Friday, June 29, 2007

How to Complete your Dossier in 8 days!

Yep, you read that right! We were able to have our dossier mailed out only EIGHT days after we received the paperwork. Whoo hoo to us the paperwork masters! Oh, and we get bonus points considering that Mark's mom was in town visiting from Alabama 4 of those days (and the whole family went off camping!).

To be fair, our homestudy social worker was just great and saved us a ton of time- she accepted copies of everything so we did not have to get multiple originals. Nearly everything she required, she required in the same form as was required by our agency, so most of our paperwork was done when we got our dossier "to do" list from our agency. And a special shout-out to Amanda and Danielle who had the quickest turn-around in HISTORY on reference letters! What great friends!

Another thing that sped up the process is that one of the power of attorney forms had to be mailed to our secretary of state for certification and the state seal page. Well, we just don't trust the state or our mail system (also, who knows how long that would have taken). Mark actually drove out to the state capital and just got it done in person. It actually only took 2 minutes, a tank of gas, and all of Ally's patience for a day, but we were able to send that with our other documents straight to our agency. Isn't he a great guy?

So, although we haven't been posting much lately, things are still flying by. We just get more excited each passing day....

Also, although we thought long and hard about a sibling set, we talked and talked about it. Realistically, a sibling set under 5 is quite a lot to ask for. And I can't help thinking that we may still have a son out there. So, we requested a sibling set of 2 under 5 OR a little boy age 2-4. I think the big guy upstairs has plans for us, so we'll stay out of it for now. ;) We'll be thrilled either way!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Thought provoking video

I found this video on another blog today. I was amused... teenage affluenza (or kindergarten affluenza at my house!)

But the longer the video goes on, the more thought provoking it becomes.

These sorts of things have always made me stop and think. But now, it is personal. And so hard to think about. Yet, there is despair and hunger and hurt all around us - our cities, or states, our country, our world. And we, generally, are very good about NOT thinking about it - pushing it to the backs of our minds.

We need to stop pushing and start internalizing it. As hard as it is for us, it is much harder for those who live with that despair every day.