Draft DONE.

A few minutes ago, our home study draft landed in my inbox!!!  This is the culmination of about eight weeks worth of work, worry and, yes, tears.  I cry because the paperwork is ALWAYS harder than I remember it.  I cry because this is NEVER on my timeline.  It is NEVER goes as fast as…

Birthdays Here, and Birthdays There.

Today is a special day.  Our first home study visit is done.  I’m currently working on a post about exactly what that’s like, having a social worker interview all 11 of your kids about the prospect of having a 12th, but today we have a birthday in the house, and, one abroad. It is Jaxen’s…

Paperchasing from the Halls of the Hospital.

I do my best adoption prep from the ICU.  It’s where all of Gigi’s paperwork was done, while Tess had open heart surgery.  This time, Isabel’s paperwork is being done from Gigi’s bedside.  She is spending a couple of days in the ICU as we re-insert her Cochlear Implant and try to make sure her…

Print Me.

Adoption wise, the rest of the week’s focus was spent on fingerprinting. PRINT US! At this point, I’m cool with it.  We have been fingerprinted so many times now.  You want my prints, you get ’em.  To adopt, we know we have to be printed by everyone and their mother.  That process began this week…

The First Five Weeks, In Bullets.

Yesterday, we announced we were adopting again.  Five weeks ago, the official decision was made.  It was many weeks before that when Isabel’s little face first came into our view though.  We have quite the process, as a family, that goes into deciding about adoption.  There are 13 voices at our table.  13 equal voices…

An Announcement, From All Your Thoughts & Prayers.

I think these posts might be the ones I worry about the most.  Always, the most.  And I’ve posted many of this type of announcement here. I posted from the hospital when two of my daughters were dying.  Those posts didn’t worry me at all.  The situation did, but not the post.  I knew how…