The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Projects Again

24 April 2011

I dunno what it is with us, but we seem to go from house project to house project. Only a baby seems to interrupt the flow. :)

The latest target has been our useless fireplace. It was always in the way, never used, never wanted, and about to become a baby hazard. So, out it came! The bigs were thrilled with their superhero: Destructo-Dad! They thought it was so fun that Daddy was ripping into the wall, tearing off tiles. Baby Pup wasn't so sure about all the noise. And Dexter (our dog) really didn't know what to make of all the commotion.

The bigs were very interested in helping with the project, so Aa let them help with the clean-up! They did a good job and certainly had fun with it!So far, Aa was able to match the baseboard trim after 3 or 4 trips to the big box stores. He stuck the new drywall piece in, filled in the flooring where the tile hearth was (with only 4 inches of materials to spare!), and mudded up around the hole. The bigs are thrilled with their dad's destructive powers, but I am soooooo glad he has what it takes to put things back together better than before!Of course, painting over the hole is the next step. Then the furniture will need to be rearranged (again). And, the kitchen and dining room are getting new paint--"front door red"!!! I'm excited about all the changes. Oh, and Aa says the gas line from the fireplace might get linked to a new gas cooktop maybe next year! Woohoo!


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