Tuesday, April 26, 2011

checking things off...

i should have known when the time came tim would get things done. we have our first meeting with the social worker scheduled for next weekend. following that visit will be the home visit. we are putting a door on what will be the baby's room and replacing our steep staircase with a circular one. i'm feeling so good about our progress. btw, i posted an inspiration board for the baby's room here if you care to take a look.

also, i ordered this book about a week ago and it arrived today. i first heard about it here and was reminded of it while searching for adoption books on amazon the other evening. i'll let you know what i think once i finish it. it has amazing reviews.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

little adventurer tees!

our fundraising adoption tees are here! actually they've been here for a while... i'm just now posting them on little adventurer. if our son is anything like his future pops, he will love animals! i'm a bit in awe of all the different types of animals that are indigenous to uganda. they says its the home of over a thousand different species of birds as well. :O so that's what inspired our adoption shirts. go check them out here. also, i'm waiting for some fabric to come in with the above design to make into pillows. when they are ready i'll add them to the little adventurer fundraising shop as well.

Monday, April 18, 2011

the home study begins...

we now officially have our social worker. her name is sarah and we have yet to have our first meeting. we can't meet her until we finish our 11-13 page autobiographies we are each writing. as soon as we got the huge list of questions to complete, tim sat down at the computer and began writing for the rest of the evening. we knocked out most of our papers right away, but for some reason are now having a hard time finishing them up. tonight is the night though. we aren't going to bed until they are complete!

along side the home study we are also trying to gather all of our dossier documents. i think we've come to the point where we realize this is no easy feat we are endeavoring. never-the-less, i've picked out a name. but i can't share until tim comes around to loving it. i just have to let it sink in a bit.

also, the last post was about gifts, and i forgot to mention a wonderful gift we received from tim's parents- plane tickets to pick up our son and bring him home! what a blessing. :)

Sunday, April 10, 2011


tiny toms

we got a surprise package in the mail the other day...an adorable pair of classic red tiny toms from our little boy's aunt rachel, nana and poppie (sp?). i just can't wait to put these on those little feet. 

tim and i have begun our online education courses and any day now we will begin the home study. so far the courses have given me some great advice and ideas. i enjoy them. :) its very important to expose our son to his birth country and the culture of his ancestors. one idea was to buy little gifts from Uganda during our stay to save for his upcoming birthdays. what a cool idea, huh? its nice we will be in Uganda for almost a month. that will give us time to take lots of pictures and soak up as much culture as we can.

Saturday, April 2, 2011


If we were adopting a girl I think I'd name her Spring...its my favorite time of year and I have some of the best memories from Springs past. Tim is doing such an amazing job landscaping our place. Its taken several years to get things as nice as they are because he does everything himself...and he's a pretty busy guy. He's been killing out all the stickers and getting the grounds ready to seed grass. I hope we can bring our boy home this time next year. I know that is wishful thinking, but it would be so nice to be able to take him outside to play on days like today. We can play with Nellie and Oliver (our beagles), water the plants, pick zinnias, harvest peaches, and lay in the grass and look up at the clouds! Maybe he will be too little for all this. Maybe he'll just want to take naps and eat. ;)

So where are we in the process? Well I called the agency last Thursday because it had been over a week since we had mailed in our contract and big check. They said they hadn't received it yet and I began to panic a bit. But by Friday they confirmed they had received it and we made contact with our adoption counselor Claire who will be guiding us through the dossier part of our adoption. We are waiting to be matched with a social worker to work with us on the home study portion. I cannot wait to get our dossier sent off. It seems at this point to be the hardest part of the whole process. Our plan is to not procrastinate and get this over with asap! I'm dying to find out if we will be required to make any modifications to our home. I'm afraid it will hold things up quite a bit. Luckily, our families have a knack for construction.