Do you see smoke? If so, I think it's likely our phone lines smoking from all the use this weekend and today.
It truly is a manic Monday around here.
I've been on the phone so far to our local agency, a local attorney and two attorneys and one agency in the Lone Star state (home of Ms Food Network). We're also trying to relationship build with Ms FoodNetwork and her family. Many pictures have been shared and we're starting to talk names.
Of course nothing is going to be easy. It turns out we need FBI fingerprints and clearance not just Department of Justice. Some states require them. So we're doing a walk-in today and hoping for the best.
We also need another home visit and report for the Lone Star state. That's likely to set us back a little under 1k. With a lot of luck we can schedule it for tomorrow. With even more luck we can get the house close to acceptable (and far from the pig sty it is now).
The other situations are all on hold for now. We're frantically trying to figure out if all this is doable. Our pet-sitter is available and on hold. We've been poring over the train schedules and that seems fairly doable (as long as we get some kind of a bedroom) but we're honestly hoping if this works out that a plane gets more appealing to the other family.
Luckily we have most things that we need. Car-seat? Check. Sling? Check. Miracle blanket? Check. Flask? Check and check.
Ms FoodNetwork and her mom were meeting with their family lawyer today. We're totally comfortable with them having their own representation but we really want a qualified adoption specialist (aka quad A lawyer) especially since the Lone Star state has a lot of specific requirements.
We should know by tomorrow if we're flying out this week. Even though it's super frantic around here, that's not a lot of time to worry.
Ok. Off to clean out the fridge and tackle the kitchen.