Saturday, July 17, 2010

Finally A New Post!

I haven't blogged for quite awhile, but it hasn't been because we haven't been busy. Go to: ourpathtoethiopia.blogspot.com and see what we've been up to this past year! We just got back from Ethiopia today, so if you will check back in a few days, I hope to have news of our travels posted. 

Friday, March 19, 2010

Our Dock


A friend of Brad's took this picture when they spent a few days at our lake cabin last fall. Isn't this a beautiful picture? I have to admit the dock isn't really as pretty as it looks. It's definitely what you'd call "rustic".

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wake Up Ladybugs








We have had a massive influx of ladybugs who have come into our house to promptly die. Ephraim LOVES ladybugs. I found him laying on the floor pushing around some of the pile of dead ones saying, "Wake up, little ladybugs. Ladybugs! No sleeping!"

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Spring






I am SO far behind on blogging! I'm determined to do better. I might as well go in chronological order, so here at the end of June I'm posting some pretty pictures of our Bradford pear trees that were in bloom this spring.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Gotcha Day!


Today is Ephraim's Gotcha Day. One year ago was Ephraim's G & R ceremony, and he became officially ours. Actually, I think we became official his. Here's a link to my blog from last year.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

New Bathroom!







We finally redecorated the bathroom that adjoins my office!  My oldest daughter, Brooke, was my interior decorator because she's much better at that sort of thing than I am.  Ben was my laborer. Didn't it turn out well?  It's very girly!  I wish I had taken "before" pictures, but I always forget. Anyway, the bathroom was last decorated twelve years ago for my now-twenty-three-year-old son, so you can imagine.  It had beige walls, American flag floor mats, a denim shower curtain, and the matching towels long ago went off to college with my son.  In case you are wondering, I took a close-up picture of the switch plate to show the wonders of the new metallic spray paints. We've painted quite a few of our switch plates at home and at the lake with various metallic colors, and they've turned out great!  It's a huge savings to spray a plain, plastic switch plate too, rather than buying new ones for several dollars a piece.

Referral Picture

Referral Picture

Adoption Timeline

  • 2006
  • November 8 - Application Mailed
  • November 22 - Accepted
  • November 24 - I-600A Mailed
  • November 27 - Delivery Confirmed
  • November 28 - Receipt of I-600A
  • November 30 - Fingerprint Notice
  • December 15 - Home Study Update
  • December 21 - Stacey Fingerprinted
  • December 28 - Added to List (#116)
  • 2007
  • January 24 - Home Study Mailed
  • January 25 - Ben Fingerprinted
  • February 8 - Waiting List (#111)
  • February 20 - Waiting List (#109)
  • February 27 - Waiting List (#105)
  • March 8 - Waiting List (#101)
  • March 22 - Waiting List (#99)
  • April 19 - Waiting List (#98)
  • April 25 - Dossier Authentication
  • May 2 - Delivery Confirmed
  • May 2 - Added to SN Wait List
  • May 3 - Waiting List (#97)
  • June 7 - Waiting List (#86)
  • June 25 - Dossier Translated
  • June 28 - On Waiting List Six months
  • July 9 - Waiting List (#81)
  • August 6 - Waiting List (#4 SN)
  • August 8 - Waiting List (#76)
  • September 7 - Waiting List (#70)
  • October 8 - Waiting List (#67)
  • October 22 - Waiting child -- OURS!!
  • October 23 - Official Referral Date
  • October 25 - Letter #1 Submitted
  • October 29 - Referral Receipt - CHI
  • 2008
  • February 5 - Fingerprint Request
  • February 7 - Proof of Delivery
  • March 1 - All Fingerprinted
  • March 3 - I-600 Application Mailed
  • March 5 - I-600 Acknowledgement
  • April 17 - I-600 Approval!
  • May 2 - Original G & R Date
  • May 3 - Fly to Ho Chi Minh City
  • May 5 - MEET EPHRAIM!
  • May 6 - Drive to Kien Giang
  • May 7 - G & R Ceremony
  • May 8 - Medical, Apply for Passport
  • May 12 - Fly to Hanoi
  • May 13 - Visa appointment at USCIS
  • May 14 - Pick Up Visa, Fly Home
  • May 15 - Arrive in Nashville!
  • May 23 - Certificate of Citizenship
  • June 12 - Re-Adoption Filed by Court
  • July 3 - Tennessee Birth Certificate

G & R Day

G & R Day