Tuesday, November 6, 2007

One Step Closer

Our social worker visit couldn't have gone better last night. :)

It is so silly how I tend to get a little nervous the day of these visits, when we are old pros at the home study process. Between adopting three times before and having four post-placement visits, they shouldn't phase me anymore. But still, I found myself doing a little bit of extra cleaning. You guys know what I am talking about.

It got real when the part came when she asked us what kind of child or children we wanted to adopt. You know questions like, "Are you hoping to adopt a boy or a girl?" "What age range would you consider?" "Have you thought about birth order?" "What disabilities if any are you willing to consider?" "What made you decide on that?"

The visit ended with her looking at the room we are preparing for this child. We have already done little things to make this child feel welcome into our home. Sveta wanted to make sure that the blanket we got for his crib would be nice and cozy. William wanted to make sure that the bed was fixed properly. The girls have dug up baby toys that I had given them to play with when they played babies. Jonny helped me to pick out the comforter. All of the kids have helped me to move furniture.

Sure we still have a long way to go, but little by little, it is coming along great. I might get brave and paint a little mural of dinosaurs on the wall like I did for the boys' room upstairs.

Each day, we are one step closer.

On a final note, I wanted to thank my Aunt Tanya. Right before the visit last night, she called to ask about when we thought we would travel. She was considering coming up to help with the kids while we are gone. She doesn't know, but she brought tears to my eyes because she helped in answering a huge prayer request I've had --- That we find childcare for when we are gone.


Kathy said...

Awesome! It's always nice to have the visit behind you. What a blessing to have someone come stay with the kids.

Annie Kitching said...

When we had our first homestudy I cleaned every nook and cranny and even dusted the top of the hot water heater in the basement. I swear - this woman came in and never, NEVER got up off the couch. She did talk to us a long time, and obviously looked around that room, but it was very relaxed. The next homestudy, the worker came to the house three times and only once, apologetically, went through the house - and then it wasn't to look at any of the things we thought were important. Her big deal was the temperature of the hot water heater. Now - the youngest child in our house is 8, and everyone fully able to jump from a hot tub. STILL, our water was "too hot". So, now we have to turn it down in anticipation of her visits, and turn it up when she leaves - or we only have enough water for one child to get through half a bath!

Kathy said...
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Kathy said...

Hi. I'd love to hear more of your adoption stories. Please e-mail me if you have time kathycassel@comcast.net. I don't know if you've gone to my adoption blog or just family blog. Sometimes the posts are the same but the adoption one starts back a few months with why we are adopting. It's http://ourhaitianadoption.blogspot.com/

P.S. That deleted comment was me because I mistyped my e-mail address!

Tami said...

Don't you just loooove homestudies?! I get nervous every time too...and have been through them almost as much as you have. ;>)
What an answer to prayer to have someone to stay with the kids while you're gone!

Anonymous said...

Funny. I do the same thing:)

Nataliya said...

Aren't you glad this visit is over? You are one step closer!