The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014


Yesterday, on the way home from school, Pea informed that I "needed" to write a letter to her teacher. The letter should declare her name to be "Penny" and tell the teacher, in no uncertain terms, that she should be called Penny all the time. Hee hee!

Pea and Punk recently watched the movie "Bolt" and really enjoyed it. For a week or so, they have been playing Bolt together. Punk is the super-hero dog Bolt and Pea is "his person," Penny. I've loved observing their active imaginations, but had no idea she was carrying this into school!

I talked to the teacher and there is time for pretending to be whomever you want to be, but there's a clear distinction when it's time to be called by your given name. The teacher believes Pea understands this, but wanted to press the boundary. So, Mrs. P (no, I'm not obsessed with the letter P--that really is her initial!) told her that she would need my consent to change her name. Instead of ending the matter, though, this fueled Pea's growing imagination and prompted her to request the letter! Hee hee!

It's such a pleasure to see these brain bits developing in my little girlie! Her imagination is blooming and she has enough reasoning and conversation skills now to communicate that she wanted the letter written. Praise God that He is overcoming the deficiencies of her early life! Sometimes it seems like we have a long, slow road ahead of us, but episodes like this show me that she is actually leaping and bounding toward wholeness--look out world!


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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