The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Thank God I Get to Wait

I was just driving home from a fun "Southern Living" party (I keep wanting to call it "Southern Comfort"! Yikes! That could be embarassing!) and praying about our kids in Liberia. Especially since we don't know anything about baby girl yet, I find myself daydreaming all kinds of wild scenarios about her and her process and her homecoming. I also sometimes daydream about Pence's process, but since we have (slightly) more details there, the fantasies aren't as wild. Anyway, so I was just telling God that I feel kinda silly making all that stuff up and he must just chuckle at my usage of the extra store of imagination he gave me! Then I found myself just thanking him and thanking him that I don't have to make any of that stuff happen. I thanked him that I'm not in control of it! I thanked him that there are trust-worthy people who are working so hard on our family's behalf and that most of all, HE has a plan for my family and every member of it! I actually thanked God that I just get to wait!

Boy, he's amazing! How did he get this little lump o' clay to look like THAT? What a Potter! Oh God, where would I be without you? How do you do it?! I love you! I'm so glad I know you!



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