The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Toddler Love

"Mom... Mom! Can we play Hungry....Hungry....Cherry-O?!"

"Mom... Mom! Do you see any dragons?! I'll catch them with my Dragon Catcher!" (A Dragon Catcher is a fantastical weapon formed from nothing more than an empty wrapping paper roll and a tish of imagination.)

(Every time we get in the car) "Mom... Mom! Do you see any fires?" (He then sprays "water" out of his finger all over the spot and saves the day)

"Daddy! Daddy! Your ears are WOGGLING!!!!"

"ACK-choo-ally... I would like the red one."


Jocelyn said...

I love children and all the things they say!!!


amber said...

Hee hee... toddlers are too much fun!

Jo's been saying "whats the produm (problem), Mama?" alot lately... She gets it from her daddy who asks her that when she's whining. Its so funny when she says it to me, although its definitely not always said in a respectful tone and I have to bite my lip to keep from laughing while I correct her attitude.

She also says, I DUDE IT MYSELF" (and she says it in capital letters, too! She really wants to do EVERYTHING on her own!)


Brandi said...

I'm praying for you guys this weekend!!! I love you and have a blast!


Brandi said...

Hope you are having a wonderful time. I was praying for you yesterday at the festival!

Love ya,

Sarah said...

Hello I am Amber's "person" - her best friend and have thus come to read your blog. I have checked on the happenings and "blatherings" of your life probably about half a dozen times and have obviously yet to comment although I have been meaning I am breaking the silence, letting you know I'm here and starting the two way street as you requested on your sidebar. :-)I have a blog also which I don't post on everyday but I do still enjoy sharing stories, pictures, events, etc. from time to time. Now that my introduction is official onto my comment...We have a daughter named Zoe (Amber's Jo is her very close friend)and I am constantly amazed by what comes out of her mouth - random and intelligent comments and observations alike. I am always marveling at her little mind at work! I have a few of her most recent sayings and observations on my blog if you'd like to check them out. All your children are precious - can't wait to see pictures of you all TOGETHER! So it was nice to meet you and I'll keep checking in on your journey through life. :-) Sarah

Jocelyn said...

I so guessed it!!! Donna told me this morning! I am so happy for you...I can't wait to meet you in Liberia. You are going to be great at this.



InternationalMommy said...

Wow Rae- SO awesome!!!!

Good luck getting ready for your new job (and ride of a lifetime I'm sure)

So cool!!

Take Care,

Faith said...

Can I just say I am SO jealous! Jonah and I would have done it in a heartbeat except for all the problems that we would have with it here money wise. I can't wait to get rid of our mortgage! Congrats!

Brandi said...

yeah. .now you can start blogging again!! ha ha! Again, I'm thrilled and so pleased to be "working with" such amazing people who love the Lord! Call me already. ..just kidding. I'm getting impatient, but I know you just got home last night super late!!!

Love you,

Denise Nelson said...

Hello from the Nelson Crew:

We will definitely be praying about your house, car, family and transition to Acres. Wow! What cool things are happening in your family. I'll also be praying for you spiritually, you are entering into a big place of God's heart for the orphans and satan hates it. Keep your guard up!

Denise and all

Denise Nelson said...

Hello from the Nelson Crew:

Welcome aboard! Thank you for obeying the Lord and joining Acres Staff. Keep your spiritual guard up, satan hates what you are doing for God's kingdom and His kids. Put on the full armor of God and continually ask for God's spirit of wisdom and revelation. We are praying for you, your family and your move and ministry.

Denise and all

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

Talk To Me

I blog for myself and my kids and I would do it even if no one else cared, but I do like to hear from you (and think it's a wee bit creepy of you to voyeurize us without my knowing it). So, please leave a comment from time to time, or email me anytime at Much obliged, I'm sure.

Get Free Stuff!

Search & Win

Where You're From

Stalkers, Caught Red-Handed!

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