The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Birthday Birthday

Geez. It's 8:36 PM and my eyelids are sooo heavy already. Yipes.

Today we had our big announcement at church about our new adventure. It was nice to be affirmed and sent out. Many people were very shocked, but also just so excited for us. I told everyone that today was the day to be excited and that we'll save the good-byes for a couple of weeks. I'm not ready to say good-byes yet, and neither were they! :)

AND, I had to stand while the whole congregation sang "Happy Birthday" to me--in BOTH services! Aaron laughed at me the first time this happened. He said he could tell that I was just basking in the attention! Well, DUH! :D

My best friend took me to the tea room for a birthday lunch yesterday and we had a good time talking and crying and laughing together. I'll have to post a picture of Tami for you all. We happen to have the same basic description (tall, blonde, blue eyes...ravishly gorgeous, you know, something like that) and both of our families, without knowing each other, visited our church for the first time on the exact same Sunday two and a half years ago. There are still people who can't tell us apart or don't know there are two of us (this is a familiar thing for me, but Tami was an only, so I think it must be weirder for her!). Anyway, we were just laughing yesterday because we really didn't know each other well until about 9 months ago or so. And now we're each other's best Boise friend...until we become long-distance best friends in a few weeks. We're trying to soak up every bit of each other before that happens.

Friday night, Aaron, Punky and I went out to eat at the Olive Garden, not really for my birthday (we were going dutch so that really can't be for my birthday, right?!), but we told them it was in hopes of getting a free desert. No dice. $3.25 for their special birthday cake and singers. Eh. So, Aaron ordered us a slice of Black Tie Mousse Cake instead. At which point Punk lit up like an orange-haired lightbulb, pointed at our rotund, black waiter, and exclaimed, "BLACK! Just like HIM!!!!" Mercifully, the waiter laughed genuinely dispelling the "What do we do now?" looks Aaron and I were exchanging.

I was kerflummuxed. Punk NEVER has referred to anyone's skin color. He identifies people by their clothing color instead (i.e.--"What's the blue lady doing?"), and most kids his age would call black skin brown because it's more like the crayon color brown (like Punk will tell people his hair ISN'T red, it's ORANGE, people!). The man was wearing a white shirt, so I just couldn't figure it out. Until Saturday morning's hazy-dazy-waking-slowly-brilliancy overcame me. Black TIE, Black TIE Mousse Cake! The waiter was wearing a black TIE. Whew. Next Saturday I will use my hazy-dazy time to solve the mystery of something almost as global warming...or poverty. Stay tuned.


Kim & Dale said...

Rachel, I just want you to know that I'm praying for your transition. Fouteen years ago God called my husband to a new job. I knew God wanted us to move and take the position. We had complete peace that we were in His will, but it still was very hard to leave our church, friends and civilization. I had always lived in big cities. We moved to a town of 1200 people, and no I didn't forget a few zeros:) I cried all the way to and from work for about 4 months wondering what we had done. I didn't like the country life and I absolutely hated my new job (this was pre-children). God showed me over the years just how wonderful this move was. It would take pages upon pages to describe the blessings we have experienced. I know it is cliche', but I wouldn't trade this for the city any day now. Just remember that we can be in God's will and yet still be sad. I believe you and your husband are going to do a great job! I'll be anxious to hear of the blessings God is going to pour your way! Kim

the Isaacs said...

Funny! A few years ago, when she was four, our Mia was riding in the back of the car and pipes up "I saw a black guy peeing back there!" All I could stammer out was "What did you say honey?" She repeated it. So my mind was scrambling trying to choose whether to respond to the "black" comment or to deal with the homelessness issue that would cause people to pee on the street. Instead I kept it simple and said "Well, he must have really needed to go!" She answered "What mommy?" in a kind of confused way. After repeating myself and her staying confused I asked her to repeat SLOWLY what she'd said. Turned it it was "I saw a Black Eyed Pea back there!"

Anonymous said...

What a sweet church you must be in. Love what the older lady said to you... a blessing and a challenge!

Sam is a hoot! Very clever, and very, very funny. HOpe you're writing it all down!!

Pryaing for your quick sell, and easy move! Love, Denise

Brandi said...

ok, you're out

Scott and Katy said...

Ha, Ha, still laughing at sammy... read the post out loud for my parents, who are here visiting!

Brandi said...

Terri, Ok, You're back in! Good thing I write in pencil. Oh yeah, you get pen now, but only till October. . .then, you're back to pencil!

Love ya and good talking to you today! I always enjoy my Rae calls!


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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