Tuesday, April 27, 2010
We're Certifiable, um, er, Certified!!
We have filled-out all kinds of paperwork and done all kinds of thought-provoking exercises. We're glad to have done every bit of it since it has really had a positive effect on our outlook and pre-conceived notions.
The second home visit of our home-study is this coming Monday night. Katey, our social worker, will be meeting with us individually to talk about what we've learned and what we expect. She will also take a tour of the house to get a feel for the layout and to look for any issues we need to address.
For example, we had to find a way to lock-away Mike's guns so they could not be messed with by the kiddos. We also had to make sure we had the correct fire extinguisher(s) and they were in the appropriate locations(s).
Mike also tested the fire alarm. THAT was fun considering (1) there was no test button because (2) it is part of the home security system that (3) is monitored and will send the fire department if it goes off.
Never fear, he called the monitoring company to let them know he was about to set it off. He then lit a paper towel on fire, blew it out to smoke it up and held it under the ceiling-mounted sensor. It worked. Oh boy, did it work. He put out so much smoke it went off twice, and the smoke (and smell) lingered for quite awhile.
Ah, good times!
Hopefully we have taken everything into consideration that we need to prior to Monday but we'll find out for sure then.
We know the most diificult part is ahead of us, waiting, and neither of us is a patient person. Right now we're wondering how long it will take for our fingerprint check to be completed. We have heard horror stories about it taking months to be done and we can not adopt until they are.
Keep praying for us. We covet all your support, love and prayers.