Monday, December 31, 2007
1. Read more
2. Exercise (3 times week, 20 minutes)
3. Drink more water and eat healthier ( no diets!!)
4. Think Positive (this past year I let lots of negativity in. This year I will speak up more and speak positive.)
5. More me time
Friday, December 28, 2007
Now, I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say my prediction is the 20th. Which is still horrible, let me show you my new predictions based on the new LID POLL taken a couple of weeks before Christmas.
Jan 08'________ Dec 20th
March_________ Jan 3rd
April __________Jan 9th
May __________Jan 12th
June _________ Jan 17th
July __________Jan 24th
Aug_________ Feb 4th
Aug. being our month, if the other rumors are not true. The other rumor is that the CCAA will stop referring in April or May and then resume after the Olympics. If that is the case, let's say the last batch is in May and they start back up in Sept. That would put us at referral in Nov., possibly traveling at the end of Dec 08'. And that's if they start back in Sept. I know the Olympics start in Aug, but I'm not sure when they end.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Now, how will that affect us. I was guessing a June Referral at the rate of the last few batches. With that said if referrals stop, then resume after the Olympics, we might have her home by next Christmas. I can't Believe I'm saying next Christmas already but who would have thought we would have waited this long! Oh well kinda gettin' numb to all this anyway.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all thru the abode,Only one creature was stirring and she was cleaning the commode.The children were finally sleeping, all snug in their beds,While visions of Hot Wheels & Barbie, flipped through their heads.
The dad was snoring in front of the TV,With a half-constructed bicycle propped on his knee.So only the mom heard the reindeer hooves clatter,Which made her sigh, "Now what is the matter?!"
With toilet bowl brush still clutched in her hand,She descended the stairs and saw the old man.He was covered with ashes and soot, which fell with a shrug,"Oh great," muttered the mom, "Now I have to clean the rug."
"Ho Ho Ho!" cried Santa, "I'm glad you're awake.""Your gift was especially difficult to make.""Thanks, Santa, but all I want is time alone.""Exactly!" he chucked, "So, I've made you a clone."
"A clone?" she muttered, "What good is that?""Run along, Santa, I've no time for chit chat."Then out walked the clone - the mother's twin,Same hair, same eyes, same double chin.
"She'll cook, she'll dust, she'll mop every mess.You'll relax, take it easy, watch The Young & The Restless.""Fantastic!" the mom cheered. "My dream has come true!""I'll shop, I'll read, I'll sleep a night through!"
From the room above, the youngest did fret,"Mommy?! Come quickly, I'm scared and I'm wet."The clone replied, "I'm coming, sweetheart.""Hey," the mom smiled, "She sure knows her part."
The clone changed the small one and hummed her tune,As she bundled the child in a blanket cocoon."You're the best mommy ever. I really love you."The clone smiled and sighed, "And I love you, too."
The mom frowned and said, "Sorry, Santa, no deal."That's my child's LOVE she is trying to steal."Smiling wisely Santa said, "To me it is clear,Only one loving mother is needed here."
The mom kissed her child and tucked her in bed."Thank You, Santa, for clearing my head.I sometimes forget, it won't be very long,When they'll be too old for my cradle and song."
The clock on the mantle began to chime.Santa whispered to the clone, "It works every time."With the clone by his side Santa said, "Goodnight.Merry Christmas, dear Mom, You will be all right."
If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook.
If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing. If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.
Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the spouse. Love is kind, though harried and tired. Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.
Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way. Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of love will endure.
Merry Christmas and lots of love to you and yours!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
The horrid and bad cases do seem to be the new norm.
Here are RQ’s projections:
So, looking like a June Referral for us. (right now) With travel normally being 5 to 8 weeks, maybe we can make it over there an back before the Olympics. (08/08/08)
Friday, December 7, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
This Just In: Another agency chimes in saying the cutoff is the 14th. (6 days)
I just knew we would have some solid info on referrals by now. Looks like we'll have to wait til next week. I sincerely hope they match more then 6 days. Eight would make me feel a little better, ten would be good, and twelve that would really help take the sting out of Christmas. This is one ride that I will be sooo glad to see end of. The first couple of years I think I handled pretty well, but these past few months.....like today I just wanna crawl up in the bed, pull the covers over my head, and try it again tomorrow. I do not feel Holly or Jolly and I'm, at this moment, just ready for 08'.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Where does that put us? With Our LID being 1/27 we are looking at a May Or June referral. That's right. We are in the same freaking place we've been since we started this adoption, six months away from a referral. I can't believe I let myself get excited last month. I knew better. Looks like another banner month for us PAP's.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
During the late afternoon and evening, the cold front of a knife will slice through the turkey, causing an accumulation of one to two inches on plates. Mashed potatoes will drift across one side, while cranberry sauce creates slippery spots on the other.
Please pass the gravy.
A weight watch and indigestion warning have been issued for the entire area, with increased stuffiness around the beltway. During the evening, the turkey will diminish and taper off to leftovers, dropping to a low of 34oF in the refrigerator.
Looking ahead to Friday and Saturday, high pressure to eat sandwiches will be established. Flurries of leftovers can be expected both days with a 50 percent chance of scattered soup late in the day. We expect a warming trend where soup develops. By early next week, eating pressure will be low as the only wish left will be the bone.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Update 11/16 : Thanks for all your calls and prayers. The Congressman's Office was flooded with phone calls. Sandi will be soon be on her way home. I'm hearing today or tomorrow.
This was posted on the RQ site this morning. I feel a strong responsibility to get the word out.
Posted by RQ:
The story as I understand it, is that the dad was having problems managing his diabetes and he died in China. I’d like to express my condolences to the family.
But the reason I’m posting this, is because another blogger has reported that the consulate is refusing to issue the child a Visa into the U.S. The mother is apparently going to be required to fill out a new I-171H with her new marriage status.
According to this blog, the mother is asking for people to help her out by contacting her senator and representative. You can find their contact information on that blog.
Again, my condolences to the family.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
that puts us at June 08' for a referral. Yes a referral, that would make travel maybe in July. Or should I say hopefully, because the Olympics start 8/08/08. That's right, oh please Lord, let us travel before then. I cannot believe we could actually go through another summer without our daughter. Please let there be some kind of speed up.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
(Bonnie Tyler's "I need a Hero")
Where have all the rumors gone
and where are all the mods?
How's our street-wise queen
gonna analyze the odds?
Isn't there a thin hope out there to read?
Late at nite I toss and I turn and I dream of what I need
I need a rumor!
I'm holding out for a rumor til the end of the night
It's gotta be good,
It's gotta be fast,
and even better if its right
I need a rumor!
I'm holding out for a rumor til the morning light
It's gotta be sure,
It's gotta be soon,
And it's gotta be an R5!
Somewhere after midnight
in my wildest fantasy
somewhere just beyond my reach
is the child for my family
Racing through the message boards and rising with the dawn,
there's gonna be an awesome thread to convince me it's the one!
Monday, October 22, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
With that in mind, let me explain the China IA program to my family and friends that are not exactly in the loop. We have a log in date (LID) with China (CCAA) of 01/27/06. As of now, the CCAA sends out one group of referrals per month. On October the 8th (actually sooner, but I won't go there) Prospective Adoptive Parents (PAP's) logged in between Nov. 26th and Nov. 30th of 2005 received their referrals. It took five (some say six) months to get thru Nov. 2005 LID's. December and January are smaller months (less PAP's logged in), so we're hoping to get thru sooner. Only time will tell.