Friday, October 24, 2008

Greetings! Well, Peter and I are still waiting to wait. Our social worker is still writing up our home study report. We have made some more concrete decisions though. We are going to try Ethiopia first and we are requesting a healthy child (either gender) between the ages of 0 to 24 months. This is slightly older than we initially thought (originally we thought under 1 year old). But the process for a child that young would take 2 to 3 years, whereas being open to a slightly older child should make the process take under 18 months. And everyone who knows me should know patience has never been a virtue of mine! As soon as we get our homestudy, we'll file our I-600A application with Homeland Security in order to get permission to pursue an international adoption. We'll wait a couple months for a fingerprint appointment with the FBI after filing that. But it will give us time to assemble the dossier.

In the meantime, Peter just turned 40 this week, and we are hosting a big party tomorrow evening to celebrate. Peter has always wanted a Halloween costume party, so that's what we're having. I cleaned yesterday, we're decorating tonight, and tomorrow its going to be food-shopping, cake-baking, and celebrating! We do have our costumes and no, we aren't going as political figures (too scary), also I didn't have $150,000 to spend on a wardrobe.

We also finally planned our Christmas travels back to the midwest and will be arriving in Minneapolis on Christmas eve. We'll be in Owatonna until Dec 28th, then to Cumberland until New Year's eve. Except for my sister, I haven't seen any family for almost a year and a half, so I'm most looking forward to it!


  1. I told my kids and they were very excited at the thought of yet *another* relative!

    Newborn babies aren't the only way to add to a family. Well, besides consenting adults. :-)

  2. Another thought, sweet sister, did the homestudy person have any concerns about your dogs? They have such a reputation.

    Er, the dogs do, I mean. Well, I guess my comment works both ways. :-*

  3. Our home study worker loved our dogs, especially blind Belle who walked right up to her, lay down on her feet, and rolled over for a belly scratch. Mykah just kept hauling out her bones and toys to parade around the living room, and Janey napped on her doggy bed. Just the regular stuff for geriatric dogs.