I feel it that we are getting super close to welcoming home our next baby(ies), and so I wanted to give you our adoption number 2 update.
When our social worker from the agency came for her final in-home visit about a month ago, she left us a list of four critical things we still needed to complete (yes, there are even more things to do beyond the adoption home inspection tasks).
This was the list (exactly as she wrote it)
- Livescan – will mail
- Family picture – can email
- TB clearance
- Family Book
That day, I immediately emailed her our family picture. I sent her this one, which is from Gotcha Day.
We went to the doctor to get our TB tests done (again). The whole TB test, quite honestly, confuses me. Of all the things required, why that is one, I am not sure.We passed. Obviously.
Our last stop, just shortly before Christmas, was the UPS store for the Livescan. The Livescan is just a basic fingerprinting to let the state know all about the criminal activity in our backgrounds:)
And finally, our Family Book, aka Life Book, aka Book of Us (people call it all different things). This book is, essentially, a book that shows your family, things you do together, your house, the environment and anything else that might be important for matching days. It’s the “story of you,” in a sense.
Below is the book we put together, and while it’s good (picture-wise), I can be honest in telling you that it’s not the best you’ve ever seen. Some people put hours and hours and hours into this project. We have random sayings and phrases that accidentally did not get deleted, typos and more (take for instance page 4….we are clearly not The Bradshaws – but I am still laughing about that one each time I read it). But in the end, I believe that the book is just a general landscape guide. The book we created the first time around wasn’t even this good, and we got the most amazing and perfect child for us.
In any case, here is our Family Book. (Make note: many pictures of the house + family are outdated, some are not, but all are truly representative of the love that surrounds us daily.)
I am extremely overjoyed to finally report that every single task on the list has been completed.
Our agency is sending us the final home study report for us to review and approve for accuracy.
And with that, my friends, we are in the final countdown to getting a sibling(s) for Samarah and welcoming another child(ren) into our home.
Matching days are on Tuesdays, so if you wouldn’t mind, please do say a little prayer for us on those days.
I do believe my last trimester has arrived!
Time to prepare for the homecoming, physically and emotionally.