The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

I Was Just Thinking....

So, you know how we throw around the statement, "I have a personal relationship with Jesus"? Have you thought about what that means lately? It sounds very similar to someone saying something like, "I know so-and-so-famous-person personally." What exactly counts as knowing someone personally? How often do you need to spend time with them? Can you just IM them? Can you know someone personally if you've never seen their face, touched their hand, heard their laugh? Can you say "I know so-and-so-famous-person personally" if you went to high school with zem (my sister taught me this gender-neutral singular pronoun) 15 years ago, have zem as your facebook friend, but haven't actually conversed with zem since graduation day? Exactly what constitutes a personal relationship--and do you really have one with Jesus?

Up until November I was getting a little overly cynical and starting to wonder if I believed just because I believed. But, then He showed up, loud and clear, quietly, softly, sweetly. I could be being a heck of a better follower/servant/friend/lover, but I'm so glad He covers my weakness and is faithful even when I'm not. I'm glad I can say, "I know Jesus personally--and He's better than I can say!"


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