Really I do like the real ones. But lately the emotional one has taken over and I am not enjoying the ride.
About 3 weeks ago, I spoke to someone who is trying to help people who want to adopt from Uganda. He told me I could probably travel in April or May. WHAT?? Are you kidding me? OK I have got to get busy. I have most of the required paperwork. I just need to get my homestudy completed and raise some money. The climb of the roller coaster car has begun. So I sit down and complete the 10 page application. Two days later I mail my application for my homestudy. The agency called me the next day. I didn't know the US Postal Service worked that fast. Still climbing. I call the agency and they are mailing my initial paperwork and the Contract Homestudy Manual. Two days later I receive my envelope. Inside is a folder containing a few forms, fingerprint cards, and a zip drive. My roller coaster car has just jerked to a stop at the top of the hill.
I plug the drive into my computer and start to browse the 98 pages of documents that I have to read, fill out, and spill my guts on. No problem I can do this. I hate paperwork, but it is all going to be worth it. I fill out the first set of forms that need to be returned and call to see about getting fingerprinted. They only do fingerprinting on Wednesday or Saturday, so I plan to go on Wednesday. I was told I did not need an appointment, so as soon as the buses left the school I was right behind them. I rush down to the office, only to be told that I can only be fingerprinted on day shift. OK, would have been nice to have been told that when I called on Monday. Thanks for pushing my roller coaster car over the edge.
I get home and I have a message from my social worker. She wants me to call her on Friday, so I really get started on the manual, so I can have questions ready. Maybe I am not going completely over the edge and plummeting down hill.
This is a sidebar---Are they really serious with some of these questions? Do I want to make a lifelong commitment to a child? No I just thought I would pour my heart and soul into a 2 year stint. Is this not a timeshare kind of thing? Where do they get this stuff? I have about 20 of these jewels to answer. Anyone who knows me can tell you, I hate an essay question.
Ok I'm back from my rant. So Friday I get ready for my first phone call with my social worker. She is only in the office from 8am-2pm. Not exactly the best hours for a teacher to try to reach someone, but we do have some down time. Oh I'm sorry, we have a meeting durning my planning period. Can't do it then. I'll try to get someone to watch my class for a few minutes. Sorry again, it's the 100th day of school and we have celebrating to do. So finally at 1 it is break time. Here's my chance. I can make this phone call with 200 5, 6, and 7 year olds sitting right outside the lounge. I do get to talk to my social worker. She sounds very sweet. I ask her my questions and she is able to answer them all. Maybe my roller coaster car is reaching the bottom of a very short hill. We talk about setting up our first of four appointments. I'm hoping for next week. I really have to jump on this thing quickly. She is only in the office 3 days a week from 8am-2pm. OK I can take 1/2 day of my precious off days to go. I really need to save them. I am planning to travel in April or May. She says she doesn't know if that will be possible. What? She informs me that it will take 4 months to complete my homestudy? WHAT? I thought it was only supposed to take 6-8 weeks. So we make an appointment for Presidents Day. At least I don't have to take a sick day. So I hope at this point my roller coaster car is at the bottom and is starting back up the next hill.
I did get my fingerprints done today and the lady was very nice. I went right next door to the post office and mailed them off.
I'm glad that God is in control of my roller coaster car. It is going to be a great ride. I just have to look for the thrills in those down hill falls.
I would appreciate any advice from those who have taken this ride before me.
Prayer and wise counsel will get me through.
Thanks and God bless.