So, we got busy.
Lets just say it's a LOT of paperwork, and I began to realize that this was a different kind of "pregnancy" than I had experienced before.
Besides a lot of paperwork, there is also a lot of training that is required during the adoption process. Part of our required training was to go to Ft. Worth, TX for a two day training, called Pathways, put on by Gladney Center for Adoption. I (Brandee) was super excited about this, as I had been wanting to bring Ben and the kids to my home town area (Big Sandy, TX - about 2 hrs away from Ft. Worth) and this was the perfect opportunity. Not to mention, our friends, the Richie's, had recently moved from Dayton, OH to Combine, TX which isn't too far from Ft. Worth. So, we began making arrangements for the end of Feb. to go to the training, have the Richie's watch our kids for the 2 day training and visit with them before going to Big Sandy for a couple days to see extended family and show Ben and the kids where I grew up.
|Who's ready for a 15+ hr drive...|
|Looks like it should be in Ohio, not Texas!|
|Jay, Kayla, Eli, Gideon, and Gabe Richie!!|
|Night in the Stockyards with my Love.|
|Mike, Brenda, Zachary, and photo bombed by Brandon and Evan :)|
We stayed both nights in Big Sandy with my Uncle Mike and Aunt Brenda. They live on a little farm with fun animals that the kids thoroughly enjoyed. My Cousin, Celina, set up a get together for everyone to come hang out at her mom's church the first evening we were in B.S. It was great to see family and friends that I hadn't seen in over 8 years. The weather was surprisingly cold for this time of year, but the people and places made up for that!
|Mike, Celina, Mikey, Brandon, Evan, and Alex!!|
Each step is one step closer to our little girl...