Monday, October 5, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Settling In!





We have been home a week now and what a difference a day makes. If you remember a week ago Aubrey didn't want anything to do with me. She was drinking 4 to 5 bottles a day and hardly eating anything else. Also, she was sleeping during the day and not at night. She now wants me to hold her. We are down to 3 bottles a day. She is eating 3 meals a day and she sleeps at night.

On Tuesday, Jeremy took her to the doctors to have her staples removed. Unfortunately, she also got 6 shots. They did a TB test and wanted to do blood work but Daddy felt that she had been through enough so she will have the blood work done on Friday after they read her TB test. We got appointments with the cardiologist and orthopedist but Daddy forgot the nephrologist so I will get that Friday as well. All in all, we have settled in a lot and accomplished a lot.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

We Made It!

After 13+ hours of flying and layovers, we are back in Texas. Poor Aubrey is all mixed up. We have her awake when she is supposed to be sleeping. She did great on the entire flight as long as Jeremy held her. So far, all she wants to do is scratch my eyes out. She is going to take some time to grieve and stop resenting me for taking her away from her foster mother. I guess it is good that we have been through this before. Otherwise, I might be completely heartbroken. I can sympathize! I just hope she doesn't take too long to get over the crying every time I get near her or when Daddy is out of sight. Tomorrow will be a test since Jeremy is going to work in the morning. Only time will tell!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Almost there.




Yesterday we got to visit Aubrey at her foster home. This was after we met her at the doctor's office to get a look at her newly aquired stitches on the back of her head. Seems she got up a little early from her nap on Friday afternoon and began to wander around her home. She fell and cut her head open on a TV of all things. But aside from the stitches all is well. She was running around like crazy while we visited. We have discovered she loves to climb and has no fear. We get her for good tommorrow (Wed) afternoon and then fly out early Thursday morning.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

We are here




We arrived in Korea on Wednesday afternoon and have been on the go since. Thursday and Friday morning, we got to spend about an hour with Aubrey. Unfortunately, she has not warmed up to me yet. She is very clever and knows that something is up. She has been having fun with Daddy which makes me feel much better. We will get to see her again tomorrow and then on Wednesday evening we are supposed to get her for good, thanks to an early morning flight home on Thursday.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Tuesday's the day!

My mother in-law is on her way and we have alternate foster care in place. At 7:10 Tuesday morning, we start our travel to Korea. We have to go to Dallas first and then it is non stop all the way. Thursday morning at 10:00 we hold our baby girl for the first time.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

We Got The Call!

Remember that panic, well it was founded. Today, during a team meeting for my foster children my phone rang. Silly me, I just assumed that it would be Jeremy and I would give him the busy signal. Then I saw the area code and I knew it was Children's Home Society. I answered the phone and I heard Peg's voice say, "Your babies ready!". My eyes began to fill up and all three women just looked at me wondering what was wrong. After a minute, they realized what the call was about and they all got excited. They got to witness a moment that not many people can say they have experienced. I was happy to share it with them. After I hung up, we continued with the meeting. Although I must say I was only in it in body not mind. The phone calls commenced after everyone left. Of course I had to call Jeremy first. Then I called Tim at Federal travel to start working on reservations. My mother was next and all of my facebook friends found out too. I am not sure of the actual date yet until we hear back from Tim. We are trying for Sept. 9th but I am going to be a little bit flexible for cost. I am not going to put up one of those cool little count down clocks like I did for Jyly because the time is too short. I will put up a since clock once we get her. I will update everyone as soon as I have a departure so stay tooned!

Monday, August 17, 2009

An update and moment of shear panic!

If you have been following us on our new adventure, you know that Jeremy and I have been working toward our foster care license. Well, in the last 2 weeks we have finished up our training and moved on campus into the CASA home. We started transitioning our 3 foster children over last Friday. The children are 2, 3 and 4 years old and will spend their first night with us tonight. The first day, they spent an hour and a half here and did not want to go back to the shelter. Each day, we extended their time here and they are getting very excited about their new rooms. I decorated them with pretty floral bedding for the girls and cars and trucks for the boy. We can't wait to get them settled in and into a routine. So here is where the moment of panic comes in.

Every week we receive emailed program updates from our adoption agencies. This morning, I opened up the update for last week. Between the 10th and 14th, our agency received 1 new referral for a baby boy. 2 families accepted referrals and 1 family got their travel call. Here is the panic. The family who received their travel call only waited 3 months. That means their paperwork went in around the 10th of May. Oh wait, ours went in the 15th of May. Immediately, I email my agency to find out if there were any special circumstances that allowed them to get their travel call in 3 months when we were told 5 to 6 months. The response that I got was that there were no special circumstances and they didn't think ours was going to be too much longer. Don't get me wrong, I would go tomorrow if I could. I just had it in my head that it would be October at the earliest. Now I need to finish unpacking, get 3 children settled in, school starts(24th) and get my Mother in-law here and leave the country in possibly less than 3 weeks. It may not happen but I have to be prepared. There is the panic!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Keeping Busy!

As some of you may well know, I have been unemployed since the beginning of February. I've found many ways of keeping busy between school stuff with the boys, registering Camden for college, and finding an assistance program for Alex so that he could buy his first home. On top of that, I applied for grants and did adoption paperwork. Now the boys are out of school, we got a grant and Alex's closing is June thirtieth. Mom needs a new project! We still have several months to pass before we go to Korea and I am NOT going to sit around twittling my fingers waiting for that travel call. So call us crazy but we decided to get our foster care license! Our training was supposed to start last week but they couldn't recruit enough families. I was so disappointed to hear that we would have to wait until August to start. So, I put myself out there and offered to train with the emergency shelter group and volunteer my time. This way, I get most of my training in now and Jeremy can catch up later. I have trained all this week and next week I will spend 36 of my 40 observation hours between 2 of the shelters. I can't wait! I got to spend about an hour at the shelter with the little ones today. They are so sweet! You just can't imagine what these little one have been through in there short little lives. I just hope that we can get done and get our first foster placement before Aubrey comes home. Then we will have to address the transportation issue. I need a bus!

Monday, June 8, 2009

That mailbox is just amazing!

So I open the mailbox this afternoon and what do I find? No not junk mail! We finally got our USCIS approval. You see immigration actually has a say in whether or not we can adopt. The next step is the actual orphan petition. You would think that if they approve your advanced petition, the orphan petition would be a given but it isn't. Now we wait again.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Finding Joy In The Mailbox

No there wasn't a little person named Joy in the mailbox. That's just silly! I got new pictures from Korea that gave me joy. Just look at her on that little throne. Isn't she just the cutest? The other pictures were post surgery pictures. I so hate to see the scars that she is going to have to bare for life. Maybe they will fade as she gets older. I know they did the best that they could but I have to wonder if there would have been less of a scar had the surgery been done here.



Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Finally on our way!

Yesterday, we got a call from an incredible organization informing us that we had been approved for a $2500.00 grant. The weight was finally lifted off my chest and I could breath again. I want to thank all of our generous donors for helping us bring our baby home. You hold a special place in my heart
Now that our agency has all of our fees, our paperwork can be sent over to S. Korea to get the ball rolling. Although you would think it would be fast, it is still going to be 14 to 16 weeks before we travel. It is going to take about a month before her passport is ready and then she will need a physical. After the physical, a visa interview will occur and we will receive our travel call once the visa is approved. I remember back to November 22, 2007. It was Thanksgiving day and it was the day that we petitioned the court in Kyrgyzstan for Jyly's adoption. We knew at that point, that we still had about a month and a half before we could travel to bring her home. You would think that it would have been the longest 45 days of our lives. Well, it flew by and before I knew it, my sister Renae and I were freezing our butts off in Bishkek. I imagine and hope that this wait will be the same. I doubt that I will have anything much to post in the mean time. I suspect the next thing I tell you all is when we get our travel date. Thanks again to everyone following our journey!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Challenge is on!

Yesterday we issued a challenge to everyone we know(and don't know). As some of you are aware, adoption costs range from about $15,000.00 to $50,000.00. Well Aubrey's adoption is at the lower end of the scale at about $20,000.00. We have managed to pull together all but about $3500.00 in less than a year. Now we need your help. Please reach out to everyone you know and ask them to visit this site and donate $1.00. If we reach our goal of $3500.00 by May 1st, Jeremy and I will both take a pie to the face on You Tube and here. So spread the word, make a difference, and have a little fun. We need to get our baby home ASAP! Thank You Everyone!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Stretching the limits!


OK, so I am going to show a little more without editing because she is trying to cover her face for me.

A Little Cuteness



I promised you that I would try to put a picture on and here it is! I still can't show you her entire face on the blog but I will email you if you contact me.

Updates! Updates! Updates!

The end of February, our social worker Peg visited our little peanut and took lots of pictures for us. She also sent us a video that shows Aubrey standing. Yes, I said standing!!!

On March 18th, Aubrey had another surgery. This time it wasn't her heart. She had the little foot that was growing on her left hip amputated. I really didn't want her having any further surgeries until she got home but the doctors in Korea thought that it was delaying her development and putting undo strain on her heart. She came through it with flying colors and was back with her foster family 2 days later. I am going to post a few pictures but I need to alter them first.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Homestudy-Referral-Surgery

Our homestudy update is finally complete and we officially accepted our referral on February 13th. As soon as I got my copies of the homestudy, I sent in my I-600A to USCIS (immigration). However, they sent it back to me. Apparently, the El Paso office can not take personal checks at this time. So, off to the bank I went for a money order.

Our social worker was in Korea this past week so I hope to have some incredible new pictures soon. I also sent a little care package to Korea with Peg. I sent a little bear, an outfit, a blanket, some toys, a sippy cup, and some spoons. Oh, and some disposable cameras and a photo album.

As you know, Aubrey was born with a little foot on her left hip. Most extra appendages don't grow with the baby but, Aubrey's is growing. Eastern Social Welfare and the doctors felt that this was slowing her development and wanted to remove it. I wanted them to wait so that I could have it done here with me. I told them that I didn't want it done unless it was putting a strain an her little heart. I am not certain that it is but they decided that they are going ahead with the surgery. She is scheduled for March 18th. Please keep her in your thoughts. She is so little and this will be her third surgery in her short life. I am just so greatful that she has such a wonderful and caring foster family.

I will keep you updated of her condition and I promise, I will post pictures as soon as I get them.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Happy First Birthday!

I wish I had more to say. It just breaks my heart to know that we are missing yet another milestone. Our homestudy update still isn't done. As soon as that is done, we can get this moving. I plan on calling on Monday. Maybe I will have some good news then.