John & I had our first homestudy meeting yesterday at CAS! By lunchtime I thought I was going to hurl from being so nervous! We were both definitely anxious as we drove to Matthews and searched for the agency but we made it in one piece (thankfully). Our caseworker immediately made us feel completely comfortable. She let us know to not be nervous and that they are not on a witch hunt or asking questions merely to judge us but instead are asking questions to get to know us better in order to make the best match possible. The meeting lasted longer than I expected (2 1/2 hours) but was very beneficial. We went over all of our forms and answered any questions that she had about our responses as well as had casual conversation about various topics that came up throughout the interview. She answered alot of the questions we had about open adoption and legal risk. We also scheduled our remaining 3 visits! I go for my individual interview this coming Friday (Oct 10) and John has his individual the following Friday (Oct 17) which is right before our parenting workshop so it works out good since we're spending the night in CLT anyways! And then our home visit is Oct 23 and our homestudy will be over! I had absolutely no idea it would go so fast! I was expecting 2-3 months not 4 weeks! She asked how quickly we would be ready to be matched and that definitely made it all sink in! She gave the example of if our homestudy is approved by Halloween and by some remote chance we received a placement by Thanksgiving if we would be able to take it! I think my heart stopped when she said that! Of course, the only thing that would be stopping us would be finances (you have to send a $17k check once you except placement and we aren't quite ready for that yet!). So we are both overwhelmed and completely excited! We could officially be "paper pregnant" by the end of the month! We will keep you posted (as usual)!