The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

L and Pea

Edit, 25 June: If you want to follow A and L's parents journey, they are planning to blog at

A new pic of each of my Liberians in one week! Cool! Here's the newest shot of Pea. The little teeny, tiny girl with her is L Jones. L's parents leave Monday on their journey to pick up her and her big sis, A, from the orphanage. You may remember me mentioning A and L before because they are also coming home to Boise! Pea's and L's birthdays are weeks apart (both 2005) and Pence and A's birthdays are weeks apart (both 2003). Kate (the girls' mama) and I are thrilled to find out that they are already chums and roommates! We were looking forward to them being friends here in Boise and we're elated to know that they already know and like each other!

And, I'm just as proud as a mama can be! Look at my beautiful girl! The transformation is amazing! Her skin and hair look so much better, not to mention the meat on her bones. That giant smile and those twinkly eyes--well, I could just stare at her all night long!


Rae said...

i'm soooooo happy for you and double excited to add another younge heart to our family. i've always wanted to have many faces and lots of noise at family events. besides i've done my part :0) i'm waiting to meet this shinning star and soooo happy for you and aa. (yes i said it twice) lots of love... with all my heart. chis

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Anonymous said...

She is such a cutie!!!

Ginger said...

She is soooo C U T E!

Tarah said...

The girls both look great! How long since we saw each other? Holy cow, your hair is LONG in the new picture! We really need to get together soon. Do you all want to go to a park the week of the 4th?? :) Lots of love!

Brandi said...

She looks great!! What fun to get a new picture! The other little girl is precious too. Does her mom blog? I'd love to hear the journey of their travels. . .

Leslie said...

She looks AMAZING!!I'm so happy for you!

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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