The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Hair stuff

14 December 2010

I was having a conversation with Pea's teacher on Friday about her hair and it inspired me to record a few things here.

First of all, in the fall I put in yarn extensions, as usual. Well, it seems Pea has made friends with one of the lunchroom attendants--an African American man named Sam. When she showed up with her extensions, he commented how beautiful they were. Mrs. B (Pea's teacher) said, "Her mom put them in." To which Sam replied, "No way a white woman did that!" :) Can't ask for any higher praise than that!

So, last weekend it was time to take them out. Her hair was so beautiful! I could hardly believe how long and full it has gotten since she first came home. Anyway, we all loved the look of the "braid out" so I let her wear it that way to church Sunday and school Monday.

This first pic is a little blurry, sorry about that. I included it because it's a little truer to how her hair really looked than the second shot.

But, I couldn't figure out how to keep it looking like this. (If you know, please tell me!) Monday evening I put in some simple box twists. And, for a little festive flair, we added jingle bells to each one. I was worried about it being annoying. But, if you don't mind the sound of beads, you won't mind the bells. They are pretty quiet.

I really want to get her into microbraids that will become locs. But, since locs are permanent and all, I'm waiting till I can take her to a salon to have it done. It'll be a fun way to kick off 2011!


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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