Monday, March 26, 2007

Got to be a better week...

Last week was a rough one at the office and didn't feel much like posting. This past weekend was a nice break from work and I'm feeling refreshed this week.

This past Saturday evening was our local FCC Waiting Families meeting and we had LOTS of babies there this month, which always makes it much more fun. I got to meet Michele's beautiful daughter Ava for the first time since they have been back from China. She is just adorable and is doing great since they have been home. Michele is one proud and happy momma!

Kim & Scott hosted this month's meeting, so Joe and I showing up a little early to play with the twins, Jenna and Jadyn, while mom and dad set-up. Kim was out with Jenna, but we had a ball playing with Jadyn in her playroom. She loves her stacking cups and placing her shapes into the corresponding holes...she is so smart! After play time, she warmed right up to us and we were both able to hold her for a while.

Nancy & Brian were also there with Lily, who is just as sweet as can be. She has such a sweet and gentle personality and is always flashing that great smile and big dimples...soooo cute!

Joe and I were chatting on the way home about how the CCAA somehow seems to match the families to the perfect child for them. I know it sounds hokey, but we really think the families we know have been matched with the perfect children for them. It just seems to me that there is some force at work here...I'm not a super religious person, but it just seems right.

On another note, we are starting with the Paperchase Round II. I just completed our 2nd I-600A and it's all ready for overnight delivery tomorrow. It's been 19 months since we filled out our first one. We are heading out to USCIS (Immigration Services) to get re-fingerprinting this coming Saturday, and we already met with our social worker for the update meeting. Once we get through this 2nd paperchase process again we'll be set for another 18 months. If we don't travel by then, I give up!!! ;)

One more thing....the April issue of "O" (Oprah) magazine has a few short articles on adoption. One is written by a women who adopted domestically and how she feels when her daughter finds her birth mother, another one about researching your biological family tree, and one written by a women with two daughters from China (8 and 3 yrs old). It's about how she deals with questions from strangers and how she explains them to her's called "8 Things Never to Say to an Adopted Child". If you don't want to pick up a copy, you can probably read the entire short article in the check out line at the grocery store or in Target.


Dawn and Dale said...

Oh Donna!! I smiled when I read..."If we don't travel by then...I give up!!" lol

It's soooo true!!!

Hope you have a great week!!

Lee-Anne said...

Sounds like a great get-together! It definitely lifts my spirits hanging out with "already home" families!

The article sounds interesting.

Stephe said...

Donna, we'll get there!!!

I'm in the middle of the redo myself!! More paperwork. Argh!! When will the paperwork end...

Glad to see you had a wonderful time at your waiting families gathering. I NEED something like that here! The closest ones are 1.5 hours away. I might just have to start one. Thanks for the inspiration!!! :) go get fingerprinted! lol


Doris & Dan said...

Great to hear from you and that you are having a better time of things now.

The paperwork redo is a pain I am sure. Good luck with everything.

Those get togethers def. warm the heart and (for me) renew my spirit as it reminds me what this long journey is for.

Keep smilin!

redmaryjanes said...

I am going to have to look into a waiting group at our agency. This is the second blog I've seen referencing a waiting family group. Thanks for the info!

Stacy said...

I am just starting to think about the re-do. What a drag.

The only saving grace in the wait are the blogger buddies. Sounds like you had lots of fun.

Salome's Mom said...

Just came across your blog and I am really enjoying reading it. Thank you for posting about that article in "O" magazine.

C.J. said...

Good to hear from you!

I've not started the re-do yet, my agency suggested holding until summer.

I can relate to 'those weeks' at work ;0)

Elise said...

Donna, sorry about your crummy week at work and that you have to go through all the that paperwork redo. I hope things start looking up. Thanks for the info on the "O" article, I can't wait to read it. Congrats on 13 months!!!

Lisa and Tate said...

What a great matching job CCAA does!!! EVERY one of the babies I have had the pleasure to meet and see are so much like thier families! It just makes me wonder how CCAA will see me and who will become my Tate!!! MIND BOGGLING, I really must say!!


Anonymous said...

I just read the "O" article last night and I thought of you. I hope you know that we are all praying for you in Florida and we hope that you will have little Lauren soon.