Well, we've done a lot this week! First- the adoption news!!
We've mailed off multiple packages of paperwork... This package to the agency, that one to Oklahoma Secretary of State's office, this one to TX for a child abuse clearance... Oh so many packages have been sent off. We're working on the home study paperwork and the dossier paperwork all at once in an effort to get things done as quickly and efficiently as possible. Katelynn's been involved in it all, as usual! Here's a pic of her happily waiting at the post office to mail off another package for the adoption. So cute!
Yesterday we had our first home study visit. After the events in CT the day before, we honestly didn't even clean up for it... We spent the night before snuggling our little girl, saddened by the knowledge that many moms and dads only a few hours away were not having that opportunity. I had to pull myself out of the funk and focus on the positive of our life and what we were doing. The visit went great and we were able to get our next visit scheduled for right after Christmas. During that visit will review a draft of our home study, and we're hoping all the clearances will be back so that we have home study approval in early-mid January!
This week we also made our annual trip to visit Santa. Here's a few pictures.
She's such an outgoing kid, but gets a little shy around "famous people" (as she explains it)!!
I find myself feeling incredibly grateful lately. How could I not??? I am one lucky mommy!!! I've got a great little girl and another one in China! I can't wait to see the beautiful face of our second child! Getting closer!!!
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