The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014


For the past two weeks, the kids have been taking swim lessons at the Y. It has been a lot of fun! They are both still at Level 1, but have made tremendous progress during their lessons.

Punk is not afraid of the water (which is kind of scary to his mama, actually!). He'll take several strokes with his face in the water, but then pops up totally upright to take a breath! He loves to play games in the water, like springing up from the pool floor (in water about a foot over his head) and pretending to be various sea creatures. He also loves to make the biggest splashes ever!Pea was very afraid at the beginning of lessons. She wanted to wrap her arms and legs around the instructor (or Dadders or me when we swam with her). And she definitely didn't want to float on her back. In fact, when Miss Katie tried to flip her over, both her legs, both her arms and her head shot straight up out of the water! But, by the end of the two weeks, she was swimming with just one hand around just one of Miss Katie's fingers. She puts her face in the water for a few seconds and is even willing to go all the way under. She also likes to pretend to be a sea creature and now likes to jump into the pool.

Yay for the Y's swim lessons! We can't wait to show Dadders all they learned!

(Sorry for the poor picture quality--all I had was my phone's camera)


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