Thursday, October 29, 2009

Updating for the sake of updating...

Well, I have no update at the moment. It's only been almost 3 weeks. They told us it would be about a month wait. I try to forget that we are waiting and that it just takes a long time. Yet, I keep replaying our office interview and questioning if I said something the agency is questioning. I know I'm just being paranoid. What else am I supposed to think of right now?? I have a friend who has a friend who's selling her baby furniture. I'm gonna look at it just to see if I like it or not. Brandt thinks it's way too early. Why not start crossing some things off our list?? I'm ready to post some news already!!! Keep your fingers crossed for us!

Monday, October 19, 2009

1st Baby Item

I finally purchased my first baby item for us. I just wanted something to have to remind us of the baby we will be getting. I have it sitting in the windowsill in our bedroom. I see it when I wake up, and I see it when I go to bed. It's just a nice little symbol of the all joy and memories that are to come!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

1 month till approved!

Application - check
FBI fingerprinting - check
25% of app fee paid - check
Home study - check
Office interview - check
100% approved - pending!

The office interview was not that scary. My in-laws had prepared us for the kinds of questions they would ask. The agency also provided a short list of questions to study. They did separate us for part of the interview. That was slightly nerve wracking. We showed Jennifer (our case worker) our profile book. She LOVED!!! it! Yah!! I spent about 7-8 hours total working on it.

The profile book is a book about us as a couple and as individuals. It has pictures of our wedding, home, friends, family, vacations, and activities we enjoy. It also includes a letter to a potential birth parent about why we want to adopt and why we feel we will be great parents. (Basically, we have to sell ourselves to birth parents through this book.)

I'm glad to say all the hard work is behind us. However, the emotional roller coaster is only just beginning. So many ifs...Thank you again for your support through this process. I just don't feel like I can say it enough times!! We love all of you!!!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Homestudy complete, office interview here we come!

Yesterday Kristin from Gladney came to our house to meet with us. We spent most of Sunday cleaning. She told us the meeting would last about an hour. I think it took 40 minutes. She just wanted to know things like where the closest fire department is located, closest police department (we laughed and said - uh, right here), closest schools, and closest hospital. We took her on a 40 second tour of our house. Showed her our fire extinguisher. Then she asked if we had any firearms in the house. We both looked at each other and laughed. Then we had to name of each one. That was about a half a page. Of all of our guns, we only have 1 that comes with a locking mechanism. Hmmmm.... We have to get a safe, which we were already in the market for one. Our neighbors are selling us one for a steal! Yeah! She taught us how to baby proof the house. She also told us the wait will be 12 to 15 months once we are 100% approved which will be in about a month. I'm praying and keeping my fingers crossed that we get our baby by Christmas 2010!

Monday is our office interview were we will get down to the nitty gritty of making hard decisions about what we are willing to accept in a birthmother, who will be our baby's guardian if something should happen to us, how we plan to raise the baby, etc. I'm not too nervous. Our plan is to just be ourselves and be honest.

Thank you so much to all of you that read my blog and are supporting us through this journey!!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Surprise party for MIL!

B and I few to New Orleans Friday morning b/c B's dad was throwing B's mom a surprise b-day party. My MIL (mother-in-law) and I have been talking on the phone almost everyday for the last 2 weeks b/c of all the adoption and family updates. It's been so hard not to accidentally spill the beans. Everyone kept the party a surprise, even Grandpa! MIL came in the restaurant thinking she was walking in on a party for someone else. Her sister had to tell her the party was in her honor. B and I were hiding in the back, so she was extra surprised we stepped out. She couldn't quit crying and was in shock most of the night b/c FIL had NEVER kept a secret from her before. We had a blast and enjoyed hearing stories from each family member about MIL. We have to fly back home this evening. Normally we only get to come to NO, LA at X-mas. It was great to eat some great seafood, visit Grandpa, and see the family on our whirlwind trip.