The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Mother's Day

I totally got spoiled today! I got to sleep in a little, then had my favorite breakfast (Eggs Florentine) in bed! I had to open my gifts first, though. Punk is very excitable when it comes to gifts and surprises! He can't wait for anyone to open a wrapped gift. :)

Aa helped the kids make some art for me. Here's Pea's (she loves purple!):

On the back it says,
"I love mommy because:
1. She is nice.
2. She cooks very well.
3. She is pretty. Really, really pretty.
4. She is a princess.
5. She has pretty lipstick."

Number 4 is my favorite!

This is Punk's. It's a pirate treasure map. See the sandy beach on the island? And the "bolcano" on the right? The large green mass above the volcano is a diamond (like the kind in an engagement ring) and the other large green mass is a ruby. I wear three rings every day--my wedding set and two ruby rings--one for each of the kiddinkidinks.

On the back, this one says,

"I love mommy because:

1. She is pretty.

2. She makes good food.

3. She hugs me and gives me kisses.

4. She takes care of me when I get sick.

5. She gave me an awesome sister!"

Obviously, #5 is my fave of Punk's!

Also, this morning at church there was a wonderful video of many of the children sharing reasons why they love their moms. Punk and Pea both are in it. I will let you know where you can see it as soon as it is on the internet!

Pea made this beautiful pin for me at school. I wore it proudly all day.

The one thing I asked Aa for was a pedastal cake plate with a dome. He went to the antique store and found this.

I love it! I am trying to invent a reason to make a cake to put in it!


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