Saturday, October 13, 2007

Home Study Interview #1

We survived! Well, our first visit with the social worker ended just about 20 minutes ago. We spent last night and much of the morning cleaning the house, changing the batteries in the smoke detectors, and making sure our new fire extinguisher was properly placed in a position that looked as though we had always had it there (oh, and we hid 3 laundry baskets of clothes over at the church). The house inspection ended up not being much of an inspection at all. She glanced at the rooms (I don't think she ever even looked in the bathroom - that's the last time I clean the toilets), she tested the smoke detectors, and looked at the fire extinguisher. That was really it. The rest of the time was just talking. Much of what was talked about were the same things you cover when writing your autobiography - your parenting style, your marriage, your reasons for adopting, your extended families' thoughts on the adoption, your community, etc. The interviews with the kids lasted about 5 minutes each. That was about it. All in all, it was quite painless. Our next meeting is Monday night and we are meeting at Chili's so that will mean "I want my baby back ribs."