The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014


I'm making a black forest cake for a dinner with friends tonight. It smells sooooooo yummy. It's sitting near the windows to cool (the kitchen is still quite warm from the baking) and the enticing aroma is filling my eager nostrils as I blog.

UPDATE: Well, I'm sorry to tell you that the Martha-Stewart-spirit left me when I began to assemble this cake. It was disastrous, but still delicious. Grrrump.
This is supposed to be the bottom half: cake, cream frosting filled with cherries and another cake layer. The cream frosting forms a little "dam" that holds the cherries in. With the heat yesterday (it was probably near 80 degrees in my kitchen; 74 outside) it just didn't hold up. As soon as I placed the second cake layer on, cream and cherries began oozing. There were 3 separate dam breaks and I was forced to give up trying to salvage it.

This is supposed to be the top half: whipped cream, cake, chocolate whipped cream, cake, all smothered in more whipped cream. I wound up taking this half to the dinner. It tasted good, but continued to deteriorate in appearance as time passed.

I think the problem was that I really don't like chocolate cake, EXCEPT this one recipe I found. So I substituted my special (moist, dense) cake for the Black Forest recipe. I think it's just too heavy to make four luscious layers, separated by somewhat delicate fillings. I may be ditching the Black Forest from now on. Or, maybe, I can just make the cake and then bring the toppings along side for folks to add on at will. Because the combination of all these things is just about to-die-for!

Oh how I love my lessons in humility! To the next dinner party I will be bringing Pilsbury.


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