After mailing in our formal application on September 7, I had the two week deadline in my head. Luckily, we received a thick packet of paperwork in the mail just over a week later, on September 15. We had checked the mail on our way out to dinner, so we brought the whole thing into the restaurant to look through. After dinner we came home and completed about half of the paperwork. The other half would need either further information that we didn't have at hand or would need to be sent to other agencies. Like the FBI background check! Fun stuff.
|Anybody else LOVING these flashback pictures?|
This one was taken at Steak n' Shake, just after we started dating!! :)
I won't leave you hanging . . . we finished all of that paperwork and sent it in on October 9. It took awhile to get everything we needed, especially since Hampton's schedule basically doesn't allow him to go anywhere during normal business hours. I'll admit that I'm a bit of a dork when it comes to paperwork, so it was all super-organized and paperclipped and in logical order, etc. I was more than excited to turn it over to the post office!
Over the next couple of weeks, we had a mix up with who received our paperwork, found out that it was forwarded to our case worker and she was reviewing it, talked to our case worker on the phone about a number of issues and questions, and scheduled our first home visit.
Also during this time, we completed our preference paperwork for the Air Force, Hampton went on a trip to Africa, and I started planning a Children's Christmas Musical.
We were a bit busy . . . and it felt GREAT!
P.S. Glimpse of future post: Today (December 7) is an important part of the adoption process!