The word on the street is that our family will be expanding. I confess, the rumors are all true. I tried to keep the secret as long as I could but my excitement cannot be contained any longer.
We are adopting again from Guatemala.
Marcus is going to be a big brother!
Greg and I started talking about this months ago. We wanted to have children close in age and were concerned about the Hague Convention slowing and stopping adoptions. Instead of delaying our actions and missing the opportunity, we dove in head first. We actually started the paperwork for adoption #2 prior to finalizing Marcus's adoption... and we have been keeping it a secret all this time!
So where are we? Just how far have we gotten into adopting yet another bundle of joy? Really far.
Home study is done. All the paperwork we needed to collect is also done. Everything we needed to have notarized has been notarized. Just last week we sent everything off to a courier that will then forward it on to another courier so everything can be certified and authenticated. Yes, we really are that far. We really are just weeks away from being put on the waiting list for a referral.
The process this time has been a totally different experience than it was the last time. First of all, we know exactly what we are getting into. Second, it has been EASY. We have already done this. We knew where to get the paperwork. We knew what needed to be done with each document. We knew who to ask to notarize things and all about the couriers to get things certified and authenticated. The last time when we were gathering paperwork I emailed our case worker almost daily. I think I have only emailed her once this time! Mostly though, it has been much more emotionally easy. I am not worried or anxious this time. I am not in as big of a hurry as if my whole life depends on getting each document completed as quickly as possible.
Of course, without the worries of getting the paperwork just right this time, I have other worries. Mainly, how crazy is life going to be with two kids less than a year apart in age??
My other two pressing concerns at this time are what we are going to name this little boy. We don't have a clue. We are open to suggestions! Maybe we will be inspired by his birth name.
The other issue is coming up with the money involved in bringing our little angel home to us forever. We are hoping to do a big garage sale again this year but if there are any more ideas on fund raisers, suggest away!