The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Chez Rachelle's

The other night when we went to pick up Dadders from work, Punky was begging to go out for dinner. We just didn't want to spend the money and had been out to eat the night before anyway. After a minor tug-o-wills, brilliancy struck me upside the head.

Me: How 'bout we go to Chez Rachelle's?
Punky: What's Shay Raaaa-sheeeeeells?
Me: A new kind of restaurant we've never been to! I hear it's really fun!
Punky: Okay! Let's go to Shay Raaaaa-shelllllllls!

So, we drove home.

Punky: This is our house.
Me: Nope, it's Chez Rachelle's. I think the chef has something special planned for tonight...!

Everyone came in the house and we started the now-that-we're-home routines of putting things in their places, pottying, etc. I headed straight for the kitchen, got out all the left-overs and hastily made a menu. Aaron got the kids settled in their places at the table and helped me build their excitement. I brought the menu to the table and introduced myself as their waitress. Now Punk was starting to catch on and a little grin was beginning to take over his face. I took their drink orders and gave them some time with the menu.

And, on it went. I was their waitress and served them whatever leftovers they wanted (in some bizarre combinations as it turned out!). We had a lot of fun with it and Punk asks about Chez Rachelle's now almost as much as he asks to go out. What a fun way to deal with left-overs and teach the kids restaurant manners without an audience!


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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