Tuesday, March 27, 2007

A Spring (not so) Wonderland

If you were to come to Georgia in the next day or two, you would be greeted by a familiar yellow haze that hangs over our beautiful state this time each year. See those tall pine trees to the left? Those trees which grow so tall & magnificently here below the Mason Dixon Line produce pollen which covers the south like a yellow blanket... literally. Our cars are yellow. Our porches are yellow. My white cat is now yellow. And where is the rain to wash it all away? Not coming. At least not this week. Hopefully April will bring it's showers that will wash away the pesky spring guest and return our yards, cars, porches (& cats) back to normal.

Monday, March 26, 2007

You gotta be kidding me!
Saturday was "Opening Day" for the Spring Ball Season. Both girls had a softball game and Tate had a T-Ball game. Well, squeezed in between those events, our new Social Worker wanted to come for her home visit for our homestudy update: # 2. Yes, this process has dragged on so long that our paperwork will expire AGAIN, before we travel to China and thus, it's time to start renewing AGAIN (have I already said that? :) Our first two social workers were cool. They came in, sat at the table, gabbed with us, glanced around, drank a Diet Coke and went home. They weren't nit-picky. Well, Social Worker #3 broke the mold. She crossed every T and dotted every I. She asked every question, talked to the kids "alone," wanted a full & complete tour of the house, wanted certificates on the pool, septic tank, cats. Todd was about to scream. I mean... 'cmon. We're raising 3 great kids. We don't have an extra one chained up in the crawl space. I've got things to do... for them! I really didn't have time to prove myself to this lady. She was nice, but give me a break. I've been working on this adoption for nearly 3 years!!! I guess I assume that the social worker would know I wouldn't bring MY DAUGHTER here from China to play in poo from a leaky septic tank in the backyard. I wouldn't let MY DAUGHTER live in a house surrounded by 3 rabies-infested cats. It's like instead of "innocent until proven guilty" you're "guilty until proven innocent." So now, I have to take time (and money) this week to prove that I'm innocent... you gotta be kidding me lady!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

My Life? Look left.

I don't like 2007. The New Year has not been kind to our family. We started off the year with my Grandpa sick and in the hospital. We lost him in February. The week after he died we learned that surgeons thought my mom had cancer. Their fears were confirmed and my mom has been diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer which has metastisized to her liver. The day my mom was diagnosed, her father was taken to the ER with blog clots in his lungs. After 8 days in the hospital he was taken to a local nursing home for "rehab" where he fell & broke his hip. Now, he's back in the hospital & recovering from sugery to fix the hip. He's 93 & my mom's an only child. So while she's fighting for her life, we're helping with her dad. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm glad I don't have a new baby right now to take care of. We have a VERY close family. We all live in the same little town. We see each other every day. So not only has 2007 been physically challenging but the emotional toll has been tremendous. And through all this, I've got 3 kids to raise, a house to clean and an adoption to keep rolling. Our homestudy update interview is scheduled for Saturday morning and I'm not sure how I'm gonna get this house spic-n-span by then??? Enough moaning...
God has been so good and has provided for all our needs. Our friends have rallied around our family in amazing & wonderful ways: "... all I have needed thy hand has provided, great is thy faithfulness Lord unto me."

Friday, March 9, 2007

Well, the CCAA has disappointed us once again... shocker! Referrals came in this past week and only totalled 9 days... pathetic! This month's cut off was October 24, 2005. What was once looking like a summer trip to China is now turning into a fall trip. I guarentee it won't be long before it turns into a holiday trip. It's time to redo all our paperwork & homestudy AGAIN... I don't know how much more of this I can take!

Friday, March 2, 2007

You HAVE to take a few minutes to go HERE. Skip the prologue and click "SOME BABIES COME BY PLANE" at the bottom in white. You can read a short essay about Chinese orphans and then click "Begin Journey." Keep clicking the next button to see these girls transform from their referral picture to now. Oh, it's so sweet!

I had come across this site before I had my blog and my cyber-friend Jill sent it to me again today. It is precious. Those of you in the adoption community might have seen it before, but others... just wait... you're in for a treat!