Archive for September, 2009

September 25, 2009

Bad Blogger

Oi.  I have been a bad blogger lately.  I have got to get caught up!  :)

Big news:  We said yes to the baby boy in Uganda!  
So what happens from here?  I’m not sure.  LOL.  Here is what I do know.  Our lawyer emailed today and said that he should have paperwork for us to sign sent out on Monday.  He (the lawyer) is supposed to go to baby boys village on Thursday of next week to investigate, check everything out, etc.   Starting the week after that (a week from this coming Monday) a spot will be run in the newspapers in Uganda with information on baby boy and his picture.  He was abandoned so nothing is known about his family.  This will give his family or any relatives a chance to come forward and claim him if they want.   From what I hear this isn’t very common, especially in abandoned babies, but it has to be done. 

And yes, he has a name and no it is not baby boy.  :) The name he has now is the name that was given to him by the orphanage director when he was found.  We will probably be giving him a new first name and keeping the name the orphanage director gave him as a middle name.  We have no way to know his birth name.   Names are still up in the air though. 

Things are still a bit shaky until we have an all clear from the lawyer in regards to his biological family.  If they come forward they could very well decide they don’t want him adopted internationally.  It isn’t likely that will happen, but we want to be prepared for anything.  

In other news:

I have a couple of senior portraits booked in the next coming months.  This is a first for me.  I’m nervous.  :)  But I’m going to practice on family before I start photographing strangers.  I’ll let you know how those come out. 
I took my sister out to a railroad track out near my house and we had fun doing some pictures there.  I’ll have to get them edited and up soon.

K & F are doing great.  K is in 2nd grade this year – I just can’t believe it.  She is so smart.  She is now taking horse back riding lessons and continues with her piano lessons.   She is also now involved in an after-school program at our local community center which she loves and it is a good social outlet for her.    F. is doing great – still a really big boy! He is 2.5 years younger than K. but they are exactly the same height right now.  I know he weighs more than she does, but am not sure what they weigh right now.  He just started violin lessons yesterday!  He has been waiting all summer for this – my mom kept telling him he would start in the fall, and he was so excited when the day arrived!  He is also going to preschool a couple of hours a day, three times a week.  He absolutely loves it and can’t wait to go every morning.  I can’t believe how big they are getting. 

My parents are doing a fundraiser for our adoption by doing ten 5k’s in 100 days.  Pretty cool huh?  They did the first 5k and have another coming up soon.  You can find details on their blog – and sign up to sponsor them too!  www.makemeagrandma.blogspot.com

Keith has been running too -and ran his first 5K.  Pretty awesome.   There is no way I could run that.  I am so not a runner.  LOL.

A couple of random pictures:

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Took the kids to an indoor waterpark.  Fun!

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Keith crossing the finish line!

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K & F got medals too!

September 19, 2009

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September 18, 2009

For the last couple of days we have been talking to an orphanage director about a little boy they have been looking for a family for.  Our lawyer spoke to this orphanage director yesterday and said everything so far sounds good.

We are waiting to receive some more information – including a better picture, medical information and information on if the paperwork part of things will come together OK.   Right now I can tell you they estimate he is between 1 and 2.  He is walking, but not talking.  He does say Dad.  He is described as fat, active and intelligent.   His story is heartbreaking.  :(

Right now I have no idea if thing will work out with this little guy.  We need some serious prayers for direction and OPEN DOORS if this is our kid.

Please pray that God will make it perfectly clear if this little boy is supposed to be in our family.   I have to admit, neither Keith or I felt “lightning bolts” or “wow, this is our kid” when we looked at his picture.   He’s adorable.  But I don’t know….I don’t know if those “wow” moments are something I should want or expect? 

Please pray for direction….

September 14, 2009

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September 12, 2009

So much going on. Where to start…..

This week I purchased and cancelled a plane ticket to Uganda.  I was going to leave Monday to deliver our paperwork and identify a child.  For various reasons I started feeling less and less comfortable with this plan.  In order for me to be ready to leave on Monday a LOT of things had to fall into place and many of them just weren’t.    So, thank God, I was able to get a no penalty refund.   Africa has gotten a bit more postponed.   Not our adoption.  That is still moving along just fine.  But this trip.  I may not even make two trips.  I may just do one trip.  We’ll see.  

So, while I’m not going right now, things in our adoption continue to move along.  Our homestudy should be in our hands today I believe.  (come on mail!)  Our lawyer is looking for a baby for us.  What exactly does that mean, you ask?  Looking for a baby?  Well, apparently only certain orphanages are approved by the government.  Our child has to come from one of these approved orphanages.   From what I understand there are a LOT of babies/children in orphanages but many of these orphanages are not approved.  So, our lawyer (or his people) will be contacting the approved orphanages to see if they have any babies/toddlers that need families.   Then they will make sure the paperwork is in order and then, I believe, we’ll get an email from him letting us know he’s found a baby (or babies) and telling us about them.  At that point we’ll decide to move forward or not.   I have no idea how long this will take.  I am NOT good at waiting.  Which is one of the reasons I was anxious to go and find our baby myself.  But, they say patience is a virtue.  Right?  :)

We’re also waiting for our fingerprint appointment for our I-600A.  I had a freakout moment when I realized right after I mailed the I-600A that Keith had signed it in blue ink.  The form is required to be filled out in black ink.  I was able to email our USCIS office and they assured me it would be OK.  Whew!

I have been busy filling out grant applications.  I have found several organizations that allow applications from families that aren’t using an adoption agency.   We’ll see what happens.  They get so many requests and have only so much money to give. 

Our t-shirt fundraiser is still going on.  If you are interested in purchasing a beautiful t-shirt, you can go to the EVERY CHILDS RIGHT link in the post below.   We still need several thousand dollars for our adoption.  I try not to think about it too much because I start to panic.  But I know God will provide.  It will come.

September 9, 2009

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September 6, 2009

Look who I got new pictures of today!!
Doesn’t he look awesome?!

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September 3, 2009

Fundraiser!

Alright friends, get ready to spread the word.

We are selling t-shirts!

We have started a unique fundraising opportunity for adoptive families.  Many families have partnered with us to sell t-shirts.  For every shirt sold, the adoptive family gets $5 added to their adoption fun!

If you would like to support our adoption (please!) you can go our our fundraising blog:  www.everychildsright.wordpress.com
In order for us to get the $5 credit to our adoption fund please put my blog name (SisterHaiti) in the NOTES section of paypal.

Shirts are $22 with free shipping anywhere in the US or Canada!

Please spread the word about this awesome opportunity!!!

If you are adopting or know someone that is adopting and want to participate and raise money for your adoption – just email us at everychildsrightfundraiser@gmail.com

We are only about $3,000 short for our adoption.  We can do it!  :)

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September 2, 2009

We have a lawyer!  Today, I sent off the retainer for our lawyer.  We’re very happy.   I pray that our lawyer can figure out what is going on with Baby Girl and finally get us her medical and social information so we can make a decision. 

The coming weeks are going to be exciting.  We’ve filed our I-600A  and I hope we’ll get fingerprint appt quickly.  Our homestudy is done – it is just waiting to be written and sent back to us.  Things are moving!