My sweet pastor (and friend) gave me their adoption file to look over. He had made copies of everything along the way and put them in this file. I haven't had a chance to really look at everything, but I looked through it. My heart about stopped when I got to his financial statements. I have known from the beginning that China requires $80,000 net worth to even apply to adopt. I always thought we were covered because we own a home, both of our cars, and blah, blah. Well, when I started putting it all down on paper, we came up *VERY* short. Originally, I didn't take into account that only the equity in the house applies. We have only been in our house 2 years, so there is no equity. So, I spent the rest of the evening scrambling to try to "fix" it.
Honestly, I am not worried. I WAS, but I am still trusting Jesus. I still have no idea how it will work, but I am trusting. I really am. We don't have to provide the financial statements until the homestudy, which isn't even scheduled yet. I am not sure when it will be - whenever we get the $2000 for it, I guess. I am thankful for the wait, because it gives me time to find a miracle.
I tell you one thing - when this adoption is complete, we will have one heck of a story to tell. I can't WAIT to give Jesus ALL of the glory. He is the only way this thing is going to work!
All afternoon I kept saying this can't be the end of the road. This can't be my closed door. After all that we have gone through to get here - surely He wouldn't change Brad's heart after two years of prayer only to tell us we don't meet the financial requirements. And I believe that. So stay tuned guys - you are about to witness a modern day miracle. I know it. Funny, people ask why God doesn't perform miracles today - He absolutely does, and we are living proof!