The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Growing, growing, growing...

Punk's prayers are so fun to listen to! Lately they've been sounding like this, "Lorrrrd, thank you for the wet land and the dry land and for the flowers and trees to make the world pretty. Thank you for all this forgiveness, and happiness, and joyness, and loveness. And please send us a new baby boy. And I pray that he will not say bad words to Mommy or Daddy or me or Pea."

This week Pea learned to put on her own seatbelt. Because of her rough start in life, it sometimes takes her a long time to catch on to new concepts. After many, many, many repetitions, she gets it. I've been working with her on the seatbelt for a while now and it seemed like she just wasn't understanding how you have to pull it from over your shoulder. But, something clicked this week and she's got it! I reached in to do it for her yesterday and she pushed my hand away and said, "I can do it!" Ooops! I had forgotten!

This morning the kiddinkidinks found 5 dead bugs just inside the front door. I don't know why they are all congregated there, nor why they are all dead (better dead than alive, though!). But, Punk and Pea were very curious about them. Punk ran off to grab his "Monster Bugs" book and set about identifying our specimens. He narrowed it down to Ant Lions or Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. Unfortunately, our bugs are just the ordinary kind. Guess we'll have to buy our little entomologist a more comprehensive identification guide!


Heart4Adoption said...

Isn't it wonderful to not have to buckle anymore?! Just in the past 2 weeks have we finally gotten to that point with all 3. Whew!

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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