The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Retrospective, Part 2

One day in June my mom called and said she and my dad would be arriving in 10 days. My mom usually comes to celebrate the kids' birthdays, so I knew they were coming sometime this summer. It was the first time my folks have been to our house here, so we were all super excited to have them come.

The 10 days elapsed quickly and we were happy to welcome them. We had a few things planned and most of them were better than expected. The famous Trolley Stop Hot Dog Stand (my dad is a hot dog officianado) was one of the only things that disappointed. My dad flies in sail planes as a hobby and was excited to try in a new location. One day he drove 3.5 hours each way for the experience, but it was well worth the trip. Also well worth the trip was Britt's Donuts. Oh my heavens! I'm not a really big donut fan, but these are like nothing else I've ever tasted. Wow.

We also had a birthday celebration with my folks. The kids requested blue frosting with green lettering. Although my mother complained this was an unappetizing color combination, no one had any trouble polishing it off! Chocolate cake with 3 layers of filling: 2 chocolate and 1 caramel. It was so decadent!
(Sorry the pics are in reverse order) This is the first time I've done this kind of lettering and edging. Turned out pretty well, I think!
My parents also brought gifts, of course. Punk got a Bionicle.Pea got a princess set.
And the whole family (all four of us have summer birthdays) got a Wii! We've been having lots of fun bowling and playing table tennis and basketball.

It was a good week and we were sad to see them go.


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