Monday, December 3, 2012

Just Love Coffee Store Problem [Fixed]

Hey everyone, we are having a technical problem with our Just Love Coffee store. Right now our store url is not directing people to our storefront. So, please hold off on ordering anything until we find out that the issue is resolved. Otherwise, we may not be credited with your order.

[Update] The problem is now fixed so our store url now works correctly, so feel free to order.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Last Homestudy Visit

This past Thursday we had our last homestudy visit! Yea! It went really well. We discussed our childhood and our hobbies. It will take our social worker a couple of weeks to write it up. I feel like are getting closer and closer to submitting our dossier. We will be on a plane before we know it!

In addition to the homestudy,  Wes and I have been working on our adoption education. We are required to have "hours of education" in order for our homestudy to be complete. I felt like I was back in college taking an online course with extensive readings. The materials that we covered will definitely be helpful for when our children come home. One of the first education materials that we covered was called Intercountry Adoption Training. It is 10 hours of education that I truly enjoyed. I hated that I wasn't able to read and re-read the material because it is so rich with helpful and practical information. It also had many videos from parents who went through the international adoption process from many countries. It was very helpful to hear how they handled different situations, whether going through the adoption process or when the children are home in your care. Any parent that is considering adoption (international or domestic) or foster care, you must take this! I feel better prepared to handle the different parenting situations that people who foster or who adopt go through. The website, if you are interested, is www.hagueadoption.org. Another part of our education is to read The Connected Child by Dr. Karyn Purvis. This is another amazing book on how to help the adopted or fostered child with whatever issues they may have. She also has a website full of helpful videos, www.empoweredtoconnect.org.



Sunday, September 23, 2012

Poland's Orphans

This past week I was doing some research on Poland's orphans. I want to know what kind of background our kids will come from, what kind of lives they live, and some statistics about orphans in Poland. In my research I came across a sad article. It completely broke my heart.

Here is the link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-398233/Polish-children-dumped-parents-heading-Britain.html

The title of the article is "Polish Children Dumped By Parents Heading to Britain". Yep, that's right. My initial reaction was "what!?!". Then I read the article. I was heart broken. How could parents just leave their children behind to go live a better life and not take them? I can not fully understand the choices that those Polish parents are facing. Maybe they couldn't afford to take both themselves and their children. Maybe their intentions are to return and be reunited with their children once they have made a better life for their family. My heart goes out to those children.

I know in the last post I did not share a lot about the first homestudy visit. Our social worker asked us if we had an age range for the kids that we want to adopt. Wes and I both shared that we want age ten and below. There has to be at least 15 years between us and the children according to the Polish government. We want a sibling group, so we knew we would at least be getting one older child. After we talked about the age range, I got really nervous and started questioning myself. Can I handle a 10 year old? What if we get a 10 and 9 year old?  We would miss so much of their childhood.  We will only have 8-10 years before they start college. I started panicking. Did we do the right thing? Until I read this article. After reading the article and some other online articles, my heart became softened to older children. Especially the 10 and 9 year olds. I knew He had called us to adopt a sibling group. We must obey no matter how much it scares me. 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

First Homestudy Visit

Yay! We have been accepted into Lifeline's Poland Program! Now on with the paperwork and I'm sure more paperwork after that as well. We are now in the homestudy phase of this adoption. Our first homestudy went really well except for when Merlin, our cat, decided that he wanted lots of attention from our social worker. Merlin started out all nice and loving until she put her purse down. Oh the purse. He started rubbing it with his face. Ok that wasn't so bad. Then he started pawing at the purse. Ok I'm getting a little nervous. Then Merlin does the unthinkable. He gets inside her purse and starts to make his bed! All the while our social worker is talking to us about what all paperwork needs to be gathered and what we need to be doing for the next two weeks. I am trying to be attentive and listen because I don't want to miss a thing but distracted by my cat tearing up her purse! Completely embarrassing! Merlin has never acted so strongly to a purse before. Luckily the purse made it through the first homestudy visit. We have two more visits to go. Hopefully Merlin has established himself with our social worker and will behave a little better next time.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Application Submitted!


Well, it has been awhile since we last posted about our adoption. A lot has happened in the Barnett household.  No we don't have kids just yet. We did move to a bigger apartment. Two huge bedrooms and bathrooms! Although, Merlin our cat has claimed the second bedroom as his. He is in for a big surprise when the kids come.

We are continuing to raise money for our adoption. We want to go through the adoption debt free. With starting the adoption paperwork this week we are not stressed out about being able to pay for it or wondering where the money will come from. God has been so gracious to us this past year as we have saved from our own paychecks and through fundraising.

Now on to the adoption update. We have started applying with Lifeline Adoption, based out of Birmingham, AL. We have officially decided to adopt from the country of Poland, which is next door to Bulgaria. Poland is a beautiful country in central Europe. It is the 9th largest country in Europe and about the size of New Mexico. There is much to Poland’s history, as they have often struggled under the occupation of other nations. Today Poland has a free market economy and is a constitutional republic with freedom of religion and press.

So why Poland? Each country has different set of guidelines for adopting parents so that immediately eliminated some choices for us. Also the country will have certain children available for adoption. We felt like Poland is the right choice for us with all these different factors that play into choosing a country.

Now that we have applied, we are just waiting to hear back from the agency in the next week or so!

Merlin helping us fill out the paperwork
-Wes & Sarai

Sunday, January 8, 2012

We Are Almost There!

Yep! That's right! Praise God! After eight months of saving and fundraising, we are so close to our goal! With that being said, I have been holding off on buying anything for our kids. So what is the first thing I go out and buy? Books. But these aren't just any books. They are children's books written by two teachers from New Orleans. Each of the books tells a different facet of New Orleans culture. Our kids are going to be thrown into New Orleans from a different culture. What better way to prepare them than with these books!