Exciting (and Terrifying) Changes!

Well, we did it. We bought a house. Now, I know that stuff could still go wrong (I’m not really sure what, but I’m told as much) and that we don’t have the keys yet, buuut it’s looking pretty certain that we have bought a house! At the end of this month we will be moving cleaning, painting, sanding, re-finishing, re-plumbing, patching-up and all other kinds of tedious tasks that come with moving into a fixer-upper.

Currently, I am packing and I’m doing a fabulous job. Can’t you tell?

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Ok, I have done a couple of things. I’m trying to clear out all of the stuff that we don’t want to keep and placing it in our garage sale pile. What a great opportunity to have an Adoption Fundraiser Garage Sale! Oy. That’s right… we’re also in the adoption process.

Here’s the update on that: We’ve now taken 2 of 3 parent trainings. The last one was super fun. We learned about child abuse, the effects of institutionalization, and the grief that all children who’ve been abandoned will inevitably feel. Enlightening (actually: Depressing). We’ve also been really putting the petal to the metal on all of our dossier documents (the dossier is a complete packet of information about us that proves we are fit to be parents). This means we’ve been doing a lot of government issued document ordering, notarizing, and form-filling. We’ve had medical exams, blood work done, and fingerprints taken. Once we get that stuff notarized, it has to be sent to the Secretary of State and then the Chinese embassy for verification of authenticity. Sounds fun, ya?

Ok, but actually the most exciting part of this process so far (and I really am not being sarcastic this time) was the introduction to our Buddy Family. Proof that God loves us. Amen. I can’t tell you how much it means to me to have been paired with another family who has adopted from China! I get really sad sometimes when I think about our child being over there not getting the attention that I would bestow. It’s really really hard. This mom, Sue Ann, gets that. She is overjoyed to help us and we have a date to meet with them in person next month! I can’t wait!

In the meantime, the main focus has been on the house. Here’s what we’re working with… (Sorry for the lame iPhone screen shot photos, I’ll get better ones later!)

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Here she is!

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I cannot WAIT to paint that wall!! AHHH!IMG_5113

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That’s right, the Pink Bathroom, circa 1955!
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This yard is going to be EPIC when we get done with it! (Granted, that’ll probably be YEARS from now, but it’s all good)

So, that’s our update! Big stuff for the Snyders! Your prayers for smooth sailing on all fronts would be appreciated. =)

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