The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Growing Up

7 September 2010

I like to use this blog to keep track of Punk's and Pea's growth. To see them change right before our very eyes! :)

So, take a look at this!
Yep, Punk had his first visit from the Tooth Fairy! He was very proud and excited about it. The tooth had been wiggly for days and he was very careful about not using it to bite things. But, corn-on-the-cob is always the trick! I think we'll be coughing up another quarter soon--the one next to it is on it's way out, too.

As for Pea, Kindergarten has been a real turning-point for her. Especially in the area of self-confidence. For the nearly three years she's been home with us, her confidence has been lacking. It has been an issue of constant prayer for us, and I'm so gratified to see her blossoming in this area. For one thing, she's doing so much better in talking to adults, looking them in the face, speaking loud enough to be heard, and responding appropriately. But, it gets even better than that!

Last year in pre-K, Pea had weekly opportunities to share with her class at show-and-tell time. Usually she chose not to even bring anything, but on the occassions that she did, she would hide behind her teacher, whisper to her, and have the teacher share about whatever she'd brought. Last week, though, Pea was the "Letter Expert" for letter K. She had to stand before the class, show how to write the letter, capital and lower case, tell what sound it makes, show something she'd brought from home to remind everyone of the sound (a picture of kids!), and read a sentence starting with the letter K. I asked her teacher later how it went. This is what Pea's teacher had to say, "She did so well. She has really come out of her shell since she came back from her vacation. She participates a lot. We are really enjoying her." Yay! I'm proud as can be. Both of my little beans are growing up!


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