The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Church Search: Episode 2

Since a few of you have asked, I'll tell you that Episode 2 of the Church Search was kinda banal. Nothing much to report. The kids had a good time in their class again, which we're very glad for. The message this time was on giving, so it was interesting to peek into the pastor's heart on this touchy subject. He took a few things out of context as far as I am concerned, but I think this is the common interpretation of these passages, so I don't fault him overly much. Life groups and women's ministry are on hold for the summer, but will be starting up again in a few weeks. Men's ministry has a meeting Monday night, so A's considering checking it out.

Dear friends of ours back in Boise reminded us that what we really need to know is the heart of the pastor and whether it's being replicated in the folks. While the sermons are certainly glimpses of the heart, we're looking forward to the New Comers' Lunch to see deeper. If that doesn't do the trick, I hope our home is in a decent state by then and we can have them for dinner. If not, a restaurant will certainly do. Also, one gal did give me her phone number, so I'll have to arrange to meet her at Chick-Fil-A (why on EARTH don't they have these in the North and West! It's our favorite thing about W'ton so far!) for a chat. Goodness knows I need a girlfriend and it'll be interesting to get her perspective on the church and city too.

In sum, so far so good, but we're still holding back until we get deeper. Thanks for asking!


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