Friday, March 31, 2006
Troy and I drove this morning to Bloomington for our first interview in the homestudy process! We came back with MORE paperwork to fill out! Many of it is personal and makes you think about how you really live and operate in this world as a individual, but also as a couple. I think all couples should have to fill this paperwork out! Maybe the divorce rate would be less, maybe there would be more mature and responsible parents, maybe more people would choose to marry instead of having children outside of wedlock...
Here is some of the material we have been reading and watching! China's Lost Girls video by National Geographic is fabulous! It really explains the one child policy in China and the problems that have come with it. It also follows a group of adoptive parents on their trip to China to pick up their daughters! It is definately 5 star material!
Monday, March 27, 2006
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Here are some pictures of Jack(son). He loves to sleep, chase rabbits and play with his hedgehogs! Troy and I decided it is only appropriate to stay in the tradition of adopting Chinese children since we already have a Chinese Imprerial dog... a Lhaso Apso.
Back to the paperchase...we mailed the application for Troy's birth certificate today and my birth certificate and marriage certificate went in the mail last Tuesday. Our first agency fee along with the signed and notarized service agreement and fee schedule go in the mail on Monday. We prefer to send those by certified mail,so.... On the schedule for next week is to make an appointment with our Dr. for physicals, get passport photos taken (Troy's needs to be renewed and we need to send extras in for both of us) select our homestudy agency and get fingerprinted. I have been calling and getting information on homestudy agencies in the area and it has been extremely frustrating! It looks like we will be choosing one in Normal, IL. They returned my phone call right away and were the only ones who offered to send information before I got a chance to ask. I was impressed by their customer service, plus, they are cheaper then the rest, but it still isn't cheap! It is amazing how the fees vary by each agency for the same service. I have been extremely frustrated with Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. I wanted to get info on their service since they are a part of our church body and sometimes pastor's get a price break in services. I have left 7 messages with them and only one has been returned. Even then, I gave the social worker my work phone, cell phone and home phone. She could have reached me if she really wanted, but... I don't know if they are under staffed and their caseloads are high, but customer service plays a huge role in our book! Hopefully the agency in Normal continues to impress us!
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
So now our application has been accepted for either a boy or girl and we requested we were open to twins! Now the paperchase, fundraisers and grant writing begins! We cannot wait!