The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Tee Hee!

My mom got me a "CD-2800 Ultrasonic Cleaner" for Christmas. You know, like they use in the jewelry stores to clean your rings while you browse. Well, it works fairly well (you have to run it for at least two cycles and add a little soap to make it really work, but hey, no biggie). But, the really great part is the instruction manual. Here are the best excerpts.

"Close supervision is necesary when this product is used by, on or near children or invalids." So, remember, if you are going to clean your children or invalids, you must supervise them closely.

Also, "Never use while sleeping" So, if you are a sleepwalker, make sure this is out of reach before you go to bed.This is great. There are many uses for this machine. Including FINGERS!, "signature chops" (what IS that?!), and "slots and lines of dishware handles" (again, I have no idea what that means and the picture isn't really helping).

Finally, some more CAUTIONs. "Do not dissect the unit except the authorized serviceman." Nuts. Mine didn't come with the serviceman. Guess there's nothing for me to dissect. Unless he answers my call for help....

And, "Repeat working cycle can enhance the cleaning effect. While the interval is better longer than 5 minutes." Hmmm. Yeah. I'll take that into consideration.


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