Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
During the preparation, Don bought a ceiling lamp which he began installing. Realizing that there were parts missing from the original packaging, he decided to go back to the store and finish the job, stopping by the breaker box and turing the breaker to her room back on. No response. Dead! So, we were without electricity in that part of the house until we discovered that 2 wires (in the ceiling fixture) were not touching, causing a break in the circuit - kind of like thise 2 dollar Christmas lights ...... when one bulb burns out, the others are inoperable. What rocket scientist did the wiring in this house? ....... Pictures soon.
Monday, March 24, 2008
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Don & Be
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
In the midst of a smorgasbord of paper chasing, notorizing, composing of acceptance letters and agency document approvals for Joanna Mei's adoption, we packed in as much as we could over the weekend - because on Monday, the whole thing would start again.
Starting Friday afternoon - we met with Sallie, our SW, to review facts and figures about us on paper and attended to the preparation of another batch of documents to be forwarded to the agency home office in Michigan (while on the phone with one of the reps there, I asked if we should send along a snow shovel to help expedite the delivery - she didn't think it was as funny as I did.) ------ Next stop ------ Target. Several friends are talking about doing the baby shower, so we registered and did a bit of shopping for Joanna Mei. Next - Our Friday night bible study meets every other week, and we all share dinner together, fellowship and look into the Word. It's one of our favorite items on the calendar.
Saturday found us bright and early at DeLeon Springs State Park, about 75 minutes away. We were meeting Ford & Aly, our friends whom we met out in Blogdom. We have several other entries about our encounters and how our adoption stories parallel each other. We have become great friends through the journey, so for newcomers, click here and here and here for some other items about our adventure in adoption.
Springside with the Sugarmill in background.
Gifts for Joanna from Aly & Ford.
Ladybug slippers, Stacking Cups, Hallmark Christmas tree ornament and books.
Love the book that teaches numbers, shapes, letters etc through the use of bible images.
The "Dog Above All Other Dogs" poses in her dining area, tastefully decorated with
water cooler, fine art doggie phography (a bit too much glare in this shot)
ceramic name plate and dinner bell - yes, she rings the bell when she's hungry.
We call it "Reverse Pavlovian".
The house Diva displays her name plate, a gift from Aly & Ford.
The weekend continues ......
IKEA comes to Orlando -
'Bout the time we moseyed back toward the homestead, it was time for more vittles.
Since we wanted to put together the room for Joanna Mei, we dropped in at IKEA, headed to the cafeteria (11 bucks covered us both for a veggie wrap, glazed salmon and exotic Scandanavian beverage) then headed around the corner to the kids department. The place was more crowded than an airport waiting area during spring break. We were able to find what we wanted, but decided that Don would return on Monday due to the long lines.
We'll post the final product as things progress.
A quick walk in the park with the Diva dog and then off to the home of friends for a chicken barbeque. So much for Weight Watchers, Don.
Sunday morning ..... singing in our choir has been a spiritually & musically enriching voyage for us. Sunday's service menu included a tune called "Gloria" which was moving while being theologically and spiritually sound. The crankin' band and the hearts of the singers contributed to an incredibly uplifting event which we will treasure for a long time to come. Hope we get to do it again. Second service - "Common Grounds Cafe" - an 'unplugged' venue where we lead the music. We are still in the dress rehearsal phase and we had some technical difficulties which gave us a 'heads up' to what could happen when we are in the midst of 'the real thing'.
An afternoon ride on the West Orange Bike Trail (8 miles towing an 85 pound canine in a 15 pound trailer) helped work off the Saturday 'pig out'. Which reminds me, Jeff and Kathy called and treated us to a 'referral celebration dinner' later that evening which capped off our jammed packed but totally enjoyable weekend.
.....just one last shot of the Diva.
The little stuffed dog is an IKEA find.
Be painted the eyebrow on the toy and we'll send it over to Joanna Mei to prepare her
for the gentle giant which will become a part of her home in a few months.
Monday, March 10, 2008
new round of referral paperwork.
Joanna Mei's referral has brought a new round of paperwork into the mix, so we've become Drive-By Bloggers for the last week or so. We just may have the need for a live-in notary. We'll have news of a jam packed weekend coming up later in the week. Our agency is participating in CCAA's new computer processing system, so that could be good or bad, depending on one's computer proficiency, as data must still be input from paper. Supposedly, it'll be quicker as it leaves out the step of hiring a translator. We'll see .....
We'll try to update soon ....... Don & Be
Friday, March 07, 2008
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
One morning, while recovering from my foot surgery, I arose before the sun came up and lummoxed into the bathroom. Closing the door ever so gently so as not to awaken my Sleeping BEauty, I turned on the light and beheld a most gastly sight staring back at me in the mirror. I thought "What happened to me? Did I look like this yesterday? I look like I've been exhumed! I'm in a state of total disrepair! Argh!"
As the first glimmer of sunlight pierced the darkness of my odd sanctuary, I began to realize that I gotta start doin' somethin' about this. I would not want Joanna Mei to see this appalling visage entering her room to 'soothe' her as she is awakened by a bad dream.
With a little one coming in the very near future, I had to get my zippadeedoodah (is that the correct spelling, Catherine?) going again. Shortly after Christmas, I challenged the limits of our 250 lb bathroom scale - the springs groaned and the numbers bounced around left to right and landed on 249. Oy! I'm carting around a lot of baggage which is quite unnecessary not to say detrimental to myself and my family.
So, the walks in Shadow Bay Park have increased in their intensity and duration to the point where Diva is saying "Could you slow it down, Boss?" I'm wearing hiking boots to add to the resistance and using the primitive (sand) trails instead of the paved ones, and today - we add ankle weights.
Monday, March 03, 2008
Be here..... Almost 2 years ago our friend, Mary , gave us a box of neatly folded baby/toddler clothes that her daughter had worn some 10 years ago when she was little. I (Be) looked in the box and thought the clothes were beautiful and well kept. Then I put them on the top shelf of Joanna's closet. It wasn't until Saturday night (after the yard sale) that I took all the clothes out, washed them, and hung them up. What a great start to Joanna's wardrobe! There are sizes from 12 mos to 4T. Thank you Mary. We can't wait to see Joanna in these little outfits.