The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Project Progress

Thanks to a couple of stylish ladies who came and saw things in person, I moved the African mamas and the Mirror of the Family up a couple of inches. They are not resting on a stripe and look good. The change is subtle enough I didn't take photos.

They also helped me see that leaving the inside of the glassed area of my storage armoire red wouldn't look weird through the glass (which has a greenish cast). It also helped that A held the glass in the door frame and then in its place in the armoire. So, no white paint required and I'm back to work on that. Darn clear finish needs at least 3 coats. BORING!!!! But, I'm anxious to get it done and have storage in the great room!

Despite A's declaration that he wanted to play hookey from projects for the summer, he couldn't restrain himself and started working on the stairs--a small project, which should have taken only a couple of evenings. When we bought the house, there was a strip of carpet running down the center of the stairs, and the pine treads were "finished" with a white glaze. Not really my style. The carpet's been gone since Day 1 (or 2 or 3), and we had plans to stain them to match the teak laminate. Aaron spent hours yesterday afternoon sanding off the ugly "whitewash" finish. Then, he stained a sample stair.

Ummmm, it's gross. Hideous. Completely disgusting.
Sooooooo, he presented me two options. Option A: Paint the stairs solid white (or dark brown or whatever) and possibly put stair mats on them. Or, Option B: Remove the treads and replace them with matching laminate. They do make bullnose for stairs, but we aren't exactly sure how this works. Despite my loathing for Lumber Liquidators, we are bedfellows now. Fortunately, they have opened a store in town here, so we'll be checking out the validity of Option B some time soon. B is my very, very much preferred alternative (in fact, A is so abhorant, I'm actually ignoring it and if B doesn't work out, then we'll be back to Square Zero), so let's hope we can make it work.


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