The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

A History Lesson

I just watched this news/documentary done by a tv station in Baltimore, MD. Back in the early 1800's freed slaves from Maryland, USA colonized the shore of what is now Liberia. This clip (it's about 20 minutes long) tells the history and present, mostly focused on Maryland County, but also including Monrovia (Liberia's capitol, where the hospital and orphanage are). It's very well done and enlightening. I laughed at the antics of some of the children and from the joy of some of the people (there's a charming girl/woman walking down the road with a load on her head and she's dancing! delightful!), but I wept through most of it, overcome with a lot of different emotions.

It totally reminded me of what Bill Powers said in his book, Blue Clay People. The Liberians do not understand why they can know everything about us and America, but we know nothing about them and Liberia.

Enough talk. Go watch it. Here's their blurb and link:
A team of reporters from the State of Maryland, USA recently visited Maryland County in Liberia and produced a special documentary on Maryland County, Liberia. Please click on the link below to view the documentary. Courtesy of WBAL TV in Maryland, USA.


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