Sunday, December 21, 2008

Another Graduate!












Last weekend our oldest son, Bradford, graduated from college with a bachelors' degree in Industrial Engineering. We are so proud of him! His university, Georgia Institute of Technology, has had the #1 ranked program in the country in Industrial Engineering for nearly 20 years straight. It is a tough program! Brad has had to work extremely hard and has been under a great deal of stress for the past 4 1/2 years. He has fallen in love with Atlanta and hopes to stay nearby. He is not sure yet what his career will be, but he wants to work in the music field in some capacity. He is an accomplished cellist, and his main love is music.

It is weird to think that we now have two children who are through college and are on their own. If we were the typical family of four, we would now be empty nesters. To me that is a lonely thought. I love being an old mom. It doesn't even scare me (much) to know we will be well past 65 and eligible to retire and to draw social security before our youngest is even old enough to be through high school. Wow!!

We do have one goal that may be difficult but hopefully not impossible to reach one day because we are geriatric parents of young children. We have talked for years about doing something in medical missions such as the Peace Corps or Doctors without Borders. Ben and I will be at least 70 years old by the time Ephraim is old enough to be through college. I remember Miss Lilly, the mother of former President Carter, serving in the Peace Corps when she was no spring chicken. Hopefully we'll still be needed in some medical mission field when we are also septuagenarians.

1 comment:

Leslie said...

Congrats to Bradford..what a smart man(boy) you have!!!!!

Hugs,leslie

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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

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