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Y'all...we are absolutely, totally and completely FLOORED.  Dumbfounded, awestruck, so incredibly grateful.  I feel like I have spent this entire week in a daze and I wanted to come up for air really quickly and just say thank you.

Last Friday, we sent an e-mail we had been trying to avoid.  Monday morning we got a response and that afternoon we were on a phone call.  From there everything moved at lightning speed.  Confusion replaced by clarity, questions marks overtaken by direction.  The "what's happening next?" turned into "happening now!" in about 24 hours. 

The last few remaining pieces of the paperwork and training have been scheduled and completed.  Pete picked up our fire extinguisher today and we are scheduling inspections.  We are officially into the last phase of licensure: home study.  A place we did not think we'd be for another 1-2 months.

On Wednesday night at 10:30pm I posted on FB the exciting news and ways to help.

I woke up the next morning with multiple items on the way and gift cards sitting in our e-mail.  I filled up our list again just in case.

By mid-morning Thursday I had texts and e-mails and IMs flying.  Questions answered, gifts dropped off, shipping confirmations received.  The list nearly out again.  *tears*

And here we are on Friday.  One week after sending the "what is happening? what's next?" e-mail and the provision just keeps on coming.  Texts from friends asking how they can help.  Doorsteps covered in shipping boxes.  Our hearts are just so full.  

We feel so loved, so cared for, so supported, so affirmed.  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
— Matthew 6:26

The next three weeks are going to be a doozy.  We have a mixture of fire inspection, environmental health inspection and State of Texas minimum standards that our house has to meet.  

  • All medicines (OTC, topical, etc.), chemicals, cleaning supplies, tools have to be locked away (this will be a total hall closet overhaul for us)
  • We have to have a "double lock" system for potential psychotropic medicines
  • Pantry reorganized 
  • Smoke alarms have to be in every room
  • The kid's room set up
  • A disaster prepardness kit
  • Etc., etc., etc.

And on February 17th @ 10:00am we'll meet with our home study writer.  He will interview us individually and together for 6-8 hours.  He will dig into every aspect of our lives imaginable, asking deeply personal and intimate questions.  The home will be toured and every closet and cabinet will be opened and examined.  And then all of this information will go into a report that will be reviewed by our agency and CPS to determine which kids best fit in our home.  

No pressure.

In the midst of what is bound to be a crazy and stressful view weeks we thank God for our amazing community of friends, family and coworkers!  You truly are a picture of our Father who love and cares for us!

We ask for your continued prayers for our hearts going into this phase.  And for continued provision for the construction materials and other items we need for the home study.  

24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
— Hebrews 10:24-25

Devin & Pete