Today was my day off and so I sat down this morning all bright eyed and bushy tailed ready to fill out all my paperwork. I planned on finishing the background check paper work and thought I could probably move onto other home study paperwork as well. K recommends we do the background check documents first as they can take longest to come back (6-8 weeks). Everything else can be done at our pace and we would love to have our home study done in 6-8 weeks!!!
Boy was I wrong.
My head is spinning. I have four states to get background checks from and B has three. At least I think we do. Two of the states were relatively easy with three forms and very little to confuse a person. The other two states have forms with little itty-bitty lines and ask for a lot of the same information in different formats. Between those two states we’re required to list every residence we’ve each had since 1974 (we we’re born yet) in consecutive order making sure there are no missed dates and every person we’ve ever lived with. Yes I am sure that is what the form asks for, every person we have ever resided with. Oh by the way- I have to list full names and cannot use middle initials. I’m not making this up folks.
So I spent the better part of an hour figuring out how to get the full names, and ages of all of B and my college dorm mates as well as the people I lived with in Ireland. Phone calls made and emails sent I started filling in forms. Our home study provider emailed me PDFs. My handwriting is horrendous, and I cannot spell. I had to toss out multiple sheets….. Then I got smart and tried to find the documents online. I found both of the documents in formats I can type in. YAY! But only after wasting time and paper.
This evening I chatted with another DRC mama. During our conversation it came up that I might not even need a background check from one of these states!!!! I only went to college there. I never had a driver license, paid taxes, worked or lived outside the dorms. So after all the struggling sat down and emailed K all of my questions, including clarification on which states I really need to do the paperwork for.
I know this is just the beginning. There are hundreds more forms in front of me. Today taught me something though. I need to get organized. Tomorrow I’m making a binder and a checklist. And I am finishing those freaking background check forms!!!!