I didn’t realize how long it had been since I had written, but it makes sense considering May was a never ending blur of excitement.
If you don’t follow me on any social media I’ll wrap it up as NYC (May 1st)-Saint Simons Island-Braves Game-Mother’s Day-PreK Graduation-My birthday-10 year college reunion-Home Study Packet Received-Junior League End of Year-Pool Days-Our Anniversary/Food & Wine Festival in Atlanta (May 30th)
We get lots of questions on where we are with the adoption so I thought I would delve a little bit into the stage we are on right now, which is our home study.
We received our home study packet 2 weeks ago. I looked through it and then had to just put it down. It was a little like looking at an entire semester of college classwork. My thoughts went from “ok, that should be easy’ to “wow, I’m really going to have to take some time on that.”
You can really complete the home study at your own pace. And while I’m typically a hurry up and get things done now kind of girl I’ve had a peace over completing these things in their own time. I am excited to move on to our next step, but I don’t want to rush through just to get the check marks on the page.
So what are the check marks?
2 sets of fingerprints (FBI & GBI)
DFCS child abuse clearances (for GA and NC because we lived there)
Medical Reports- for all 4 of us (+ our dog)
10 hours of coursework
and finally an autobiography and short answers (from each of us) to 50 open ended questions ranging from “what do you like best about yourself?” to “what characteristics in a child would make you feel like he belonged to you?”
Not exactly something I’m going to complete in an afternoon. Or three.
Once we complete all of this we will be assigned a social worker and will have our face to face meetings/interviews.
On the morning of our 10th anniversary we had our first set of fingerprints taken.
File that under things I never imagined I’d be doing.
We had a great weekend together- talking and eating and shopping and more eating.
At dinner Joel asked what the best moment had been in those 10 years. I thought for a second and then said that it doesn’t really matter. What matters is the here and now. That we both know that our relationship has never been better.
We are setting out on this unexpected journey together and it’s exciting and scary. But I can’t wait to see where it takes us.