The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014


Da dada daaaaa!!!! We have a daughter!

This is Pea. She's 18 months old and oh so beautiful!!! We're very excited to have her join our family (and, yes, a little overwhelmed). She should come home sometime between July and November. Oh, and speaking of July, check out our calendar for that month (I'm not kidding!):

4 July - US Independence Day

7 July - Wedding anniversary

13 July - Pence's birthday (b. 2003, 4 yo this summer)

15 July - Pea's birthday (b. 2005, 2 yo this summer)

17 July - Aaron's birhtday (b. 1973, 34 yo this summer!)

25 July - Punk's birthday (b. 2004, 3 yo this summer)

26 July - Liberian Independence Day

Yep, that's SEVEN major events in one month! AND, yes, the kids are each exactly one year apart! Yikes! We're going to be busy and partying all July long! At least it's nowhere near the winter holidays! (In case you're wondering, my bday is in August.)

I also asked about Pence's process and we'll know more by mid-March. Donna and Patty will both be in Liberia for 3 weeks and they'll be able to move some things forward and definitely give us a clearer timeline. I'm not sure whether to pray for both kids to be ready at the same time or if it would be better for one to come home before the other. So, we'll just leave that to God to plan and effect. :)

What fun we'll be having this fall! Wahoo! (For those of you who read our Christmas letter, this is not exactly what I imagined when I complained to God about my mediocre life! I don't think I'll have a boring day for the next 20 years or so!)


My Man and Me

My Man and Me
married 7/7/2001


ours through biology, born 7/25/2004, home 8/1/2004


ours through adoption from Liberia, West Africa, born 7/15/2005, home 10/25/2007


ours through domestic adoption, born 1/15/2011, home 2/10/2011, final 8/3/2011

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Round Two Timeline

  • 9/24/08 Home study update home visit for Ghana adoption
  • 10/15/08 Dossier sent to AOHG
  • 10/15/08 I600A application sent to USCIS
  • 10/30/08 First heard about possible domestic private adoption
  • 11/18/08 Last spoke with contact about possible domestic adoption; expected to hear back about meeting with birthmother
  • 12/3/08 Withdrew application from AOHG
  • 1/6/09 Found out another family had been chosen for possible domestic adoption
  • 1/21/09 USCIS fingerprinting appointment
  • 1/8/09 Received USCIS fingerprinting appointment notice
  • 4/11/09 Sent Pre-Application to Covenant Care Adoptions for Domestic Infant Adoption program
  • 6/8/09 Social worker visit to update home study from International to Domestic
  • 7/24/09 Received completed home study update
  • 8/25/09 Went "on the list" for birthfamilies to choose from
  • 4/28/10 Found out a birth mom had chosen us
  • 5/8/10 Met the birth mom
  • 5/11/10 Got the call that birth mom changed her mind
  • 5/19/10 Birth mom's scheduled c-section
  • 11/30/10 Visit from DSS sw about foster parenting
  • 11/30/10 Got the call that another birth mom had chosen us
  • 12/21/10 Met with the birth mom
  • 1/15/11 @1:42 PM BB was born!
  • 1/19/11 ICPC (interstate) paperwork sent to GA for approval
  • 1/31/11 ICPC Clearance Approved
  • 2/10/11 Placement Ceremony and Pup comes home!!!!
  • 8/3/11 It's Official! Pup's Adoption Decree was issued