Today, it has been 84 days since we turned in the giant manila envelope with our application inside.
Also today, we learned that after 84 days, the right email makes us do this:
We have been assigned a social worker by our agency, and we will be starting the home study process very, very soon! There will be so many things to do and learn in this process as we get ready for our future child to arrive.
We know this is a small step, but it’s a step nonetheless, and we are unashamed of our over-the-top joy about forward movement and having things to work on and look forward to. WE’RE SO EXCITED AND WE JUST CAN’T HIDE IT.
Seriously, I’m embarrassed about how many trees we’ve probably gone through already.
It’s all going to be worth it though! Our goal is to submit our completed adoption application to the agency next week, and I think we are right on track! It does mean that as soon as the plates are cleared from dinner, almost every night looks like this:
(Excuse our messy house, it’s not exactly top priority at the moment.)
Wow, are we doing some big, ADULTING type things these days. Serious conversations, signing official documents, researching school districts, comparing health care plans…I keep thinking to myself, When did we suddenly grow up? Did I miss it?
We did finally get a chance to sit down and relax the other night, and Nate commented on how much our love for each other has actually grown more than we could have imagined through this experience. This process has the potential to bring out inherent differences in our relationship, cause tension or stress, or make us feel like that guy in the meme who wants to just toss all the papers in the air and give up.
Thankfully, so far we have just been taking it day by day, sheet by sheet, and bonding over mountains of adoption paperwork and saying “initial here, here, and here.” Because each one is a step closer to our kids, so we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Happy New Year! We celebrated by announcing to our family and friends that we are pursuing foster care adoption this year. Because we can’t afford to send 500 holiday cards to each and every one of our online friends (though we wish we could) we decided to share it here…