The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014


Last night at a small group Bible study we were visiting for the first time...
Punk, from another room: Mom!... MOM!!!!!
I wait for him to appear in the living room where all the adults are gathered. He rushes up to my chair.
Punk: The dog just poinked (poinked is his word for poked) his nose right in my PEE-nis! Aaaaaw! (this was an expression of mingled awe and disbelief)

Conversation at lunch yesterday:
Punk: Mama, how big was I when I was a baby?
Me: When you were very first born you were about this big (gesturing with my hands).
Punk: Aaaaw! (an expression of mingled awe and delight) Then I could fit through the hole?
Me, panic-stricken and wondering what those older kids had been teaching him: Uuuuuuuh... what hole, Honey?
Punk: (thoughtfully) The the...the...the CASTLE!!!

Turns out he and his friends had built an impregnable (ahem!) castle at school on Friday. Apparently only newborn babes could penetrate (ahem!) it's...erm...hole.


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

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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