I have never liked Roller Coasters…

Jean and I were given a lesson in patience on Friday.

We woke up with a ton of energy because our home study began that night and we were excited!  Then we both got the call that the assigned social worker – the one we had bonded with and were looking forward to meeting – had a huge personal issue come up, and was no longer able to do our home study.  She told us that she would be returning our file to her agency, and that another social worker would be assigned.

That was a cup of cold water on the face (and I know what that’s like, my mom used it as a tactic to get me out of bed once – ha!).  My brain was telling me that this was just a small hiccup, and I was concerned for this social worker and hoping she was ok (she didn’t sound ok, she sounded quite upset).  But my heart was so sad!  In that moment, it felt like we were taking two steps forward and one step back.

But at least we’re going forward!  Right??  Jean and I went on a date Friday evening instead, and we spent the weekend at a few different Christmas parties, and decorated our home for the holidays.  It was a good weekend, despite the disappointment.

Our Ministry social worker works Tuesday – Thursday, so we haven’t heard her take on this yet.  But we are praying that this delay doesn’t last too long.  On the other hand, Christmas is approaching, so who knows.  What we do know is that God knows the child who is meant to be with us, and the timing is perfect.

Perfect.

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News, at last!

Well, we finally have some news and progress to share!  After hearing over two weeks ago from our social worker that the agency had assigned a social worker to our Home Study, we heard from her today!

I almost didn’t answer my phone when it rang – I never answer my phone at work.  But it was a local number that I didn’t recognize, so I did.  Man, I’m sure glad I did!

Our Home Study social worker sounds fantastic!  Her schedule and ours are quite similar – evenings and weekends work best for her.  We were bonding on the phone over common interests, and laughing about some of the legalities of things she has to do.  She explained that the Ministry has certain standards, and she has to follow them – for example, she is only allowed to meet with us once every two weeks, and a minimum of 4 visits are required (though she said it usually takes 4-6 visits).

I feel like we really connected – and that is something I was really praying for.  She said she loves to meet people and talk, so I think we’ll be in good hands.  She is coming to our house for our first home visit on Friday at 7pm – can’t wait to get this process started!!!