The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Photos! Happy Birthday to Me!!!

Looky, looky! I got new pictures of my baby girly! She just turned 2 last month and she's in 18-24 month clothes now! Yeah! Eight months ago she was wearing 6-9 month clothes, so she is rapidly gaining weight. What a beauty! I can't wait to swoop her up in my arms in 3 weeks! YAY!

And, as if this wasn't great enough, darling Brandi has made it her mission to sing me a brithday song each day leading up to my birthday! She had help with tonight's song, so it's going to be hard to top. Here's what she and her gals sang to me tonight (to the tune of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame):

Happy Birthday to Rachel (Rae)
Happy Birthday to You

We wish we could be there to celebrate
But we live in a far away state

So you'll have to settle for this song
'Cuz it's the best we can do

For it's ONE...
days till your birthday
and Brandi LOVES YOU!!!

Written by Brandi (though not much!), Granny (most of it, she's very good at this), My Mom and our Friend Lisa!
Thanks, Bran! Love you too!


Anonymous said...

Rae-She looks SO different-what a cutie~!


Brandi said...

Thanks, we had fun making it up. I'm going to Sea World with friends tonight so tonight's song may have to include others too. . . .

LOVE the pictures! I can't wait for you to have her in your arms!!!


Tarah said...

She looks amazing! Oh, it will feel so yummy to hold her. She just has changed so much from her intake pics. AOH is doing a fabulous job bringing her back to health. Hey, my little 2 1/2 yr old wears 18-24 month clothing! :)

Bingaling said...

Siah looks great! So glad you will be holding her in your arms so soon!

Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

she is beautiful rachel!!!!!! cant wait to see her home with you. love, the other rachel...LOL

amber said...

I love the new pictures of Siah... she is so beautiful!

And, since it's Sunday, "Happy Birthday!" I hope you are able to have a great, relaxing day even in the midst of all the packing and planning and preparation.


Anonymous said...

She is so beautiful! Happy Birthday!!!!! :)


Blu and Darbi said...

I just had the best time reading some of your blogs!! You're too funny! Your daughter is beautiful! :)


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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