Home Study Complete

It’s time for another long-overdue update.  Our Home Study is now officially complete and we are awaiting one signature to move onto the next step in our adoption process.  Lots of thoughts lately, but have had trouble focusing.  I want to use my time wisely in the coming months before we leave the country, knowing that it will be rather chaotic for quite some time when we all get back here.  But I’ve been kind of paralyzed and have had a difficult time motivating myself.  I hate the pressure of having deadlines, but it makes you focus.

I am trying to read several books (evidence of my lack of focus) because I believe they are all equally important.  However, I’m not making good progress in any of them, which would indicate that I need to choose one and go from there.  Here’s what I’ve started:  Adopted For Life by Russell D. Moore, Parenting with Love & Logic by Foster Cline and Jim Fay, The Connected Child by Karyn B. Purvis, Oh, Be Careful Little Ears by Kimberly Smith, and She’s Gonna Blow! by Julie Ann Barnhill.  I also really need to be working on Russian (Russian in 10 minutes a day by Kristine Kershul) to prepare for traveling to Ukraine and communicating with our son-to-be.  I guess there is reason to be overwhelmed and consequently a little frozen with the tasks that lie ahead.  But I can’t afford to get stuck here!  I have made some progress lately with getting all of our adoption-related papers and documents in order.  I am also working on getting my desk top cleaned off which will help clear my head!

We managed to get a package in the mail for Ilya!  We sent him a fun puzzle (kind of iconic-America) and each of the kids wrote him a note and some drew pictures for him.  Bruce and I wrote him a letter and translated it into Russian using Google translator.  It would be so fun to hear back from him, but we aren’t 100% convinced that he will receive the package for sure.  We have not been able to speak to him on the phone yet, which is complicated by several factors.  The orphanage has given us a tiny window of time in which to try to call and it is a very bad time for our family with the time difference involved, so we are frustrated by that.  It would be fun to hear his voice and I think it would be good for him to hear our voices.

Our next step is federal background checks and finger-printing (again) at the federal level.  I wonder if they do evening appointments??  : )

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