Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Weekend

We had a great weekend!  On Friday we spent the day at the Children's Science Museum.  The kids had such a good time and still weren't ready to leave after 4 1/2 hours.  The last time we went to the museum, Ephraim spent most of the day snoozing in his backpack, but today he was into everything. We even got a couple of words out of our mostly-silent boy because he got so excited. When he saw the robotic Tyrannosaurus rex, he got frightened, grabbed onto Ben's neck and yelled, "do, do, do" (no, no, no).  Later though he would point to the dinosaur and say, "dat" (that). "Dat" is for something he especially loves, such as turning on and off the light switch.  He also got excited about some mini-beach balls floating in the air over a blast of air. This time he waved his arms over his head and screamed, "dat, dat, dat". Everyone around us laughed at his excitement. He loved it when I would catch a ball, hand it to him, and then lift him up so he could drop the ball back into the stream of air.

That evening after supper we loaded up to check on our lake cabin.  It is in an area of Kentucky badly hit by the winter storms this week.  If you didn't hear about the storms, here's an article. Once we hit the Kentucky line, it looked like a tornado had touched down all along the sides of the road, and we had to creep for the last few streets, clearing limbs along the way.  We got to the cabin about 8 o'clock and found we had no lights, which we expected, but we also found no damage.  We had limbs down all over the yard the size of medium-sized trees, but as best as we could tell with our handy-dandy flashlight, there was no damage to our roof, our storage building, our boat, or our fence.  What a blessing!  We spent about 30 minutes walking around the yard and making sure there were no puddles inside the house, then we drove another 1 1/2 hours back home again.  The kids were really disappointed that we weren't going to stay, but we just weren't up to camping in 20 degree weather.  We do have a gas space heater in the finished basement, but we have an electric stove and didn't have food with us that didn't require cooking.  Ben wasn't too excited about getting up the next morning and facing temperatures in the teens while he prepared breakfast over a campfire!

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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