This afternoon we went to the home of our Social Worker, Debbie, for an "Adoption Barbque". All of the couples in attendance were either both American or like Hans and I, Dutch/American.
The Vice Consul from the American Consulate in Amsterdam was there to talk about citizenship and the Hague Convention, etc. He was really nice and seemed genuinely interested in us. I was a little afraid that a government official wouldn't be too thrilled about spending a beautiful Sunday afternoon with us but he stayed, ate and shared some consulate stories.
We met some lovely people. It was nice to be able to share experiences and talk to others who are going through or have gone through the adoption process. It was such a good feeling to be able to chat with other women who have similar phyical issues as I have, acknowledge the difficulities but then talk about Bugaboos and diapers! Hans mingled with a few guys and I am quite certain that they were not talking about either of the above mentioned. The good news is that Hans catagorizes things like 'aparatus for babies' under 'gadgets', so for those of you who know Hans, you won't be surprised that we will have nothing but the most up to date model of whatever the coolest stroller is.
There were two really cute babies there as well. It was inspiring to see them with their parents and know that we are on our way :)
In other news, we recieved the first draft of our Homestudy! We made two little name spelling corrections but otherwise it was perfect. We are really happy with how it turned out. Very strange to read so much about yourself! The next step: Our SW will forward it to our agency in the US for her review. She sends it back, we sign it and it along with our fingerprints and background checks go to the Frankfurt Consulate for our I-600 approval.