Author Archives: Jennifer

I knew I shouldn’t have!

You know that old saying don’t get the cart ahead of the horse?  Well, I’ve done it. Not sure where that ol’ horse is, I left him in the dust yesterday when I took a look at our agency’s individual list, i.e. the list of kids our agency is trying to place.  (Not a “shared” list.)   And whaddya know I found a couple of little girls on there that may make sense for us. So I don’t think I [...]

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Off, off and away

Well, we were right to check the yes box to adopting two children concurrently as well as filling in the number 2 in case we do get referred a sibling pair.  After that little confirmation that our paperwork was filled out accurately and thus ready to go, I packed it up and took it for a ride to the local UPS store and had it sent it on its way.  It should be delivered to the USCIS post office box [...]

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I miss the water

I had dinner the other night with two of the loveliest ladies I know.   We met in prenatal yoga when we were all pregnant with our firstborns.  Our group started out much bigger than just the 3 of us.  If I remember correctly there were about 10 of us.  We all had our babies within 6 weeks of each other and if I remember correctly, they were all boys minus one little girl.  At that time, I hadn’t even [...]

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Speed bump

Or maybe it should be called a sluggishness bump. It’s not like we were moving at break neck pace.. but we’ve hit a speed bump.  I’m incredibly frustrated about it. Not because it’s that big of a deal but I just can’t stand it when people don’t do their jobs. So we were supposed to get our notarized copies of our homestudy yesterday or today.  But then I got an email from our agency yesterday morning stating they don’t have [...]

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Creeping steadily along

Alrighty, so our homestudy is done but the finalization part is what we’ve been waiting on.  Our social worker had to submit it to our agency. Agency then finalizes it. I’m not sure what this means but I know the end result will be an envelope arriving at our home with 2 notarized copies along with our I-800A application packet.  I couldn’t stand the wait so I sent a very polite message to the woman at the agency who handles [...]

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What made you decide to adopt?

I’m circling back on a question that I just sort of breezed over in the beginning of my blog.  A question that always comes up from acquaintances and even some friends is “What made you decide to adopt?”  I’m sure our family and close friends wonder about this question too but have never asked us, knowing that we’ve pretty much always said we’d like to adopt someday. The reason I breezed over it is because it was an easy decision [...]

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Differences

Now that we’re back on track and making progress with the adoption process, it’s time once again to tackle the dreaded special needs checklist.  I haven’t slept well the last two nights.  The first night was because we had our sick kid in our room.. on a cot.. on the floor.  And every time I heard him move I jumped up to make sure he wasn’t throwing up again.  I must have gotten up two dozen times.  Last night I [...]

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The babymoon…

If you’ve been keeping up, last week I was distracted by a couple of things.  I’m still distracted by the first thing which is that a classmate of our older son has leukemia.  While her prognosis is good, it doesn’t mean that just because she should beat this thing, be in remission and be back to school next year, that the fight is going to be any easier.  I took dinner to their house last night and I think I [...]

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We did it!

We did it!  We pulled off a halfway decent, albeit, Caucasian-laced, Chinese New Year celebration.  I am proud to say we all had a good time, learned a little and got even more excited about plans to celebrate with and for baby sister in the coming years. This picture is of the bowl of tangerines, the red envelopes and gold coins, and the vase of narcissus for good fortune and luck. The sweets tray was very Caucasian and was almost [...]

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Distractions

Thankfully I’ve had a few distractions this week otherwise I’d be going even nuttier over the lack of communication regarding our homestudy.The biggest distraction has weighed heavy on my heart and mind since I found out about it a week and a half or so ago. A classmate of our older son has been diagnosed, and is receiving treatment for, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.  A beautiful, vibrant kindergartner is now undergoing the battle of her life.  Unfair doesn’t even begin to [...]

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