Monday, March 10, 2014

The word of the week is Fingerprints!

Ahhhh...everyone warned me about the lovely fingerprinting step of the process.....the cost, the lines, the drive, the wait, did I mention the lines????......but what I failed to realize early on is that not only are Brett and I do the fingerprint process, but our grandparents have to as well since they live with us.

So let's start on Friday where is took almost 3  hours to get us fingerprinted for the FBI.  Alpharetta Police Department had a mix up where we sat for probably 45 mins and they didn't even have us in cue.  I wanted to cry b/c at that point it was 1:40 and I have to pick Brax up at 2:20.  Well I was my child was the LAST one to be picked up from school late!!!.....enter MOMMY GUILT!  He was absolutely fine and did wonder where I was but was very well taken care of.  I have to constantly remind myself that I did not commit a sin therefore the guilt is false (Thank you Karen Stubbs for teaching this to me)

Ok, back to fingerprints.....I am not sure if you know this but as you age, your fingerprints slowly disappear.  We ended up having to get a notarized letter from APD stating that they did the best they could on Mom Mom and Pop Pop but that their fingerprints were not eligible.

Then today we headed to the GBI- which took 2 hours!  So a shout out to modern technology that allow me to keep working from wherever I am:)  The line was forever was lunch time....OYE, I did not plan this well!  Not to mention that you were expected to work the machine yourself so that was causing a bit of a problem.   But slowly we made our way to the front and we started.  Again, fingerprints on Mom Mom and Pop Pop were not eligible so the machine was not going to allow us to move to the next step until we could get a print.  Luckily the store manager has a wonderful heart and sat with us as we did their prints and helped us bypass the system to submit what we could.  My Wy was with us today and was such a good boy!  Everyone complimented him on his master puzzle & alphabet skills while he played quietly on the IPad.

(and please no judgement for my child laying on the Pak Store floor without shoes one....sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do!)

We have rounded up our second set of paperwork, submitted for our background checks and made copies of all sorts of identification of all of us.....Brett, me, Mom Mom & Pop Pop- and God Bless them for being such troopers in going through this process with us at 88 & 89!  It was a bit of a surprise that they would need to be as involved in the process as they are since they live with us.

This week will be operation get house ready- not that there is much to do but just need to re-tidy up and get somethings off my to do list that have been on there for too long.  Our SW will be here on Monday to do our first house visit and also will interview Wyatt, Mom Mom and Pop Pop.

We also had a very special gift given to the boys this week and it allowed us to fully explain to the boys how we are expanding our family.

Thank you again to Mrs. Emily for making these adorable shirts for our boys!!

I am so mad at myself for not video taping it because the look on the boys face (especially Brax) was just too precious and brought tears to my eyes.  It was full of pure joy and excitement and I couldn't be more relieved that they are so happy to expand our family too! They have talked non-stop about their sister and have already stated that she will be sleeping in their room because she shouldn't sleep in the guest room alone....looking at me crazy saying "that's where you sleep when your sick"

So please say some prayers for the 17th for our first in-home Homestudy- just another step in this awesome journey!!


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