Sunday, July 4, 2010

Ugh, Which way do we go George, Which way do we go???? (By Jason)

We made our decision to adopt, chose an agency, applied to and were ACCEPTED by the agency of our choice!! So what now? Which way do we go George?

What now = prayer + paper work + saving + prayer + more paper work + … you get the idea. As it stands right now, we have received our orientation packet which includes paperwork that will make us official ‘clients’ of the agency. It spells out the terms and conditions of our adoption process including: their duties and responsibilities, our duties and responsibilities, time line for each step in the process, the list goes on and on. We are in the process of reading through the packet and we have our very first conference call with the agency on Wednesday!! Please everyone be praying for our teleconference to go well and that we will ask the right questions. Thus far, all of our contact with the agency has been very professional and gives me great confidence in our decision to move forward with All God’s Children International. I am confident in our partnership with them and in their ability to safely see our child home when the time comes.

We are also filling out a great deal of paperwork for our home-study that must be done within the next 90 days (make that 85). Home-studies are a big deal, they will evaluate not only the living conditions of our home, but also make an evaluation of us individually to determine whether or not they consider us to be ‘fit parents’. It is quite a remarkable process that one must go through ‘just’ to adopt, but highly understandable. We will be parenting this child for the rest of our lives, so it is important to want to get to know us up front. I would certainly want to have confidence in the home where I was sending my child to grow up, and the agency feels the same way. The home-study company will be making house visits, asking questions, conducting interviews, basically getting to know every minute detail about us. To be honest, many of the questions on the paperwork really make one evaluate the way that they grew up, how their relationships have been with family and friends, what one really believes about their religion, and on and on. It makes me very grateful for the loving environment in which I was raised. An environment, I hope in many ways, I will be able to mimic as a parent.

On top of all this, we are also in the process designing a couple ‘must-have’ adoption shirts. We should hopefully (fingers crossed) have our shirts available within the next two weeks for anyone who may be interested. Once we finalize our design we will be sure and post it on here to give you guys a sneak peak of this year’s HOTTEST summer shirt on the market…….

As always, for anyone that is following along, we very much appreciate all of the support and prayers. We have gotten SO many words of encouragement from family and friends that have been able to follow along so far and it means a great deal to Britney and me both that you take your time to read about our journey. I hope that everyone has a safe and joyous July 4th!

Tomorrow is my Mom’s birthday, so Happy 21st Birthday Mom!!! I look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

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