My goodness has the last few months been a whirlwind. Jonathan and I have been super busy with work - the Spring always tends to be the busiest. We have taken trips (separately, I have discovered we rarely travel together), we have started new rituals in our home (man, do I hate working out - but I love the way it makes me feel), and we have made new wonderful friends.
We have also made a tiny step forward in the adoption process! As you might remember we really liked Children's Home Society of Virginia (the very first agency we attended an orientation with), but didn't feel as though we would be able to work with them because they typically require couples to have been married for three years in order to work with them. So we explored other options, we talked to different agencies, and we kept an ongoing list of which agency we liked the best. CHS kept popping up at the top of that list. So we decided to contact them.
After outlining our relationship (met in 2005, started dating in March of 2007, long distance for 2.5 years - but living together for each summer within that time span, living together consecutively since December of 2009, engaged in August of 2012, and married in June of 2013. This means we will have been in a committed relationship for 7 years and will be married for 14 months by the time we are ready to do a home study August of 2014), the director of social work said that they would be happy to work with us based on that information.
So although this is a small step, it's an exciting one for Jonathan and me. The director who responded to us is currently at a conference, but we are looking forward to her call in the coming week. At that time Jonathan and I will discuss with her details about paperwork and first steps. We will then start gathering all the necessary documentation for the home study so we are ready for it in August when I return from my first summer in grad school.
So that's about it! I am pledging to myself that I am going to be more consistent with the upkeep on this blog, and have lined up some topics for the future. I hope all of you are doing well and enjoying this beautiful weather we're finally getting - unless you're my friends and family in Arizona. In which case you should probably stay inside and drink lots of water :)