Today we got to see a new picture of Julia. Up to this point, we had only seen one. I was thrilled!! Yesterday, I had a wonderful conversation with a woman whose daughter had CS and passed away 5 years ago. Many people have gotten in touch with me, but this is the first person I have been able to talk to on the phone about what we can expect and what children with CS are like. This new friend of mine sent me the picture of Julia. It warmed my heart to see her playing with the toys above her crib. But there is so much more of the world she is going to see and I can't wait for it! I would post the picture on our blog but the picture indicates it cannot be reproduced. Bummer!!
We are still diligently working on getting things done for our homestudy. My best friend Ruth, took two of my kids today so I could have some time to work on my personal history. She also did quite a bit of housework and picked up my milk at the farm for me!! She rocks!!
Over the past weekend we worked on making our upstairs playroom another bedroom in preparation for Julia's arrival and thought it would be good to have this project done before the social worker came to our house. So my dear friend Aimee came over one day and helped me move all the toys out of the playroom and then painstakingly helped me peel off the wallpaper border. Then my neighbor of 13 years and close friend Lena came over later that day and we taped off the room and painted the first coat of "lovely lavender." The next day she came back over, as did Ruth and the three of us painted the second coat. I have the best friends anyone could ever ask for. They will do absolutely anything for us! We are so blessed and grateful to have them in our lives.
So tomorrow the social worker is coming over to put her "realtor" hat on and check out our house, complete our "together" interview and chat with the kiddos. She is so nice and we look forward to her coming over in the morning. Since Steve is taking the day off from work, we are going to get our physicals done in the afternoon.
There is so much to do and we are trying to get it done as fast as possible. We know it would take a miracle to be able to make it to Ukraine before the holidays. We would love nothing more than to be able to have her here with us for Christmas. It seems like it will be impossible, but we will do what we can and the rest is in God's very capable hands : )