Friday, November 30, 2007

Bad Day

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 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

Cutoff For Dec. (Rumor)

Right now we are hearing the cutoff is the 14th . That is just sad. If this is the "new slowness", I'm just gonna scream!! A couple of months ago we were averaging about125 RQ folks a month. Now that we are finally through Nov, looks like CCAA is gonna slow down even more, averaging around 100. I know that doesn't sound like much, but when you've been waiting this long, 5 is a HUGE number!
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

Starting To Catch The Holiday Spirit

I had the best Holiday with my DH. We went shopping together. See we never go together Christmas Shopping b/c he's buying for me and I've already bought for the family, yata,yata, yata. This year we are being a little selfish. And I Love It! We've gone a little over board this year on each other, but oh well. Come Christmas Morn we'll be cuddling on my new sofa watching "It's A Wonderful Life" on his new LCD 1080p HDTV! So, now that all the shopping is done. Whose hanging the lights? (Hey Nicole!!!!)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Monday, November 19, 2007

Thanksgiving Day Forecast

Turkeys will thaw in the morning, then warm in the oven to an afternoon high near 190°F. The kitchen will turn hot and humid, and if you bother the cook, be ready for a severe squall or cold shoulder.

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

Family in China Needs Help

Update 11/18: They are home!!!

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

Gettin' There

Still working on the nursery. I'm trying to come up with some creative wall art. My husband is very gifted and wants to draw a mural on the wall, but I know me, I am so sentimental, that I will not ever want to paint over it. That's just not gonna work. So, I bought a large canvas and I think he's gonna do Pete's Dragon. With it being so close to the holidays I don't see it getting done anytime soon.
I'm trying not to buy clothes. It's so hard to walk through baby section and not pick up those little winter sets. They're so cute.
I have made a copy of the "Packing List". I am trying to go down that and start marking off things. The closer we get to our LID, the more excited I let myself get. Right after Christmas I plan on hitting those sales. Hum, let's see, I need..................where do I start? I'm thinking Smithfield, NC.Anybody up for a road trip?

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Enjoying Life

OK, so it takes me a while to get pictures
developed, I'm still not going digital anytime

I love summer pictures. They are so full of

color and I really enjoy watching the kids.

Some of them loved the slide, but a few were

a little weary of it. All in all, we had a great time

Monday, November 5, 2007

And It's the 8th!

So this is it for this month. If the CCAA only does 8 LID's per month,
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


Eight days! Eight Stinking Days! They should have easily gotten to the 12th. Dec is alot smaller than Nov. 05 Lid's. What's the deal. This political bull crap really gets me. There are children there. Don't try to feed me the "their are more PAP"S than available children" line. Tell that to someone who will bite! This is crazy. I am so tired of thinking this spring, this summer, next spring, next summer. I don't have a clue. Who knows, the CCAA might decide to just start sending 5 LID dates a month no matter how many parents are logged in.

Thursday, November 1, 2007


This morning I kept myself from the computer for a while. It felt good. I've been hitting the refresh button alot this week waiting to hear any new info on referrals for this month. I got a little book work done, some cleaning, then I looked outside. It's beautiful today. The sky is so blue , the leaves are changing colors, and fall is here. I'm feeling very blessed this morning. Just thinking about my family, friends, all the wonderful things the Lord has done in my life. I am so unworthy, but he loves me anyway, unconditionally! It does me good to sit back and reflect on my life and to know that He has been with me through it all. God "is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us" (Ephesians 3:20). He has more for us than we can imagine! He gives me peace as He moves me into the future HE has for me and my family.