Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Weekend Recap and Paper Pregnancy

This weekend was as close to "nesting" as you can get during a paper pregnancy.  If it could be cleaned, raked, trashed, or organized, I did it!  Our garage looks like it could house a tenant it is so clean!  We are slowly but certainly trying to make room for a new person in this home.  Currently, Imaginary Child (what we've been calling him since we even dreamt of adopting) has a room filled with our stuff.  Over the course of the next year, we need to turn our giant storage closet (AKA the Smurf Room) into a space to hold IC.  I have big plans of painting and repurposing a dresser and other great stuff.  First item, however, is to get all our stuff to a new location.  No small feat.  The nesting will continue...
The remnants of what we purged this weekend (including leaves from the front yard).

Other than cleaning, we had a delightful dinner with our friends the Horns, also adopting from Ethiopia.  There is little more helpful than sharing life with someone who has already gone through the paperwork of adoption.  Being able to discuss our fears and excitements and the assortment of emotions that happen on an almost daily basis was just so beneficial.  Plus, we shared delicious food and delightful conversation about lots of things.  They have two girls, we we also got to watch parenting in action.  What we learned: there is never a dull moment in a home with two little girls:).

We received more paperwork to complete yesterday and we are officially in the full swing of the "paper pregnancy."  Hubs asked me today if I needed a preggy pop when the commercial for them came on today.  Um, not so much, Hubs, but thanks.  We spend our evenings reading books like "The Whole Adoption" and "Boundaries for Kids."  I'll let you know what I think when I finish them.  We also sit side-by-side on the couch or table and fill out paperwork together.  Case in point:

I have to keep reminding myself this is a marathon and not a sprint.  We will be working on this for a while.  It is daunting and exciting.

Our first fundraiser should be up on the blog this week, so be on the lookout.  Until then...back to the paperwork:).

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