I have not felt this relieved in many months.
We had our second home visit this morning. I woke up anxious and nervous. I was worried, not about what our adoption counselor would say about our house, but rather what she would have to say about where we are in the process and what comes next for us. I was nervous to show her our finished books and to hand her all of the remaining items that we had ready for her. I was nervous she would have a problem with something or that she would make just one last suggestion.
Anyway, she arrived and sat down with us in the living room. She went through why she was there and then basically asked us if we had any questions. I decided that this would be a good time to tell her that we had everything ready to be done with the process. I had conveniently placed a pile of things on our dining room table. It was everything that we needed to hand her. I brought over the five copies of our long profile books, an envelope containing the thirteen copies of our short letters, the last check that we need to give in order to be put on the wait list, and an envelope with the things that are needed for our online profile. I brought everything over to her and I think it made a big impact. As soon as I gave it all to her, she told us that when she brought the finished home study report to her supervisor TODAY, she would tell her that while she had not been ready in time, we were completely ready to go. She then said that we would be on the wait list as soon as the end of this week! Now, to me that means that perhaps in two weeks we will be on the wait list, but either way, I am beyond excited.
The best part is that she asked if she could look through our book and letter and SHE LOVED THEM!!! She said that the long profile book was fantastic and she was thrilled with the way everything turned out. I was so happy that we decided not to wait any longer for her approval. We knew that we had a good profile and I was so glad that we trusted our guts and just went ahead and got everything finished.
After that, she wanted to take a quick walk around the house and that is exactly what she did. She didn't ask about anything, didn't even make us test the smoke detectors this time. And then she left. For this first time, I felt really good after meeting with her. I felt hopeful that this phase of the process was coming to an end. I felt excited at the thought that we would soon be on the wait list.
So now we wait. Hopefully, just a little bit longer. She is supposed to send us a draft of the finished report tonight and then we just have to approve it and we will be one step closer. I hope to have the good news soon that we are on the wait list. The best feeling right now is that there is nothing else that we have to get done. There are no items left on the checklist. Nothing left to finish. So please keep your fingers crossed and hope that soon this phase of our adoption journey will come to a close.