Returning to our regularly scheduled life

November 27, 2006 at 4:40 pm 1 comment

So pardon the interruption and the absence of new posts. In the last 8 days our little home has seen the following:
One visit from the social worker
Immigration fingerprints
Cooking and hosting Thanksgiving
Daughter’s birthday party
Dinner party for family

I think I qualify for an ‘officially insane’ certificate. Oh, and just a word of caution, do not, under any circumstances book a ‘Build-a-Bear’ birthday party any time after Thanksgiving. You will experience much less stress having clowns or even circus animals at your home for your child’s birthday. I won’t go into the details, but suffice it to say that it was HECTIC. However, the kids loved it and the whole time looked dazzled and dazed. I guess that’s all that matters, right?

Ok, so the home study is DONE. We had our social worker come to our house for our final meeting and the home inspection. Zannie cranked up the volume on the cuteness factor and I kid you not, said the following, “I’ll let you talk while I go in my room and read.” I beamed and thought to myself, “Must reward with ice cream for that one.” The social worker said that she thought Zannie was incredibly balanced and charming with amazing manners. I have to believe it was a moment divined from a greater source. I mean, she’s really cute and all, but it was like I scripted it out of a Fun with Dick and Jane book. Also, I got a copy of the social worker’s report and she had in there that our house was warm and inviting and exceptionally clean. Wooo Hooo! Slam dunk. I felt really good about it. But, then it was on to go get fingerprinted and Zannie had a party to go to and on and on. Life goes on which is good. It provides a little tiny bit of balance.

So, with that squarely behind us, we have started filling out our dossier. That’s the stack of MORE paperwork that ends up being translated and sent to Kyrgyzstan. Our adoption agency Adoption Options oversees this part and they have wonderful support staff helping us. Every page has to be notarized. I’m telling myself to have it done and sent off before Christmas. After that, the official wait begins for a referral. That’s when you get matched up with a child. We have officially stated that we want a girl between the ages of 11-18 months in good health. I spend time googling ‘kyrgyzstan children’ and ‘kyrgyzstan orphanages’ just to catch glimpses of what my daughter may look a bit like. I think once the paperwork is done, the waiting is going to be much harder. At least, for now, I can put my energies into furthering things along. So, now that things have quieted down and there are no more parties or Big Events looming, I can power through the paperwork. Yeah, uh, except Christmas. (Sound of hand smacking forehead about now)

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Entry filed under: Adoption, Children, Kyrgyzstan, Parenting.

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  • 1. Shea  |  November 28, 2006 at 7:56 am

    Hey there! I was wondering when you’d start blogging again! We had our homevisit this month too… It was too funny… we went mental cleaning EVERYTHING and she ended up only doing a breeze through of part of the house. Too funny! Of course we were all cleaned up for T’giving so it all works out!
    OH yeah… I’m from the Kyr yahoo group… if you’re wondering where I popped up from 🙂 Great to see you blogging again and your silence was totally justified… I’ve not updated in ages!

    Shea

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