Let's Take This Journey Together

In my attempt to find information for our adoption process from Uganda, I became quickly aware that there just isn't much out there. I wanted to create a way for all of us taking this journey together to be able to walk along-side each other. A place we can find other people taking this journey with us. A place to encourage each other during the journey. A place to keep up with the family after the adoption is finalized, because, let's face it, the adoption is only the beginning of this journey!

If you are in the process of adopting from Uganda and are blogging about your journey, please e-mail joshntash@hotmail.com so I can add you to the hopefully growing list of people who are bringing these orphans home!

Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

I never would have thought we would be on this journey this year!  I am so grateful for the Lord's patience and for His voice as He gently speaks to our heart.  Hopefully this time next year we'll be celebrating as a family of SIX!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Today we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, the true Father to ALL!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

"How Can We Help?"

We are asked this question all the time.  People want to help us with our adoption, but aren't exactly sure how.

Well, I am going to give you two very easy ways to help us in the most practical way possible.

Ready?  Here it is...

You can Pre-Order my family devotional I wrote, although not in my hands yet because it is the final stages of production, and a percentage of the $15 (+shipping) will go toward our adoption.  You can also choose Option 2 or Option 3 to donate a little more toward our adoption.  I'll be mailing out the books mid-January. (There is a link to the right to pre-order the book as well:)

You can also go to joshvia.bandcamp.com and download Josh's new Christmas Album EP.  It is available for FREE download, but if you feel so lead, you can donate toward our adoption for the album as well.  So, go download this great music and ENJOY! (There is a link to the right to download the EP as well:)

So there ya go.  Two ways to help us bring our little girl home!

Here's a BONUS thing you can do - spread the word...

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Figure

We made $600, exactly, at our Adoption Yard Sale yesterday!

Make sure to check our family blog, www.tashavia.com, if you want to see the details and what we did with the leftovers:)  Pretty amazing!

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Yard Sale Is Tomorrow!

Via Adoption Yard Sale
WHERE: Rolesville, NC (at our house)
WHEN: starting at 8am

We have couches, storage shelves, toys, clothes, and 
don't forget all of Areyna and Zeke's little treasures they found to sell:)

Come on out and get a FREE cup of hot chocolate while you shop!

Monday, December 13, 2010

News...Finally!

Our first Homestudy visit went very well.  Very.Well.  Our agent is fabulous and totally put our minds at ease.  I'm not worried at all about our second visit, which will be toward the beginning of January.  The only thing paperwork-wise that we have to do to complete our homestudy paperwork is Josh's medical and that is scheduled for the beginning of January so we are actually at a stand-still with forms and such.  It's a welcomed lull with the craziness of my grandmother's funeral and our trip to Charlotte, not to mention Christmas being right around the corner and another Sunday trying to get the rest of the sponsors for the Orphans.

Here is the news we've been waiting for...

I got an email from the facilitator in Uganda and he has finally received the funding to begin the process for the little girl we are hoping to adopt!  I couldn't be more thrilled to have gotten this news!!!  This means that things are progressing on both ends now!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

First Home Study Visit

We have our first Home Study visit this Thursday.  Josh and I have been compiling all our documents and paperwork over the weekend and feel prepared.  It is so weird to be on this side of the adoption process.  I've always been the one to compile everyone else's hard work and send it to the appropriate places.  Now, I'm the one preparing all the little details.

Josh and I had fun reading through each other's autobiographies last night.  It was neat to see our different perspectives on our kids, marriage and our own marriage relationship.

I think this whole process, although it can be overwhelming at times, is going to be so good for our family and our relationships.

I'll let you know how the first visit goes.  I know the house doesn't have to be perfect, but I can't seem to fight the urge to straighten up every little corner and closet in the house anyway.

So, off I go to do what I do best...ORGANIZE!

Friday, December 3, 2010

And The Paperwork Begins

We just received our Uganda packet in the mail.  It's more like a dissertation and, after reading the welcome letter in the front, I went ahead and just closed it before the tears started to smear the pages.  I became completely overwhelmed.

I'm not exactly sure why.

Maybe it was because my brother and sister-in-law kept me up until 1am the night before:), maybe it was because the first thing I saw was "return to LMI ASAP" in bright red.

Maybe it was the fleeting thought of our little girl falling and scraping her knee and not having a mommy and daddy to kiss it and put a band-aid on it.

I don't know.  We just have such a long ways to go before we can bring her home.  Why does it have to be such a grueling process?  I mean I totally understand.  I really do.  But at the same time, I just wish we could say, "Hey __________, you want to come be part of our family?  Okay, let's hop on the plane and bring you home."

So,  again, Josh and I sat down and we made a weekend goal to do the "return to LMI ASAP" so we can mail it off on Monday.

Then we'll dive into the next page of the packet:)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Who'd A Thought

We sent in our contract so now we are moving.

Who would have thought it would be so darn expensive just to get a few Birth Certificates and a Marriage License?  Sheesh!  I'm in the process of getting all of our legal documents in order.

I need to pace myself or this could get a little tedious.

I'm also waiting to hear back from our home study agency to get our first session scheduled:)  It feels to good to actually be doing something now...

Friday, November 26, 2010

We've Made Contact

I think the hardest part of this process, so far, is the fact that we are the first group of adoptions that are going through this orphanage.  There have been a lot of unanswered questions and Uganda isn't the quickest country to get answers from (if you've ever been there you know exactly what I'm talking about).  It's nothing against them, they just have a different culture than we do.

BUT

Yesterday, Thanksgiving, we had a breakthrough!  I can't think of anything else that could have made our Thanksgiving any better than knowing that we have had this breakthrough!  I know it sounds vague, but I don't want to go into a ton of detail.

Just Praise The Lord with us as we rejoice in this breakthrough and continue to pray through this whole process as we work on bringing our little girl home!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Adoption Resources

Josh and I are wanting to be as prepared as we can be for whatever this adoption may hold.  We know that there is no way to be completely ready for what lays ahead but we'd be naive to think that there was nothing we could learn during this process.

Josh got online and found a couple of books we are going to be reading through together, but we want more!

We are specifically wanting to read about international adoptions and interracial families.  We know that this is a very emotional process...for us and the little black child we're going to be bringing into our family and we want to be sensitive to this.

So, what books do you suggest that we read as we try to prepare for this new Journey as a family?

Saturday, November 20, 2010

National Adoption Day

It's National Adoption Day.  It's such a good feeling to say that we are adopting this year!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Accepted

We just got accepted and approved into the LMI family!  Our application was approved and now we begin the paperwork:)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Made It

Our application made it to the agency and now we wait on approval.

I am almost giddy with excitement because, although that is just a preliminary step, it is one more necessary step that is complete!

I also spoke with our agency and they made communication with Uganda today and that is a BIG DEAL!  Communication can be detrimental to an adoption and we are praying for this open line for information and updates.

Where We Are

While Josh and I were sitting down together for dinner last night, our gaze rested on the pictures of our little Uganda girl on our refrigerator.  We both sat there in silence for a few minutes and then I realized how I was feeling inside.

It's kind of like the first trimester of a pregnancy.  When you first find out you are pregnant you KNOW you are pregnant, you KNOW that eventually you are going to be holding that little life, you KNOW your life is about to change in a HUGE and WONDERFUL way...but it just doesn't seem real yet.

That sums up exactly how I am feeling right now.

I KNOW we are adopting, I KNOW that eventually we are going to be holding the little life God has chosen for us to bring home, and I KNOW our family is about to change in a HUGE and WONDERFUL way...but it just doesn't seem real yet.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Mailed Off Our Application

We found our agency yesterday!  It's so nice to know that they are on our side helping us bring our little girl home:)

We chose, Little Miracles International.  I've spoken with the director and the program coordinator, both for extended lengths and am very anxious to work with them.  They emailed the application yesterday and we completed it last night.  We got everything together this morning and Josh just took Areyna and Zeke with him to mail it off!  Wow, we're really doing this:)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I Have A Love/Hate Relationship With My Phone

I decided that the best way for me to get things accomplished was to set little goals along the way.

So this week, my goal was to make initial connections with Adoption Agencies and Adoption Agencies.  I would love to have our applications by this weekend to be able to work on filling them out.

Yesterday, most of my day was spent on the phone leaving messages and then waiting...waiting...checking my email a million times...and waiting some more.

Then, finally, the phone calls began coming in!  I think we have found the agency we want to work with and hopefully have the home study agent we'll be using.  We just have a few more questions and details to get ironed out and then we can more forward.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Just Talking To Someone Helps

I just spoke with my first of three Adoption Agencies that we have the potential of working with.  I have been a little overwhelmed just thinking about where to get started.  It was nice to talk to someone in person (on the phone) about the process and the possibilities for us!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Let The Whole World Know

We just let the whole world know that we were bringing you home, little girl.  We are so excited for this journey.  We know it's not a glamorous road and we know that the Lord could shut the doors at any time, but we're moving forward in faith.

We love you already!
Family Portrait By: Areyna Via

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Call To Africa

We made the call to Uganda to let Godfrey, of Arise Africa, know that we were ready to do this.

So, this is the step where we wait on the paperwork to be filed to state that the little girl, whom we have chosen, is in fact available for adoption.

And the waiting begins:)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

It's Official

After a mission trip that my husband and I took to Uganda on October 4-14, 2010, we brought home more than just fond memories of the Ugandan people and a great experience.  We brought home a bleeding heart for the orphans that we met.  Not wanting to act out of a reaction to emotions we decided to meditate and pray about the possibility of adoption.

I felt, pretty early on, that this is what our family was called to do, but Josh was moving a little slower than me.  This isn't unusual:)  It just makes for one of the things I absolutely LOVE about him!  Really...

Anyway, after telling one of my closest friends to keep me accountable to keeping my mouth shut so the Lord could speak to Josh's heart, He did!

Josh came to me today to let me know that the Lord had affirmed in his heart that it's a go!

So, here we are.  We're going to bring one of those precious children home.

And so the Journey begins.

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