Sunday, August 21, 2011

Happy to report on our happy report!

Not too much to report here EXCEPT that our home study report is DONE!  Yay!  I reviewed it and now it is being sent over to the agency to be reviewed.  Hopefully it will be in our hands soon and we can mail it out with our 1600-A, which is the next step in the process.  I remember getting our paperwork months ago and seeing the overwhelming number of tasks we would need to complete, and the 1600-A seemed so far away... but here we are!  Another step closer, and it feels great!
The only other adoption-related news is that we decided to broaden our age request.  The younger age we will be requesting will now be 0-36 months.  This came after we returned from New York with Sean's family and had spent time with our nephew, Brandon:
(Why pass up an opportunity to add his cute photo?)  I was thinking, after the vacation, that even though Brandon is very self-sufficient, at the end of the day, he is still little.  He still wants mom to hold him and read him a story before bed at night.  He still has chubby feet :)  The next important talk for Sean and myself was, will we miss any major milestones that are important to us?  And the answer is no.  There isn't anything between 24 and 36 months that we felt would be too hard to let go of.  We just felt this was the age that was right for us, and felt led to make this change, just as we have been led by God to all decisions on this journey. 

Other than waiting for that report to be in our hands, we are just getting ready to go back to work (boo)!

I'll end this post with my inspiration for the day:
And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:27
...feeling thankful for the cross we've had to carry

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

3 visits, 2 years, 1 procedure...

3-2-1...

3 Visits
Homestudy visit number THREE was completed last week!  Yay!  Now we just have to wait for the report to be written, which can take a little while.  But this was just another reminder of how God wants this adoption to work out.  I knew it would be difficult to schedule our third and final visit because the day our social worker was coming home from vacation, I was leaving for cheer camp, and then I was having surgery when I got home.  My only option seemed to be to wait at least a week after my surgery and try to schedule the meeting, but our social worker said she would be unavailable.  I was starting to get frustrated when an email came Sunday night (the night before I left for camp).  She said her daughter would be away on Tuesday and could we meet her in Akron?  I almost wrote back no because of camp, but then I realized that I would be at The University of Akron!  So, it worked out better than I could have planned!  Sean met me up there, and I just went two buildings over from the cheerleading camp (while the girls were with the other coach) and met the social worker at Starbucks.  Not only did the final meeting go well, but she also said she would definitely be recommending us for both unrelated children and the concurrent family building plan.  I am still amazed at how well that all worked out!

Now onto 2 years...
Yesterday (August 8th) was our two year wedding anniversary!  Unfortunately I am still recovering from surgery so our big night out was going to the video store down the road, but that doesn't matter.  We are in such a wonderful place and have grown so much closer over the last year, and we are so incredibly happy with one another.  My husband has taken care of me the last four days, and I am so lucky to have him.  Now for a little reminder of that beautiful day two years ago:

And finally, 1 procedure
As I stated above, I had surgery on August 5th.  This was for potential endometriosis, which the doctor did find, and removed.  Without going into details (for risk of too much information) it was causing a definite contributor to infertility.  So, this could potentially increase our chances of getting pregnant.  Sounds good :)  But I have to say, I am not really concerned about that right now.  If that happens, wonderful, especially because we should be approved to stay in the adoption program at the same time, but overall it's just nice to have this done.  I had a feeling this was at least one of the culprits and it's nice to know it has been removed.

Right now, I am just focusing on getting better and trying to enjoy what remains of this summer vacation.