Adam had never been and it had been a long time since I visited, which was last during my childhood summers of going all over the USofA to SBC conventions with my parents. Not nearly as bad as it sounded. I got to go to cool places, do fun things, and when I did have to listen to preaching it wasn't all that bad... life of a pastors kid and youngest child privileges I guess :)
Our agency requires that you attend a special training they call Pathways if you're adopting a child older than 2. Basically several years ago they realized as more older children were being adopted rather than just babies, parents were not well equipped to handle the difficulties that an older child who has memories of the trauma they experienced in becoming an orphan holds on to when they enter your family. So we headed to our agency to learn all that we can to help our little guy attach to us and thrive one day.
We left very early in the morning on Wednesday
We have a friend here in SC from Ft. Worth so we were able to get the scoop on a few places :) We ate lunch at Joe T. Garcia's - classic Tex Mex. It was really good and a really cool atmosphere that we did a terrible job taking pictures of, truly.
Adam said he was channeling his inner-christy for this shot ;) who does a great job at capturing memories so well that I often steal her pics!
After a very necessary trip to Starbucks we checked into our hotel that afternoon and then we went to a dinner theater place that evening. Any Raleigh people if you think about Raleighwood this is like a million billion times nicer than it but the same idea.
We were still stuffed from lunch that we just got something light to eat.
The next morning we got up early and headed to Gladney.
Pathways was a 2 day session taught by a child therapist who has so much experience, it was great hearing all of her stories and wisdom. All of the information she taught was based on The Connected Child and the TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Intervention) principle that the author of the book Dr. Karyn Purvis teaches at Texas Christian University. She is basically the child attachment guru and if you are adopting and haven't heard of this book you MUST read it no matter what age your child is!
Gladney fed us so well we were really impressed! We weren't sure how it was going to go but they had breakfast, lunch, and lots of snacks and drinks for us as well. They keep the trainings small because there is a lot of interaction and discussion going on. The CEO of Gladney came in at the beginning to meet everyone there and then both days at lunch he sat down with each table to get to know everyone better. It was very thoughtful and we were definitely impressed. Here is the room set up.
Friday night after it ended we headed to a Sushi place that was AHmazing! Seriously the best sushi I have ever had!
We headed out at the crack of dawn again on Saturday morning and were back in Charlotte by 10:15. It was a great trip and we feel more equipped for when Silas joins our family. We are ready!!!