Lately, I’ve been thinking about a couple of future events that DH and I plan on hosting. But, I haven’t had anytime to prepare for any of them. I think next week, I’m going to start making some sort of game plan. We don’t, at this point, know when we will be hosting them, but the plans will pretty much be the same no matter when we have them.
Both are related to our plans for adoption. One, we think, will occur before our kids are placed in our home. The other won’t occur, unfortunately I believe, if at all, until the adoption is final (approx. 6 months after our children are placed in our home). So one will be “on short notice” and the other a “long term” notice. Of course, the first will be in our home and the other most likely we’ll host at church.
We want to hold a formal house blessing sometime between when we’ve visited our children and the time they’ve been placed in our home. We considered holding it before we saw the kids or after the kids were placed but think the timing of in between will be best. We’ll use the new (updated) “Blessing of a Home” service. By waiting until after we’ve met out kids, we can ensure that the kids bedrooms are personalized but more importantly, it’ll also be a chance to introduce our kids to family and friends- without overwhelming our kids. I’d love to have pictures to share as well. I’m really excited about it. I’m sure that afterwards we’ll serve some type of meal. I know I need to decide what to serve, REALLY clean house, save some decorating money, and consider hymns etc.
The other possible event would be the baptism of our kids- it’s probable although it’s possible they will have previously been baptized. We recently had a friends twins baptized and they hosted their reception at home, cooked for them, etc. It convinced me (and DH) that we aren’t doing that. Father and great grandparents had to leave half way through the church service to prepare the food. I’m quite certain we’ll have it catered (even it it’s just el-cheapo catered) and at the church.
I’m really hoping to have real game plans to turn to when the events arrive. It’s one way that I hope to take some of the guesswork out of the uncertain timing.