Our next home study appt. is on March 12th. We scheduled it so far out because February is CRAZY busy! We have Pace's birthday the first weekend, V-day the next weekend, a possible dunes trip the third weekend, our wedding anniversary the last weekend in February and then my parents will be in town the first week of March. Whew....that makes me exhausted just thinking about it!
So...we started going through the paperwork, and man...it is EXTENSIVE!!! It is going to take a lot of time and some careful consideration to fill all of that out. We have a certified copy of our marriage license, but will need to get our birth certificates. We are going down this week to do our fingerprint clearance. I have my physician's appointment set for Tuesday February 2nd and Pace's scheduled for Thursday February 11th. So by the end of February I hope to have EVERYTHING done, organized and prepared for our meeting on March 12th. INCLUDING our references.
I was very surprised, the SW said that the references tend to hold up the process many times. We are going to make DANG sure the people writing our references get them mailed back in before the end of February!
Things we need to do in/around the house before our next meeting:
- Have Pace's shotgun locked and stored where we plan to store it when we have the baby in the house
- Consider buying a grill guard. I had never heard of this, but apparently it protects little ones from burning their fingers on the grill
- Buy an ABC fire extinguisher
- Write out a fire escape plan
- Have emergency contact numbers posted next to our phone
Pace talked to his dad yesterday and told him of our adoption plan. His dad was very excited for us. I wish I could have taken a picture of how happy it made Pace to have his dad's support. It was very awesome!
So...we are one step closer. Many steps to go...but one step closer!