Last night I packed up all of our home study history packet we have been gathering for three weeks. I made copies, carefully organized it the way they asked, wrote a big fat check and sealed it. The envelope seemed plain to me, so I added a little washi tape. I tucked it in my purse and got so excited I took a picture.
This is our first big step. It's the first big chunk of money, it's coming from our savings, and it's non-refundable. Once our adoption agency receives this packet, complete with notarized proof of all our entire life, we start the home study process of approving us as a prospective adoptive family.
Seriously, that packet is so precious to me.
I ran by the post office to walk it in, waited in line, and the nice postal worker asked me if I needed a signature for it. I thought about the 30,000 times we signed everything in there and laughed a little. "No, thanks." Then I watched him toss it on a pile with everyone else's mail and move on to the next customer. Our whole life, most of our money, sealed with washi, in a pile of mail.
Adoption is hard.
Josh and Emily
We hope that by sharing our steps, challenges, and milestones of our adoption, you will see yourself as part of the community we hope to build around our child as she grows up.