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Workin’ backwards!

We *JUST* got our Eyes Wideopen Workbook in the mail TODAY. Yes, normally you would do this first and then start your dossier…but we’re working backwards people.  The workbook is something our agency asks you to complete back before they will accept your completed home study…they actually ask you to do it before you start your home study. They forgot to mail it to us weeks ago with our dossier packet…so although we’re almost done with our dossier and homestudy we are just now starting our 177 page/20 chapter workbook. Yes, I said 177 pages. I did the timeline on when our home study will be complete with our last meeting being on Monday…so I feel safe to tell Richard we can strategically complete 2 chapters a night, be done in 10 days and have everything wrapped up and ready to be mailed in maybe by Frank’s birthday just as our home study is completed.

On top of that–silly me thought we had to have our 171 back before we could mail in our dossier…something you might miss when you didn’t get a dossier walk through call. I’m so excited after talking to another adoption friend with our agency (thank you Angie!) and later with our agency case manager today that we can mail in our dossier without our 171! This was a huge relief and makes me realize we are even closer than I thought to being on the wait list! YAY! We could very well have our dossier in the mail by Frank’s birthday at this rate!

My scheduled mini-sessions have been mostly rained out all week…so I’m actually getting things checked off our dossier list and caught up on session orders—so the rain hasn’t been too terribly bad. Although I have A LOT of reschedules now! If it rains again tomorrow, I may even squeeze in a trip to the Secretary of State for state certification! And my sweet mom decided to come see us on her fall break from school (she teaches kindergarden) on Wednesday and help me throughout the weekend…so I can take a deep breathe…focus on wrapping things up for our dossier and knock out all these rescheduled mini-sessions this weekend (it’s supposed to be beautiful)!!! Wish I could play…but this momma has to work, work, work and save, save, save…and soon enough when our 4th baby comes home I’ll close the doors to my business, fall on my back much like runners do after a comleted race and be 100% momma for awhile! I can’t WAIT!

Running the race with perserverance! I can’t wait to be done with this part of the process and pass the torch to another person considering adoption. To think that my heart was stirred from reading someone’s blog. It’s true! Richard and I were already involved in an orphan ministry but it was a blog and you tube video that grabbed us. To see how adoption changed their family and even their hearts…I can’t wait to grow our family through the journey of adoption…and our hearts are already longing for him more than I ever thought possible.

Are These Kids All Yours? - October 13, 2009 - 9:52 am

Excited that you are getting closer. Hey that 171 page monster isn't so bad. Well….ok it is but you can do it! Glad you are almost done with a lot of other things on your list 🙂 Almost there and I can feel the excitement. From one mama to another- YEAH!!!

milreb - October 13, 2009 - 4:47 pm

Oh yes, the workbook. Don't rush through it if you can help it. The discussion that comes from the questions is really good. There were some chapters that took us 4-5 hours to make our way through! Worth it tho. 🙂 You are making good time!!

Dan and Tara - October 13, 2009 - 8:16 pm

You can do it. Slow and steady wins the race. It's exciting that you are getting closer. I know it can always seem like one more thing – but like you said – perseverance! Enjoy the workbook! Tara