30 minutes early!
After 2 minutes of panic (I took all the laundry and threw it into the closet, ran down the stairs while applying lip gloss, and headed to the kitchen to get a treat ready for the dog), we let her in. Dasher (the dog) unhappily "sit and stay"-ed in the kitchen until I heard the front door shut, with the social worker inside, before I verbally released him to greet her. She was so sweet (we LOVE our social worker) as he frantically jumped all around her feet. She excused herself to use the restroom, giving us time to get out a nice new bone for the dog and settle ourselves at the kitchen table.
We went over some paperwork, talked about the next steps, and then took her on a tour of the house. Everyone always says that social workers really don't check every nook and cranny for cleanliness...and it's true! Who would have guessed?! She didn't analyze the back porch that I spent an hour sweeping, she didn't look at my freshly organized pantry, nor did she discover (unless she is reading this now!) that there was clean laundry heap hidden in our closet.
After our spin about the house, we chatted a bit more (about football, halftime shows, and the Superbowl party we were throwing that night, actually) and she was on her way! Not before complimenting us on what a wonderful dog we have, who sat quietly by our feet most of the visit. And let me tell y'all--that was an answered prayer! Our dog is typically an energetic dog, well-behaved unless we have guests over, at which time he throws all his manners out the door. We had really been working on him to mind us with distractions around, and whew, this was just the encouragement we needed to keep it up!
Oh, and as far as baking goes, I decided to make blueberry muffins. They made the house smell delicious! Of course, because she got here early, they were still doughy and cooking in the oven most of the visit. We offered her one for her drive back home, but she had already eaten (plus, in all honestly, they were probably still piping hot).
So now, we have a PERFECTLY clean house and an almost complete home study. WOOO HOOO! Thank you all for the prayers and encouragement through this leg of the process. We have one more form to turn in and are waiting on a couple of friends and two former employers to mail in their letters of recommendation (the former employers are summer camp directors...our state requires letters from all jobs involving children). From there, she will write the report, we will read a draft, His Hands will read a draft, and then we approve a final copy.
In related news, after enjoying our January date last month, Future Papa and I made our first baby-proofing purchase! Our fireplace is officially prepared for a toddler who may bump their head on it. My brother has a small scar on his forehead from where he cut his head on a fireplace as a child, so we knew this was one thing we needed to get done!
|Getting ready to put on the bumpers|
Whew. What a weekend. Hope you all had nice ones!