The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Catching Up From Christmas

Whew! Even though this Christmas was relaxed because we had no one to entertain and no where to be, it was still full and fun!

I did manage to finish Pea's stocking. Even though I ran out of pink/lavendar sequins, clear seed beads, and then gold sequins! I've never had that happen before! Anyway, I finished it at 11:30 Christmas Eve. Just in the nick of time.
The fix-it man came on Christmas Eve too. No new oven for mama, but I did get a brand new heating element!

Here are some highlights from our Christmas morning. Bear in mind, we practice "ugly Christmas" in my family. Which means you come as you are, straight from bed. No comb may touch your hair, no makeup, no toothbrush, no nothing. And, Tarah, that cap Pea's wearing protects her hair from tangles (if free) or "fraying" (if styled) while she sleeps and/or plays.

Here she is admiring the butterfly printed on these pants.
My brother got both kids sidewalk chalk. Considering it was 80 degrees this weekend, it was a great choice!This is Pea's favorite gift. Well, the purple ones are. Truly, she couldn't wait to get off her socks from the night before. She wore them the rest of the day and then when I asked her what her favorite thing was, she didn't even have to think: "The pupple socks!"Here she is with the socks again. Notice the gift we thought would be the favorite in the background!Punk receiving a Thomas movie.Pea loves that her new Minnie Mouse is bigger than Punk's Bear.Punk with his very own soccer ball. No more sharing--double trouble for the goalie!My brother sent this too. The kiddinkidinks have been busily making monsters with it for days.

Here's what I look like when I roll out of bed at 6:30 AM on Christmas morning!

My sis and her fiance sent a gift card. I bought a new table cloth and napkins. I've had this vision since we moved in and just never was able to actualize it. Now, tada! That's an elephant napkin ring from Liberia. I have 4 elephants and 4 hippos.And, here's the table all set. Perfect!


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