November 21, 2011

Let the Paperwork Begin!

It's here.

Actually it came last Wednesday, but it's been a bit busy around here.

Isn't that a well-designed piece? I've had a lot of freelance work lately...I think I have design-on-the-brain...

Inside was the beginning of our paperwork. We've made a pretty big dent in it already; physicals for all five of us are scheduled, proof of health insurance signed, address of all places of residence from birth until now - found! Drug tests and fingerprints for background check scheduled...what am I missing?....oh yeah, a couple forms that only needed signing (phew!). That takes care of the first half the folder anyway!

We recently found out that currently, the adoption tax credit (set at over $13,000) is set to decrease slightly and become non-refundable (meaning you get it based on your tax liability over a maximum of 5 years, as opposed to one lump sum) in 2012. This isn't great for us, because the lump sum would have been extraordinarily helpful. And in 2013, it's set to go down to $6000. Also not great. Even though with an upcoming election year anything could happen, it's making it look really appealing to try to finalize in 2012 and take as much advantage of the tax credit as possible.

Then I was reminded on Sunday that we serve a GREAT God. One who is far above forms, goverment regulations and tax credits. And tax credit or not, we won't be deterred from the task at hand, because I'm pretty sure God can handle that. He loves this little one immeasureably more than we do, and we're praying that He'll wrap his arms around him or her, until we can get there to wrap them in ours.


  1. Hey there - we're friends of Amber who (I think?) works with Jon. :) She told me about your journey and blog. We'll be praying for you!

  2. @alison Yes, Jon mentioned you today. Thank you so much for your prayers! We really appreciate it!