The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Updates on Our Two Liberians

Just got off the phone with Donna from Acres of Hope. Little Punk has contracted malaria. This is very common in Liberia (although they do their best to prevent it with mosquito netting), so they are used to treating it. It's a little scary, though, because Pea is so tiny and still struggling to make her come-back from the malnourishment. Also, malaria causes high fevers that come and go and could cause seizures. WebMD says that febrile (fever) seizures are scary to watch but not usually harmful to the child and do not cause long-term problems. Plus, Acres' newest staff member is a full-time nurse from India. She takes each kid's temperature every day and weighs them each 3x/week. She is monitoring Pea closely. AND, Pea is in a separate room for special needs kids (and has been since she arrived). There are only 5 children in there, so they receive plenty of care and attention. So, I'm trying to stay positive and not worry too much about my precious daughter half-a-world away.

Donna said to be prepared that Pea is just a tiny little thing, but so sweet. She seems to have a delightful disposition and Donna loved playing peek-a-boo and "fetch" with her! When Donna was there, Pea was doing very well, all things considered.

I also probed Donna a bit about Pence's situation. The letter we wrote to the Ministry of Health in December was delivered to them January 24th. The orphanage staff have not heard back from the Minister. Things just don't happen very quickly in Liberia and the staff felt they needed to give the Minister's office some time to respond. But, Donna insisted that 2 months was plenty of time and either the lawyer or the orphanage staff will be following up with the Minister this week.

When Donna visited Firestone, Pence ran to her and hugged her. They'd never met before, so Donna thinks maybe he mistook her for Patty! But, it was a great hug, she said! He's very spoiled (which seems somewhat typical of older Liberian kids) and the nurses call him "Master Pence"!!! :) I'm gearing up for a bit of a difficult transition when he comes home!

We'll be getting new pictures this week, so I'll post them here as soon as I can!


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My Man and Me
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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