I don't talk about it much, but the Hubster and I are in the process of adopting internationally. It's a long process. Hence, the lack of things to say about it from me. I just really don't know what to say and feel hesitant to go into it much, in case we just don't make it in the end. I guess it's a self-preservation mechanism.
But to share a little background, we'd started this process well over two years ago in NSW. We'd prepared our application for the NSW adoptions unit but since we were moving to the ACT, we were advised to wait to hand it in there. We mistakenly thought our file would easily transfer over. It didn't. When I called the ACT unit after our move I was politely informed that we'd need to prepare a new application after a waiting period of 6 months to establish residence. So what could we do, we waited. Then the new application had entirely different requirements so it really was like starting all over again. We got that in just after Christmas last year. We finally completed all the required home visits and at the end of this July, we were approved by the ACT Adoptions Unit. That feels like a huge accomplishment in itself!
About a month later we were finally given our package to prepare our dossier for the Philippines. We'd hoped to have it all in before embarking on our trip to the states in October, but in that available month's time I got a bronchial infection, Kieron had a job interview (got the job by the way) and then we had to prepare for the trip. It didn't get done. It feels like the tortoise and the hare here! We just keep plodding along!
So, we've been back exactly 2 weeks. Time to get the ball rolling again I think. This week, I've been periodically working on my Self-report questionnaire, one of the documents required to complete the dossier. Questions range from asking about my childhood/family experiences to what dreams I had the night before. The last question is:
If you suddenly have a two week paid vacation, what is the first thing you will do?
I don't know why, but this stumps me a bit. Hmmmmm. I'm probably thinking about it too hard.
What would you do on your two week paid vacation?