The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Dream a Little Dream With Me

Last night I started the second series of Wilton Cake Dec classes--Flowers and Cake Design. The first session of each class seems to be a bit lame, but I did make three flowers. Two "button flowers" and a pansy. I put a quarter on one of the button flowers to give you an idea of scale.

So, that's not terribly exciting. BUT, what is a little exciting about this whole cake dec business is that I actually have some business! :) Aa has been saying my cakes and cookies are worth money and that I should start a little word-of-mouth business. And, well, my best friend in town has actually hired me for a small job! Woo hoo!

In the meantime, Aa and I have been dreaming a bit about the future of this baking business. He suggested that some portion of the proceeds go toward charity (ending the rampage of AIDS in Africa is a cause that runs in my veins). I like that idea. So, we've been batting around a few names for my bakery-that-is-not-yet. Our favorite idea so far is Sweet Hope Bakery. But, I'm hoping one of my faithful readers will suggest the winning name. So, get to work thinking of some good ones and leave a comment for me. If I pick your idea, I might just have to give you a prize or something!


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