Tuesday, August 7, 2012
A lot of people have been asking for updates on our adoption, so I thought I would give all the new details. We completed all of our home study requirements... including medical evaluations, essay questions (a lot of them), two in-person interviews, and online training regarding adoption-related topics. It took us longer than I thought it would. It looks like adoption professionals do not make the the best adoption clients!
In the meantime, we also worked on our profile. This is the book that birthmother's will look at when deciding who they would like to adopt their baby. Having viewed hundreds of profiles, and actually sat many times with birthmothers as they look over the profiles of families, you would think this would be simple for me. Nay-Nay! It is very difficult to put together a book about yourselves, making yourself look perfect, but not too perfect; smart, but not nerdy; adventurous, but not too out there. When it came down to it, our completed book was a pretty accurate reflection of Steve and I. If you would like to view our profile, please follow the below link. Please feel free to share. If you know a young lady that might be considering adoption, again please feel free to share.
We have also worked on getting the baby room ready. Since we will not know the gender until who-knows, we had started out thinking we would do a gender-neutral color for the nursery. But we have differing opinions on what is and is not gender-neutral. So we decided that we will paint three of the walls gray and leave the final wall until we know the gender. Purple for a girl and green for a boy. It is going to be quite a unique nursery, and I am excited to see it all come together!
We have come up with a name for our baby. It is Hokey Pokey Gocke. We hope you like it! I hope you know we are joking... but we enjoy calling the baby that until we know the gender. We do have some names picked out, but still aren't sure about a girls name.
We have also been continually working on fundraising. If you would like to order some of my sauce, I am still selling it, so please let me know. We are having a pretty large garage sale this weekend, and am hoping it goes well. If you live near, stop on by for it! We are also looking into no-interest loans in case we do not raise all of our needed funds by the time the baby is born.
Please pray for our family as we continue to grow. We are now in this waiting period of waiting for a birthmother to choose us. Hopefully it will go quickly!!
Thank you everyone for your love and support!