Friday, October 26, 2012

My poor social worker

She had the pleasure of visiting us at school today.  And while it was just a typical day for us, it probably looks a bit outrageous for an outsider, even a social worker at that.  Students screaming and swearing in the hallways.  Some sitting in clusters near the gym rather than going to class.  Dismissal time finally arrived, along with the police and ambulance due to some sort of fight.  I think after being there for so many years I'm somewhat oblivious to it all, thankfully.  I am lucky to work with dedicated individuals that WANT to be there, that see hope for our students, and that really love their job, even with the hard days here and there.  As usual, my students were the shining stars--the ones that are doing the right thing, and in no way involved with any hallway nonsense.  I am blessed to be in such a position, and I just hope that the students that are involved in inappropriate behaviors and/or violence find their way.

Anyway, back to more positive things:  our homestudy is almost completely written, our adoption classes are done, and we only have a couple of other documents to receive in order to proceed.  Another family that our social worker recently worked with was done with the entire process in 9 months, so that's pretty exciting.  We'd love to travel in the summer.

Other than that we are going to spend the weekend at soccer games, softball games, and we are going to throw a few Halloween events in there just in case we don't get to go trick-or-treating yet again this year due to the storm that is on the way.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Amazing!

We just received our FIRST donation for our fundraiser, I am SO blessed to have such a loving and supportive friend in my life!  I was actually holding off on sharing our fundraiser page online until I linked it up to our church or adoption agency instead of paypal, but my amazing friend decided to go ahead and get us started either way. Thank you, Jessica and family!

When we picked Christian I just saw that face--and I KNEW that he was mine.  I was looking for a little Chinese girl--but could not stop thinking about him.  His laundry list of disabilities didn't seem to matter or bother us at all--it must be that red thread of fate.  I keep looking at pictures and....We found 3 kids that we LOVE just by looking at their pictures and small paragraph of information, but they are not listed with our agency so we would have to jump some big hurdles to make that type of a situation a reality.  Also, none of them have disabilities that we put down as considering for this adoption, so we may have to widen our options since we have no problems accepting these particular disabilities, either. We are still working on our paperwork and we are meeting with our social worker again next week in order to complete our homestudy.  She's a pretty fun mama herself, so we always enjoy getting together with her.  So, we will just keep plugging along.

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Fundraising

Going to give this fundraising thing a shot!
Estes Adoption Fundraising Site

Checking out those files...

We have 2 little loves that we've decided to check out their files and review them with our medical doctor.  Both have more significant special needs than we were considering and could really use a Mama and a Baba asap.  We are requesting updates from China in hopes that this huge decision will be made more easily.  In other news, we got our fingerprints and background checks done today with all 4 kids in tow.  Our local police department must think we are nuts,  just like everybody else that sees a large family that is planning on even more.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Paperwork, Paperwork...

We are in the midst of compiling all of our documents, including reference letters, doctor notes, new birth certificates and a new marriage license, and completing all sorts of essays about our family.  Phew--I'm exhausted, and I haven't even gotten down to business yet.  We are considering setting up a fundraiser website this time around.  We were so thankful last time to receive a grant from our agency due to Christian's special needs, as well as some generous support from the amazing Father at our church.  But..well, just like last time--we are running on faith alone that this will happen.  And it will.  We are open to a long list of special needs that we believe that we can handle, so if we don't pick a child/children prior to sending out our paperwork to China I'm sure that we will be matched quickly.  In an attempt to travel over the summer, I need to hurry up and get everything done asap in order to make that even a small possibility.  Next up:  fingerprints, parenting classes, and more paperwork to take to the state and Chinese Consulate in NYC.