Monday, June 29, 2009

DTC !!!!

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after 10 months of gathering our dossier (adoption paperwork), getting it notarized, certified, and authenticated....
after 10 months of making a lot of mistakes.....
after 10 months of prayer and tears.....

our dossier is going to China !

we are now eligible for the shared list and will be waiting on 'the call'.

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Gone Camping !


well, here we go ! a week in the mountains - tent camping. no ceiling fans, carpet or computer. just a huge tent, two queen size mattresses, lots of flash lights, a string of vintage 1970's owl lights ( thanks nin and poppa !), a dutch oven for real camp cookin', and two excited little boys. we're going to be making memories - camp style !
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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Monday, June 22, 2009

about organizing


1. it really make me happy when everything is in it's place. i mean really,really happy.


2. all the cute little organizing racks are expensive, but so worth it. after a little training, everyone knows where the sports equipment goes and we're not scrambling to find bats and gloves 10 minutes before the game.


3. label everything.

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4. and then label some more. maybe one day i will get one of those cute label makers. until then, i am dangerous with sticky labels and a marker.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Boys are in the kitchen !

I went to Williams-Sonoma today, one of my favorite stores. I picked up this cook book for kids (Cooking Together). It has some great, healthy and fun recipe's that are all kid friendly. This is really a wonderful cookbook and the boys are loving it ! They were so excited about cooking their own snack tonight and picked out a recipe - "hummus & veggie cones".

First, I cut a tortilla in half and the boys spread hummus on it. They think it is so fun to spread anything that is messy or gooey.

I cut up a cucumber from our garden and the boys helped to peel and grate some carrots.

Walker was our official carrot peeler and grater and make a fabulous mess out of it !

They put the sliced cucumbers and grated carrots on the tortilla. Then, I rolled it up to look like a cone. Very healthy and yummy ! Gotta love it !

Monday, June 15, 2009

I - 797 !!!

I received my I - 797 in the mail today !! If you are or have adopted from China, you will know exactly what that is. If not, it is a VERY IMPORTANT paper that says "my form I 800A, home study and fingerprints have been approved and we are eligible to adopt from China". PRAISE GOD !!!! Tomorrow , I will book it to Montgomery and get it certified and then run and Fed-Ex it to Texas (Chinese Consulate). We are starting to see a little light at the end of a long tunnel !

Friday, June 12, 2009

Vintage Backyard Fun !



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Every summer, we buy a new slip and slide. They usually are so torn up and used up by the end of the summer that we just throw them away. We've had spider men, bat men, single and double slides. They even make some with tunnels.
The boys love them ! ( although they always end up with a good case of "the chiggers" from rolling and sliding in the grass).

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Schooling In The Summer


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We have moved to the kitchen table this summer for our school work. I have been working on a summer " schedule" to help the boys stay on track with their school work. They worked so hard all year, I don't want them to loose it ! So, our loose - summer schedule is: Morning - Reading short readers (some Rod and Staff Bible and Nature Readers), one page from their math book (Math-U-See), and One sentence dictation. Afternoon - Weekly library visits and we plan to spend a lot of time outside on the slip and slide, trampoline and at the pool. Science will be: observing nature outside (bugs, the stars, rain). In the evening, we plan on bike rides, trips to Calloway garden and lots of T-Ball games at the ball park. Evenings will be cooking out hamburgers, home-made ice cream on the back porch and read -a-louds. (We are currently reading Caddie Woodlawn) I'm also doing a little extra chore training this summer, so I can add onto the boys daily chore chart in the fall.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Fingerprints - Done !


This picture was taken right before we went into the building to get our fingerprints done. Of course, Chuck was there too- he's the one taking the picture. I was very nervous since I don't have a good track record of doing adoption paperwork. On top of it all, the building only said "Application Support". I thought at least it would say "Homeland Security" or something else more official. So, I was freaking out we were at the wrong place and we were going to miss our appointment, have to reschedule through snail mail and it would be 2010 before we would be DTC. But, alas, we were at the right place. We were told to leave purses, cameras and cell phones in the car and only bring our paperwork and ID. As the only American family in the building, we were all in for an educational day. There were people from all over - India, Mexico, France, England, Italy - a real melting pot in Atlanta. I am sure they were wondering what we were doing there ! So, after waiting about an hour and showing our fingertips to three different people ( to make sure there were no cuts on our fingers), we proceded to get our Biometrics done. A very king Chinese man took my fingerprints and my boys loved watching my prints show up on the computer. I think I asked him several times " Did you get them all, are you sure ?". (still nervous that any little thing can delay paperwork for months !)
Now we wait on ONE more form to come in the mail, then we have to certify and Authentcate that one little form. THEN !! We can be DTC !!!
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Friday, June 5, 2009

Off To Atlanta !

We're about to leave the house and head over to Atlanta for our Fingerprint appointment. I am very excited to have this part of the paperwork done ! Today marks a huge milestone for us. We are getting a tiny bit closer to our little one.
Hurray !!!!
In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:3
We have a daughter !!!!!!
Maggie Caroline was born Oct. 29, 2008.
She is in the SWI of Gaozhou City,China.
Guangdong Province)