Saturday, July 31, 2010

More outrageousness! Is that even a word?

Ok, one of these days I'll have something good to post! I just found out that something was missing from my paperwork and I was never notified! After each Thursday I would ask, "how do I find out if everything is ok?"
No response!
It was just because I pushed again this morning that it was found! And the reason why I pushed again is because I found out that my friend, whose paperwork has been there as long as ours, had something missing too! Neither of us were told and we are both livid!
The only thing keeping me from a total meltdown, is that the document I need is easy to get. My social workers license expired in June, so we sent the new one. Well they want the old one because it was in affect when the home study was done. I do have a copy of the old one. So on Monday I have to run and have my social worker notarize it, run and pay the outrageous fee of $65 to have it apostilled while I wait, and then send it as quickly to Eastern Europe as it can go. Which will be well over $100. I doubt they have next day service overseas like that. I still don't know if that will be in time to have it submitted Thursday, which means its sits for another week, a total of 5 weeks in her country before even being submitted!

Friday, July 30, 2010


We weren't submitted again! We are getting to the point that we want answers. Only two families have been submitted the last two weeks, and we want to know why! This is not a small thing, we've invested a lot of money, time and our lives are basically at a standstill until we know more! I need to figure out school and there's the big thing of moving! We really wanted to be in California by Christmas, but if Ray doesn't transfer with his company, he can't get another job until we get home with Makayla. He can't say, "I can start now but then I will need to leave for around 5 weeks". No employer will go for that. I'm hyperventilating thinking of another winter in snow! I HATE IT!!
Why is our paperwork sitting for weeks and weeks??

Sorry for the delay

Sorry, I don't mean to keep you waiting, but we are being kept waiting as well! We haven't heard yet who was submitted yesterday! I've only heard of one family so far, and I believe its a different facilitator than ours. Ours hasn't said yet who was submitted.
So on we wait!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Its Thursday

Its Thursday again, the day we anxiously wait by the computer to see if we were submitted. If we aren't submitted today I'm just going to sob! Third time is a charm, isn't it?!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

The best big brothers ever!

Makayla is going to be the most loved little girl ever! She is going to have 3 boys wrapped around her little finger so tight, that one little peep and they'll be there. I have never seen 3 boys so excited to have a little sister. They point out every cute baby girl they see and say, oh I can't wait until Makayla is home! The other day I had to go the the Childrens Place to return some shorts, and Carter insisted he come and pick out a dress for Makayla. Yes, a seven year old boy wanted to go shopping to pick out a dress! Yes, he does love his long hair, but he is not girly at all, he is definitely all boy!

And man does that boy have good taste! He picked out the cutest little dress ever! Of course he picked the hat that matches, and a sweater in case it gets cold!
Isn't it gorgeous?!

Oh I fear we are going to have a spoiled rotten girl on our hands! Yikes!

Some fundraiser updates. Our yard sale is going to be Aug. 14. So again if you live in Utah and you have stuff you were going to take to the DI, we'll come pick it up for the yard sale. Any donation would be helpful to help us buy our food for the lunch, and the cotton candy.
Also spread the word, we have a couple things we are selling that we need to get rid of and will use that money for the adoption. Ray has a 2006 Honda Rebel motorcycle. Its black, and its a small bike, a great beginner bike and gas saver! Also, we are selling our 2000 Honda Odyssey van. I don't have a picture of it yet either. It blue books for around 4500 but we are selling it for 2000 because of the cosmetic stuff. The front bumper is cracked, and both back tail lights need to be replaced, but those are easy fixes. It runs like a dream and has a whole new brake system! Email me with any questions!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Whats wrong with this momma?

I don't think our paperwork was submitted again today! Our dossier has been there two weeks now and still nothing. I'm frustrated! Why am I frustrated? I should be thankful that my paperwork is done. I should be thankful that I'm so close to bringing my baby girl home. So why am I frustrated about stuff that's out of my control?
I can't talk for other adoptive parents, but I'm totally irrational right now! I'm crying because all my cute summer clothes that I bought she won't get to wear! I'm crying because we won't be home to celebrate her first birthday, when I started this process I was sure we'd be home by then! I'm crying because I HATE snow, and I don't want to dress her in winter stuff, I want to dress her in summer stuff. And because you can't put cute bows in their hair under a beanie because its freezing outside! I'm wishing we were already in California so I wouldn't have to deal with snow. All of this stuff is so stupid! Whose the stupid mom that bought a bunch of summer stuff when she didn't know when her girl would be home!
I'm telling you, I'm one irrational momma right now!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Still waiting!

I'm finding that this waiting game is much worse than paperwork! At least with paperwork I feel like I'm contributing in some way! Our dossier should be submitted this Thursday. And hopefully a couple weeks after that we will have our date! I'm adding other adoption blogs to our sidebar, I've been really bad with supporting fellow RR adoptive families, so I'm trying to change that!!
We had our "girl" shower last Saturday. It was such fun. Girl stuff is way funner than boy stuff. That's probably just because I've been doing boy stuff for the last 12 years!
We got lots of clothes, and are filling up her closet and dresser nicely!

My sister-in-law gave me this cute basket. I should have taken a picture of what she did because it was so cute. She strung a clothesline and hung the clothes on the line! I'm going to use this as her toy basket. I know, its pathetic how little toys are in there right now! I'm just not sure what she will like. For already having a Down syndrome child I know very little about what they do at each stage. That's because to this day Jax doesn't eat by mouth, sit up, or play with toys. So I'm a first time Down syndrome mommy all over again!

My mom gave me this cute play mat. Again it will be great because I don't know if she'll be sitting up or not. My guess would be no. She's not even a year yet, and with no therapy I doubt she's sitting. But maybe now we can put Jax bumbo seat to good use! We were never able to use it for him!
Oh and these shoes! OMG!! You probably know that I have a major baby shoe fetish. Jax has so many shoes. I have held off on getting her shoes until I know a size. I got these at the shower and I can't wait to try them on her.
Just look at these MaryJanes!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Help this little boy!

Look at this sweet boy! He is going to an institution in 6 months if he doesn't find a home! Someone just gave 20,000 dollars to try and get him a home soon! Thats a great incentive to help him. Please consider him or other children on Reeces Rainbow. Although the paperwork can be a pain, its so worth it, and we don't even have our girl home yet. But the experience so far has been fantastic, and seeing this whole new country will be even better! Here is his info:

Monroe (12)

BOY, Born February 4, 2005


Monroe is a sunshine of a little boy! He is already 5 and blessed to still be at the baby house. He needs a family right away!

From a missionary who visited with him in June 2010: I met with the doctor in his Groupa House who brought me back to meet him. The Head Doctor wanted me to meet the children who needed equipment. While measuring him for a chair, she explained to me what was more important was that he get a family. He will be traferred in six months to the worst institution, restrained in a crib in a dark room. She broke into tears! Monroe has spastic cerebral palsy in all four limbs and is globally delayed. He is able to recognize the voices of his careworkers and understand simple directions. However, due to his spacitiy he is unable to do much of anything. No speech. With therapy he can improve but will always have limitations. I measured his head circumfeence and once home will check with a doctor regarding whether or not he is microcephalic as well. I will try to gather more information on him today. His temperament was sweet and his eyes twinkled. He needs a family fast!

From an adoptive family who visited with him in June 2009: Monroe has CP. It appears that he is unable to use his arms and legs and is not sitting up on his own. He has the most beautiful smile and I don't think there is much of a cognitive delay. He loves to be held and his whole face lights up when you come near him."

I heard that our paperwork was not submitted to the SDA, hopefully we will hear soon that its been submitted! Its such a relief to have the paperwork done but this is a different kind of pain, pain in the waiting game to find out when you get to go meet your baby girl!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Mountain Girl Silver fundraiser!

Mountain girl silver is helping with our fundraising to bring Makayla home! Next week, July 12-19, 15% of all online orders will go to our adoption fund! You may remember them from baby Sofia's fundraiser! This jewelry is so beautiful, and I know you are going to kill me when I say this, but these would be great Christmas presents! You can have your childrens names engraved, and they have tons of stamps to go with it, even sports stamps!!
These dog tags are so cute. Mondo loves dog tags, so this may be a Christmas present for him.

These bracelets also come in kids sizes, so all you out there with little girls!! They also have kids necklaces!

This is a great way to help us and get great gifts too! Go over and order, just make sure its July 12-19th!!
Also, I put a separate chipin up, if you want to still help we need help with our final big fundraiser before we go. A huge yard sale. We are going to be selling lunch. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and soda's are all needed. Along with buns, and cookies for the dessert. So you can donate money to help us buy supplies, or even better if you work for a grocery store or know someone with the "in" that could donate supplies, that would be fabulous!!
We are almost there, lets run to the finish line!!

Friday, July 9, 2010

And the winner is!

Ok, we drew the winner of the MP3 player. Drumroll please...
And the winner is..

We used the names that were on the paypal. I will be emailing the winner shortly. Thank you to everyone for entering, and thanks to Shari for donating the MP3 player!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Moving up!!

If you go on Reeces Rainbow to the committed families, there are 6 boxes for varying places people are with their adoption. There's New commitments, homestudy in progress, compiling dossier, almost there, traveling now, and home!! One of the most exciting things is watching your profile slowly move through the boxes. We just moved again, to almost there! Just two more boxes and we are done with our adoption! Wow, what a journey this has been, and we haven't experienced anything yet. When we get to see a foreign country, and see orphanages there, then we can say what a journey it was. I can't wait to get there!
Tomorrow night we are drawing the winner of the MP3 player, so if you want in this is your last chance. Click here to enter!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Trying to relax!

We had a nice weekend away knowing that our paperwork is done and we don't have to worry about wasting time not getting stuff done! Our dossier should be done being apostilled tomorrow. I'm not sure if they are closed today to celebrate the 4th holiday. I just wait for them to call telling me they are done! My sister may come here from Oklahoma with her girls to stay with the boys while we are gone. Her oldest starts kindergarten this year but she told me she's not too worried about her missing kindergarten. That surprised me! We aren't quite sure what to do with Jax yet though. I know that we can show my sister how to do everything, I just don't want her to get overwhelmed with her girls and my boys, plus all of Jax's cares. We are seriously considering flying to Texas and dropping Jax off with Bella's family! She offered to take Jax while we go, and I would trust Bella's mommy with Jax life! You can teach anyone to care for a trach, but the instinct to know the little, subtle things comes with experience! We are still deciding of course, and a lot will depend on how late in August our date is! I'm getting so excited, soon our girl will be home!