Happy New Year to all!
Andrew and I welcomed a new baby niece over the holidays, and are eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new nephew sometime this week. It all makes me very excited to add to the growing herd of little cousins that should be running around at family gatherings in years to come.
I love resolutions - and personally I have several going for the New Year, but as far as adoption stuff goes we mostly have the big one of adding a child to our family. That may not be realistic, wait times vary so much that we could be holding a baby as soon as March or as late as a year after that, but the next concrete step for us is to complete our profile book and get out there.
A profile book is the document/photo album that is the first peek at us expecting moms will have, and it will contain pictures and descriptions of us, our relationship, our lifestyle and neighborhood, extended family, and our hobbies. It's also a place for us to compose some words just for the reader, about the place she might have in our life going forward if she is the one to choose us. The green piece of paper our agency handed us with advice on putting it together helpfully noted that it should have lots of pictures because the pictures are what will make us stand out from other couples, and most of the expecting moms look at the pictures first. But, the paper continued helpfully, the words will become very important to the woman who eventually does pick us, so they need to stand the test of time as well. Thanks green paper! Message received: this thing better be awesome. No pressure, though!
It is nice to have a project, though. And this one will be fun. I know that fairly soon the book will be finished, the homestudy will be filed, and our profile will be out there. Hopefully we'll also have finances figured out by then, and there will be nothing to do but wait.
And blog, of course.