Monday, June 30, 2008

Weekend at the Lake





I love going to the lake! If we could live there full time, I'd move in a heartbeat. We actually worked pretty hard this weekend, but it still felt like lazy days. There's something satisfying about doing projects there too. Since the place is so small, any accomplishment seems larger. At home we do a major project, and it's just one of many left to finish. This weekend we drove to Sasha's school 90 minutes away to pick him up for the week, replaced the flooring under the space heater in the basement, scraped the indoor/outdoor carpet off the back patio, cleaned it and painted it with concrete stain, painted the kitchen, mowed the grass, cleaned the entire cabin in preparation for my mom coming to visit next week, and dropped Sasha, Riley and Jensen off at church camp on the way home. Even still we spent several hours each day floating around in the lake doing nothing, cooking out, swinging on the porch swing again doing nothing, I knitted a bit, and Ben and I watched a couple of Netflix movies after the kids went to bed each night. It's just so peaceful there! I notice a difference in the children too. The twins are still very shy, reserved and seem tense much of the time, but they open up and act goofy there more. Notice the picture of Keaton rolling her eyes at me? You can guess what she was saying. Right. "Oh, Moooom!" I'm trying to convince Ben that the peace is caused by no TV reception, no telephone service, no internet, and even the peaceful Murray State NPR radio station we listen to. Prairie Home Companion or The Eisenhower Hour while painting a back porch is just plain Zen! I wish we could get rid of all the electronic time killers at home, but I'm sure that will never happen. Ben and the teenagers would riot!

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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