Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Home visits: Check!

Well, two weeks have passed since our last update and quite a bit has happened.  :)

Our home has been studied, and while we are waiting for the write up about it, the hard work (for us!) is over!   We finished our autobiographies a few days before the first home visit.  Mine was a record for our social worker at 8 pages long...and I still missed some kind of big things in my life...apparently I'm wordy!  ha!:)  Jesse's was 3 nice, concise pages.

I was so nervous for our first home visit which was on Sunday the 14th, the day after the big party I'd been planning most of the year at my work.  But to my surprise, it was much less stressful than I thought it would be.  Our social worker is very friendly and easy to talk to.  She asked us questions about our life, why we'd like to adopt, etc.. and then we scheduled the next visit.  We chatted for about 2 hours, and while she did take a brief tour of our home she didn't see the locking medicine cabinet that we had installed, or the outlet covers, etc.  That we apparently, as I had originally suspected, didn't really need yet.  But it's better to be safe than sorry, right?  That's always been my motto at least....

Ok, fast forward to the next home visit which was Friday the 19th.  Our nice social worker asked us (more like Jesse because I had covered most of my life in my 8....pages....) more questions about our childhood, upbringing, family and then onto our Marriage.  The second home visit was also around 2 hours long and very, very painless.  (Not that I thought either would be painful....I just stressed over nothing really.)  Typically it takes about 4 weeks for the paperwork to be finished after the second home visit.  So sometime in mid-January or so, we should be good to go on the wait-list with our Agency!  Woot!

Speaking of our Agency, we just submitted our lifebook (basically a scrapbook with some additional things in it) for approval!  Once we get it approved, we can order the 25 copies that they will show to potential birth parents!  Hoping to find a sale on Shutterfly, or something!  (Photobooks are currently on sale until the 28th, but not sure we will get it back and approved by then...)  Praying!

In other news, it's two day before Christmas and while I am very, very sad that we can't be back in Colorado or with any family for the actual holiday...I was reminded tonight by my sweet husband that at least we have family that we'd like to be with.  So tonight, I'm thankful for my family.  Those young, old and in-between.  Those who I will see in just a few days, few weeks, few months or few years.  Those who are living and those who I had the privileged of knowing part of my life.  Thanks for being part of my family, either by blood or marriage!  :)  I love you all!

And of course, Merry Christmas!!!!!

Here's an updated prayer request list below.  Thanks for praying with us!

-For our Homestudy.
-That we continue to save and raise the remaining $9,500.
-That we continue to grow closer to God and each other through this process.
-For the birthmother and baby.
-For the caseworkers who we will work with on our Home Study and those at our Adoption Agency.

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