First off, we attended our agency's holiday party last weekend. While we likely would have gone to the party anyway, it put a different perspective on it for us as we got to spend time with adoptive families we have gotten to know over the past couple of years as well as some new families in the waiting pool. One of the reasons we have really liked working with OA&FS is the environment. It truly is an adoption "community" in so many aspects. During the adoption process, they help waiting families connect with each other and with families that have already been through the process. This type of process is a profound and life changing experience that links people together that might never have met otherwise. This continues long after placement which just adds another great layer to how OA&FS works with families. On an exciting note, Andy and I had the wonderful surprise of knowing that our blog has helped other adoptive families out there. When we started this blog back in 2012, we mainly wanted to use it to keep in touch with family and close friends. It quickly expanded and picked up far more interest than we expected which was a wonderful surprise. Hopefully, our posts the second time around will continue to be exciting and interesting...but we'll see :)
Speaking of doing this process a second time, we have our intake interview scheduled for Tuesday (1/28)! We were recently contacted by Katie (our original counselor) to let us know that she'd be doing our homestudy this time around as well. During this interview, Katie will be evaluating us to make sure we're ready for another adoption and she will also likely give us an update on how the rest of the process will go. Considering that it's been about two years since we last went through the homestudy and paperwork, a lot has probably changed!
|14 months old!|
We also have plenty of projects at home in addition to the adoption which will keep us busy and certainly occupied once we're in the waiting pool. A fun one was finally getting some toy bins for all of Dominic's toys and mounting our tv. Our living room is no longer a death trap waiting for us to trip on 50 toys!