It's a bedtime tradition that began with Little Nutbrown Hare, and each night we try to outdo the last...I love you to the moon and back...to the beach and back...to the mountians...and one of my favorites, "to Jesus and the angels" and back...We never imagined we would be saying, I love you to Africa and back...it seems like the furthest imaginable place, but yet in God's perfect timing, we plan to go.... to Africa and back!!! And when we get back, we will have another little cheek to kiss goodnight...please keep us in your prayers and enjoy this journey with us!
Saturday, June 2, 2012
We have our homestudy home visit behind us now! It seemed to go very well...it was definitely more relaxed than I expected. Our caseworker basically seemed to be here to confirm that we have adequate space for another child...She did not seem to be here to confirm that all my baseboards had been cleaned and all of my closets were organized! As she casually glanced in each room I wanted to scream "but you didn't look under that cabinet or go in that closet...you have to see all that I've done to get ready for this visit!" The good part is that my house is nice and clean and organized, and it wasn't scrutinized! The other part of the visit that I was nervous about was her "interview" with Emmaline. I felt pretty sure Emmaline would just be very shy and not say a word, or open up and say something embarrassing...she had something else up her sleeve... From the moment the caseworker arrived she apparently only had the vocabulary of a shy two year old! My "four and a half" year old who was asking me that morning how to write our address and learning my phone number could only hold up four fingers in front of her face when asked her age, and when asked what she likes to do for fun could only say, in a babyish voice "you chase me"... Really!?!?! When she came inside for the tour of our home Emmaline could only say, "you see my doll house and toys"...oh well. Maybe, as my Dad suggested, Emmaline had a very thought out plan to show our case worker first hand how we deal with a two year old! I'm sure that was it! As everyone knows, when working with kids, nothing is predictable and we are hoping our caseworker realizes we can raise a child to be a little bit more intelligent than Emmaline appeared to be! Now we wait for our homestudy to be completed. We expect this to take about 2 weeks. Once the homestudy is completed it will be submitted to our agency and we will be able to submit our first set of immigration papers. Once we have these documents we can submit our Dossier, along with our next payment (new donation link in the right hand margin!) and we will officially be on the waiting list to be matched with our little boy! Thank you for your continued prayers and support. We have reached this point much sooner than I expected we would and I believe it is because God is leading each step and answering prayers for this process to progress as smoothly as possible! Along with home visit preparation this week we were able to take time to swim with friends, pick strawberries and bake a yummy strawberry cake together. Here are a few pictures from the week...