Sorry I've been quiet for a bit. I got hit by the flu bug last week. I'm on day 5 and am still pretty much out of commission. Had chills, fever, fatigue, body ache and headaches. Fortunately I did not get the nasty upper respiratory stuff - no cough, congestion or stuffy nose, thankfully. I'm just really tired all the time now, but I'm also tired of laying around all day. At least today, I did not spend the whole day sleeping in bed. Instead, spent the day on the couch watching TV and finally getting some of my appetite back.
Last week, we finally received a draft of our home study. It was emailed to us by Old Agency via their secured email system. It was pretty interesting. I received and email that said I had a message but had to log into the agency's secured site to view the email. I almost deleted the email because it ended up in my spam box. We took a couple of days to review the home study both for grammar and accuracy.
I'm not sure how many of you have actually seen what a home study looks like, but it was kind of funny reading what someone you've only met a few times write about you and your family based on your answers on your home study questionnaire, your interviews and what your referrals say about you. You can definitely tell that a lot of what was written in the home study was a copy and paste of the answers we provided in our questionnaires. It was also quite obvious that the report was a standardized form a social worker fills out as there were some references to "Jane Doe" that they missed taking out. There was also some reference to an "outside door to the deck that would be secured" when we definitely do not have a deck. It was also interesting that there were some assumptions made that we would have a will and in the event that something happens to both of us, our assets would be equally divided among any adopted and biological children. Never once did we discuss having a will with the social worker nor how we would divide up our assets.
Anyway, all in all, the home study was well written and favorable. The final recommendation was that the agency would recommend that we be approved for our adoption home study for up to two children (also never discussed with us). So Babe and I reviewed it, made some corrections and updates, and sent it back to the agency last Thursday. We have not heard anything back yet from them, but hope to get a formal copy of the home study sometime this week.
We are almost there!