The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014


Ooops! It seems I left you hanging! Ironically, my dear husby who cannot bear to leave a project unfinished alerted me to the fact that I never revealed the final pictures of the mahogany built-in bookcases he made! Believe me, the tardyness is all on my shoulders!
Here is my very favorite detail of the whole project: The transition block. We had no idea how to transition from the current white base moulding into the new, mahogany one. Fortunately, one of Aa's woodworking mags gave us a clue and we gussied it up and voila! I'm a very exacting mistress (I suppose you'd have to see the original idea-maker to completely understand this), but I think the extra effort was well worth it (especially since all the efforty part of it fell to Aa).My next fave detail is the crown moulding. It's just scrumptious, isn't it? And the top is solid so when I get some gewgaws to go up there, they won't disappear!And, now the moment you've all been waiting for (for a couple months, evidently!). . . The big picture!

This leaves our happy little twosome in two different (but equally happy) places:

Him: Never one to be projectless, Aa has begun work on matching bedside tables (also mahogany) for our bedroom.

Her: Considering employment for the sole reason that I think that might mean I could afford to hire someone else to dust all those new horizontal surfaces. In the meantime, anyone want to trade their services for a cake?


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