Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
I will bring your children from the east
and gather you from the west.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Deja Vu 2009
Guess what. Yup. Apparently we don't have lots of snow in Tulsa anymore, we just get ice. Well, I can't say that is entirely true. It went ice, inch of snow, lots of ice, two days off of school. And, for some reason, when the kids are out of school they think they are on vacation and don't even pick up their dirty socks unless I burst a blood vessel in my eye hollering. I'm not a scheduled maniac about it, I just don't want to be the one going behind everyone picking up snow clothes, toys, and dirty dishes, and would it kill any of them to turn off a screen for just a bit and open a book?! I'm exaggerating just a tad, they have been pretty good pitching in when I use my sweet mommy voice. Today, Wednesday, was actually pretty nice outside with the sun shining, not bad at all. We all got bundled up and when I let Carlie out she just wandered up the street amazed at what was out there. It's nice to have a snow day, but at this rate we will be in school until June.
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