Friday, January 29, 2016

Update On Our CPS Case

The last time I provided an update here on our CPS case, I explained that we were waiting for the final termination orders from the DA's office, so we could move to the adoption unit of CPS.  Well, now two months later, we are on one hand SO much closer to adoption and on the other we still feel a billion years away.

We have been moved to the adoptions department of CPS and have a new adoptions social worker who is awesome.

We have hired our attorney, who told us "we've got the A Team working on this adoption."

We have made progress on adoption related paperwork.

And yet...we are still waiting on those blasted final termination orders that I described back in November.  Our caseworker told us she thinks the orders for the big kids have come through and she is poking and bugging and fighting and throwing fits to get Baby's done too.    The good news is we're getting everything else in order so we can hop to it once we have those.  The bad news is there is a 90 day waiting period once those come out of the DA's office and into our caseworker and attorney's hands.  When we first met with our new caseworker in December, she told us that March was a realistic month to hope for an adoption day, but now we're looking at more like May probably, with this 90 day countdown involved.

So, more hullaballoo and gobbledeegook and waiting.  Nothing new here.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Books I Read In 2015

Gah my list this year is'd think I gained a third kid that turned our life upside down or something!!

The Open Hearted Way To Open Adoption by Lori Holden

The Ultimate Cheapskate's Guide To True Riches: A Practical (and Fun) Guide To Enjoying Life More By Spending Less by Jeff Yeager

Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austin

The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

For The Love: Fighting For Grace In A World Of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker

Books I started and allowed myself not to finish...

The Antelope In The Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life by Melanie Shankle

Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life In Ten Minutes A Day by Andy Puddicombe

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions On Writing And Life by Anne Lamott

Writing Down The Bones: Freeing The Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg