased. Phew....not too much longer now. Jill decides to wrap things up and keeps us only about 15-20 minutes longer. She seems okay with the whole ordeal and we leave feeling exhausted. I'm not sure if I'll even bring it up tomorrow, think I'll just try to sweep it under the rug. After all kids will be kids, right!?!?
On a more serious note, the Haitian government is not accepting any new dossiers until August 1. The meeting to discuss this in May was postponed until June.
They want to catch up on the back log of dossiers they already have.
I'm good with that as it may speed up the dossier process when it comes
time for us to to submit ours. Also any delays or setbacks as seen from
our perspective, are all part of the LORD's plan to lead us to the
child He would have join the Koper clan. Please keep us in your prayers, especially keep our wee Haitian Koper in your prayers.
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6
We are no longer orphans because of what God did for us. With one simple act of obedience our sins were forgiven at the cross. So what are we doing with the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ? Our family has decided to take a step of faith and do what He's called us to do, to take care of widows and orphans. Our journey starts with adoption.