Tuesday, May 31, 2011

profile book ordered - check

well - we finally did it. 

we finally ordered our profile book.  it took months of sorting through thousands of photos, finding just the right words, and putting it all together to finally get the book where we wanted it.  after submitting it for approval a little over a week ago we were asked to make a few "small" changes.  i had hoped to get the book ordered a while ago, but getting some of the changes into place took longer than expected - however - it - is - finally - ordered!

now i will just be on pins and needles until the copies arrive so we can make sure everything came out all right in the printing process before we mail them on to Bethany.  everything looked good in the preview and we feel pretty good about the final product - so we wait!

if you'd like to view the inside of the book, feel free to take a "preview" tour at:
finding family

Bethany is working to approve our web profile and putting together our home assessment paperwork. we've gotten multiple clarifications and updates today, so we know everything is in the works! 

next stop - craft projects!

Saturday, May 28, 2011


i found this heads up penny today and it reminded me how lucky i am.

a few reasons i am lucky:

i just returned home from a week in va where i had to go work at my office's headquarters.  i'm lucky to be able work from home and NEVER ever take that for granted.  working from home is a peaceful environment that i have a ton of control over. 

my sweet husband circled the airport multiple times with my darling doggies waiting happily inside until i could get my suitcase off the baggage claim and then waited in the car for another half an hour while i got us some thai food (my favorite) for a quiet dinner at home.

our pastor and his family met us for an afternoon of bowling which helped me settle back into the calmness of life in nc and a focus on something other than work and adoption processes.

our adoption paperwork, video slide show, web profile, and profile book have been turned in for approval.  fingers crossed they will be approved as is and we will officially be done with everything we have to do before being on the waiting list.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

home study part III

today was the date of our final home study.  we prepped, we cleaned, we baby proofed, we discussed what we thought was going to be talked about, and prepared for the worst.  we had a damaged exterior window in the garage that we'd been fighting to have repaired for over a month.  we finally had a company agree to come out and repair the window today at 10am.  by 11am they still had not shown up.  will called to check in and see what was going on and was told they were on the way.  by noon we decided that might not have been the situation and by 1pm will called back.  they then informed us they'd call us back in a minute.  when they did call back they determined that i had made a mistake and that they told us they would be there at 2pm, not 10am and that now they were running late.  the social worker was due to arrive at 2:30.  i just knew that this broken window was going to be what would do us in.

our social worker arrived right on time and never said one word about the broken window.  (the window repair company ended up arriving just as our social worker was leaving and will explained to her the story about the window.  i got all worked up about nothing.)  we were nervous that our dogs were going to put on a show and paw her to death, so we elected to hold them during the entire visit.  they both ended up sleeping on our laps.  our social worker did a quick tour of the home, jotted down notes about each space, asked us questions about the rooms, our neighborhood, and how we intended on paying for the adoption.  we signed a quick agreement acknowledging that we understood that they will be as honest with us as possible, but that there are no guarantees in this process.  it was not anything that we were not already aware of and totally made sense.  before you knew it she was saying - okay, so that's it! 

i honestly had a moment of feeling robbed.  seriously?  that's it?  we're done?  yeah, seriously, really, honestly, we were done.  this entire home assessment process was so comfortable, so simple, so easy.  the worst part about the entire process was my nerves and working myself up to expect something from left field - the punch that never came.  if there is anyone out there who ever stumbles across this who is nervous about their home assessment process, please let me be the beacon of light that encourages you to REMAIN CALM and know that everything will flow smoothly and you've got nothing to worry about.  coming out from the other side, i can honestly say it was a breeze.

so where do we go from here?

we're 99% done with our profile book and we learned today that this can be copied and added to in order to create our online profile page.  once this is complete we just wait for our social worker to submit the home assessment report to us for our review, submit it back to her with any changes, wait for approval from her supervisor and the state director, and then we will receive a letter letting us know that we are officially on the list of waiting families.

i'm ordering supplies to keep busy with baby craft projects and we're planning some mini-travel trips over the weekends coming up.  we're continuing to relish in the time that we have remaining where it's just the two of us and being thankful for any morning we can sleep in or any afternoon where we can take a nap.  we're so blessed to be on this journey and cannot believe we're in the home stretch.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

chaos = life

final preparations have begun for our last home study visit this thursday.  we purchased two baby gates for our stairs and got ready to install them today - only to find out that apparently we do not know how to measure very well.  back to target.  i picked up two more baby gates - industrial versions - that apparently are large enough to enclose our stairwell.  amelia says she is just going to live in between them.  we've installed all of the cabinet safety locks and even locked ourselves out of our walk in attic with a door knob spinning cover that could keep pretty much anyone out of that area.  hopefully we've taken care of everything that could be on the unseen "check list".

all of this change is apparently unsettling.

thursday night we found out that iliana (our 10 year old baby dog) no longer wants to be in her crate while we're gone, and that nothing will stop her from getting out.  she some how houdinied herself out of the crate thursday night while we were at church small group by prying the metal door of her crate apart at the bottom and squeezing out of her second story doggie condo.  luckily her only sustained injuries from this stunt were a small puncture wound on her inner thigh and scraping along her left rib cage and chest.  friday night i thought i would outsmart her and i put 4 master locks on the crate door and we went to dinner right up the road.  we were gone less than an hour and thought we'd defeated the battle of the crates when we looked into her crate and found her covered in blood.  we did not know where the blood was coming from, but there was blood from her head to her feet and it was concentrated on her paws.  we hurried her to the bathroom and got her into the tub to see if we could wash away the blood to see where it was coming from.  initially we thought her paws were the source, but we later found that it was actually an incisor tooth pulled completely out - including the root.  OUCH!  the bleeding stopped after i washed her with prescription shampoo and we decided we'd call the vet in the morning vs. going to the doggie er friday night.

saturday morning i called the vet and we got the first available appointment for later that afternoon.  knowing we could not leave her at home alone, we adjusted our schedule to make sure one of us was with her at all times.  running errands and getting things accomplished was a lot more difficult with one person left behind at home.  (we joked that this is what it would be like with an infant at home.)  we had both been excited to go to gus' first birthday party later on that afternoon, but i had to leave will at the vet  to wait to talk to the dr.  the vet asked a series of questions and checked iliana's chart going back to april of 2009 where she had her first bouts with severe separation anxiety.  my trip to india sparked the inital bout of fear, and then things settled down when i returned home.  however, in april of 2010 will had his brain surgery and her anxiety spiked again.  that time the vet gave us a sedative to give her to help her sleep.  after one dose of that medication we determined that was not the route we wanted to go as we did not like the effect the medication had on her.  however, after some time she settled back down.  this time, things just seemed much worse.  the vet talked with will about the escalation and the fact that small triggers can exacerbate the anxiety to cause the separation to just be too much to handle.  (for example, when we did get home on friday, despite the fact she had to be in an intense amount of pain, she wagged her tail furiously, just excited that we were back home.)  the vet ran some blood work, checked her kidney and liver function, and then prescribed her an anti-depressant for daily use and an anti-anxiety medication that she will take when we fear she will be under anxious circumstances.  the medications will take a couple of weeks to take their full effect, so we will have to see how they will work.  we are hoping this solution will work and she can get readjusted, knowing that bringing a baby home is going to be yet another huge adjustment for her.

thankfully i did have one break from errands and chaos this weekend.  leaving will at the vet on saturday, i headed out to our friends for their sweet baby's 1st birthday party.  i was sad that will was unable to make it to the party, especially since cathy had prepared him some "holly springs nacho dip"!  it was amazing to watch gus walking around, interacting with other kids his age, and just loving every second of his party.  its hard to believe in one short year that gus went from a tiny premature baby to a little one who can run around the living room and kitchen, climb up a sliding board, and chase his "girl friend" around.  gus enjoyed tickling the frosting on his frog birthday cake and never really did take a chunk of cake out of the frog face without some assistance.  he was content loving on the frosting and smearing it from forehead to chin.  the audience all got a good chuckle out of it, and it was definitely an exciting moment that i look forward to sharing with our darling deer one day.

Friday, May 6, 2011

mother's day weekend

i vividly remember previous mother's days being full of sorrow.  i remember getting cards from my mom and others that were sympathetic to my situation, but still never wiping away the pain of the day itself. 

i think the thing that always haunted me was just never knowing if i'd be someone's mother.  longing to be that person for someone had left a giant void in my heart.  it was hard to bare, thinking i would be childless.

this year as we head into mother's day weekend it feels different.  the other day i got this joyous card in the mail - the tone is totally different from the cards i've gotten on past mother's days.

it's now that we wait in joyous unfailing hope - knowing that our baby is out there somewhere - and that soon they will find their way to us.  we know the journey (specifically the wait) may be long, and we really are fine with that.  we find comfort in knowing that all of this has happened for a reason, and that our family will come together as it was designed - knowing that one day i will be someone's mommy and the hubbs will be the daddi-o.