Monday, 7 July 2008

It's official!

Well, the big news is that John and I are now official Ethiopia PAPs - we have have submitted our application form to PACT!

It feels like it has taken us forever of thinking, talking, reading and praying to reach this stage, but now that we've actually done it (and handed over a cheque) we feel a bit shellshocked. The last week has been a total emotional rollercoaster - after our information day last Friday, we had our SW 'counselling' session on Tuesday, where we were told that if we submitted our form by today we could probably have places on the preparation course starting July 29. So, the last week has been pretty intense as we sorted ourselves out, went to photo booths, considered cosmetic surgery (photo booths are CRUEL), spoke to referees (two of whom also needed to be told for the first time about our medical issues and plans to adopt - intense), tried to put our reasons for adopting into two lines, tried to remember all the places we had both lived in the last ten years, and, errrr, got a cat (long story).

At the beginning of thinking about adoption we were really concerned about choosing a country, but in the end it didn't really feel like a very difficult decision at all.
Now, I just have to figure out what to say to anyone at work who asks me 'what did you do on the weekend?'...

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