Showing posts from November, 2009

Race for HOPE

At 7:30am this past Saturday, Kevin and I took the first steps of our 13 mile race for HOPE. We joined a team of people from four different states to raise money for Children's Hopechest, The week leading up to the race Kevin and I began to doubt whether we would experience the reality of crossing that finish line. All sorts of random aches and pains began to plague our bodies. At one point we both couldn't walk due to some hip pain. Adopting, though, has taught us to just take one day at a time and continue on in faith to what God has called us to do trusting Him with the results. We are very thankful that His plan included us running and finishing the Richmond Half Marathon.
Our team has raised $2.430 that will go directly to providing hope for orphans in Uganda. Thank you so much for all of your donations, prayers and support!! If you would still like to donate it is not too late just go to and click on the big red heart that says…

Update from our Adoption Agency

As of November 6, 2009, we estimate that the wait for children newborn to 24 months of age may now be approximately 16 - 24 months. The wait time for children over two years old may now be approximately 3 - 15 months. Ninety percent of our waiting families indicate to us that they prefer to receive the referral of a child who is under two years old, while currently about 33% of the children we serve fit that description. So that we may better serve our existing clients, as of November 6, 2009, we have temporarily stopped accepting applications from applicants who are only open to receiving the referral of a child who is under 24 months of age.
These estimates may change (lengthen or shorten) again in the future based on trends that emerge (flexibility of waiting families, characteristics of children in need, length of in-country process, etc.). We recognize that wait times are stressful, but CHSFS is a child-centered agency and ethically, we must always first attempt to minimize the num…