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Last Year, This Year: Our Home Study Update

Last Year, This Year: Our Home Study Update

As we round the last corner of a year into the Great Wait, we’re getting ready for our home study update visit.  Last year, after all of our initial paperwork was submitted, but before we could go live with our iheartadoption.org profile or be listed as “available” parents, we had two visits with a social … Continue reading

Control + P: Print!

Control + P: Print!

If you also follow the Littlest Brooks-Livingston on Facebook, (please do!)  you already know our happy news from Wednesday: our file  (Dear Birthparent letter, the home study, all paperwork, all clearances, our IHeartAdoption site, everthing) was officially approved!  We are so excited to be finally NEARLY there! What we’re waiting on now is for the … Continue reading

A Glass Half-Empty Kind of Guy

A Glass Half-Empty Kind of Guy

*A* and I are an interesting balance – I bake the cheesecakes, she fixes the plumbing. I mow the yard, she turns herself into Julia Child on Sunday afternoons. I’m the worrier, she eagerly anticipates good things.  I’ve always described myself as a “realist,” (code for pessimist, I admit), she’s the sunny optimist.  It’s not … Continue reading

Complete Homestudy Visits: Check!

Complete Homestudy Visits: Check!

This morning, our social worker did our final home study visit. It went really well. I think we all felt more at ease with each other this time around and according to *A,* I was much more talkative than I had been.  At our request, we re-addressed some questions we had answered earlier in our … Continue reading

Home Study Visit #1

Home Study Visit #1

After some last minute rushing around to make things as perfect as possible, wherein the cats were threatened to stay out of the litter box for at least two hours, Tucker was relocated to the back porch, coffee made, scones baked and four kinds of fruit (organic, even!) cut for a nice little tray, we nervously welcomed our social … Continue reading

Sprucing Up Outside

Sprucing Up Outside

Obviously, this post is a few days late, as our first homestudy visit was two days ago (more to come).  We did a three-day overhaul of our it’s-really-not-that-bad house and we thought we’d share the fun in photos.  We’d already spent Memorial Day getting plants out and doing some general sprucing up: Found another patch … Continue reading

The one time you don’t answer the phone…

The one time you don’t answer the phone…

…and it’s your new social worker trying to schedule your homestudy visits! Well, don’t I feel sheepish!  I was all set for a long wait to get the homestudy started, and though that first phone call took a week, our new social worker was ready to go! We already have our two in-home visits scheduled.  … Continue reading

Thoughtful Thursday: Waiting to Wait

Thoughtful Thursday: Waiting to Wait

It’s certainly a rarity that I’m accused of being overly patient.  I’m sure it’s happened before.  Not at the moment, though.  It’s already been only been a week, and we’re still anxiously awaiting our first call from our newly assigned social worker. We’ve known from the beginning that the waiting part of this process would … Continue reading

News! At Last!

News! At Last!

We finally finished all of our requirements and small forest’s worth of paperwork, every last scrap (knock on wood!) (haha! Just got the pun!).  We got news from our IAC Adoption Counselor last night that we’ve been assigned a social worker for our home study visits!  😀 In addition to home study visits, we’ll be working … Continue reading