The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Good News from Africa!!!

WOW!!! My God is good! Unbelievably good! I went to the Embassy yesterday to get Pea's visa, and at every step, it seemed the whole thing would fall apart (there was a mistake in her birth certificate that wasn't seen until the last minute, we were very late for the appointment, on and on), but God came through with everything we needed in just the nick of time. One of the most amazing things I didn't even discover until today. I found my passport in my suitcase rather than in the security wallet I took to the Embassy (after the airport, I just jammed it in somewhere instead of putting it back in the wallet where it belongs). The guard at the gate is required to check your passport to let you into the Embassy. BUT, the guard saw the staff member I was with and just waved us through! Praise God!!! I had NO idea at that time what a huge miracle that was!

Pea's taking a nap now. She's so sweet. She just wants me to hold her all the time. She doesn't want to play with the other kids here, or me, for that matter. If I set her down, she doesn't cry, but she sticks to me like glue and waits for me to pick her up again. She's very afraid of the chickens and dog that live here at the guest house. She screams and clings to me for dear life every time she sees them. It's given me several opportunities to hold her close and reassure her. I think it's helping her to trust me more.

I have noticed that Pea is making eye contact with me more and more as time goes by. It's a heartwarming sign. I still can't get a smile out of her no way, no how. I know that will come. I'll probably get her just to that point right before we get home and she's in a whole new set of circumstances and she'll retreat into her reserved self again! Oh well. It will all be worth it when we see that gorgeous smile for the first time in person!

She also hasn't spoken one word to me yet. She watches everything and takes it all in, but never makes a sound (except screaming about the animals). I wonder what her little voice sounds like and what her growing vocabulary includes.

It's hotter than you can imagine here today. Much hotter than the last time I was here. It's draining and just plain gross. I wish I could take 10 showers a day! It's a good thing I love that baby girl so much because otherwise, there's no way she'd be on my lap or in my arms constantly, like she is!!! Even in this oppressive heat and humidity, I just love the feeling of being close with her.

Tomorrow I'll spend the day at the office (Pea will go back to the orphanage for the day). I'll sit in on the staff meeting so I can see how things go here (we missed that opportunity last time we were here), and then I'll meet with a couple of staff members who are most key to my work in the states. It'll be a full day, but very helpful to my work back home.

I'm not sure what the other days will hold, but I'll be heading home with my baby-girl on Wednesday. Yippeee!

Well, this post is getting toooo long. :) I'm looking forward to reading all the comments! (Kudos to you all, by the way--the last post had a great response! I feel so blessed to have all of your support!)

Editor's note: This post used to include a question about how to name our daughter--with her birthmother's name, her original name, etc. So, all the comments had remarks about her name. Since I have decided to remove the children's names from the blog, I had to delete all the comments as well.

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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