Saturday, December 5, 2009

December update

I have spent the morning reading post in the AWAA Rwanda chat group. It has been so encouraging to here the stories of others who are in Rwanda right now starting their forever family. Wanted to give a little update as to were we are in the process, and also answer some questions we have been asked recently.

Fist the update, we have received our Home study application, and the beginning of our Dossier paperwork. We have done almost all the 18 requirements for the Home Study application. All we have left to do is one more 12pg autobiography, and fingerprinting. We also need to send this application in with $800, which is a little challenging to save extra money during all the holiday shopping, but we have $600 of it and I have finished knitting two purses that I am hoping to get up on e-bay and sell soon to help come up with the extra money. I have started the Dossier paperwork a little, we need new copies of our birth cirtificate and marriage certificate so I have requested those from the appropriate state departments, and payed for them. I also received my passport in the mail yesterday, and was very excited about that!!

Now for the questions, and the big question is how long!! How long will the process take?? Well currently AWAA is saying that once we have finished all our paperwork and sent our Dossier to Rwanda we will be given a DTR (dossier to Rwanda) date and then we wait 7-8 months for a referral from Rwanda of our children. Then we travel to Rwanda shortly after that. How long will the paperwork take, well I don't know I'm hoping only a couple more months. At first I couldn't believe how long it took, but the more people I talk to who are also adopting I'm finding out that many people are waiting 12-24months after all the paperwork is done to receive a referral and travel. Why this is I'm not sure, but I'm glad it is only 7-8 months. So that is the basic overview of the whole process.

We are so thankful for all your prayers and support.

Hope you have a Merry Christmas

The Bruno's

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The beginning of are adventure

Hello everyone,
Well this is our first blog and I'm very new at all this process, hopefully it will get better as things go along.
This is a blog about the adventure of our life, and specifically, it is about the adoption adventure that we are beginning. We have always felt that one day we would like to adopt a child or two. Recently we have felt that now is the time to embark on this adventure.

Our fist step was to choose an adoption agency. After much prayer and consideration we have decided to work with America World Adoption Agency. AWAA is a Christian organization who is very bold about their faith. We liked that a lot!!!!

The next step was to decide on a country. Utlimately, we have decided on Rwanda and are very excited. This country is new to adoptions and not many children have been adopted from Rwanda.

So, where do we go from here? Paper work!!! We have filled out two different applications for AWAA along with sending them $1,375.00. At this point we are now waiting to begin our home study application process. I don't know all the paperwork forms we will need to fill out, but I'm sure we will become very familiar with all of them.

We are so excited to be on this adventure and to see God at work. There are two big ways we have already seen Him at work. First, I was praying for support of others around us that have gone through or are going through this process. There is another family whom we have met that are also going through the adoption process and they are also using AWAA. It has been so helpful having someone who is just a few steps ahead of us to whom we can ask questions. Secondly, we have been praying about the money side of the adventure!! This could cost us between $20,000 - $30,000 and each time we think of this it is overwhelming. So we are takeing it one step at a time. Each time we need to write a check,God has provided and the money has been there!!
This is how our adventure has begun. We are off!!! Hope you keep checking in and see God's hand at work around us.