Thursday, April 26, 2012

Process Update...and a moment of irony. :)

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Hi friends!  It has been forever since I've posted on this blog!  No bueno!  Between Isaac's and my trip to NC to visit family, then Stan's parents coming to visit us, and my health being not the greatest for the last 6 weeks or so, I have just not had much time to write!  We have had great times with both sides of our family though - so fun! :)

So... to catch you up on where things are at with our adoption process...

-About 2 and a half weeks ago we finally FINISHED the big chunk of paperwork that we had to complete before we could start our home study, along with all of the online adoption education training hours that we had to complete.  BIG accomplishment.  Almost 2 months of virtually ALL of our spare time being devoted to that stuff are finished! :)

-In the last couple of weeks, our parents and several of our close friends have received communication from our agency asking for reference letters for those are in the process of being written and sent in.  Thanks guys! :)

-We have continued to receive monetary gifts for our adoption from family and friends who have partnered with us to bring our baby home.  Thanks to all of you who have given!  God has been incredibly faithful.  Check out the thermometer to the right to see where we're at.  After all of our placement fee is in, we will still need to raise our attorney fees, court costs, etc.... But we have no doubt that God will do this. :) He is very big and highly committed to adoption!

-Our garage sale is coming up FAST (starts a week from tomorrow!) and I have been working my booty off to get ready for it.  We have received lots of donations and will be picking up lots more between now and next weekend.  Thanks to all who have donated items to sell and to those who are volunteering during the sale!

-BIG news:  We finally start our home study interviews the week after the garage sale!  Totally stoked about this!  Feels like our process is finally really getting rolling.

A quick ironic moment in the life of Dana:
You probably remember that we all have to have physicals done (Stan, Isaac, and I, and Jerusha too!) to determine that there are no serious contagious diseases in our home and that Stan and I are healthy enough that we'll likely be around for a while to raise our adopted baby. :)  My physical was today.  Irony: I went in to my dr.'s office to ask him to fill out paperwork that says I'm healthy enough to adopt, and I am sicker than I've been in almost 3 years!  Argh... I got the flu about 6 weeks ago and my lungs never quite recovered completely....and THEN I got a cold, which turned into a sinus infection, got bronchitis....and NOW, this morning, my doc diagnosed me with pneumonia!  HA!  "Oh, please fill out this paperwork that says I'm healthy!"  Lol... Thankfully, my doctor is awesome and super laid back, asked me a few questions about my health PRIOR to all of this (like during the 3 years that my asthma was TOTALLY under control with ZERO major issues), and filled out the paperwork for me to be mailed in to the agency.  AND.... he prescribed me a seriously awesome antibiotic (I know, I'm not a fan of them either, but ya do what ya gotta do) that, in 12 HOURS, has made an INCREDIBLE difference in the way my lungs feel, my ability to breathe normally etc.  WOW!  Thank you Lord!  And thank you Dr. Brooks. :)  I am finally getting better, I think! :)  Which is a good thing, considering that our garage sale is coming up soon, we have a wedding this weekend to participate in, I have a dear friend in town from Colorado for a few days starting tomorrow, etc, etc.  Life is busy and GOOD. :)  (Side note: Stan took most of the day off work today to be with Isaac so that I could rest and get better.  Thank you, amazing husband!  He took Isaac to the zoo. :) )

And that..... is that.  I am now going to take NyQuil and hopefully go to SLEEP with minimal coughing. :)  Good night all..... Thanks for reading. :)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Catching Up....

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Wellllll it's been an incredibly long time since I've posted here.  Most of my blogging juice has been focused here, on our adoption blog.  That's right, we're adopting...and we are SO excited.  We JUST finally got all our initial paperwork in (71 pages of it!) and are beginning our home study process.

In other news, spring came a month early around here (after what was by FAR the mildest winter of the 10 or so winters that I've spent here) and we have been enjoying it!  Our raised bed gardens are looking great and we actually had our first official salad from our OWN garden the other day. :)

One of our raised beds - we have 3 total.  Spinach, lettuce, swiss chard,  onions, garlic, and tomatoes. :)
My bulbs that I planted last fall were quite a success....for a short 2 weeks or so.  But they looked amazing while they lasted!  Unfortunately for me, most of the time that they were blooming was during my trip to North Carolina!  But I did get to grab this pic of them when I got home.  Speaking of my NC trip, there will be another blog post SOON with pics from that time.  Isaac and I had a blast spending time with family.

And now THIS weekend we have been enjoying time with Nana and Grandpa (a.k.a. "Ba-pa") - Stan's parents, from Colorado Springs.  Here are some pics from their visit:

Nana and Isaac checkin' out the dinos
Isaac loves Uncle Steve!
Grandpa, Daddy, Nana, Mommy, Aunt Jane, Andrea, Michael, Uncle Steve, and Isaac :)
Super-Nana did all kinds of climbing and sliding with Isaac .   I think they were both in Heaven. :)
Isaac loooved hanging with "Ba-pa" :)
Nana and Ba-pa are so much fun! :)

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