Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Currently, we have found ourselves in that "no man's land" of adoption known as "the waiting period", or, as we like to call it "the daily struggle to live in the present moment." We have paid our fees and now we are waiting for the call about a possible match. The agency says this is a good time to get the nursery ready. So that's what we've been doing.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
The Barbers, (11X14, ink on Bristol)
First of all, the Barbers aren't really barbers. That's just their name. He used to work as a sports photographer at Oklahoma State and she likes to read. We are so very thankful for their donation to the adoption cause as we are to all our friends who have supported us with donations and prayers.
Please remember, if you would like an original caricature of yourself or your family, please donate whatever amount you'd like, and Justin will draw you and send it to you! For those who have yet to receive your artwork-hang on! Justin has drawn quite a few and has just not had the time to mail them out yet. But they ARE coming!
NEW INFORMATION ABOUT THE ADOPTION
2. They tell all adoptive parents in the program that they should expect a wait time of @ 12 months before being selected, though this varies by the case. We are considerably open as far as demographics and birth mother situations, so hopefully that will work in our favor toward getting selected more quickly.
3. Once you are selected and "matched" things can develop very rapidly.
As for now, we are pretty much just in a waiting game. We are about to post our Online Profile, which should help us gain visibility by birth mothers, and we are still working on the nursery. We have to complete a CPR training class, as well as a Newborns class at the hospital, both of which we are going to try to do in the next few weeks. And then we will have to take several units of Continuing Ed Training online. It is amazing what all we have to do (and pay for) when most people can just have a kid, no questions asked.
Thanks for reading. We'll check in again soon!
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Warrick Family, (11X14, ink on Bristol)
Sunday, November 21, 2010
When last we left you, we were about to undergo our “Home Study”, where we pay a social worker an obscene amount of real American money to come to our house on three separate occasions and “interview” us and look at our house and make sure we’re not complete sociopaths and that we are competent of mind and responsible of nature to parent a child. On more than one occasion, we have wondered whether this type of requirement should be imposed on EVERYONE desiring children, and not just those with infertility issues. At any rate, we “passed” the experience with flying colors, despite the constant efforts at sabotage by our wonderful dog, Dixie, who, despite being raised to treat guests with dignity and proper etiquette, proceeded over the course of three visits to alternately fart AND vomit on the nice social worker lady. Our level of pride in our dog cannot be overstated.
So now I’m home and slowly emerging from a self-induced “Recuperation Coma” and finally sitting down to scan those caricatures and post them here. I’ll start next week and try to do it regularly from now on. It’s tough to do when you’re on the road and places don’t have scanners, or they’re closed when you’re open, or you’re just so freakin’ tired that you can’t stay awake because you’re only getting four hours of sleep a night…sorry, I was having a flashback. Where was I? Oh yeah…I’ll start shipping out some caricatures again in a few weeks so maybe some of you can have them in your hands by Christmas. Thanks again for your patience.
And now, a picture of me eating a hamburger.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Here's the latest addition to the "Friends Caricatures" for the Adoption Fundraiser!
Question: "What steps have you taken to ensure that your home is a completely safe environment for your baby?"
Question: "Do you know the proper way to handle/hold an infant?"
Question: "Where do you plan to place the baby for safety?
Question: "What steps will you take to ensure that everyone in the home understands how to play safely with the baby?"
Question: "Are you familiar with the correct procedure for bathing and drying a baby?"
Hopefully, if I can remember these images I might do OK. Wish us luck!
Monday, May 17, 2010
Niki, (ink. colored pencil on paper, 8X10).
Here's another caricature of our FB Friends for our Adoption Fundraiser! We are making great strides financially in our quest to bring home a baby for the Galloway household, in large part because of generous people like you who have contributed donations to the cause.
Remember, if you donate any amount of your chosing, you will receive an original caricature drawn and signed by Justin! You don't have to wait until your caricature appears here. Just click on the Donation button to the right!
We had a bit of a slight set-back a few weeks ago in the adoption process, as it became apparent that Stephy's position at the school was on the list of possible budget cuts in our county. Both art and music were seriously being considered as candidates for elimination. As it turns out, art was spared, at least for one year. We are not holding our breath for anything beyond that. As a result of our not knowing if her job status was going to change, we actually moved back our first Home Study Visit by a few weeks. We just didn't feel we could go into the interviews with the job situation hanging over our heads. Now that we are "in the clear" for another year, we are proceeding as planned and meeting with the social worker on this Thursday, May 20th.
Please indulge me just a minute of your time to go off the reservation for a moment and talk a little about something I feel is very important to us all. Perhaps it is the knowledge that I will soon be a parent that is motivating me to write this. Or the fact that my wife nearly lost her job last week. Whatever the reason, it is vitally important that we all see the very real danger of short-changing our kids in their education by cutting art and music from school curriculums.
In order to bring awareness to the fact that the children of our county almost lost their art and music programs this year, Stephy created and began selling T-shirts to support the arts. Soon, students, parents, and other teachers began wearing them. It was just her small part in combating the targeting of art through budget cuts.
As more and more districts across the country opt to eliminate the arts programs from their schools in order to meet their slashed budgets, it becomes more and more important to voice your concerns in your communities and to your school boards. If you feel that art and music are essential to a complete and comprehensive education for your children, make your voice heard. Because if these cuts haven't been discussed in your community yet, be assured, it IS coming, sooner or later.
Thanks for letting me rant about something that is very close to my heart. If you're interested in getting one of our shirts to wear in your community, please let us know. They're just $10.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Since Justin had worked a gig for Carrabbas restaurant and we had gift certificates, we went there on Monday and ate WAY too much Italian food and drank WAY too much Blackberry Sangria. :)
Friday, April 30, 2010
Over Spring Break, we both journeyed to Panama City Beach, FL. to work our retail caricature stand at Pier Park Mall right on the beach. Most of the money we earned there from caricature sales and tips went directly into the Adoption Fund, and we are happy to report that we have come within a few hundred dollars of our First Payment goal. This First Payment to the Adoption Agency is due by May 19th. While drawing guests at the booth, we both shared our story, when we felt it appropriate, and were amazed by the outpouring of good will and kindness from these total strangers. Upon seeing the ”Artists Adoption Fund” jar, some people immediately put a few dollars in, without hesitation. Some even gave the money to their small children and said “Put this in the jar so they can have a little boy/girl like you”. It was very touching.