Thursday, January 20, 2011

Keeping you Up-to-Date on our Progress...

Today Jeff and I had our Dr Appointments - these are needed for both our Home Study and Dossier.  Our girls will go for their appointments on Monday - which are just needed for our Home Study.  Luckily, they don't need the same extensive examination as Jeff and I do (mainly, they don't need to have blood drawn or TB tests done).  I'm thankful for that, because, I just have to say that my arm is quite sore and I'm sure that the girls wouldn't have cared for the needle pokes and pricks. :)
So we continue on...we're waiting on paperwork from our Employers and then our 2nd Home Study visit on the 27th.  We're continuing to send (fax or email) pieces of Dossier paperwork to our America World Family Coordinator, she reviews them to make sure we are completeing them correctly - which is so helpful, because I'm a nervous-wreck that I'm going to do something incorrectly.  So we're getting there...
It's a beautiful thing!

Friday, January 14, 2011

First Home Study Visit

Our Program requires that we have no less than 4 face-to-face visits with our Home Study social worker - today was Visit #1.  Our social worker's name is Hollie and she's wonderful!  We met at the Christian Family Services' office and it was just a basic "get to know ya" kind of meeting - we had several pieces of paperwork that needed to be turned in and we set up the date for our next visit - which will be at our home on January 27th.  We have our Dr appts set up for next week and after that all the Home Study paperwork that we are responsible for should be complete.  We're making good progress and I'm so thankful for the incredible people who are helping us along the way!
On another note - the girls had another snow day today - a full week off from school - woohoo!! 
Yes, I know all you northerners are having a good laugh right now. :)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Snow Days

For the past 3 days we have been "snowed in" - I use that term lightly! :)  In Michigan, this would be considered normal winter weather and life would continue on as normal, but here in the South - this is a "blizzard" and everything shuts down! 
This is what we've been doing around the Thomas household for the past 3 days - playing in the snow, playing cards, making/eating snowcream, doing puzzles and "crafting".  Yes, crafting...we went on an outing today to Michaels - really the road are as clear as can be...we got all our supplies and came home and put together super cute chalkboard picture frames - they are going to be thank you gifts for a few fantastic ladies that volunteer in our children's ministry!  I was over the moon happy with our crafting-selves today...the girls, Crafting just isn't their thing, I guess. :)  Oh well, it's been great having a few days to do some fun, out-of-the-ordinary things - Happy Snow Days!