The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Weekend with Dottie

We had a houseguest this weekend. A visitor from Pea's class. A giant, soft, stuffed ladybug named Dottie. If you've been following the blog long, you may remember when Dottie visited us once before as Punk's guest. Frankly, I think her first visit with us was probably more fun. Aw well. She got introduced to the wonderful world of yarn braids this time around.

I would have waited another week or two to redo Pea's hair, but the next three weekends are booked. So, it was now or something simpler and less lasting. I thought I'd save myself time this go-round by preserving the divisions from last time. Well....nope. In fact, I had to enlist A's help (he took out old ones while I put in new ones) and it still took us ALL day (we kept the kiddinkies up until 10 PM!) to get her whole head done to this point.
Then I had to do the finishing this morning.Every time I re-do the yarn extensions, I intend to make them longer, but, somehow, they always end up shoulder-length every time! Oh well. It's cute and I worry that longer hair would be too heavy for her anyway.

Of course, Dottie was interested and wanted a few yarn braids of her own! :)


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