As 5:30 tomorrow races towards us, I am so glad I stumbled upon this blog post. I needed to hears this. My nervous Nelly, the sky is falling, I must be perfect self is freaking out. I cleaned our trashcan last night. Scrubbed it inside and out. I might be a little crazy. I just want this so bad. I want to bring a child into our lives. I want to help a child from not having a safe home. I want to see their smiling face and know I get the honor of loving them.
Here is the blog post if you are interested.
“You seem nervous,” she says, smiling. “Please don’t be. This is not an investigation. This is a…warm-and-fuzzy. You know? I’m just here to help you bring your daughter home.”
Opening every cabinet and drawer, asking everything about our health and relationships, seeing an x-ray of our lives. This may be nerve wracking, but it is an important step designed out of love for these children. So when they are taken out of a desperate situation, they are put somewhere surrounded by safety and love. This is what biological parents should have done in the first place. This is what keeps our kids safe and gives them the best chance in life. This is what loves is, and how beautiful that we get the opportunity to already love our future children by diligently making the best life for them we can provide.
We got our Safety First magnetic child locks and finally got them installed. I think I'll be growing some new blisters by tomorrow morning.
You really don't realize how dangerously you live until you're trying to child-proof your home. How do any of us survive?!
These are awesome magnetic ones that have an on/off button so when we do not have a placement, or an older placement we do not have to uninstall, reinstall locks. We also can keep something locked for older placements that would have other baby proofing locks figured out. These are perfect for fostering.
We still need to hang drapes, change out a few decorations, file the MASSIVE amount of music we have in our en-route filing cabinet, among many other things.
We also got a text from our case worker to confirm our first home study interview. AH!
This process is like a roller coaster ride. It's a slow start where you think you know everything that is coming your way. Then, all of a sudden, you're flung to the edge of your seat, laughing and screaming all at once. Pure joy, nervous excitement, and terror all rolled into one.
Please be thinking/praying/sending good vibes to us over the next couple weeks. Although it is looking to be a crazy month, we want to make sure we are absorbing and fully experiencing all these feelings and emotions, as well as retaining all the information and training we will soon receive.
Life has been crazy!
Everything kind of happened all at once. Which is something we should get use to. Waiting for what seems like forever and then BAM, you're behind!
We have set up our 2 Home Study interviews. 10/1/15 and 10/9/15.
This Thursday!!! where has the time gone? Between then Callie has a conference in Colorado 10/5-10/8. We're going to be rushing to get everything ready.
We sold our bikes to make some room, and they found a lovely home. We still have a few other things that would be helpful to re-home such as our kitchen stools (we no longer have a breakfast bar). While clearing and reorganizing, other things have been coming together, we will be getting our cabinet locks this week to install.
Please keep your thoughts with us as we wade through the check lists, and interviews, and paperwork, and questions.
The journey begins.
This past week we got rid of our non-kid-proof TV stand and replaced it with these shelves to add toy storage in the living room. We purchased these shelves online so we wanted to buy one first to try it out. We love them, so we are buying a matching one for next to it. We also will be looking at one for their bedroom.
We have been preparing/proofing the apartment. This past weekend we did adult things like go and buy drill bits and a socket wrench (how did we live without that till now?!) and we hung our TV on the wall. This will make it safer for kids and we are getting some cube shelves to use as a TV stand to allow toy storage in the living room. Our new shelves should be here Friday and we will put those together this weekend. Slowly but surely this is coming along!
They have new machines that scan your fingerprints instead of the iconic messy ink. The lady was very kind, even with Alex's prints messing up and not matching so they had to retry several times. When asking what we were getting prints done for she shared that she was a foster mom and between foster and biological kids she has 5 girls and morning hair is a handful. But she shared in our excitement.
Note: We did our fingerprints 3 hours apart and took our own pictures. We did not plan to make the same faces. It just happened!
So much of this journey has been at home, electronic, paperwork, and over e-mails. This was a tangible step. Although it seems small, and it is compared to other steps, it was an extra exciting step compared to endless paperwork. This definitely was one of those experiences that made this feel "real".
We are so excited. Next we begin training!