The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Last Day

Well, it's 10 AM of our last day here. We're really going to try to pack it in! We're headed over to the orphanages soon (yesterday's plans changed and we went to the OTHER O--the ocean!) where we'll spend a little more time with Pea. Then we have to pick up the Liberian dress I had tailored for myself. In the early afternoon, we'll head off for the airport and Firestone Hospital (they're close to each other). Dr. Sherman will meet us there and give us a tour. We'll meet Pence, but just as AOH staff, not as those who desire to adopt him. This seems wise from many angles. We'll also have the privilege of showing the nurses updated photos of some of the caustic ingestion kids who were cared for in their ward. I am so full of every emotion, I cannot even put words to it.

Despite all that's happening today, I also keep thinking about our next steps--seeing Punk, finalizing the packing, saying a few more goodbyes (and meaning it this time), leaving Boise behind, arriving at "home" on the farm, diving headlong into work there... This morning I was reflecting on how little prepared I feel. This job is pretty humongous and I know very little of all it entails. And, it's not just starting a new job. It's starting a new life. It's almost too much to contemplate. I'm pretty much a person of the moment, not dwelling in the past or really trying to figure of the future. I think now more than ever that perspective will serve me. There's plenty to do each day without borrowing from the past or future.

Well, friends, I'll have much more to share when I get back stateside!

4 comments:

Denise Nelson said...

Welcome back home! What an exciting trip! Remember to cast all your cares of Him because He cares for you. Take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. God is blessing your obedience and you bet you bippy the enemy hates it. Keep your armor up and your sword sharp. Looking forward to working with you!

Denise and all

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jaz said...

I love how you said, "not borrowing from the past or the future"... and I'm sure it will serve you well in your new role, like you say! I continue to pray for you, and hope you enjoy the last of your time in Liberia... for this trip, anyway. ;0)
Love,
Jamie Z. (Baby Micah's Mom)

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My Man and Me

My Man and Me
married 7/7/2001

Punk

Punk
ours through biology, born 7/25/2004, home 8/1/2004

Pea

Pea
ours through adoption from Liberia, West Africa, born 7/15/2005, home 10/25/2007

Pup

Pup
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