Sunday, September 21, 2008

Day 146

How Sweet the Words
We're officially official! I mean we've been "official" since August 27th, but today I was able to officially read [with my own eyes] our home study! First of all, I can't believe how thorough it is. Holy cow! It goes way beyond social security numbers and blood types. If ever there was a legal document for my life, this is it! Sorry, friends, but no one will ever read this study...It pushes way beyond my level of public sharing [I know, hard to believe].

Anyway, how sweet the words, "Based on the facts presented in this home study it has been assessed that Benjamin and Rebekah are suitable and eligible for a domestic adoption They are a wonderful couple with a strong and stable marriage. They are assessed to have the makings of excellent parents..."

I didn't know how good it would feel to read those words until I read them. They assure me and excite me at the same time! I know it's just a document, but it confirms my heart and gives credence to my cry. It was really fun to read through other people's perception of us (case worker, references, doctors, employers, etc) but it was a little strange when I cam across this line--"There are no known conditions that would negatively affect Benjamin or Rebekah's ability to parent a child. Benjamin and Kimberly report no history of substance abuse..." ...uh...who's Kimberly?

Yup, that's right. CW swapped in Kimberly for Rebekah. And three people signed off on it. You'd think SOMEONE would have actually read through the entire report despite it's length and dryness. I'm not overly upset about it, because I know it's not going to affect the timing of a baby, but it is annoying that I have to call and ask for a new report. I've been checking the mail for it every day because I couldn't apply for adoption grants without it. Consequently, I'm back to waiting for a corrected report so I can proceed with my money-finding efforts!

In less annoying news....My sister had the most adorable invitations made for my shower. And I do mean ADORABLE! A family friend [Kristy] works in design and is starting to go public with her skills! First check out the invite (take notice of the sweet adoption poem in the corner):

[SIDE NOTE: Kristy came to my blog, saw our nursery theme and brought it to print. How cool is that? Her company is Posh Pixels Graphic Design. I think she's still in the process of getting a website together, but until then you can leave her some love in blog world.]

I am forever indebted to my beautiful friends for planning me a shower. It has been the perfect "in wait" remedy. From registering to calls of congratulation, I finally feel the realness of expecting.

I am going to bed tonight on a rush of adrenaline. I don't care how long it takes--as long as it's before Christmas [smile]--I know our baby is coming. The room is ready, the shower is planned, our hearts expanded. I feel like I'm walking an all time high, with the world's best secret...

I'm going to be a mom.


  1. kimberly...oh sorry, i mean Bekah-I am so excited, i love following along. I cant wait to be able to see tons and tons of baby pics. you'll have so much fun!
    ps. i have no idea how i produced such a chunker :)

  2. Yay! I'm so happy for you! You are going to make great parents!

  3. I'm just thrilled for you :) We are in the exact same stage as ready and waiting! I find myself just as happy and filled with hope. Isn't it wonderful? :)

  4. That is so exciting. What a perfect end to a fun weekend!!! love you guys.

  5. i am excited to read about our home study too!
    that is so cool.

    Kristy does such good work! She is so sweet and creative! Love that girl!

    Congrats-I am SOOO excited for when you get "that call"!

  6. I'm with you girl...we got out home study in the mail to...shower scheduled for October 18th and baby due Dec 5...what a Christmas Gift!!! God Bless!

  7. If you click on the picture of the invite, it will blow up so you can read the poem :)

  8. YAY - I know how exciting that day is!!!! Dancing for ya frined!

  9. Well the invitations are very exciting! I also remember getting our case study from the agency and how good it felt to be affirmed by them. I think it's because this whole process makes you feel so on edge and so judged by others--even though they are only doing their jobs and we know that. It's so nice to finally hear them say what we've known all along, we will be great moms!! :) That is annoying about the Kimberly thing, I'm just glad you caught the mistake.


  10. Woo hoo - being a mom (and especially an adoptive mom) is the BEST thing ever. Can't wait to celebrate when your little one comes home!

  11. That invite is adorable. So cute!!
    I'm so happy for you, although that SW sounds crazy to have put in Kimberly. Seriously! They must need their head examined.

  12. Wait! Now I want to read the super-informative report! You can't just dangle that carrot in front of me :)! What if there are Ben/Rebekah mysteries I've yet to discover??

    Congrats, love. You are a beautiful, Mama. Also, please never ask Maddy what presents we have for Baby Pinchback. I'm considering not letting her see you until after the baby comes, as I think she may spoil all our secrets!

  13. You and Ben will be awesome parents and I can't wait to meet your little one God has choosen for you guys!!! =) We continue to pray for you guys!!!

  14. YEEEEEEEE-HAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!! YOU ARE GOING TO BE A MOMMY!!!! It's for sure official! ;)I totally believe in celebrating each milestone along the know that I am super-duper happy for you guys. You are one step closer to your baby!!! I can't wait to see who the Lord has planned to bless your family with!!!!!

  15. So so happy for you! Isn't it funny how long it took to hear the words we have all been saying from the get go? YOU AND BEN ARE GOING TO BE AMAZING PARENTS.
    Just an have mad skilz for proofreading! I know this first hand! Thank you so much!

  16. Congratulations on being official! That is so exciting. I love the shower invitations as well. My husband and I are just starting the adoption process, and reading stories like yours gives me butterflies. Best of luck to you!

  17. First, congrats on the black and white print of your adoption approval! The name insertion thing is terribly annoying, but you guys know in your hearts that you are the most wonderful parents to be!
    Those invitations are TO DIE for. What a creative, whimsical design and it totally jives with your nursery!

  18. SO excited for you! Gorgeous, precious invitation!
    Wonderful friends to do this shower for you now and make you feel so special in your waiting! And, you'll be all ready when baby gets there!
    Mucho blessings!
    Fab-U-lous pic on the top of blog! Such cute, happy parents!

  19. i'm soo glad you like the invites! thanks for the shout out! ;)