This past week our social worker from Bethany Christian Services came to do our annual home-study review. The scheduled appointment time was 3:00 PM. Much to my “surprise” the social worker needed to come early due to a change in his schedule. He had left messages on our home phone, but our phone was not working due to a wiring problem with our line.

I realized the social worker must have arrived early when our dog Maggie started barking at something outside. I looked out the window, and there was a green car in the driveway. It wasn’t a big deal that he’d showed up early, it’s just that, errr, I was still in my pajamas, and errr, it was 12:30 in the afternoon. I thought, this isn’t going to be awkward, errr.

I had been taking care of the baby and straightening the house. Josh had taken half the day off, so I figured when he got home, I could take a hot shower and get dressed. Wank, wank, wank. No such luck. Fortunately, Josh did arrive home soon after the social worker got to the house; so I slipped away and put on some regular clothes. That made it a little, errr, less awkward.

The home visit went well. The social worker asked how everything had been going since the baby’s birth; and how we were adjusting to having a new baby in the house. He also asked if there had been any changes to our family and/or immediate family status. No changes to either. Everything has been as wonderful and hectic as we had imagined.

Josh and I had to update our physical; and John Luke had to get one as well. It was almost time for John Luke’s 4 month visit, so we went ahead and had his latest vaccinations done at the same time. His current measurements are 15 lbs 2 oz, and he’s 25 3/4 inches long.

Josh and I also had to update our financial statements and background checks.

The social worker said there wouldn’t be any problems in getting our home-study renewed. It feels great to have our home-study completed until this time next year.

The home-study review is just a minor technicality, when you think about the blessing we have received. It seemed like a daunting process, when I first read about having to go through all this for embryo adoption. Now it’s just a part of the journey. This time around, it’s all about the reward.



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