To be honest, it felt like a punch in the stomach. I (Lisa) have been so sad at the thought of not moving forward until April. I've cried, struggled and wrestled with it. We've talked to a lot of people to try and sort this out. In the end, we feel it is best to switch agencies. Even though switching agencies feels like it puts us back at the beginning of a process we thought we were further along in, it allows us to continue moving forward and not wait until April.
We submitted our application today to a Lifeline Children's Services (www.lifelinechild.org). They received it and we will be having a phone conversation with them later this week to map out our plan. This agency was highly recommended by a friend and I talked with them on the phone last week to ask questions about their process. We are excited about this new direction because we know that God is sovereign. This didn't surprise him and we are learning to lean into him, rest in him, and trust him.
Meanwhile, we had a special 4 year old birthday to celebrate in our house over the weekend....
It's tough to stay discouraged too long when you are surrounded by this much cuteness everyday. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.