Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Have you ever had a stranger come into your house and ask you really personal questions?

  • What made you decide to adopt from Ethiopia?
  • What do you like to do together for fun?
  • What are some things you remember from your childhood?
  • What do you remember of your parents' interactions?
  • What are five adjectives you would use to describe your mother? Your father?
  • How will you prepare your child to face racism?
  • What is your philosophy on parenting and discipline?
  • Will one of you be the primary disciplinarian or will you share disciplining equally?
  • Do you drink?
  • Do you smoke?
  • Do you use recreational drugs?
  • How do you describe yourself?
  • How do you describe your spouse?
We had our homestudy visit, and it was really weird having a complete stranger (the adoption social worker) asking the kind of questions that you would normally be discussing with a close family member or your best friend. It involved an interview of us together and then of Brian and me individually.  She also took a tour of our home to do a safety inspection.

All in all, it went well. She was at our house for 3.5 hours, and she was very nice.  I have to say, though, that I felt kind of rattled for the rest of the day. Even though I had been warned that we would be asked lots of questions, I guess I wasn't prepared to take such a stroll down Memory Lane with someone I had never met before.  

Just another unusual part of the process adoptive parents go through to bring home their babies.


Brad & Carrie said...

Woo Hoo! One big step done! I'm glad it went well. We got our travel date-July 4th. They estimated her birthdate as being July 6th. And that will be the EXACT day that we get to meet her for the first time!!

C said...

Tracy, I'm so glad we get to follow your adoption journey with you through this blog!

When I read this post, I just became overwhelmed with emotions. (Yes, I'm the girl who cries at commercials and at every sappy romance movie out there!)

So happy for you guys! Can't wait to see your story unfold. XOXO