The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Writing on the Wall (or Fridge)

Yes. I allow my children to draw with markers on the fridge. In fact, I do it myself (well, I don't draw, but I make notes, grocery lists, phone numbers, etc.). With a Vis-A-Vis marker, it just wipes off with water and a paper towel.

Pea's art is still in the scribbling stage. But, she's one fine-fine scribbler!

Punk has drawn here an "Indian Dinosaur" (the tall one on the left), a swimming pool (top right), and something else (I forgot what he told me, but it was definitely something! Kinda reminds me of the video-game creatures from my youth!). He also wrote their names on there. But, he was not curteous enough to use the blog-approved nicknames; hence, I had to use my graffitti tool (poorly, I know) to disguise them, but I did want to show off how he's doing with his letters. Not bad, buster!Some helpful hints if you want to try this yourself:

1. If you have the bumpy, old-style fridge (we were lucky enough to inherit this nice fake-stainless one with the house), just cover in clear contact paper first; it helps smooth it out--nicer for both writing and cleaning.

2. Use the "overhead" markers, not dry-erase.

3. I used to have a "sitter-list" on my fridge. I printed one off with all the blanks and taped it to the naked fridge. Then, I put the clear contact paper over that. Whenever a sitter was coming, I could fill out all the instructions that pertained to that particular event.

4. Along the same lines, you can use Sharpees on your contact paper for permanent writing and it will last through many, many wipings of the Vis-A-Vis.


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