Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
I will bring your children from the east
and gather you from the west.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Bring in Da Noise Bring in Da New Trumpet Player, Little Brother, and Little Sister
I'm having a full circle moment . . . Conner has started playing the trumpet this year. Yes, I am excited! (I was a major band geek in high school. "This one time at band camp . . . ") However, I am NOT pressuring him at all. I want his taste for this art to develop on it's own. He has a great sound. So, after school it gets pretty noisy with Conner playing the two, now three notes he knows, Ethan singing whatever words pop into his head, and Carlie screaming at the top of her lungs. But it is oh, so much fun! The way they teach band has changed since 1981-82, or maybe it was because I went to a smaller school. Conner is in a class with nothing but trumpet players. I'm just curious to know how this will all work out when they play their concerts, I'm not worried! It is, after all the great Renigade Regiment of the Union Public Schools that he plays for! I KNOW they know what they are doing. Have you EVER seen Renigade Regiment?! They rock the house! Bring it on!! Does anyone else notice that he only has on one sock? Hm. Me, too. Not sure what to think about that.
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