Today - April 20, 2015 - we are thrilled to share that we have mailed our adoption application!!
This is the first official step in becoming adoptive parents - and we're thrilled!
|Glamorous parking-lot shot of us and our application - ready to be mailed!!|
Over my lunch break, I drove to Dan's work (a few minutes down the road) and we went to Mass together, praying in thanksgiving to have arrived at this moment, and for the path ahead - for all the people that we'll meet along this journey, not least our child and his/her biological parents.
We also lit a candle in front of St. John Paul II's picture and asked for his intercession. And then I drove back to work and put the envelope in the mail. Wow! I don't think I've felt so jittery and excited about mailing something since we sent out our wedding invitations over four years ago!
About the application: it was 12 pages long, and covered basic information like our backgrounds, education, finances and health. We also had to provide four references (who our agency will contact), recent photos of each of us, and a big ol' fat check (first of many - yikes). We started filling it out on April 2nd, which has significance for us: it was Holy Thursday (our engagement anniversary) and also the 10th anniversary of St. John Paul II's death. We finished filling it out this past weekend.
Now, we wait to hear back from the agency. As long as we're approved, the next step is an intake meeting to get the many forms and instructions we need to start the home study, which will occupy us for the next several months. The intake also gives us a chance to meet the social workers and other personnel we'll be working with, and vice versa, and start building those relationships.
Ready, set, here we gooooooo!!!
|Taken after mass, to remember what a beautiful Spring day it was|
The Lord will give you the bread you need
and the water for which you thirst.
While from behind, a voice shall sound in your ears:
"This is the way; walk in it."
- Isaiah 30:20-21