Well all I can really say is wow. I am so thankful to all the people who took part in the open house and who have contributed their time, energy and financial support to our adoption goals. Sometimes you find support and encouragement where you least expect it. The open house was the Sunday before Thanksgiving, November 18, and we had a great time. All in all there was quite a good response from people at Willow Run schools where my sister teaches and Detroit Edison where my mom formerly worked. And of course, my family was there and was (as always) very supportive.
I feel pretty good now and I think we will be able to start the process of our home study soon. We still have a fair amount of paperwork to complete and some funds to save up but it shouldn't take too much longer. I'll have some time over the holiday break from school that I plan on using to complete paperwork and maybe even start on our adoption photo album.
All of this just has to move along one day at a time and I need to remind myself of that from time to time. It becomes so frustrating for me when I feel that absolutely no progress is being made but then I have to remember that I can't force this process to move any faster than it already is. We can only do what we can do and plug away at it one small step at a time. I am confident that someday we will look back on these times and have absolutely no doubt as to why the journey unfolded as it did.