Saturday, January 10, 2009

HOME STUDY - finally - APPROVED

Wow!

That was rather torturous.

We finally got our home study approved after waiting, what this mother would say was, far....too....long. Submitted prior to Thanksgiving....approved in 2009, January 9, 2009, to be exact. Hmmmmm. I guess it was supposed to be a condolence when we got the apology that we "may have fallen through the cracks". Not sure how we could have fallen through them, since we were emailing weekly for updates. Oh, as I type this, I am getting that gentle reminder again . . . . God is in control of this, and His timing is perfect. When will I learn???

On a different note, while doing errands yesterday (dropping off our CIS stuff at the post office -- you bet I didn't waste any time), I stopped by a local Ethiopian restaurant with the twins. Although Farmboy and I have been there, we never took the twins. I know, shame on us. Okay, they scarfed it down. We needed more injera. They slugged their soda, burped, shoved more in, burped several more times and basically licked the plate clean. I was worried they were going to vomit the stuff up, they ate it so quickly, and with all that burping.... But, they kept it down and so enjoyed it. It gave me immense pleasure to see them eating food that I am strongly sure their taste buds remembered. The owner, a native Ethiopian, also sat down with us for a while, and we talked about an Ethiopian cooking class another adoptive mom and he are cooking up (pun not initially intended, but kinda cute). How fun is that?

20 comments:

Rachael and Jon said...

An Ethiopian cooking class? That would be awesome! We are in the process of adopting a baby boy from Ethiopia. We have an Ethiopian restaurant here that is really good. I'd love a cooking class though. Do you make any recipes at home? How come you switched from AAI to Gladney?

Rachael and Jon said...

Where are you located?

Jen said...

Yeah!!!
I am not sure I will ever be able to tell time in God's time.... but I am getting better :)

We had a cooking class at our house and loved it. It is great fun, great smells, and great food.

First official step on Monday -conference call w/ social worker to get addendum on HS...Paper Chasing, again.

I hope everything else in the process goes smoothly.

Robin said...

I love the idea of an Ethiopian cooking class!!! And congrats on the homestudy approval -- that is a huge step.

The Albertsons said...

fin.a.lly.
I mean GEEZ!!! Why did it take so long? makes me want to punch a social worker. those people are just terrible. (said in jest.. haha...).
so glad the kids got some yummy food... can you believe we have to drive over an hour to get to an ethiopian restaurant??? so wrong!
love to you all
becca

Cindy said...

Here's praying for a quick turn-around with USCIS!! Glad this step is finally done.....see ya Thursday

Paula said...

Gee, wasn't that just an update... that's a long time. Glad you're done now.

Very cool about the Ethiopian restaurant. I think I may have located one in Omaha that we can try. It would be awesome to be able to take our twins when they get home.

coffeemom said...

Hoorah Hoorah Hooray!!! It's progress, celebrate. I know, baby steps and that whole God Clock...tough to be patient. But, I am so glad!! We are both shuffling, by toe steps maybe, forward! And I'd do a cooking class in a minute if we had one near. Love M

jillybean1023 said...

Good job! Sounds like you guys had lots of fun!

Mary and Doug said...

Well you are far more patient than I would have been regarding the home study! Congratulations on having another step accomplished!

I hope to take our boys to an Ethiopian restaurant sometime. The closest one is over two hours away. I'm quite sure our oldest ET boy would scarf the food down also!

Blessings!

emily said...

Congrats on that! Any other explanation for why it took so long----other than the crack thing??

Denise said...

Too fun that your kids loved the food! Sarah used to, but this last time she went, she said "yucky" and just ate the rice. Glad you homestudy is approved, those "other people" just don't seem to work on the same time schedule as we do, do they?

Holly said...

Too funny, we almost were at Gojos for lunch on Saturday... is that where you were? But we were worried that it might be too much for Bereket too soon. We mentioned eating ET food and she just got a glazed look in her eye/deer in the headlights look and didn't want to talk. So we're waiting a bit longer...

Congrats on finally getting this step out of the way!

Lori S said...

My girls are definitely missing Ethiopian cuisine! We know they like scrambled eggs--and lots of them, hamburger, and fruit. They pretty much make faces at all the other food I try to serve them--even pizza!
We need an Ethiopian restaurant close by!

Lori S said...

By the way, I'm glad your home study was finally approved!!! Can't wait until your little girl is safely home!

Annie said...

Congrats on having your homestudy approved. Glad you are one step closer to Lil B.

Kristy -Mom To 6 Blessings said...

Woo Hoo! on the approval....one more baby step! :-)
Blessings,
Kristy

sparkz said...

Glad they realized it! Frustrating but yes it is Gods timing! Congrats on being approved! One step closer!

Cooking classes sound like fun! I have a cookbook I use and everything has turned out okay but I haven't made anything too fancy. I would love to do more! Glad the kids enjoyed the resturant so much! I think Ethiopian food is some of the best I've ever eaten! I bet they were missing it! You'll have to make it a regular stop!

Apryl said...

Congrats! I would have been ranting...nah, I'm lying. The state "lost" our homestudy with our first adoption and it set us back three months. Wouldn't have ended up with the little girl who is now our daughter if that wouldn't have happened. I still would have inwardly been irked, and told everyone else, "God's got it worked out. Grr." Hope that all the rest goes quickly!
apryl

Laurel said...

Today, I emailed our social worker about our post placement report that was supposed to be done over a month ago.

His response, "I'm not sure what happened. I'll get it to you asap."

In other words ... he completely thought that we had hired him to do a post placement report. Yes, a bit frustrating.

Laurel