Of course, we are settling into a new normal. Somehow that is dotted with quite a few specialist appointments.
Hoping this is not the "for real" and long-term normal. . .but if it is, then so be it. :)
In the past few weeks, we have enjoyed celebrating our oldest son's 13th birthday!
Note that I said "celebrated." We try to make a big deal of the big 13, inviting lots of family and friends. We also believe it is signficant bc by this age, we hope to be seeing the transition from childhood to young adulthood. However, Benjamin's birthday was in March. :0) Due to some major events in our lives in March and April, we postponed his celebration time until May. But I think it was worth it!
Our older three children played in their piano recital. This was their first recital with their new teacher, and I was very pleased. We are so thankful they have an opportunity to learn a musical instrument for the potential of serving the Lord with their aquiring knowledge and skill.
We also added a new friend to the farm. . . . .
Evidently, our farmhands don't have a dresscode.
Our children participate in a science co-op for local homeschoolers, so we always love the end-of-the-year program.
Our older two were in my government co-op class ;) and gave speeches on the Constitution. Unfortunately, I didn't have the camera out when they were speaking. :(
Of course, it's not all farmwork and schoolwork around here. . . .sometimes it's just some plain ol' fun.
And I will leave you with some plain ol' cute. . . . . .
June 11, 2012 --mailed agency application to Lifeline July 10, 2012 --begin homestudy interviews August 20, 2012 --submit Ruthanne's LOI August 27, 2012 --PA for Ruthie! August 28, 2012 --submit LOI for Sarah Kate September 7, 2012 --homestudy finished September 8, 2012 --800a application mailed September 10, 2012--PA for Sarah Kate! September 22, 2012--Received biometrics appointment October 10, 2012--Fingerprinted by USCIS October 29, 2012--Received Immigration Approval (800a) November 28, 2012--DTC (Dossier to China) December 17, 2012-- LID (dossier Log In Date) December 26, 2012--OOT (dossier out of translation) February 22, 2013-- LOAs February 25, 2013--Agency mailed 800 to immigration March 5, 2013-- Date on USCIS Receipt March 11, 2013--Received USCIS Receipt March 12, 2013--I-800 approved March 16, 2013--Received 800 approval in mail March 21, 2013--Cabeled by NVC March 22, 2013--Article 5 Dropped Off April 9, 2013--Article 5 Picked Up (delay because of Chinese Tomb Sweeping Holiday) April 26, 2013--Travel Approval!!! May 9, 2013-- Leave for China! May 13, 2013-- Ruthie's Gotcha Day May 19, 2013-- Sarah Kate's Gotcha Day May 29, 2013-- Consulate Appt. May 31, 2013-- Return home
Timeline to Josiah
March 4, 2010--We found each other through agency list!
April 9---LOI submitted to CC*A
April 19--We received PA (Pre-Approval) for Hai Hai!
June 14--International homestudy completed and overnighted to CIS (receipt notice received June 21)
August 16--I-797 received (FINALLY)--approval notice from CIS
September 20--DTC (Dossier to Ch*na)
October 11--LID (Log in Date)
November 26--LOA/LSC (Received by agency Dec. 1)
December 7--I-800 mailed
February 15, 2011--I-800 approval (received in mail Feb. 18)
March 15--Article 5
March 30--Travel Approval
Timeline to Jonathan
September 20, 2010--DTC (Dossier to Chin*)
October 11--LID (Log in Date)
November 9--Submit LOI (Letter of Intent to Adopt)
November 22--PA!!! (Pre-Approval)
December 6--LOA (Received by agency and signed Dec. 16)
December 16--Mailed to Immigration January 13--I-800 approval (received in mail on January 21)
I am a Believer in Christ and am learning to be a helpmeet to my dear husband. I love homeschooling and teaching/training our 9 children, given to us by the Lord through birth and adoption. We are so thankful that the Lord is allowing us to adopt again. We have two daughters waiting for us in China! I am learning just how much the Lord's mercies are new every morning, and I love to learn more of God through His Word, which sustains me!