Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
I will bring your children from the east
and gather you from the west.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I Cook Therefore I Stink
Here we go. Now, this wasn't too bad in my opinion. It turned out to be kind of a "clean out the freezer night" but I hadn't intended it to be. So, I had some Schwan's beef tips and gravy, no mashed potatoes (which is what I was planning to use), so I used bread, and I knew I needed some color so I cooked some green beans. Meat. Starch. Vegetable. What more do I need? The kids picked at it a little bit asking questions like "what is this?" "have we had this before?" "how many bites do I have to eat?" You know, that sort of thing, or the usual dinner time questions at our house. (At normal people's houses the questions and statements are more along the lines of: What did you do today dear? This is delicious mother, did you make it from scratch? Will you teach me how to make this? I made a 100 on all my school work today mother and father! Will you make this every night?! What no leftovers?! I was going to take this to my teacher tomorrow!) Anyway . . . . Ethan, our darling 3 year old, takes his plate, puts it in the sink, comes back to us, and says, and I quote, "I don't eat poop." I was not offended, I understood.
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