Tuesday, March 24, 2009

we met with social services. . .

and I'm still smiling.
We meet with the social worker yesterday. This will be our third, yes third, homestudy we have done in an attempt to adopt. She heaved a thick folder into our laps and stated that we need to have all the forms filled out pronto.

We have three sets of fingerprints, which will bring my grand total to ten. I will have been fingerprinted ten times, so I guess that robbery I was planning is out of the question. See's Candy, you lucked out.

We will also have a foster parent class (that should be twelve hours of pure brilliance) and a CPR class to take. We have a billion forms to fill out and questions to answer to the best of our ability. We have two more personal interviews wherein we will sit directly in front of our doey eyed social worker and she speak in a soft, caring voice and ask all sorts of personal questions and pry into the neather reaches of our relationship. She will intermittently jot down notes on what kind of people she deems us to be and I will most likely have drink Pepto directly from the bottle before the interview is complete. We also have the home visit which will be a treat in and of itself.

Here's the good news.

I'm getting a baby. Did I tell you that? At the bottom of this massive stack of paperwork is a baby girl. And I can't wait.

I'm not sure how I'm going to make it through all this with my melon brain, but I'm going to give it my all. I'm going underground for a few weeks. My nose is to the grindstone. My shoulder is to the wheel. I'm burning the midnight oil.

I found this anonymous quote and it made me feel so much better about my current mental state.

Some people think only intellect counts: knowing how to solve problems, knowing how to get by, knowing how to identify an advantage and seize it. But the functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion and empathy.


Shonna said...

Congratulations!! That is wonderful news!! Don't worry, you will make it through the red tape and then you will have a beautiful prize waiting for you in the end!

Postcards and Coasters said...

All of that paperwork sounds like a blur... it went by so fast!

Laura said...

I should take that class with you. I often feel very unprepared for the amount of children God lovingly handed over to me.

coffeeloves said...

really happy for you.
a dear friend of mine and her husband have held and enjoyed their baby girl Lily, from Beijing for over 2 years now.
I remember her talking about all the visits from social workers, forms, being analyzed...it was very stressful.
Lily is beautiful, so full of love, laughter and life.
We enjoy asking her "lily, where were you born?"
Her chubby face alwys breaks into a sparkly smile as she says "i was born in CHINA!!"
Yes, you are getting a daughter..and soon this time
of waiting will only be a faint memory.

Jessica said...

Why is adoption so complicated? I feel your pain. My husband and I and in the process of adopting 2 adorable boys. It will be 2 years in the making whne we are done.

Your jewelry is great. I love your blog.

Keep on truckin'

Swanki Girls said...

I am SOOO excited for you!!!! Girl's are such fun & you won't even remember the paper work.

JanMary said...

Hugs and prayers as you leap through the required hoops!

The amazing prize with be so worth it.

Jill said...

Good luck my friend! If I can do anything to help, please let me know.

Can't wait for May and June!

Paige Tyler said...

using that quote for my facebook! Love it

Rebecca said...

Oh I remember all the paperwork and thinking I was so glad I didn't have a shaded past. I wish I would have thought of it sooner, but the agency I went through has a speed process and I didn't have to do classes. Call me if you want their number.
Rebecca Pulsipher

annie said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I am so happy for you! Such good news! YAY!!!