The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Wisdom of a Four Year Old

This week is Fire Safety Week at preschool (not sure if it is bigger than just our school?), so the kiddinkidinks are learning all kinds of wonderful safety information. Like how to call 9-1-1. And, then what to say when you do! When asked what his last name is, Punk confidently stated, "Punkinhead!" (truly, no nickname masking involved!).

As we were driving our cart around the grocery store today, he was also instructing me on the meanings of the different colors of traffic lights. "Green means go. Red means stop. Yellow means wait, even if you're late!"

Just a moment ago as I was reading an email aloud to my husband, Punk kept trying to interrupt until his dad told him to stop. He promptly came over to me and started rubbing my arm with empty banana peels. Eeew! So, in a moment of unloveliness, I snapped at him for escalating his interruption to a swabbing of my arm with fruity refuse. His broken heart was written all over his face as he said, "I just wanted to know if there are any monkeys here."

Okay, interruption successful; discipline irrevocably screwed up. "Monkeys?"
P: "Yeah, are there any monkeys here?"
Me: "Uh...nope, no monkeys here."
P: "Oh. Cuz I thought they might want these. ... If we had any monkeys here."

Added 10/07 AM:
Punk, eating eggs and bacon for breakfast: "Mama... I LOVE this bacon! Thank you SOOOOO much for buying me bacon. Mama, if you give me two pieces of bacon every morning to eat with my eggs, then I will be really, really well-behaved!"

OOOOOOOh! So BACON is the key I've been searching for... ;)


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