Monday, August 31, 2009

Brief update and a moment to vent

We have not submitted our application yet, but it's mostly done. I hope to have it mailed by the end of the week. That's the goal anyway! After that, we have to go back to the agency for an interview. Keep your fingers crossed for us!

Just have to get out my frustrations really quick...

I'm SOOO sick of everybody giving me their two cents about where their friend's cousin adopted his/her baby and why we should look into it. I don't care!!! I tell people up-front that we are going with the agency my husband was adopted from, and yet they still ask if we have looked into their friend's cousin's agency. Hello??? WE ARE GOING WITH THE AGENCY FROM WHICH MY HUSBAND WAS ADOPTED!! I thought this was a no brainer, but I guess I was wrong.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Reality Check

We finally had our adoption orientation at the Gladney Center for Adoption. It's such a beautiful facility. There were about twenty other couples there with us from many different states. The majority were from Houston and Dallas, but three couples were from New York! There were also couples from Louisiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Colorado. The couple from Louisiana was at our table, and we became very close with them before the day was over. We had quite a bit in common with them with the main thing being she and Brandt are both Gladney adoptees. We thought that was really cool. We have their contact information to stay in touch throughout the adoption process.

Reality check...

I guess I thought the whole process was not going to take that long, since we were preliminary accepted so quickly. Not the case. It seems to take 3-4 months to apply, be approved and complete the homestudy. After that, it's a waiting game and no one can give us an estimated time. It seems the average wait time after approval is at least one year. They did not sugar-coat anything. They were upfront and honest, which we appreciated but frustrated us at the same time. They currently have 99 waiting parents +21 at orientation and had about 119 adoptions last year. They will have more orientations before the year is over. Competition is stiff. We did get to meet 3 birthmoms who gave each us some advice. The best advice was to make your profile book stand out by showing who you really are and don't make your profile book generic to appeal to everyone. If it's generic, it's going to get overlooked. The girls were very sweet, and the one who had already given birth was really funny. The application book is not too long. We have most of it done. We have 30 days to turn it in if we want the $300 fee to apply towards our agency fees. We are trying to stay on the ball. After applying, the next step is the homestudy!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

New Paintings

Now that my summer off is drawing to a close, I figured I'd better get on the ball to create some personal artwork. I began and finished these two paintings today. They are 11x14. I totally copied the idea from somebody else. It was so cute! How could I not be inspired to create my own? I'm actually putting these in my classroom with the hopes to spark some interesting conversations.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Orientation is almost here!

I've been patiently waiting for over a month now to attend our adoption orientation. Just one more week, and it will be here! We've been tossing some baby names around. I'm not ready to say just yet. I don't want to get too far ahead of myself. I've been looking into baby room decor. Since I will want to decorate before we know if we are getting a girl or boy (and a birthmom can change her mind at any point before giving birth and up to 48 hrs after giving birth), I've narrowed the room decor down to jungle/animals or colorful unisex prints. I created a Tumblr blog to house all the baby pics of things I (we) like until we decide. Check it out when you get a chance. I haven't looked at much furniture-can't decide on white or light wood. Any thoughts??