The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

A's Disappointment

27 May 2010

So, we've been a one-car family since the summer of 2007. Since we moved here in the summer of 2008, we've talked about adding another car. But, through carpooling, and sharing the van, we've been able to make it work. Recently, though, it's been becoming more and more inconvenient. So, last week, A began to look for cars through Ebay, Craigslist, the classifieds, etc. We even got an "incentive letter" from a local dealership looking to sell off some of it's used cars.
But, all the leads A was finding were shady or troublesome in some other way. Finally, he found an Altima that seemed good. He called the owner and set up an appointment to see the car on Saturday afternoon. She would call Sat morning to confirm the time. Well, then she didn't call and her phone was turned off. A left a message and she called later in the evening. They set up an appointment for Sunday after church.
We went over there at the appointed time, but no one was there and the phone was off again. The Altima was parked outside, so we began to look it over. When we walked to the front of the car, we saw that the hood was tied down with rope! I said, "Do we really need to stay any longer?" A said no and we left. He told me that he had spoken with our friends this morning and that they had rushed home from church to meet the man who had bought the car they were selling. Both A and our friends were sorry that we didn't know about each other's situation earlier because that would have been a great deal.
Sunday afternoon we got a call from those friends--they're buyer never showed up! They offered us their bottom line deal on the car and we bought it! Isn't God awesome to set us up like that?! Later that night, A told me that he was getting very discouraged and disappointed with the car thing. Although the search had been brief, coming on the heels of our adoption disappointment, it was hard for him to feel like God wasn't coming through on this. But, then, He did! And it was awesome!
So, here's his new ride! A BMW, no less--ooh la la!


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