This week I kinda feel like we just took a pregnancy test and it was positive! Getting word that we have an approved homestudy has created a whole flurry of activity and excitement. It is like when you find out you are pregnant for the first time and you feel overwhelmed with all you have to do and get in order. Shortly after the chaos and excitement dies down a bit you realize you have 9 months to wait and that the baby isn’t coming tomorrow. That is how I feel inside right now. Like we have so much to do and so little time when in reality this is just one step in the process.
Justin keeps telling everyone that he feels we will be traveling to meet our son/daughter in August. I can’t imagine that things will move that quickly. It would be exciting if he was right, but I just can’t see that being the case. I think a lot of folks in Russia take July and August off of work too. Not to mention that August for me (at work) is like Justin’s harvest and planting season – or like a tax season for an accountant. We also don’t want to fall into the trap of putting life off while we wait for ‘the call’. I think we need to just relax for a bit and see how this set of documents comes together. I think there is a letter of good standing for our homestudy agency that we will be waiting on so we’ll see how fast that comes in.
We have finished all of our courses now. I guess there were 11 and not 10 of them. Malnutrition was course 7. Eight was Prenatal Exposure to Drugs and Maternal Smoking. Sensory Integration Disorder was course 9. I found this statistic from a research study interesting. “Auditory and language exposure is greatly reduced in orphanages compared with families: during 4 hours of observation time, orphanage children were spoken to for 13.2 minutes vs. 166.2 minutes for family children.” And the last two courses were about Travel and Transition and Russia Specific information.
Justin and I are headed to Denver tomorrow. I have a national tech conference for work (ISTE) and Justin is going to tag along. We are very excited to see Ryan and Sandy True on Sunday! Brady, Madison, and Blake are going to be with their grandparents until we return on Thursday. They have so many fun activities planned and their cousin Sydney is going to join them for the week. It is going to be like Grandma/Nana Camp for them. This will be a good experience for Blake to prepare him for the months to come. We will check in regularly and will miss them tons! Ok off to get the packing done and attempt to get the house in order!