Dear No One,
I haven’t given an update on the adoption in awhile, so I thought I’d fill everybody in on where we are today.
We have finished both our print profile and video that birth moms will look at when deciding what family they want to adopt their child. Here’s a small sneak peak of part of our profile:
We also had our last home study visit a couple weeks ago! What does that mean? We’re done with all of our paperwork!!!
We could go active (have our profile shown to birth mothers) now, but we decided when we started this process we were going to wait until after our family vacation in August. I am focusing on finishing up a practicum class this summer, and we are enjoying our summer and seeing a lot of family and friends before we bring home Baby Hemi.
We did not think we would be done with everything this quickly, although we should have known we’d be done early. I MAY be a little bit of a planner. I MAY have worked on the paperwork every extra second I got. I MAY be impatient and MAY have pushed us to get things done as quickly as possible. “May” being the keyword.
So here we are…2 months until we go active. All the paperwork is done, and I looked at Marcus and said, “Oh my gosh. We could have a baby in a few months. We haven’t even thought about actually preparing for a baby.” Our minds were so consumed with collecting birth certificates, getting physicals, copying financial statements, diving into our past, sharing our personal story with a social worker, writing pages and pages about ourselves for our profile that we didn’t have time to actually plan or think about having a baby.
So what did we do? We bought a crib (yep, I cried on the way home), we painted the nursery (cried when we bought the paint), and ordered new carpet for the baby room. BABY ROOM! That feels so weird to say.
Just in case you want to see my 17 year old paint clothes…
Anyway, we are done with our paperwork, which is a huge step! Once we go active in August, it could happen in a week. It could happen in a year. It will be completely out of our hands. Until then, we are preparing for what we will need immediately and trying to keep ourselves busy.
Thanks to everyone for all your support! I never dreamed our baby would be so loved by so many different people. We have received so many blessings, in so many ways, that God is making it hard to ignore the signs that we are getting so close to bringing home Baby Hemi, and He is looking out for our baby already.
All my love,