Welcome to our journey! The decision for us to adopt a child from China has been one of the most exciting things that we have done! We had no idea that a child half a world away could already be in our hearts....this is our journey to bring him home.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Happy Holidays everyone!!!

We hope that everyone had a great Christmas!!  We did!  We got together with both sides of the family and had a great time!  We hope that the next year will be a wonderful New Year for all of you!  We are hoping that we will be able to add our new little child to our family this year!  Time will tell!  Our next Home Study meeting is coming up January 7 so that will be one more step in the right direction!  Gary had to go in and get his fingerprints redone this morning!  They said that his were unreadable.  Hopefully this will not delay anything in the process!! We had someone else do his this time and he said that he guarantees that they will go through this time....keep your fingers crossed!!

Until next time......Happy New Year!!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Our first Home Study meeting!!

Well....we had our first Home Study meeting today!  I have to admit I was a little nervous going in.  Just wondering what it was all about and wondering what kinds of things they were going to cover.  But...all in all it went well.  Our social worker is nice and everything will be fine.  Our next meeting is not scheduled until January 7 which is almost a month away!!  She did not want to do it again before Christmas and I do understand that this time of the year is very busy!  We did get some homework so I will finish that up and keep busy with the Holidays and the meeting will be here before you know it.....right?

Friday, December 3, 2010

Finally!! We have an appointment!!

Well.....we finally have an appointment with our social worker!! Our Home Study agency finally called me on Wednesday morning and set up an appointment for our first "visit" with our social worker!!  I finally feel like we are moving ahead in the process!  All of the paperwork that we did in the beginning feels like a long time ago!!  I guess waiting is not my best attribute! With the holiday season upon us I can keep myself busy with the decorating, shopping and baking.....and then when January comes along....more waiting!! Oh my!

Will definitely keep you updated!!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

We hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving!   We did! We had a couple of family gatherings to go to and ate way too much!
We are still waiting to hear from our Home Study agency on when we are going to start our home study!  I will have to admit.....I am getting a little frustrated now! I guess I just thought that since we have started this all in the beginning of September that we would be farther least with the Home Study!   I have been doing alot of research and just plain snooping around the internet and some people have heard from their Home Study agency in a  matter of a couple of weeks!  I will say.....our agency had us do everything that we were to do including fill out all the paperwork, physicals, references etc.  And I am hoping that the delay is that they want as much completed as possible before we actually meet with the social worker.  I guess I just have to be as patient as possible at this point.....not so easy to do!!  I am hoping the next time that I post we will have heard something from them and can get this wonderful process moving along!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Well let's see!!  Where do I begin?  We started our journey by sending in our application to our adoption agency on 9/20/2010 and after a little over a week on 9/28/2010 we had heard from the agency that we were approved to move on in the process!! That was only the beginning but a huge step nonetheless :)

Next we were told to go ahead and find an agency to start our Home Study. Luckily there was an agency right in our city that would do that for us.  After I called them and they told me they would gladly do our Home Study.  I went in to register with them only to find out how much work a Home Study can be!! The lady at the desk actually told me to take the packet that we were to go home and fill out and go and sit down in the waiting room and look through it.....just to make sure that we still wanted to go ahead with it.  I guess she thought that it might scare some people way!!   So....from that night forward for about the next husband would get home from work and we would go through about 2 pages of  questions.  Eventually we got all the questions filled out in the booklet. Doing it in sections helped to not make some of the questions repetitive.

We have handed in everything thing that is to be done for the Home Study. By 11/08/2010 we have been fingerprinted, had a physical and filled out miles of forms and questionnaires.....knowing that it all is one step closer to getting our precious little boy or girl...a wonderful feeling!!

And now......more waiting.