As our paperwork moves through all the necessary hands, we have racked up quite the bill. We are so grateful that God has blessed us with what we needed to pay thanks to many generous people and through what we have been able to save. However, as we move into the summer we are going to begin raising funds in different ways to save for the travel expenses for the time we will be in Colombia.
I am happy to announce that through the sale of Miche handbags, we are raising money for the adoption. Any money earned through he purchases of these bags will go toward our travel expenses. So here is how you can help! You can purchase merchandise from my website: erindiaz.miche.com. You can host a Miche bag party in your home or online with your friends (where you will get merchandise for free).
I am excited for people to purchase handbags that are cute, convenient, and purposeful. They will tell a story every time you wear it of how you helped bring our child home.
I am kicking off my Miche bags sales with a party at our home on Cinco de Mayo at 5pm. That’s 5-5 @5!! If you can, let me know you are interested in joining the fun. If you can’t make it, enjoy shopping online from my website: erindiaz.miche.com or get free Miche merchandise and offer to host a party in your home or online! You can earn extra money and swag by joining the Miche team.
Thank you all for how you have supported us on this journey! We will continue to update you on the progress!
Our most recent adoption journey update came a couple weeks ago when our social worker told us she was tied up with year end visits but hopes to soon complete our home study. For a person who likes to move forward with tenacity toward her goals and plans, the inability to do anything at this time to help the process along is an uncomfortable feeling.
Every time I get anxious I just have to be reminded that we have placed this, timing and all, into God’s hands. Surrender of the will is not something that is done only once, but is a daily process. We trust that God is in control. He says, “my ways are not your ways.” He also says he is trustworthy and true. We stake our lives on those claims and believe them with everything inside us. We find rest and peace knowing he is orchestrating what is to come and who is to come. Until then, join us in our excitement and expectation in this journey. As we know more we will continue to update everyone. We thank you for your prayers and support. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
“I’m supposed to come and get you and ask you to come up front with me.”
This summer, Alex and I traveled to Venezuela to speak at a Christian camp for young adults. On the last night, as part of Alex’s message, he talked about our decision to adopt a child from Colombia. I had shared this many times before, but for some reason, that night I broke into tears as Alex told them about our initial pain in not being able to conceive. I also cried tears of joy as he shared what we believed to be God’s purpose in not allowing us that blessing.
That night, after Alex finished preaching, the pastor sent someone to bring me up front with Alex and asked for everyone to surround us and pray for our child. That night, halfway across the world, hundreds of hands reached out to Alex and me, surrounding us as they prayed for what is to come.
I will never forget what God did that night. Though our journey has had some bumps, that night for me was a confirmation of God’s plan for our lives. It was if God was reaching out to us through all those hands and saying, “I’ve got this. I am all over this. Just wait and see.”
I know that God has a great plan for the life of the child he is making room for in our lives in a major way. It is confirmed in the prayers of his people over and again in our hearts.
Thank you for your continued prayers for the paperwork process that can be long and slow. We trust God’s timing as we move forward and wrap up this portion of our journey. We will keep you posted when we send that request to the U.S. in the mail. I think we may have a party that night or something!
Over the past few weeks in between our meetings with the social worker, we have been required to take online courses related to adoption. This is something that the state of Florida requires any parent adopting a child to do. It has been a real eye opener for us to see just how many issues are particular to adopting. I guess parenthood by any avenue has a learning curve. We may post some articles about particular issues at a later point to help people understand some of those things.
All the classes were in preparation for our fourth and final home study visit which feels like a real accomplishment. We have submitted the paperwork necessary for our social worker to begin writing our home study, an elaborate write up on our family with supporting documentation such as background checks (city, multi-state, federal etc), marriage license, birth certficates, employment verification etc. Once that goes through, we will prepare the other major document that will go to Colombia called a dossier – the formal request to adopt a child there.
Needless to say, we are very happy to be making progress on this process. Thank you to everyone who has been so encouraging to us in this process. Your excitement for us and all the questions have made it possible to share this journey with our friends and family.
This Thursday we have our very first home study meeting where we will sign the contract to work with Alliance for Children. We researched and interviewed several adoption agencies and found Alliance for Children to be a great choice. This meeting is to find out all the documents we need to apply to the U.S. government for permission to bring home our child from Colombia. We have already begun requesting documents we know we need so hopefully we will be in good shape. As we find out more, we will update everyone here! We appreciate the prayers and support of our family and friends so much and we hope you will celebrate with us even now as we begin our preparations to bring a little Diaz home!
After 8 years of an amazing marriage, we are ready to add another to our family. Ten years ago, God brought an American girl and a Venezuelan boy together at just the right time and place that it resulted in a life long marriage. International adoption makes so much sense to us seeing as how God has already searched the world over to find the right person to share our lives with. It makes sense that now he is preparing to do it again. We believe God has a child he has purposed to be part of our special international family.