Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One Down

As most of you probably know... we had our first home study meeting yesterday and it went really well!
Our social worker came over and did not even look at our house that we spent all day Sunday cleaning (that's ok, that part was for us more than her). She came in, sat down and asked us some general questions.
She asked us about why we wanted to adopt, what lead us here, questions about our faith and our background (very general at this point), she asked what type of parenting we imagine for our family, what type of child we imagine parenting, what would be hard about parenting, and a few questions about our jobs and our community.
She was very nice and the questions were pretty easy to answer.
We are very thankful that we seem to get along with her well and she didn't seem to have any concerns at all - well not that she shared with us anyway.
Our next meeting is November 3 (I know already!!!) and we go down to Bedford, VA to do our individual interviews - she thinks they will be 1 - 1 1/2 hours each. Then after that she will do our home inspection and our final meeting possibly even that Saturday morning! Then we need to complete our 2 day training which is November 14,15 in Fredricksburg and then we are DONE! We make our family book, send it to the Bethany offices and then we are waiting :) VERY exciting!
We are continuing to get ready for the baby - last week we painted the floors upstairs (yes I know that sounds weird... someone painted the wood flooring upstairs this nasty brown color that dust just settled in and showed up on, so we painted them gray) and now the rooms are so much brighter and better looking. We still have some touch up that needs to be done, but save that for another weekend.
We decided that we are going to theme our nursery "jungle animals" perfect for a boy or girl and most definitely super cute.
We have a family we are borrowing a crib from (yay thanks SOOO much), but still need a dresser, a change table, and a rocker.... I see an Ikea trip in our future....
Before our final homestudy meeting we need to finish baby proofing the house, we need another smoke detector/carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a window AC unit and a couple more things to keep our cabinets closed and we should be set! We will probably get those the first weekend in November.
Thank you so much for all your prayers up to this point and please continue to pray for us as we go through this process. Pray that we understand the process and complete everything the way we are supposed to so we don't need to have a repeat homestudy.
Please continue to pray for our finances as well, we have saved and have had donated around $800! Once our homestudy is complete we will be starting some fundraising so keep your eyes open for that and please let us know if you have any fundraising ideas.
Thanks so much for everything and as always if you have questions ask!
Love,
Adam and Kristen

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Lots of "Yays"

It has been a CRAZY couple weeks at our house.
Friday we FINALLY finished up the paperwork. We got fingerprinted, got our driving records, our pet vaccination records, filled out a million and one sheets, signed another million sheets, found our birth certificates and marriage certificate, our proof of car and health insurance, and turned EVERYTHING in. YAY!!!
So what does this mean? Next we are on to the homestudy! Which means a social worker will come to our house (I think a couple times) and look around, interview us, and we have to go to them and be interviewed separately.
We paid our homestudy fee, thanks to family support (yay!) and tonight our social worker is going to call and set up our 1st homestudy meeting. This is the scariest part for me, of course I wonder if so much will go wrong or our house won't pass, etc.
SO - with this what we could use help with if you want to support us:
Fire extinguisher
Smoke alarm with a co2 alarm
Baby gates
a window A/C for the baby room
a baby safe space heater
baby proofing stuff for drawers, cabinets, etc.

I think that's it... if you have ANY of that you would be willing to donate or let us buy from you please let me know.

We also are going to start our first fundraiser! YAY again, so we are going to do a silent auction - so we can use 1. advice and help on how to set it up, 2. items! If you have anything new, if you own a business, if you make stuff, anything that someone would pay for that would be great if you would be willing to donate that. We are asking that everything donated is new, not used. THANKS and pass that along to anyone you know who may be able to help!
We are one step closer to getting our baby and your help brings him/her one step closer to being part of our family.
And of course if you want to donate we have a donate button on the blog or you can contact me if you don't have a paypal account.

And of utmost importance if you can donate time to pray that is of the utmost importance.
Right now, you can pray for:
-preparing for the homestudy
- our social worker
-us to stay calm and focused for our homestudy
- our baby and his/her mother

THANKS for all your support whatever way it comes it is necessary and appreciated.
Love,
Adam & Kristen

10/3 Edit-
This is not enough to warrant it's own post BUT - last night our social worker called and we scheduled our first homestudy visit for October 20. YAY! Super nervous but yay, luckily we don't have to have our house ready (phew - because that would NOT get done by then) but we are finally in the homestudy process!
Also - last night we had someone anonymously leave a babygate, outlet protectors and some things we can install in our drawers to prevent them from being opened. We are so blessed and so thankful!