The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Lessons in Long

Pea gets to be a flower girl in a wedding next weekend. The bride was a big part of Pea's life back in the orphanage and they had a bond. It's really special to be able to serve her in such a wonderful way.

Because the bride is a "missionary kid" who was raised in Liberia, still lives in Liberia, and is marrying another "missionary kid" who grew up in Liberia, the wedding has a Liberian theme! So fun! So, Pea's dress is a traditional Liberian style, made of Liberian fabric, by a Liberian seamstress. We'll always treasure it. Here's a sneak peak of the dress.

The bride specifically requested that I put LONG extensions in Pea's hair--with white and clear beads. A friend (who also has Liberian daughters and who recently moved about 1 mile from us) asked me if she could come and learn yarn extensions next time I did them. I was very glad to show her and even happier to have her help! She learned quickly and even though these braids are the longest I've ever done by far, we were done quicker than ever. Of course, it still took hours upon hours.

Here we are with the braided princess. Do we look exhausted?!
Pretty Pea with Proud Punk.And, from the back.Dancing for joy over long hair.


Heart4Adoption said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I have not attempted yarn braids at all but you make me want to try! I am so envious that you get to be at the wedding. Please give them a personal congratulations for me:)

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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