Another update on the basement: The insurance adjuster came out this morning and said that we need to replace all of the carpet and a fair amount of the drywall in the basement. She said that the clean-up company did what they were supposed to do – which is save as much as possible – but that the carpet is not really salvageable and that the drywall needs to be removed to replace the insulation in the walls. The silver lining I’m seeing is that we get to have the entire basement painted, and we hadn’t painted that part of the house yet. I don’t see new carpet as very exciting, since the existing carpet was only 3 years old and was in quite good shape. Now we need to get estimates for the work.

On the adoption front, we continue to make progress. The fire inspector finally signed off on everything. He did chuckle a bit at the state of our basement when I pointed out that the furnace room was empty, even though the contents of our basement are spread throughout our living and dining room. Craig had his physical today, so we’re just about done with the medical portion. Both of our police and FBI background checks have come back clear. Craig worked hard the past couple of days/evenings to complete most of the cement wall repair. I’m so glad that he was able to take on this project. It ain’t pretty, but it’ll be done soon. So hopefully we can get the health inspector back out next week to complete that inspection. Other than those things, I think all we have left is our autobiographies (and neither of us have started on that project yet) and the online program about medical issues in international adoptions, and then we can get started on the home study with the social worker.

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4 Responses to updates

  1. Elizabeth Frick says:

    You guys are really flying through the checklist! Go!!! And oh, the biographies… I was so glad when that was overwith! šŸ™‚

  2. Michelle says:

    It seems like yesterday doing all the legwork for the adoption. Fingerprinting, medical exams, etc. If you have any questions, just give me a yell.

  3. Christine says:

    Wow! You guys are flying through the list… that’s great!

    We struggled with our autobiographies and left them for last… then celebrated with dinner out when they were done!

  4. Zoe says:

    You are getting so much done!

    With our agency, the autobiographies were the very first thing we had to do. But you’re far ahead of us on everything else. Friday we have our physicals and blood work. We have a million little house projects to get ready for our inspections in late June, and we still need to get our fingerprints done and the police clearance. Feels like we’re never going to make it! But step by step I know we will.

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