For those of you who have adopted, you know the mountains of paperwork and documents that have to be signed, notorized, and filed. Kim thankfully has been taking care of most of it - reading over the paperwork, filling it out, and showing me where to sign. My part has been figuring out the financial aspects, making sure we can afford not only the process, but the children once we have them. Right now we are still praying for God's direction in whether to adopt one or two. But we have secured financing today and are prepared for all the necessary expenses.
Friends of ours, Danny and Kristen Lowery are in Ethiopia right now picking up their son Caleb. So reading about their experience has been really fun as we envision what our experience might be. We shared with my family over Christmas that we are adopting, so that they can prepare for a future with more Basten's running around - and hopefully share in our joy.
Many of you know that Christian artist Steven Curtis Chapman has adopted 3 girls from China. He wrote a song titled "When Love Takes You In" about his experience adopting their first daughter. Click on the link to hear the song and see pictures of adoptions that have occured thru Acres of Hope Liberia. We hope to someday see our picture there.
Happy New Year!