Reagan, Breanna, and Nicci at Papa and Leslie's in the chicken coop.
McKenna at Aunt Gi Gi and Uncle Seany's house.
I'm kind of enjoying being in the habit of blogging everyday, but I know me and it probably won't happen EVERY day. These are my very beautiful nieces. Most of these were taken several years ago. Breanna, McKenna, and Reagan are just such neat girls and we love them a lot. We wish we all lived closer so the girls could all play together more. Enjoy!
In honor of St. Patrick's Day and the fact that McMurphy's are Irish we are taking small steps to GO GREEN! Here is our first step:
I go to Target about twice a week (sometimes more, sometimes less - I know, make a list and you won't have to go as often!), and each time I go I get about this many plastic bags. We save them to line our small trash cans and use them for yucky diapers, but still have them stashed in two places in our house waiting to be reused. Even though we reuse them they will still take about 20 years to decompose in the land fills. So, if I get about 8 bags twice a week, that's 416 bags a year!
Here is our solution to our contribution to the plastic bags in landfills. We have two types of reusable grocery bags. The ones on the top fold up into these neat little pouches that I can just throw into my purse and grab really easily. The ones on the bottom are kind of like paper sacks made of reusable material for larger grocery purchases. So far, I have had great success with them and the people at the check-out counter seem to like them, too!
This is the line up of the stacks of paperwork we have had to read through, fill out, copy, file, and notarize. I have about three pouches of paperwork that are all together in their own section which just emphasizes the stacks of paperwork.
All of it put in one huge overflowing binder along with my trusty hole punch and my beautiful label maker. (If it's not nailed down it's got a label on it!)
Can you imagine the smell in this room? There were about twenty 10-12 year old boys in this room that had been playing really hard for a couple of hours. The lovely birthday boy loves to jump in front of the camera. Ah, the life of an 11 year old boy!
Here is the precious Carlie. These are taken in February. She is now 5 months old, she can roll over (front to back only then gets frustrated and someone has to roll her back over), she can giggle, she eats some cereal, and she sleeps all night! She is a very good baby!
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