adoption, creation, milestones

When I was a little girl living in Japan, I learned about mountain folds and valley folds, and about making sharp and precise creases in the colorful papers we would fold into frogs and dogs, cups and cranes. These days I am teaching young fingers how to do this, and remembering again how important it is to do one step, then the next step, the next step, and then the step after that. It’s helpful to read through the directions before we begin so we know what is coming next, but it is also quite important to simply do the steps precisely, methodically and in the correct order to be able to bring a new creation from what was simply a flat 6″ square of paper. *

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So it was, too, in Genesis 1, where we read that the earth was formless and void. God made beauty out of chaos one step at a time, each creative step laying the foundation and groundwork for the next step in the creation that delighted and pleased Him and that He pronounced “good,” and finally “very good.”

And so it is here, too, in this time of mountains and valleys, starting with one small picture that became an inquiry, then a piece of paper, signed, folded in thirds and tucked in an envelope.  That little paper multiplied and is now over halfway to filling a three inch binder as we follow each methodical step, then the next, the next, and the next.  In this project we know what many of the steps are, but we don’t know what the finished product will look like.  There is a holy mystery in the folding and unfolding of these papers, because we are both the paper folders and the paper being shaped.  Even while we make precise creases and follow orderly steps to bring a new little one into our family through this adoption process, God is working His own process, creating something beautiful and yet unrevealed in each of us.

We hope you’ll follow along to see what God is making here, but right now, here is what we know of the steps we are taking in this folding and unfolding of papers, processes, and people:


                  Welcome Home
                Travel to China – 2 weeks in country
              Invitation to travel – plans made to travel in 1 month
            Finalize Immigration
          Letter of Approval (LOA)
Log-in Date – Dossier has been received by PRC
     
Dossier – will take 2-3 months once submitted
   
Immigration Pre-Approval (I800-A) – application submitted 1/14/2016
 
Homestudy – Completed 1/13/2016
Pre-approval from China to adopt – Completed

You may also enjoy listening to what has become our family’s theme song for this adoption.  It may not have been written with adoption in mind, but as we listened to it, we decided it just beautifully illustrates some of the grief and especially the hope that are part of an adoption, whether it is an adoption into a family or our adoption as a son or daughter of God through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKMjEvF2Fkw&feature=youtu.be

Our friend Kirstin, a mother of three biological and two (going on three!) adopted children, has often observed that every adoption is really a series of miracles.  We saw and thoroughly enjoyed some parallels to that bit of wisdom in this behind-the-scenes look at our theme song video:
http://stevencurtischapman.com/behind-the-scenes-on-the-glorious-unfolding-music-video/

*In Japanese, the art of paper folding is called origami. In Chinese, it’s zhezhi.  If you’re interested in pronunciation, I recommend checking out an app called Pleco.

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