Thursday, June 23, 2011

home study: complete!

our living room

It makes me so happy to write those words, "home study: complete"!  We had the best caseworker in the world.  She was thorough, but in a very casual way.  She was encouraging and helpful.  And she was hilarious!  My interview took us 2 1/2 hours to finish because she was cracking me up so much!

Between the requirements of the state and those of our agency, we had a total of six interviews to complete.  We were all interviewed separately and then John and I had two interviews together.  Moonpie is super friendly and comfortable to talk with anyone, but Buddy is much more shy.  He was really apprehensive about his interview time.  Our caseworker, J, set up her Farmville game on her computer.  He loves video games so he went over to check it out.  Through the course of her explaining the game to him, she completed his interview!  He didn't even know what hit him!  I was so thankful for her flexibility.

Yesterday she walked through the house checking for things like smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, clean floors, etc.  Before she left she gave us big hugs and said she'd call us next week to check on us.

Not only did we complete our home study yesterday, but I also received our picture portfolio in the mail!  I'm still waiting on the hard bound one so I can send them into the agency.  The birth moms use the portfolios to help choose the family they think will be a good match.

As far as the requirements go, we are done.  Now the real waiting begins.
Waiting to be chosen.
Like a big, really important game of kick ball.  Hoping the team captain chooses you.  We are so ready to be put in the game!


angie said...

so exciting! congrats on the completed home study, must be such a weight off your shoulders! Hope you are "chosen" soon.

amanda {the habit of being} said...

congratulations! God was watching over you when he sent you that amazing sounding case worker - so lucky you got one that seems to love what she does!

amanda {the habit of being} said...

also, i would totally choose you :)

Anonymous said...

It is surreal to me that you guys are waiting. :)

Amy said...

Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes!

PS I love the way your living room is looking.

Becky said...

YESSS!!!!!! Awesome news! It wasn't so bad, was it?! I remember thinking...was that ALL I was worried about?! I've been thinking about you guys like crazy this week and I prayed off and on all day on Tuesday! Now is the exciting time! At any moment your phone could ring! Much love to you!!!

Andrea Gillespie said...

Thanks for these few details. We will be working on adoption through the state of Missouri soon, and it's all very mysterious. Best wishes!