In the Meantime...

Working on paperwork for the dossier!
Between activities for the kids, meetings for the home study, getting papers signed for the adoption, gathering papers to renew our foster care license, planning birthday parties for the kids, working, and keeping house, we also accepted a six year old girl and then a three year old girl into our home for a bit!

It has been awhile since we have had a foster child for more then a weekend of respite.  I had forgotten some of what it was like, but it comes back pretty fast!  I love that the kids are trying to speak Spanish again!  With Jackson having a Spanish class it helps with some of the vocabulary I don't remember.  Although, I did tell him that he needed to tell his teacher he needed more useful everyday language like "turn off the light" or "throw your toilet paper in the toilet and not in the trash can" and forget about what the word for pencil sharpener is! (although I think that is my favorite word to say in Spanish!)  It is funny that all of us seem to be talking to the poor dog in Spanish too!  I don't know why we do that, but it seems to happen!  He looks confused sometimes, but with each new toddler he forgives us because he knows he can grab treats from them!

So today, while bringing the three year old with me, who is the cutest, smartest little thing ever, I was finally able to deliver our I-600A form to UPS where it will be sent with other documents to USCIS.  This is the part where our government decides if we are good candidates to adopt.  Once they approve us, we will have to be fingerprinted to be sure one last time that we are not criminals.  We will then get one more form which we need to include in the dossier.  I am crossing my fingers that once we get this form I will have all of the paperwork needed to turn everything in for our dossier!

We haven't gotten a referral yet, but I am confident it is because it just isn't the right time.  I was really anxious to be matched when we first signed up, but this way is nice too because I don't feel all of the anxiety that I have a little one waiting for me to bring her home and I am waiting on stupid paperwork!  It seems our paperwork will all be ready to go as soon as she is!

As we go into the weekend we will have a full house!  Tonight we will do respite for a 5 and 2 year old so add that to our three and our foster daughter who is three that we have now.  Should be fun! :)  I also have a stack of papers to notarize and then organize.  Baby steps...

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