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They Came! They Went!

They Came! They Went!

A little after 1:00 this afternoon, the UPS guy (after rummaging in the back of his truck for a few minutes – I was on the verge of offering to help him, he took so long) met a very enthusiastic me at the front door with a surprisingly heavy box.  The contents: After a quick … Continue reading

The Beginning is Near!

The Beginning is Near!

Quick update: our Dear Birthparent letters were shipped yesterday via UPS Ground.  UPS estimates that it should take 5 days to get here to North Carolina from the printer, located close to Los Angeles.  If we get them in the mail on the same day, it’ll take another 5 days (approximately) to get copies to … 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

A Picture Worth 950 Words

A Picture Worth 950 Words

We’ve gotten the official go-ahead from our Dear Birthmother Letter editor to start the design process for the paper version of our precise 950-word letter (the electronic version will be on our iheartadoption.org website).  At our Weekend Intensive Workshop, we covered – in considerable detail – some of the IAC’s preferences / suggestions / recommendations / … Continue reading

Our Letter to an Expectant Parent

Our Letter to an Expectant Parent

The top of our adoption to do list, as we’ve mentioned a couple of times, has been occupied by The Letter. What letter?  Oh, just the one wherein we have 950 words to persuade someone that we’ll make good parents – and that we’re the right parents – for their soon-to-be born child.  That letter. No sweat. *A* and … Continue reading

Finding Community

Finding Community

*A* and I live quite a long way from Raleigh, where our adoption agency, the IAC, is based in North Carolina. Generally, living three hours away is not a big deal – we’ve made several trips for weekend events and other than trying to make our two crazy schedules work out, and of course, the … 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

Opening up to Open Adoption

Opening up to Open Adoption

When *A* and I first started researching adoption, we had a couple of notions in our heads about what the adoption process and raising an adopted child might be like.  Collectively, we’ve known a few people who were adopted, and have known at least one family who adopted.  Prior to cracking a few books on … 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

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