Well it’s official! We’ve finished our final home study visit, and it honestly couldn’t have gone any better. I know I’ve mentioned before how fantastic our social worker Jan is but really this visit just felt like we had a friend coming over to chat...and then walk around our house with a clipboard noting things. =0) The longest part of the whole 90 minute visit was her going over our course homework and asking us to clarify some things, tell us that our answers were good and just give us general information. Our dogs were well behaved which believe it or not was a huge concern of mine, I had nightmares of Guster knocking her to the ground when she came in the door and then Rowdy humping her leg! They did neither of those things, and it turns out she’s a dog person anyway which is another reason why I knew I liked her. SO what’s next? Well she now has to take a couple weeks and incorporate all of our paperwork and forms and what she noted at our home visit and compile it and write our actual home study. She informed me that it would probably be around 10 pages and would take her a couple weeks to complete and that’s IF it stays quiet on her end before the holiday’s. Once she’s done with that she’ll send it to us and we’ll look it over to make sure all the information is correct (i.e. our birthday’s, family names, places we’ve lived, just factual stuff), after we look it over and approve it she’ll submit it to Holt and they’ll make sure the wording is copacetic to what the Ethiopian government is looking for and if there are any changes that need to be made, we’ll make them, Jan will have her supervisor approve it, notarize it and it’ll be official! Now we have to work on raising $3,000 for our dossier so we can submit our completed home study with a bunch of other paperwork.
We’re getting more and more excited every day, I feel like after today my excitement level increased a little because it’s another milestone we’ve completed. The more I think about how fun and different our life will be with someone to share it with, the more impatient I get! I had the unbelievable opportunity to meet a couple who have adopted two sibling sets from Ethiopia. I was able to meet the children and they were HILARIOUS and well behaved to boot. I got a lot of great info from her and it was just nice to be in the company of someone who has experienced what we’re about to experience.