Thursday, June 26, 2008

Adoption progress

Yesterday my husband took a personal day off from work and he, Caleb and I had a great day together. (Our older 4 are all at church camp this week) First, we drove over to the Jerome Police Dept and got our fingerprints on cards for our Idaho State Police clearance. We go there because you can just walk in without an appointment and it only costs $5 for the cards. Then we went to the bank and Kevin introduced Caleb to some lovely ladies there who had been following his adoption journey. And on to Boise to the Dept of Homeland Security for the FBI fingerprints. Yes, indeedy, it takes 3 sets of fingerprints per parent per international adoption. This really cracks me up. I was trying to count up how many times I've been fingerprinted in my life--with foster care for about 6 1/2 years, four domestic adoptions and now two international adoptions. I'll bet there are people in prison who haven't been fingerprinted as many times as I have!! (nor checked for HIV as many times either!!)

And today I had my adoption physical and got the appropriate bloodwork drawn and TB skin test placed. The only little hitch this time around was that I had to be poked twice for the bloodwork because the needle dislodged from my vein when the nice vampire lady was trying to change to the second tube. No big deal. I just had bright neon pink coban on both arms when I headed for one of my favorite Chinese restaurants for lunch--but it blended well with the pinkish hues of my shirt.

Yesterday I also picked up the mail which contained a packet of goodies from our home study worker which she wants to have completed by her visit on Saturday--as in day after tomorrow. I really hate filling out that ridiculously detailed financial sheet that wants to know how much money you spend in each of fifty-seven (slight exaggeration) categories each month, all your assets, your liabilities, etc, etc. Oh brother!

But there is a certain little boy in a certain special country that has no idea that he has a Mommy and a Daddy working to bring him home. I pray that he is healthy, safe, and cared for.


Kathy & Matt said...

Thanks for stopping by our blog. I have not been keeping up on my reading lately, so I had no idea you were headed back! WOW! How exciting!!

It makes my head spin to think about going through all that again so quickly so I commend you for being able to do it all again.

What a wonderful gift for your new son who is waiting for you and what a wonderful gift for your family to find him!

I'll try to follow along more closely.


adopting2fromUkraine said...

Hi, I just found your blog. I agree wholeheartedly with you about all the blood tests and fingerprints and financial statements!!! Maybe all these things are easier the second time around?

We have a 12yo daughter that we have been home with for 2 months now from Ukraine. We are thinking of going back also to get some children we met while there.

Best wishes,

Carson's Mom said...

I am praying he is safe and cared for too. I can't wait for you to go spring him.


AZmomto7 said...

Oh groan, I disliked the financial part of the homestudy too, paperwork in general gives me a headache. But that sweet and adorable littleman is waiting, so it is worth it, but still a pain!

You can get everthing done more quickly this time, and your prints are still good, so that is a plus! I know the paperwork aspect of Amanda's adoption was so much simpler, but then Estonia is such an incredibly easy program.

I can't wait until you get your dossier submitted, wish I could see his face when you come to get him!

Dolores said...

Have I told you how much I think you're going to love having these two little boys as your sons and brothers to each other? They are perfect! You will be doubly blessed!