The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014


It really is snowing here today! I can hardly believe it! It started out as rain this morning, but around 10, it changed to snow! Here are the proof-pics! (Editor's note: I'm not totally confident of the actual times here, but they are what the camera said and I think they give an accurate spacing if nothing else.)

At 9:59 AM:

At 10:01 AM:

At 10:05 AM:

At 10:13 AM:

At 10:14 AM (to show the accumulation):

At 10:38 AM:

Now the question is, do we go to Raleigh for our fingerprinting appointment tomorrow? Of course, the temperature is going to dip below freezing tonight, causing all the rain and snow to turn to ice. And, seeing as we live in North Carolina, a relatively snow-free state, it's highly unlikely the roads will be de-iced. I called the USCIS hot line and inclement weather is a valid reason for rescheduling an appointment. We simply need to write a letter explaining our absence and they will send us the new appointment time. It's not like we're in a huge hurry--we don't have an application in anywhere, we just want to keep our options open.
On the other hand, we never off-loaded our snow tires from our winter in the Great White North. So, we could get those put back on and make the drive tomorrow in relative security. And, it did take them about 3 months from the mailing of our application until the first fingerprinting appointment. What to do, what to do?


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