Saturday, January 31, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
After walking outside in the cold rain at the outdoor mall, we found the Chinese New Year celebration.
Marque, Liza, and Charlee at the craft table. They made dragons and masks
Charlee and Liza get an up close look at the Lion
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Instead of hearing possible bad news or no news at all, I actually got great news.
My adoption agency is trying to sign up as many families as possible because there are more children available than waiting parents. I was told that the waiting time for an infant girl would be 12 to 18 months but since I've requested an Asian/Eurasian child not to be shocked if it happens in 8 months to receive the referral (pictures, medical reports, etc.) Parents that are now contacting my adoption agency are being told the wait for an infant girl is 10 to 12 months to receive a referral. WOW!!!!!
Could I have Natalee home by next Christmas??????
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I've received an approved I-171H, Advanced Processing Of Orphan Petition, or in other words...I have the document that is needed to bring Natalee home when it is time. Assuming all of this occurs within the next 18 months because that is when this document expires.
I'm one step closer to bring my daughter home.
The Russian Government has been off for the past two week for Russian Christmas so nothing has been going on. They returned to work on Monday January 12 (because of the time change it is already Monday over in Vladivostok Russia). So let's get this show on the road......
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
The first thing she said when I picked her up from school was...."Where is my Maggie???"
Charlee was so excited when we picked up Maggie. Maggie was just as excited to see us. She headed right for the door.
All night, Charlee kept asking, "Where is my Maggie sleeping?" Basically Maggie walked into the house got a quick drink and a little food then went straight up stairs to her bed. She will need a few days to recover.
By the way, a strange thing was found on Maggie....a baby tooth next to her molar. Maggie is 7 years old. The Vet pulled the baby tooth without any problems. I'll get the lab results tomorrow. I'm guessing that she is low on her thyroid because of how slow she has been acting. For those that don't know, Maggie does not have a thyroid and has been on thyroid supplements for the past three years.
Charlee sure does love her Maggie:)
Monday, January 5, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Charlee, you are in the wrong seat.
So you are probably wondering why I put Natalee's car seat into our Honda Fit......
....No news on Natalee.
My friend Tiffany is adopting a little boy that is to be born on Wednesday in Utah. I told her I would put in Natalee's car seat just in case I needed to pick up Liza., her daughter.
I must say that it is exciting to have two car seats in my car but I need a larger car. The back seat is FULL. No additional passengers in the back unless they are less than 6 inches wide.
I'm baby hungry at the moment. I think it is alot to do with Tiffany's upcoming adoption and Lisa's, another single friend, upcoming referral from China.
Maggie is a protector of Charlee.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
18 month old, Euro-Asian girl with strabismus (cross-eyed)......Not alot of information or pictures. So, I e-mailed the adoption agency who is trying to place this little girl......
After one week and additional e-mails and phone calls, I received an e-mail with these pictures. This was the first picture I opened.....
Based on an old medical report, Irene is a very healthy baby with only minor strabismus. The adoption agency will have more medical information, hopefully on Monday. The agency says they have received tons of phone calls on this little girl.
My heart is saying yes, pursue this little girl but logically my brain is saying no. The timing is not right, I don't have a enough time off saved up from work to even travel to Russia. An the biggest logical bump in the road is the money I would lose from my current agency. The fees that I've already paid are non-refundable so I would have to pay an additional 10,000 dollars to this new agency.
I know little Irene will go to a wonderful family. She will have a great future.
These are the pictures of the first child I blogged about....Could this be Natalee????
Original Photograph from the Russian database
I originally thought these two girls were the same girl but I was wrong.
Could this little girl in the black and white photos be Natalee????
To this day, I still feel a connection to this photograph. When I dream, this is the girl in my dreams.
Time will tell. She will be 9 month is April so that would be the earliest she would be available for an international adoption.
We will see?????