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I am Joe. Born to Texans in Mississippi, I've spent the majority of my life on the Gulf Coast, somewhere between New Orleans and Mobile.

I started blogging in 2004 as a way to document my seminary experience in New Orleans. Now I write about faith, education, politics, and their convergence in our lives. My wife and I are walking through the adoption process, so that’s bound to come up, too.

Adoption Update I

Adoption Update I

Since you’ve been such troopers, here’s a picture of Shelley, me, and my parents (taken by my brother).

Since you’ve been such troopers, here’s a picture of Shelley, me, and my parents (taken by my brother).

It’s time for an update!

We started this journey in October, but it feels like an eternity ago. It’s only been a few months, and we’re still getting started. We’ve been blessed to receive large donations from so many friends and family members. You know who you are, and you need to know you’ve truly shown us love we never anticipated. One day we hope to be able to show the same support and love that you have for us. For all of you who bought a pair (or more!) of Shelley’s earrings - THANK YOU!

Here’s a quick* update of where things stand:

  • We completed a lengthy application process, including over-the-air meetings with two absolutely wonderful ladies at Lifeline Children’s Services.

  • We began the home study phase, and have already had our in-home session. We’re currently working on what appears to be enough autobiographical information to write three presidential memoirs.

  • Once we’re done with the autobiographies, we’ll be having a follow-up meeting with our home study caseworker. That should be done before the Rooted in Love Conference.

  • Speaking of the Rooted in Love Conference… that’s at the end of January in Birmingham.

  • The home study process takes about 12 weeks. We’re about 1/3 of the way through that, with individual interviews coming up next.

  • Once the home study process is complete, we will really kick up the fundraising. From what we understand, we should be 100% funded before we have the profile book released and put ourselves out there for placement. Although some families take out loans to cover the cost of adoption, we’ve got a pay-up-front plan. Obviously we’d prefer not to incur more debt than necessary.

  • So what’s coming next?

    • First, we’re both working on ways to use our talents to make extra money. Shelley is still making earrings for now. Joe is working on some woodworking projects.

    • We will be applying for some grants, but those usually require the home study to be complete.

    • We’ve got some ideas for t-shirts, and are slowly finalizing those plans. If you want to design something for us, please let us know.

  • The profile book will be a big part of helping us match with an expectant mother. But more on that later.

*Quick is relative, y’all. Also, did you know that it’s improper to use full sentences in bullet lists?

We’re rebels.

Life in the Seams

Life in the Seams

One Word 265: 2019

One Word 265: 2019