Happy New Year! With the hustle and bustle of Christmas, New Years, and sick children, we didn't make much progress for a couple weeks in the adoption process. Despite our lack of progress, we have still prayed for our Colombian child or children multiple times daily, and we greatly anticipate the day he or they join us Buchanans!
A quick, cute Lilly Grace story before I give an update: The four of us were headed to the bank so Brent and I could fill out some paperwork, and we were having casual conversation and singing silly kiddie songs. Shortly after walking in the door and completely unprompted, Lilly Grace proclaims to the teller, "My brudder lives in Colombia!" Words cannot express how precious it is to see the love this child has for her brother that she has yet to meet!
As we wait to complete more paperwork, have more interviews, get our dossier compiled, and eventually wait for a referral, another precious baby has joined our family. My sister, Stephanie, and her husband, Jimmy, welcomed baby Harmon James Parsons on January 3rd. He weighed a whopping 9 pounds 6 ounces and is quite possibly the cutest baby boy I have ever seen! Lilly Grace keeps talking about Baby Harmon, and Alex lunges toward him every chance she gets. These girls are ecstatic about their baby cousin, and Brent and I are overjoyed about our precious, chunky nephew.
Our latest paperwork has included brief forms we had to send off, certain things to be witnessed and notarized, and lengthy autobiographies. The autobiographies consisted of answering four pages of questions about our lives. While writing them, we realized what absolutely marvelous families we have and how abundantly blessed we have been since childhood. It was also interesting to see how similarly we viewed aspects of our marriage, parenting, etc. I was amazed at what an incredible writer Brent is... and as I am writing this blog he is still proofing mine, so I am certain mine wasn't as impressive. :)
We also were sent to the Sheriff's department to be fingerprinted. We took both the girls since we want them to be as much a part of the entire process as possible, and figured it would be a quick in-and-out ordeal. Brent and I were extremely pleased with how kind all of the personnel were. They were quick to help, were kind to us, and were playful with the children. We made our way to the correct area for fingerprinting and waited, and waited, and waited. We learned that the reason for the extensive wait was that a suspect in the first murder of 2013 in Montgomery was being fingerprinted immediately before us. It was an eerie feeling knowing that we were trying to follow the Lord's call in our lives while we watched a murderer walk out with armed guards in front of our very eyes. Then I remember, Christ died for all sinners and this person is just as worthy of grace and forgiveness as I am.
Our next big step will be the second home study, which we will schedule once our precious social worker reads our autobiographies. We look forward to meeting with her again, and always get very excited about any steps closer to bringing home this child. For those of you that are praying with us throughout this process, continue to pray that if this child is already born that he is being loved and is attached to somebody. That is our biggest prayer right now. Have a blessed 2013!