Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Adoption #2: I love it when things go my way!
We're plugging right along on getting everything done on our certification checklist. Let's see if I can remember what's been done thus far:

I think that's close to everything. We still have a few items left before we can be officially licensed. The biggest hurdle we face now is getting our "real" home inspection done by a State Inspection Agent.

Our agency licensing agent requested an inspection date for us 2 weeks ago and hadn't heard back. We got a packet of info in the mail from the state, explaining in layman's terms what the process involved (I though that was nice). The best part is that there was a number to call if we hadn't received a call from anyone scheduling an appointment for us within 30 days of the submitted request.

Okay, it hasn't been 30 days but I'm not always a patient person. I called the toll free number and left a very polite message asking someone to call me back. Amazingly enough, I got a call back in less than an hour and I got a inspection date scheduled, thanks to my call! I love it when things go my way!

Our home will be inspected on 31 July, a day when I will be out of town on business. Oronzo is going to handle the walk-through. It's probably better that I'll be out of town. I'd be a basket case if I were here, driving Oronzo crazy with my mad efforts to once again scour our house from top to bottom right before the inspection.

If all goes well with our inspection, we'll only have a few things left go get done to be certified (perhaps we'll be done by mid-August). Of course, we'll have to wait on our references to mail in their letters. Hopefully everyone will be prompt with that! We'll also have to wait for our licensing agent to write up her homestudy report but I get the impression that she's on the ball about all of that.

Wish us luck with the rest of the licensing process! We're starting to get nervous and excited, all at once!

Oh, one quick question, does anyone care to share some ideas on cute crib sets for little girls that incorporate the colors purple and sage? Store links would be appreciated! I find myself pondering over little girl crib sets now! :)

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At 5:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We had one that had those exact colors in it for our daughter (it also had some blue and yellow) - and it had bugs on it - caterpillars, butterflies, dragonflies, etc. Enough to make it girly, but enough blue so it would be ok for a boy too. We got it at Babies R Us a few years ago though - I didn't check the website, but it may be out there still. I'll have to check the babybook to see if I have the name of it in there. It was oh so cute!

At 6:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How exciting that it is all coming together!

At 7:50 AM, Blogger Joyful Days said...

Praying for everything to go smoothly and for peace to be in your heart. What a wonderful thing you are doing.


At 9:42 AM, Blogger Darla said...

Hang in there..... I too had to go to the inspection.... I put child locks on everything, spruced all up
went thru lots of work, & sweating & it was abreeze...at least in Washington... The day of your inspection was the day of our adoption was legal....
Almost over... Keep up the good work

At 9:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had to leave you another comment - I just went back and read all 10 parts of Snuggle Bug's adoption. Wonderful story with a beautiful ending!

At 10:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reading your post has been so touching. How grand that you are making a home for a child in need of a family. Fifty years ago I had to give my child up for adoption. The Lord in His infinite mercy gave him wonderful parents that raised him to be a fine young man. Last year I met him for the first time and can only say Thank You to his parents.
Blessings on you,your husband and family for your love for children.

At 11:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wishing everything continues to go your way.



At 11:09 AM, Blogger With His Grace said...

It seems amazing that you all are coming to an end on this first leg of the journey! I wish I had ideas for you...our first daughters room was lavender with pink and sage....but I checked at BAbies R us and it has been discountinued...this time around we went with black toile (with hues of pink) not very babyish...sorry!

At 3:28 PM, Blogger Jenn @ Knee-Deep in Munchkin Land said...

I...am...so...excited for you! You have no idea how much I'm looking forward to coming on here and seeing that first post that a baby/toddler has been placed in your care. This is so very awesome!

At 4:47 PM, Blogger Myrna said...

Exciting times! You sound more than ready for that second child to come live with you! Praying for everything to work smoothly for all of you.

At 7:33 PM, Blogger Praise and Coffee said...

Oh, I remember the process well!
Lots of work, but the payoff is eternal!

At 8:25 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

You have accomlished quite a lot since you made the decision to go this route!

Here are a couple links!



At 11:55 PM, Blogger PastormacsAnn said...

How exciting that you're finally able to see the light at the end of the tunnel of doing everything you need to do and get down to proceed. I'll be praying that the rest of the pieces fall into place quickly.

At 10:24 AM, Blogger Tamara said...

I just so happen to have a brand new 9-piece crib set for a baby girl that we never even opened - it has tiny pink flowers with sage green tiny leaves on an off-white. It's one of those NoJo Designs and we bought (ashamed grin) 3 sets - one sports themed, one pink and green, and that one. If you'd like it, I'd be glad to mail it to you - just email me if you want me to send it. As is, it's just sitting in the bag in top of the closet with the two other sets we used! Seriously - just holler if that would work. Of course, if you'd rather pick out your own, I'm not offended - I found ours on ebay by typing in NoJo designs - very cute and we loved our sets we used.

At 10:38 PM, Blogger Tammy and Parker said...

It is getting so close. I'm getting excited with you!


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It wasn't supposed to work this way...Parts 1 through 10

(the story of the private, domestic adoption of our son)

(Part 1)
(Part 2)
(Part 3)
(Part 4)
(Part 5)
(Part 6)
(Part 7)
(Part 8)
(Part 9)
(Part 10- Adoption Finalization)

Fostering isn't for the faint of heart!

(our journey to adopt again through foster-to-adopt, the good, the bad, & everything in between)

Adoption #2- considering the State
More Adoption #2 thoughts
Adoption #2- Back to considering the State
Adoption #2- The Paperwork (Round 1)
Adoption #2- The Paperwork (Round 2)
Family Foster Home Licensing Prep Checklist
Adoption #2- Long overdue update
PS-MAPP class homework assignment
Our preliminary home inspection went well!
Adoption #2: Licensing update
Adoption #2- Foster Facts
Adoption #2: I love it when things go my way!
Adoption #2- The home inspection
Adoption #2- We failed our home inspection!
Adoption #2- We passed the follow-up home inspection!
Adoption #2- Still waiting
Adoption #2- We're getting closer
Adoption #2- An update & a lead
Adoption #2- The lead that didn't pan out.
Adoption #2- We're licensed!
Adoption #2- We have a tiny baby here!
Adoption #2- Update on this precious little girl.
Adoption #2- Quick update on Baby Bug
Adoption #2- Baby Bug is staying longer!
Adoption #2- Baby Bug is growing!
Adoption #2- Overdue update on Baby Bug
Adoption #2- The latest on Baby Bug
Adoption #2- Shopping spree for Baby Bug
Being a Foster Parent Does Not Make Me A Saint
Adoption #2- Another Placement Call!
Adoption #2- Placement Meeting- UPDATED!
Adoption #2- We have Boo at our home!
Adoption #2- Meeting Boo
Adoption #2- I'm angry on Boo's behalf!
Adoption #2- A Birthday Party for Boo
Adjusting to three 3 and under!
Stressful moments in fostering.
Adoption #2- Update on our foster daughters
CPS Workers Jerking Our Chain!
It's getting much worse!
Fostering: Update on Baby Bug
Fostering: Update on Boo
The effects of fostering on Snuggle Bug
The time is drawing near to let go of Baby Bug.
Good conversation with Baby Bug's dad.
Boo has a Permanency hearing coming soon!
My heart is breaking!
Bittersweet news about Baby Bug.
Next Friday is going to be tough.
Packing up Baby Bug's belongings
It's done- Baby Bug is gone.
Working on finding peace, one day at a time.
Referral to the Early Intervention Program
Baby Bug update
Home Inspection for re-licensing
Parole granted for Boo's bio mom
Baby Bug is turning 1 year old soon.
Day 2 of Boo's permanency hearing
A prayer answered today!
Attending Baby Bug's 1st birthday party
Foster news
Good news for Boo's case
Boo's bio family visits
Termination Trial date set!
A new caseworker for Boo
I've been asked to testify in court.
Court hearing for "John Doe"
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