See these three boys? They have been GREAT friends since birth. And now, here they are leaving with our church to go on their first mission trip together. They are precious to us and I am glad they are growing up together and doing lots of really cool things. We are so proud of them and can't wait to see what happens next. Funny boys.
Hope everyone had a great 4th 'IN' July (as Nicole calls it and I'm not changing it:). We had lots of fun, with friends, food, and fireworks. It was Avery's very first 4th and although she loved the food and friends, she wasn't too crazy about the fireworks. The big boys had lots of fun putting firecrackers inside of different things and seeing what what would happen. I now have hot dog splattered all over the side of my van and my friend has watermelon all over hers - GROSS.
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