The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Punk's School PreBday Party

Punk's preschool teacher allowed the children with summer birthdays to sign up for a day to celebrate with the class. Today was Punk's day!

The morning of the Kindergarten field trip, I took him out for a donut after we dropped Pea off for her class since we didn't have to be to the elementary school for another half-hour. While we were enjoying our donuts, Punk said, "Mom! Write this down: Dear Mom, For my birthday I want donuts. You can buy donuts and chocolate frosting and sprinkles. Put on the frosting and sprinkles. Then, for a finishing touch, a cherry in the middle!"

I totally forgot about it until I looked at my calendar at 9:45 last night. So, in the midst of pouring rain, I ran out to grab these fine ingredients.

This morning Punk and Dadders assembled the sugar bombs. Punk was in charge of sprinkles and cherries and did a great job.

At school with his new best school friend!Punk helped pass out the donuts to his classmates. They had to raise their hands if they wanted one--every hand was raised! Not quite done passing them out, but what can you do when you have frosting on your thumb?! A little Punkin-spit never hurt anyone!Oh boy! About to partake of the fruit of his labors...And the first bite is delish!

Happy two-months-until-your-birthday, Punky!


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