Remember the cute piggie outfit? And how I said it might someday be for Avery from China? Well, we are definitely going to have a baby born in the year of the pig! However, he or she will not be from China! Are you putting the pieces of the puzzle together yet? We discovered about a month ago that we were pregnant with baby number four! God is just full of surprises, isn't He?! We are so glad we get to be a part of His great plan. I won't lie, it has been an adjustment for us - sort of switching gears. I never thought I'd be pregnant again, but who wouldn't love a tiny baby to hold of their own just one more time? Avery wouldn't be a tiny newborn, she'd be between 9 and 13 months old by the time we got to hold her. As far as the adoption process goes we are still planning to adopt. To meet all the time line requirements with the new baby we have to pull our dossier out of line until baby number four is about 6 months old. When he or she is around 6 months we send a letter to China requesting our dossier be put back in line. None of this is "official" yet, we are waiting until my first doctors appointment before we pull our dossier out of line. In other words? We are going to be the parents to FIVE really great kids! PARTY AT THE MCMURPHY HOUSE 24/7!!
(If any of you bring your kids over and I slap a name tag that says "not mine" on them for a while please just humor me, it's just to keep everyone straight.)
"....because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And perseverance must do its work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." James 1:1-2
I am a wife to a wonderful man, and a mother of five beautiful, healthy children. If I had time, I would get organized, read, research stuff, exercise (pressing on!), and take more naps. We live in the great state of Oklahoma. Life is good. God is great!
A List of Common Adoption World Abbreviations and Terms
SWI - Social Welfare Institution, the orphanage, but also sometimes an orphanage and a home for the elderly
SN - Special Need, some of the families request a child with a special need, we have chosen not to
LID - Log In Date, the date your dossier is officially logged in in China
Travel Group - All the other families who have the same DTC/LID date as we do and we will all travel together unless one of them chooses a child with a special need. Usually all the referrals in a group come from the same orphanage, which will be another thing we will have in common with our travel group.
I-171h - a PPP that we waited 6 weeks on so we could finish our dossier
USCIS - United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Bethany - Our adoption case worker at Dillon who is very patient and has a great sense of humor
Dillon - Our adoption agency, which we love, is based in Tulsa, but serves many parts of the country, and it's Christian based
PPP - Pretty Peace of Paper, once you have received the pesky one it becomes the pretty one ;)
PPP - Pesky Piece of Paper, which is any piece of important paper you are waiting on
Referral - The first picture you see of the child you have been matched with and a brief medical history