Well, a lot has happened since I last posted. I actually started a post a couple of weeks ago and then just never had the time to finish it (which considering the content was probably a good thing).
Anyhow I would first off like to say a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Jennifer and Brad. They just celebrated the birth of their first child, Lauren. I am so excited for them and can't wait to meet her! They are wonderful people and I'm sure are already great parents!
Back to me : ). We have completed our home study (it really was painless) and our profile (the book that is shown to potential birth mothers).
The profile was actually a huge undertaking. We scrapbooked it and since I've never done anything like that before I was so clueless! Jason and I spent many an hour at Hobby Lobby and Michael's picking out just the right paper. And then going back and re-picking out just the right paper. I swear that the employees must have thought that we were casing the place! After much time and a couple of arguments (I'm glad that he was so involved, really!) we finally got the paper and stickers picked out.
The pictures were hard to pick out as well. Jason's family are photograph fiends and take pictures at any event for any reason. They were easy. My family however hasn't had a picture taken together in years. And each family unit hasn't had a picture taken together for awhile. So we had to have them all take pictures and then they sent them to us and we "approved" them. It was like pulling teeth!
But the book is done and turned in. We paid part of our money and now we're eligible to be shown to birth mothers. The average wait time is 6 - 12 months to be matched and then you wait until the birth mom gives birth.