Sorry for no contact lately; we have been busy and Mary is feeling a bit deflated with it all, having a hard time and feeling like the stuffing has been knocked out of her. We are going to ring our social worker on Wednesday or Thursday if we have heard nothing from her. Mary has been chasing up some of those seven original proactive leads. Two are dead leads as the children have been linked. One has had no contact at all and we have decided not to continue. One has had the original email opened but nothing further, we probably won't go with that one either. The other three our social worker has received / swapped paperwork on. An eighth group we saw on the online version of the publication had contacted us in early September to say they will start family-finding in a couple of weeks.
So in the mean time we have started two projects: 1) A greenhouse / lean-to which we will buy and put up over the winter, when we have tidied up the garden and 2) Camping! Yes we have bought a load of stuff to go with the tent and the weekend after next we are going to do a dry run in the back garden!
01-Oct: We received a phone call this morning from our social worker about the sibling group of two that she had phoned us about last week. Their social workers want to meet us on the 13th October; they are also visiting another couple. Yes we have been here three times before and every time we get the phone call a little bit less of me / us gets excited.
02-Oct: Mary has chased up the online group as it has been more than two weeks since hearing anything.
Mary's courses: Childcare, Learning and Development, NVQ Level 3 - half way through number 6 (of 10). Nutrition and Health of School Aged Children, NVQ Level 2 - sat exam on 16th September, awaiting result.
Mungo's courses: M255 (Java Programming) – awaiting the results of the fourth and final assignment; exam date is 14th October. MT264 (Designing Applications With Visual Basic) – course starts 3rd October.