Thanks all for the warm welcome. Waiting is the hardest part. But we are spending our time doing more homework on house training and have bought some really helpful books on the subject. I found a great book for children on how to train your dog with basic commands. My children are in 2nd, 4th and 6th grades, so they are reading all they can as well. We've already begun our "Chore Chart" for care of the puppy with places to mark feedings, walking times, clean-up times, etc. And we've decided to keep track of pup's activities as well...with space to record play, nap, potty and feeding times, so that we can get to know our pup's schedule too. Having never owned a dog before, I am a bit nervous about the house training, however, I've gotten a few good books on the subject and I think we can handle it. We are definitely training to go outside, not in. I am sure I'll have lots more to add when she arrives home around Thanksgiving.