last wednesday we had our home study...and it went great! our social worker was a super nice guy who seemed really interested in international adoption. he only knew 2 other couples in el paso that had adopted internationally...one of them being our friends, the the pabens, who are in Thailand preparing to bring home their son, oaks!
we are really happy to have this part of the process done and are now waiting for the home study to be written up and approved by our adoption agency. THEN we can send in our dossier--which is a formal term for a collection of documents prepared in a specific way, AND apply for USCIS approval. USCIS approval means that we have permission from the u.s. government to bring a child into the united states from another country as an immediate member of our family. got it? cool.
after all of THAT is done (and we are approved and a few other things happen) we are put on a waiting list (TADA!) for our child. I don't have any sort of time frame for how long all of this will take, but I'm hoping not too much longer. remember....adoption = A LOT of waiting = WORTH it.
while pete was having his interview with the social worker the girls and I played outside in our back yard.
cuban braised beef and peppers.
I am a crock pot fanatic. a crock star, if you will.
and then we needed ice cream from sonic to celebrate! one more item off the list.