You know what's REALLY fun?? That I didn't start my Monday post saying "Is this going to be the week we get our referral?". I can't even begin to tell you how great it is to wake up every morning and look at a photo of Clarissa instead of looking at the phone, waiting for it to ring. As hard as it is to wait for Clarissa to finally be in our arms, it's a million times easier than not knowing who she is and wondering if we're ever going to find out.
Our whole family is pretty giddy. As soon as we got back from Portland last week I printed and laminated a photo of Clarissa for each member of our family to keep with them. I keep mine in my pocket at all times, the boys took theirs to school to show their teachers and then kept them in their backpacks and Shawn keeps his on his desk at work all day so he can look at her while she works. Yesterday Shawn and I both took ours to church to show our friends. We've waited for this for so long and we're both just jumping out of our skin with excitement and telling anyone who will listen!
We got back yesterday from a really fun weekend with friends. It was nice to get away and we had a ball, but in the back of my mind I was kind of anxious to get home. I planned all these crazy vacations before I knew that we were going to get our referral and it's been kind of a challenge to juggle everything. I honestly can't remember the last time I've been so busy! It's just been one big project after another and then I have to keep packing and leaving town in the middle of them.
Thankfully this coming weekend is the 4th of July, so Shawn has Friday off and we're planning to spend a fairly low key weekend at home. Normally we would pack our stuff and head to the lake for the day and catch the fireworks at night but I'm not so sure that we're up to it this year. We've been out of town the last two weekends in a row and we're actually heading back out of town the weekend after the 4th, so it's going to be nice to spend one weekend just recovering from the past few weeks! In the chaos that has ensued over the past week of so we've let the house and the laundry go and we've got some major work around here to whip it back into shape. I've got today and tomorrow jam packed with projects and after that I think I'm done for the time being and things will get back to normal a little.
Today my biggest project is finishing the picture book that I'm making for Clarissa, writing her foster mother a letter and getting the care package mailed. That's pretty much going to be an all day event. The picture book that I'm working on is turning out really cute, but it's so much more time consuming than I thought it would be. As much as I love it I'm starting to wonder what I was thinking when I started this project, lol.
Tomorrow I have a whole bunch of church projects that I have to do, a church meeting in the morning and then I'm going to pick Shawn up and we're going over to the Post Office to apply for our passports.
After that we will have officially completed all the paperwork, all the care package stuff and except for getting our house ready for Clarissa, all the adoption related projects will be complete. Over the next few months we need to babyproof the house and buy some baby related things. It's been so long since I've had a little baby that I feel like a first time mom again! I'm trying to pick out bottles and sippy cups and clothes and toys and everything looks foreign to me. It's all changed since Matthew was a baby!
It's going to be fun though, I look forward to having a baby in the house again. The last time I had a baby I also had a toddler who needed a lot of attention. Now that both of my boys are older and in school most of the day I think it's going to be a lot easier to adjust and a lot more fun for all of us. The boys are really excited to have a sister and I think they're going to be awesome big brothers.
So now that my blogging is complete I'm off to finish the picture book. Hopefully by the end of the day I'll have that done and my package will be ready to mail. Yay!