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Today was a very eventful afternoon for me and Matt. At 2:00 we dropped off 22 lifebooks with MCB (adoption attorney). MCB was very impressed with our lifebook (thanks for all the helpful hints Becky!) and will be sending them out to schools, counselors and the like shortly. After reviewing our lifebook we talked about the next step in our "plan." We have a few ideas (like personalized business cards with our story and our lawyers information) but would love to hear any ideas anyone else used. During our meeting with MCB she also did a mock interview with us. MCB asked questions that she's heard birthmothers ask in the past. To say it was a bit intense is a little bit of an understatement. We definately need to prepare and practice communicating who we are in a more fluid manner. But more than anything she stressed that we need to be genuine, and that is one thing I'm certain we are.
After that meeting was over we rushed west to our church. We had a meeting with one of our pastors, Pastor B. He is the pastor of shepherding at our church and is the pastor that someone would go to if they were in a situation that necessitated needing adoptive parents. We also left a copy of our lifebook with him, for him to show perspective parents if the need arose. This was the main reason for a meeting. A secondary reason arose when conversation turned towards ways that the church itself could help us out. Matt and I don't really know how that would work, but Pastor B is going to talk to the staff and see what, if anything, they're able to do. But once again, the most important thing to do is get our story out there and that was accomplished!
Although our private adoption has now entered the waiting phase, once we get all of this house business settled we are going to have MCB begin our dossier for international adoption. We've narrowed our search down agencies (probably ACGI) that are attorney will work with hand and hand and have also narrowed down country choices. On a side note, its truly amazing the different age, marital and income restrictions other countries have but that could be an entire post itself.
So, thank you for traveling this journey with us, for praying with us and sharing our story.
Love & Blessings, Meredith