The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Farewell, Fireplace! Hello, Baby Space!

4 May 2011

So, I know, I know, taking out a fireplace is a stupid idea from a re-sale perspective, but we didn't make this decision lightly. It was time for it to go. We never use it, never liked it. It took up valuable real estate in our slightly cramped living areas (we have big bedrooms, though!). And, most pointedly of late, it was a baby hazard. So out it came and, once again, we rearranged furniture, creating a spacious dining area (in the official dining room, of all places!), a formal living room/library, and a family room with the huge sectional another couch, my desk, and room for all the baby's "furniture" (jumperoo, activity gym, etc.).

Now you see it... Well, sorta. This is the best--the only--"before" pic I could find with the fireplace in it. It's like a "Where's Waldo." If you haven't found it yet, look to the left behind all the stuff that's piled up there. That's actually a pretty accurate state of affairs.Now you don't!I took the last pic above at the end of the day when we had most of the furniture where we wanted it, but a lot of the clutter was still seeking it's new home. So, yeah, it looks a little better now. :)

While Mama and Daddy were busy moving furniture and the bigs were busy playing outside, poor baby Pup was stuck safely away in his jumperoo. Apparently, we weren't watching the clock and worked right through naptime!


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