Sunday, January 18, 2009

A Whole New World

Dear Friends,

We have made a major life decision in the past few months. We have decided to adopt!! This has always been in our hearts since before Asa was born. This past fall, Mark and I began to discuss it as a serious option and over Christmas, we made the announcement to our families!! Our plan is to adopt 2 children from Ghana, West Africa - with at least one girl!! I'm 'Ghana' get some more pink in this house!! Everyone has been very supportive. Asa & Eli are ecstatic. E is particularly excited about being a 'big' brother! We have requested 2 children under the age of 5. Ghana is not an infant program so we could possibly get children between 3 & 5. We feel very settled and at peace in what we feel like is a calling in a new stage for our family life. The community on the island is very excited.

We are in the initial stages of this journey. We have started our homestudy process with an agency from Atlanta who has a social worker/agent in Savannah with whom we are working. We've had our first meeting and have 2 more to go. The paperwork was fairly extensive and God allowed all of it to be collected easily and in a timely fashion. The only thing we have left to do prior to our last homestudy meeting is take a HIV test, TB/Skin test, and a Urine Drug screen. I hope we pass. :)

We are working with a placement agency in Washington State called Adoption Advocates International. I have 'met' our director via email and her blog and she seems fabulous. She loves Jesus and is in Ghana right now at AAI's orphanage. Our application is complete with AAI and we should hear from them soon. Once our homestudy is complete and our application has been accepted with AAI, we will then wait for a referral. This could take anywhere from 6 - 18 months.

Ghana opened to American adoptions in 2007. There is a precious community of families that network by blog who have either already brought their Ghanaian children home or are in the process of bringing them home. I have been keeping up (that reads blog-stalking) with them and have found them to be incredible, Jesus-loving, encouraging women of God. I feel privileged to learn from these women and hopefully in a few years I will be able to encourage someone in the way they have me. We never know who is watching us, right?? Some of their blogs are listed over there. Take some time and read their stories. We serve an amazing God who is calling families to amazing things.

So, what can you pray for?
1. Our children in Ghana. Although we do not who they are yet, all 4 of us are finding a strong tie to pray for them, their birth parents, their current circumstances.
2. Our home study process to be complete in a timely manner
3. For God's timing in His referral for our family. (Someone will need to remind me of His timing if it takes long!!)
4. Our finances. While we have the finances to care for 2 more children in our home - the upfront costs are staggering. We expect to pay around $26,000 (conservatively) once it is all said and done. We know that when God calls, He provides. We are beginning to do some things to help raise some of that money. There are tax credits. Please be praying with us for Manna for today.

There are so many other things to share. I'll save them for a new day. Let me hear from you!

By the way - what do you think of my new Blog!!??!! It took me forever. Seriously. I'm no Annie Downs.

Love to all!


  1. The more Fritchmans, the merrier! Can't wait to see who the latest ones are. And for my heart to grow two sizes larger. We love you all!

  2. This is exciting! We will be praying for all 6 of you!

  3. Wow! This is exciting news. We are praying for all of the above. I won't remind you of God's timing. Been there done that. You remember it is worth it!! Love you so much and miss you guys. Maybe we can get together when we are down at Amelia Island.

  4. I love your new blog look and can't wait to see how the journey unfolds for you guys! Which agency are going with? Sorry if you told me already-was it AAI? Things are a blur here these days...

  5. His timing is perfect ... if not occasionally annoying. We're praying for y'all and trust that everything will go smoothly.

    That tax credit is awesome by the way!

    I think you should share my reference letter with your readers.

  6. YAY YAY !! I am praying and can't wait!

  7. Okay, so I guess it was pretty obvious that I was multi-tasking when reading your post as I must have skipped over the part about you working with AAI!!I am not usually so blonde! Sorry!Anyway, I am very excited to welcome you into our 'family' and can't wait to have you join the pastor's wives group too! ;) Congrats and feel free to ask me about any kiddos when I get back from Ghana next time!

  8. There is an article about Ghana's gold industry in National Geographic. It will continue to solidify God's call to take those kids into a loving family like yours!! I am so happy for you all!!

  9. I am so excited about this!! You know I am praying with you and for you. I love the blog, you have motivated me to start one for my girls in college. Love you girl - Niki A.

  10. Awesome! We LOVE y'all! And the new Fritchman's too!

  11. Love it! I'm so excited to be here and get to watch the Lord continue to grow and prepare you for these sweet little ones! ahh yay!

  12. This is SO EXCITING!! We're thrilled for yall!!!!

  13. This is so freaking exciting!! The blog is VERY cute and girly!!
    Love you...can't wait to hear more!!!

  14. OH MY GOSH!!! i am SO excited!!!!!!! as if y'all dont have the cutest family ever already...2 ghanaian babies are gonna make it that much cuter!!! AHH!! want me to go over there and get them for you? :)
    i love y'all and i'm seriously pumped about your new chillens. i just can't get over it even.