The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Progress Photos

Here are a couple of photos I took the other day after we moved from the guest room into Master 1 for the duration. We're thinking it'll be a few years before we get to the bathroom renovation upstairs, so we're trying to figure out how to make the bedrooms work for us until then. For now, we're settled in M1 and the kids are sharing their room. The green room will be the guest room. I still have some decorating to do as far as dressing the windows and the walls, but you can get an idea at least from these photos. It's hard for me to think about the final touches when I know these arrangements are temporary...

I haven't taken any photos of the Bran Muffin explosion yet as it's frankly a little boring right now. Once we get the stripes on, though, I'll be showing off! A's plan to start the Paprika last night was preempted by his craving for Cold Stone. The new plan is to do the second coat of Bran Muffin together tonight. Then, paint like crazy this weekend! Paprika, Canteen and 50/50. He's hoping we'll get it all done between tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday. My goals are not so lofty; we'll just do what we can. I'll get photos up as soon as possible! (Seems as though he's decided I'm right and getting all the painting knocked out first is the better idea. Thanks for your support, girls!)

Last night when they got home from Cold Stone, Punk ran up to me with a quart of Chocolate Devotion. (Read the following quote in rapid-fire four-year-old style) "MOM! Look what I brought you! And it's ALL for YOU!! We walked into the ice CREAM store and there was this refrigerator and I got this ice CREAM for you and there were birthday cakes in there too--with SPRINKLES!!!--and we should go back there and get one for your birthday and it already has sprinkles and we can WRITE YOUR NAME on it!!!!! Mom, are you proud of me?" "Of course, honey. What do you think I'm proud of you for?" (Quizzically, like I should, of course, know this answer) "For bringing you ice CREAM, Mom!" Oh, of course! Isn't he precious?!


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