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 02, 2008
Guess Where We Went?
The Tulsa Zoo! YAY! It was a little hot, a tad crowded, and at times we got a little grouchy (before lunch), but we had fun! The Tulsa Zoo is perfect. The walkways are wide, you have air-conditioned buildings, it's clean (for a zoo), the zookeepers are very friendly and have lots of information, and it's not too big. Their big attraction this year are the poison dart frogs. This is what Ethan wanted to see the most. He loves them! The Amazon Rainforest building is always my favorite. There are animals up in trees right over your head, birds walking around freely, and lots of really cool exhibits. There's a gift shop right outside the Amazon building that is nice to go in because it is air conditioned. We went in, but told the kids we weren't buying anything. Ethan latched on to a "fishin' poe" despite our statement of no toys. I finally talked him out of it and as we left the store he screamed, "I want a fishin' poe for Uncle Aunt Mary's house!" He screamed and cried from the gift shop to the van. We just laughed and kept moving!
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