Friday, August 1, 2008

Six Flags

Yesterday sixteen of us went to Six Flags. Although there has been a drought in Atlanta, we had scattered thunderstorms all day long. Even still we got to ride lots of rides between showers, and the lines were short because most people weren't crazy enough to stick it out all day long. Fortunately Ben's dad kept Ephraim for us, which was a blessing. It would have been tough to take him. Ephraim got plenty of pampering from grandparents instead. The kids were all dressed for riding the water rides anyway, so a little rain didn't bother them. In fact I think their favorite part of the day was splashing in the deep puddles. They did close the park an hour early due to severe thunderstorms, and we had a harrowing drive home in some of the worst weather we have ever driven in. By the time we finally made it home, we were exhausted and our nerves were frayed.

A kind lady stopped and asked if we would like her to take a couple of pictures of our family for us. Those are the two group shots in which the kids are behaving! Bailey and Thomas were off by themselves riding roller coasters, so they didn't make it in our group shots. I had been looking forward to getting a picture taken with all the kids, but since we left Ephraim behind, that didn't work out anyway. Logan will be in Germany until the middle of next July, so it will be quite awhile before we can manage an entire family photo!











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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