Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
I will bring your children from the east
and gather you from the west.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
So . . . You Got Some Shopping to Do?
Well, as you know Christmas is coming very soon. We all have a little shopping to do, right? Well, why not shop online? The benefits to shopping online? No crowds, no parking hassles, no strollers to mess with, no pushy sales people, and no cold malls which encourage you to buy a sweater for yourself while you are there! Why shop at one of these or the ones listed to the right? Because they all help orphans that's why! See, you CAN help orphans just sitting in your own home! Isn't that easy? The one link that is "Touching Lives" has lists of blogs and sites totally helping orphans, that is the sites whole purpose. I have purchased a shirt for myself from "Lucky Bug Kids Clothing." She is super nice and aims to please - good quality stuff. HAVE FUN!
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