January 11, 2013


That one word pretty much sums up the last week for us. It's been one whirlwind after another.
We started with our foster parent orientation on Monday which went incredibly smooth. The next morning we were sent our application and by dinner time we had completed it and sent it back in with the application fee. We were told that someone would be in contact with us soon.
We didn't have to wait too long, because I woke up the next morning to another email about setting up our mini-interview and MMPI-2.

We went in yesterday for them both.
I wasn't nervous about our mini-interview. In fact, I was excited to share a little bit more about who we are as a couple and as a family. I was, however, VERY nervous for the MMPI-2.
I knew it was going to be a series of true or false questions and that they would be able to tell if we were trying to appear too perfect or too un-perfect. They would also be able to see if we were over thinking every question.
I wanted to cry!
Of course I was going to over think EVERY question.
In the end it wasn't nearly as bad and I thought. If anything, it was worse on my poor hand then it was on my head or heart. The answers were very easy to answer and I didn't have to think on them at all.
Prior to our mini-interview we were told that the last two spots for training had been filled and we would need to be put on the waiting list. We were also told that it could be March until we had our training. It was an emotional set back for me.
We were really hoping to be in their next training class weekend and in the time that it took us to fill out our application, it was no longer an option.
- pause for my pity party -
Imagine how thrilled I was when we got to our mini-interview (the next day) and we were notified that one of the other couples had backed out and we were to receive their place in the January training class.
Isn't it amazing!!

I understand that this is a process and I should be thankful that it is even happening this quickly, but like I told our social worker yesterday...
Once you realize what it is that you want to do with your life, you want it to start right away.
Anyway, after we completed our MMPI-2 we were told that we would need to wait for them to receive our results and then all of our paperwork would go before a committee to determine if we would continue to the pre-training process and in-depth interview.
Wish us luck!!
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Even though that has been keeping us busy, the girls have been keeping us just as equally as busy at home.
Alyssa and Allison are anxiously awaiting their first day of school. They talk about it and ask questions everyday. I've been trying to explain to them that it will be fun, but different and they won't be able to play at school like do at home. At home we take breaks to watch educational movies, use their Tag readers, and fun activities. They even get to grab their DSs as soon as we are done. I just hope they understand the transition that is about to happen.
Madelynn is doing great as well. She must be going through a growth spurt because she takes a nap every. single. day! Sometimes she falls asleep on the couch, other days on the floor. Or, like last night, she just went to bed at 6:30pm. Her vocabulary is growing and she is talking more than ever. It's so fun to just have a conversation with her these days.

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