The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Living Inside Out

We just returned from a weekend in the mountains with InsideOut, the young adults ministry at our church (we help out on the leadership team). It was a great weekend. Strangely, none of the young men came this weekend, so it was kind of a strange dynamic! Oh well, they really missed out.

The speakers for the weekend were old friends of ours from campus ministry days, Paul and Julie Austin. They run the Chi Alpha Campus Ministry at Idaho State University and really connected well with our young women. The theme of the weekend was "Living Inside Out" and they gave some great reminders of staying connected with Jesus, knowing who we are in Christ, building relationships with pre-Christians, and keeping in step with the Spirit. We even got some practice hearing the voice of God for ourselves and for others.

And, of course, we ran our own version of The Amazing Race, Part 2! :) Two teams took an unnecessary mile-long hike and the other team jumped in the wrong lake! Everyone got to eat a "bull fry" (a slice of Rocky Mtn. Oyster--eeew!) and they had a lot of fun. The funny thing to us as the leadership team who planned all this mayhem was that with only girls, cooperation instead of competition became the name of the game! The only team with a man (Paul's team) won the race, while the other two teams became "a team of 8" instead of the original two teams of 4! They were at least an hour later than the first team because they not only took the unnecessary hike, but then they all stopped for coffee together! Ha! Well, we did want them to build relationships! :)

I'm excited to hear more testimonies about what God's been doing for the girls over the weekend. It seemed like a lot of them were really, really touched. Cool!

In other news, Punk no longer wants to move to his big boy room! I have no idea why, but now when we ask, "Do you want to sleep in your new room tonight?" he always says, "No." Hmmmm. Well, we're going to paint his old room this weekend, so he'll have to move over soon! I hope that goes okay!

And, the Jones girls are coming home! Their passports were issued in Liberia at the end of last week, so it'll be about 6 more weeks until they're home! Wahoo! These are the girls that are the exact same ages as Pence and Pea and will live here in Boise. They've had a couple set-backs in their process too, so there is much rejoicing that they are almost home! You can see their photos here (my blog) or here (their blog).


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