Ethan and Lyndal went on the ski boat. You have to call it 'ski boat' or else Ethan gets mad. We are scared of him. Ethan borrowed a life jacket from Kevin's daughter Finley, he wasn't too happy that it had some pink on it, but Lyndal emphasized that it had blue on it to him and he finally put it on - don't tell him that Cinderella is on his life jacket! He talked about it for a long time, but I'm not too sure he really liked it. Lyndal rode on the inner tube and when he fell off Ethan got a little nervous. They went with our friend Kevin and his little boy Caden and Kevin's dad. Caden and Ethan fell asleep at the end, riding in the boat makes a kid tired!
We ran! This past Friday night we decided to run in the Kidney Klassic at Veteran's Park. Conner and I did the 1 mile Fun Run then Lyndal did the 5K. Conner and I did the 1 mile in about 12:30, I'm not sure what Lyndal's time was, something around 26 minutes. There was quite a crowd and everyone cheers everyone on. It was a lot fun! Our cheering section was the best (Nicci, Ethan, and Carlie). There's another one on Saturday morning anyone want to join us?
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