During Christmas break John and I took the kids up to Washington DC to visit my brother and on our way home my husband...who has gotten all of one speeding ticket in his entire life... was pulled over
in a 50mph
Yeah. Not good. Not good at all.
In slightly better news, there were no workers present in the construction zone since it was afternoon time of New Years Eve. But nonetheless....not good.
So during this period of time and a couple of months before, we had begun to talk about the possibility of adoption. Ok, to put it truthfullyIhad begun to talk about the possibility of adopting. He did a lot of listening and not so much talking.
Fast forward one month and John drove two hours away back up to the city where he received the ticket to meet with the clerk and find out how much the ticket was going to be and any options that he may have in getting whatever the fee was to be, lowered. And then he drove home.
During this particular day, to be even more honest with you, my heart was heavy. Like heavy, heavy. We had been discussing this possibility for months and I began to quite honestly feel discouraged about whether or not this was something we were going to do. I knew that I knew that I knew that this is something only God could have laid on my heart and I also knew that it had to come from both of us. That I would not be leading this train. That is not my role.
So my prayer that entire day was "Lord grab him. Take hold of him. I know your Word says to care for the orphan something like 33 times so if I'm reading this right and if I'm hearing you correctly, I need you to reveal this to him." I just remember repeating that over and over in my head that day, "Lord take hold of him, take hold of him, take hold of him."
And when John showed up and plopped next to me on the couch his words were, "Well, do you want the good news or the bad news?" (Don't we all love it when our hubs start conversations like that?.....uhhh..no thank you, I do not.)
The bad news, his ticket is $864
Well, in that moment my heart sank. As the leader and provider in our home, finances had been his biggest "hangup" and I, in that instant, thought, "Well, that's it." Over. Finito. Done.
And the good news he then said, we have a couple of boys in China waiting for us.
He said yes.
Fast forward to two days ago and it was now his time to go appear before the judge and plead for that ticket fine to be reduced. We figured he may as well. It can't get much worse than $864. Lord, I prayed, just half. If we can even get it cut down to half that would be fantastic!
Well, yee of little faith.
He showed up and met with the prosecutor out in the hallway with a group of about 5 other men. The prosecutor says he can offer each of them a reduced fine of $270. Well, I'll be. That's terrific! Where do we sign?! A few men chose not to accept that offer, they wanted their fines completely thrown out. John was all over that offer of $270 thankyouverymuch. Which left John and another man in the hallway whilst the prosecutor was filling out his forms.
John(who was in his uniform because he was going straight back to work) strikes up a conversation with the man whom he noticed had dog tags around his neck. He asked if he used to be in the military before he did this and the man replied that no, he wasn't but his son was and that his son had spent a year in Ira*q. "Oh, did he make it back?" John asked.
No. He did not.
The prosecutor was wearing his son's dog tags.
They finish their conversation, prosecutor guy finishes his paperwork, leaves the hallway, and a few minutes later a clerk comes out and looks at John and says
"I don't know what just happened out here, but your entire fine has been forgiven."
Fast forward to today, only two days later from being forgiven of an $864 fine and we are at the point in our adoption where we are ready to send in our I-800A. (remembering that when he got the ticket back in December he was not even yet fully on board the adoption train)
Cost of this form?
God showed up in that hallway with that man and my husband. He showed up and He showed out.
Not only was John able to minister to this man but God perfectly provided and orchestrated that this fine would be forgiven freeing up that $830 at the exact time that this next fee is due...$34 difference in what that ticket was going to cost......the ticket cost that he found out about the day
And isn't that just so us? Putting limits on what we think that God can accomplish in our life. Only half? You want me to bring this ticket down to only half of what it was? Child you have no idea what I can do. Let Me just show you.
Proving only further that God funds what He favors. And He favors adoption.-Team Oatsvall.
Matthew 7: 7"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.9"Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!12So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you..."
I am a forgiven sinner madly in love with my Savior and mother to many somewhat smelly boys who recently returned from China with our two latest additions Jacob & Joseph. Orphanage mates from infancy, 7 months apart and teaching me daily what real love is. 3 months home with Jacob and Joey I found Joshua. Blue, sick, dying and needing a family. 4 months later he was home, healed and leaving me in awe of the healing hand of God. Glory. To. HIM.
May 25th-June 14th 2011 - New Home study June 14th, 2011PA June 16th, 2011 - I-800A sent July 1st, 2011 - I-800A APPROVAL! July 8th, 2011 - DTC! July 11th, 2011 - LID August 1, 2011 - LSC! August 12th, 2011 - I-800 Approval August 19th, 2011 - NVC Cable August 26th, 2011 - Article 5 September 6th, 2011 - TA September 19, 2011 - Gotcha Day!
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010 Made the final decision to adopt after months of prayer
Friday, February 12, 2010 Signed contract with adoption agency and contract to begin home study
Saturday, February 13, 2010 Announced to friends and family that we were adopting through a really fun guessing game on Facebook. :)
Wednesday, February 28, 2010 Precious boy #1 File Locked! LOI sent in!
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 First Home Study visit(though 99% of forms needed for HS completion are already done including requesting all state clearances....all 8 states....thank you Air Force!)
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 Second & Third Home Study visit
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 PA! (17 days from LOI)
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 Fourth and final Home Study visit and lunch at the Cheesecake Factory to celebrate!
Thursday, April 16, 2010 All dossier docs county certified and Secretary of State authenticated! Just waiting on the home study!
Monday, April 19, 2010 Home study done! It's at our agency getting reviewed!
Friday, April 30, 2010 Fingerprints released from fingerprint purgatory(8 1/2 weeks for FP processing)
Monday, May 3, 2010 Final draft with prints sent to agency
Monday, May 10, 2010 Home study officially approved
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 Drove to home study agency to pick up completed home study and overnight-ed I-800A to USCIS!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 Found out Joey and another precious boy that we fell in love with months ago are in the same foster home and are best friends. Sent 8.2 million emails.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 All dossier docs except Home Study and Immigration clearance sent to Chinese Consulate for Authentication.
Thursday, May 20, 2010 Agency #2 says yes, they will release kiddo #2's file!
Monday, May 31, 2010 Found out all of our dossier documents were rejected at the C.Consulate. They don't take Fed-Ex right now.
Wednesday, June 7, 2010 Our dossier documents finally return to us. We decide to use a courier for the Consulate this time. It worked, over $300 and a week later we had all of our dossier documents sans the home study and I797-C forms authenticated!
Monday, June 14, 2010 am Sent our dossier sans the home study and I-797C forms to our agency for review.
Monday, June 14, 2010 pm Found out that we received a request for evidence. Our dossier isn't going to China this week. This was a hard day.
Monday, June 21, 2010 Request for evidence resolved! Our I-797C is on it's way to us and we are trying to get our dossier to China this Friday!!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 Everything that could go wrong. Did go wrong. Our dossier is not going to China this week.
Monday, June 28, 2010 Home Study and immigration approval are with the courier! Our agency should receive it all on Thursday, dare I say we may be DTC Friday?!
Friday, July 2, 2010 DTC!
Thursday, July 8, 2010 LID!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 6:01pm Received a phone call that we have verbal permission from the CC*AA for the dual adoption. Cried like a baby.
Friday, July 30, 2010 After 9 days of both agencies working out the deets, we submitted the required paperwork to have his file officially transferred to our agency.
Monday, August 23, 2010 8:11am Received a phone call that the CCAA is skipping PA for Jacob and moving right into LSC "asap"!
Thursday, September 23, 2010 LSC X 2! (ASAP in Mandarin apparently means 4 weeks)
September 27th, 2010 I-800 mailed
October 27th, 2010 I-800 approved(adjudicator called to let me know, we haven't yet received it in the mail however)
Saturday, October 30th, 2010 I-800 approval arrived in the mail
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 Cabled!
Friday, November 5, 2010 NVC letter/DS-230 & LSC's back to China!