It’s Been a While…Adoption Update

At the Post Office mailing off our final paperwork

Friends, it has been a while. And by a while I mean a year since I have posted here. Ha! I am way more active on Instagram and Facebook with our more up-to-date life happenings. But let’s catch you up on what all has happened since my last post here…

We have experienced a lot of growth- personal, spiritual, adoption, and our kids! Cam and EmmaLee-Tyler have grown in every way imaginable. They are very much alike and very much different from one another. Their personalities are polar opposites and we are seeing that more and more each day. They amaze me with how much they are learning and how they listen to us more than I think so-ha! Cam’s hair is shorter now and Em’s has grown SO MUCH. I feel like I’m constantly having to change out clothes sizes and buy more shoes. Whew! And they are more than ready to add Casper to our family and talk about him all throughout the day!

My business is growing and it is something I am truly proud of! I am honored and love to educate my team that the Lord has entrusted to me to take care of. I never thought that I would have a business, but I love learning and sharing my passion of wellness with others. It’s a true blessing!

And we decided to take a leap of faith in October. We know, trust, and believe that adoption is what the Lord has called us to. We have been fundraising for over a year now and although we didn’t have all the money we needed we knew we needed to move forward and step out on faith. We put in our application with Faithful Adoption Consultants (FAC) and started our home study process! It turned into a whirlwind of couple of days of fundraising and the Lord providing minute by minute and hour by hour for the funds we needed. There were a lot of tears of joy and gratitude shed that weekend. God was so faithful to us raising the money for our contract and more!

After being approved by FAC, we finished up our home study and our social worker, Sara, was (and still has been) absolutely amazing! She has also adopted with FAC so she knew how to prepare us with our home study for the paperwork needed for FAC, too! We were home study approved in mid-November! Major praise for that!!

After becoming home study approved, we dove into applying for grants and more fundraising. We are still waiting to hear from grants on if we have been awarded any yet. Praying that we will receive several and we would love for you pray for that alongside of us. (Please and thank you!) And in mid-January we sent in our final paperwork to FAC to become an active family.

Tim traveled to New Orleans for 2 weeks in January for his last 2 classes of his doctoral program and that put a bit of a snag in things because of still needing to finish our clearances for Texas. But we got that done and were approved for Texas earlier this week (this doesn’t mean that we will travel or get our baby from Texas but we are ready to go there and get him if we are matched there!) and are currently waiting to be assigned a consultant to go ACTIVE! Whooooo!!!

One step of faith has led us to this point. It was hard to do, but I am SO thankful we were obedient because it’s led us to this point. God has gone before us and prepared our way…we need only to obey and follow Him. I’ll try my best to keep our blog updated with everything in the process moving forward.

A Little Q & A

I wanted to answer a few questions that other have been asking us since announcing that we are adopting. And please feel free to ask any and all questions because we would love to answer them!

Also, we would love to thank everyone that has pledged money per mile for our first fundraiser! Every single cent given helps to bring the next Mathis baby home to us!

So… let’s get started!

Are we planning to adopt domestically or internationally? This adoption will be a domestic adoption. And if you don’t know what that means, that’s totally okay! That means that our baby will come from somewhere in the U.S.!

How much will our adoption cost? We are looking at a total of $38,000 to $43,000 plus our application fee and traveling expenses of getting our new and sweet little one. This price covers agency fees, legal fees, care for the birth mother, and hospital costs.

Will we be specific in any area of what baby we want to adopt? We are planning on being gender specific in adding another precious boy to our tribe, but we are open to all races.

What age will our sweet one be? We hope and desire to adopt a newborn. We would love to travel to the hospital and be there while he is born or at least shortly after.

Will be having any other fundraisers? Yes, and soon after Tim completes the Dopey Challenge/ Dopey For Dough Fundraiser! We plan to have t-shirts for sale, a silent auction/dinner, a 5k/fun run, and more!

I think those are the main questions we have had so far, but like I mentioned earlier here..please do not hesitate to ask us any questions. You guys are our village and this will only happen with your love, prayers, and support!

And if you are wanting to help with our first fundraiser, Dopey For Dough, you can go to this link and fill out the form there: bit.ly/dopey4dough.

 

Dwelling in Him,

Tim, MaeLee, Cam, & EmmaLee-Tyler