Flashback Friday…..Colombia, here we come

A year ago, we were on our way to Colombia to meet our daughters. It was exciting and terrifying all at the same time. We felt great about how well our agency prepared us for the trip and  we knew they were just a call away if we needed them in country. When I say they prepared us, I am not kidding!! I plan to give you a daily blog about our adventures in Colombia and you will see how our agency was almost like a family to us!

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While on the plane we enjoyed our last day together before becoming a family of 5. It was one of those moments that you laugh, cry, cling to your seat (oh…that was just me), sit in silence, sip on your coffee (which was ordered in Spanish thanks to my awesome hubby), watch the GPS of the plane and fall asleep from pure exhaustion.

Like I said before, our agency prepared us for every step of this journey. So, we knew exactly what to expect when we landed.  A plan is always great if everyone sticks to the plan. Our pilot didn’t get the memo about our plan and dropped us off to catch a bus into the airport. Although, that was a little strange,  we just went with it.  We knew that flexibility had to be part of the journey or we would be stressed every day. So off we went on a bus with people who did not speak our language! We arrived in the airport and found our driver. I have to admit it was fun having someone waiting there for you with your name on a sign. She was precious and we learned later that she was one of the most important people we would spend time with.

As we road towards our apartment, we were able to see our first view of Bogota. It was amazing! I love when you arrive in a new place and are captivated by everything around you! We entered our apartment ( which we joked that the girls would be disappointed when they saw our home because the apartment was so NICE!) and like I said before, our driver was not only our driver. She walked us up, translated for us, and made sure we had everything we needed before leaving us that night. After she left we just sat in awe of the beautiful apartment that we would bring our girls home to the next day.

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Our family is excited to be able to say we are marking things off our adoption checklist!!! Today my husband and I got up early and headed into town to take a 567 question inventory. When you decide to adopt, you really don’t take in EVERYTHING you will have to do. Our agency is very helpful and told us in the beginning what would be required, however you don’t really understand the whole picture until your there.

Remember this form from High School and College! Well, I got very acquainted with it again today! All those feelings of school came rushing back….

STAY IN THE LINES!

scantron-test-illustrationBefore we arrived I had an idea about what the test would be like. I have to admit that I was a little nervous about how long this was going to take me. You see….I analyze EVERYTHING!! So, multiple choice tests are bruttle!

*Ex: Recently on a love languages quiz it asked if I would rather my husband hug me or kiss me?

Well, goodness…..my mind starts thinking…. well I love hugs especially when I need comforted but before we go to bed I want a kiss …….as you can see my mind just thinks of every situation possible.

When we checked into the office, they asked which one of us wanted to take the computer version and which one wanted the scan tron version.

(At this moment I was thinking….not another choice….Noooooo)

So, I picked the paper/pencil and my husband did the computer. We were in separate rooms and had as much time as we needed. To my surprise it was NOT multiple choice. It was true and false! This is not perfect but much better for me. There were some very easy questions and then some you really had to think about. I wasn’t going fast but I thought I was making decent time. Then I saw my husband walk past my room on his way to take a break….later to find out he was finished…..ugh!

Not that is was a race but……

His time: 1hr

Her time: 2hr 10min

Well, the important part is that we finished and we are moving on to the next step. We have an appointment for our update on our home study next week. Then we get to meet with the psychologist the week after that. Our home study will not be official until we get the psychologist’s report.

Please pray for us as we are moving forward. THANK YOU!!