Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Update & Sneak Peek

Update on Journey:
Well, AdoptHelp received our package of 30 birth mother letters (profiles) and our case worker sent the following email regarding the next step:

"Your profile will now be presented to birth mothers who match your filters. Sometime during the 1st to the 10th of each month you'll receive a status update from me via email or phone or both, which ever you prefer. You will receive your first status update in October. This status update will let you know on what date you profile was sent to the birth mother, what her name is and what her adoption status is. However, you will always be called if you are a 1st choice. If you are a 2nd or 3rd choice this will show up on your status update."

YAY!! We have chosen who will be completing our home study and are in the process of completing it...its a llloooooonnnngg process though, and masses amounts of paperwork. Can you say...PAPERCUTS...ouch....lol!

Now for the Sneak Peek......

Here's a peek from the nursery!! It's getting soooo close to completion!! The BIG reveal is coming!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Waiting....

Well, our birth mother letters (30 to be exact) are printed and mailed off TODAY!! Once AdoptHelp recieves them we are on to our next step.
In the meantime, I have researched who in the state of Idaho and locally is the cheapest to provide our home study. A home study is basically when a social worker deems us fit to be adoptive parents....it seems simple but the paperwork is CrAzY!! The social worker told me that on average, most people complete their home studies within 60-90 days...WOWZERS!! It's a good thing I'm "working from home" to get it completed faster. My goal is completing it no later than 45 days from application. The first thing we have to do is apply for the home study which costs ($150 for the app and then an addl $950 for the completion of the home study). Eeeekkk! Good thing I had over 10 yrs in the banking industry to be knowledgable enough in managing finances...LOL!!
Also....since we are waiting for "The Call" ("the call" is where we get a call from our firm telling us that we are being presented to a birthmom and we have been picked)...we need to get the nursery complete (decor wise, not furniture). I kinda dropped the ball with the stripes. I started a section and then quit, here's what it looks like:
It's only a 3 foot section vertically....I did it to test the colors and decided, I didn't like it. I had a couple of people tell me that I was acting like a pregnant lady with my indecisiveness....LOL!! So, we are still doing stripes just in a different fashion. I'm so excited to get it started and hopefully finished in the next few weeks....my personal deadline is my birthday (Sept 28th)! We'll see how I do on that timeline...LOL!!