The title of this blog post is not just a description of what we are going through (yes as cheesy as it is), but is also the name of the adoption agency we are beginning to work with! Journeys of the Heart Adoption Services is based here in the Northwest and works with families of all shapes and sizes - something very important to us. We submitted our application Mid-March (be sure to check out our handy dandy adoption timeline on the right hand side of our blog) and just finished the second round of paperwork extravaganza! The next big step for us is our first in person meeting April 16th in Hillsboro, OR. This is the meeting where we will formally be accepted into the domestic adoption program and be officially ready to start our homestudy.
Each time we complete a step this process becomes more and more real for us. It is easy to get caught up in the monotony of the paperwork and waiting (there is A LOT of waiting), but then we submit paperwork or have a meeting and that wakes us up that we are moving forward and soon we will be parents! Very exciting.
In addition to completing more steps, we are telling more people about our plans, which also makes this a whole lot more real. Everyone that we have told is so excited and supportive and we couldn't feel any more gratitude for the outpouring of support we have already received...Thank you!
One last thing, in a previous post we urged you all to contact your representatives to support the continuation of the adoption tax credit. If you did, thank you! If you didn't, well you are off the hook. Along with all of the great things that were included in the recently passed Health Care Reform Bill, is the continuation of the tax credit AND and a $1,000 increase! Can I just say that I love our president?
I think I fixed the comments section of our blog as well. You now don't have to be a "registered user" to post a comment. If you want to receive email alerts when we publish a new blog, be sure to use the "subscribe" tool at the top of the right hand column.
Have a great week!