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Home Study Day Two

September 2, 2011

This title of this post is a little misleading. The homestudy didn’t actually take two days. It happened on Monday. However, because our adoption agency is in Waco, our social worker combined her trip to Houston for our homestudy with her trip to Houston for our in-person training, which are supposed to happen on two separate days. Therefore, she did the homestudy on Monday, and then she returned the next day on Tuesday for the training. Tim had to go to work that day, so she arrived bright and early, coffee in hand, separated us so that she could do the individual interview with Tim and then began going over the training material. We were able to get through it rather quickly because we had asked so many questions the previous day. After Tim left, she did my individual interview.

Once again, as had happened the day before, I was so thankful for the Lord’s kindness in letting my kids sleep while all this was going on. They snoozed right past their normal wake times and woke up just as our social worker was getting ready to leave. Perfect timing! We were able to complete everything we needed to complete, go over what the next step would be and even visit and get to know each other a little bit better before my kids woke up. After she left, I definitely breathed a sigh of relief that that step was all over, but I also praised God that it was not nearly as scary as I had anticipated. I had actually genuinely enjoyed the interview and training portion because our social worker was just so kind and easy-going. It had made for a very pleasant experience.

Little did I know, checking “homestudy” and “training” off our adoption to-do list would not fast-track us in the way I was expecting. I thought we were ahead of the game by having that step completed. And it is certainly true that we were blessed to have that part over so quickly. And yet, for us, the inevitable waiting that every adoptive parent is all too acquainted with was about to begin.

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