The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Easter Scrapbook

24 April 2011

Being the far-away portion of the family has it's pros and cons. We can spend holidays in our jammies and avoid the stress of big, fancy, family dinners, but we don't get to have big, fancy, family dinners or enjoy the company of our larger family. With the new baby, everything seems to have been demoted to the "low-key" category and Easter is no different. I did bake a 10-lb ham Saturday night (with frozen veg and homemade bread) and we dyed 2 dozen eggs. The bigs had a quick hunt this morning, but the EB didn't even stop over with baskets and candy (they still have Halloween treats for Pete's sake!!!).

What treats they did receive came from relatives from afar. Punk got some fun Lego sets and Pea's pony collection grew. They couldn't be happier with their new things.

This sweet little outfit for Pup was one of the gifts from my brother and his fiancette. Isn't he darling in it? :)


Gretchen said...

Cute pics. Glad to have found you. We have 5 boys, three adopted from Ethiopia as older, waiting kids, just home 19 months. My blog is at

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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