Sunday, January 11, 2009

Wrestle Mania '09

Well, since I have to rebuild my entire blog (good times!!), I might as well waste, I mean spend my time downloading goofy videos!

Before I grabbed my camera, Grace would stand up on the couch, yell Jacob (A-cub) and then dive on Mike... as if to say, watch me, brother!! Jake's just thrilled he has someone else to join him in wrestling.... and Grace holds her own quite well. (Lucky me!!)

**See that manila folder on the couch? (probably not the best place for it during the wrestling match!) That's our application for Grace's Certificate of Citizenship that Mike's mailing tomorrow. Grace's Soc. Sec. application was denied because her name change wasn't honored-- it had to be changed with Immigration, and that can only be done by getting the Cert. of Cit.!!


Dawn said...

Funny video! Your kids are so cute.

I had the same thing happen with my blog too, I was SO mad! I lost the whole timeline of everything with the adoption. And that's the only place I had it all. Ugh!

suzi said...

So that Mike doesn't have to work too hard at the wrestling....I'm sure the day will come when Jake takes him down or Mike will at least have to work a little harder ;]

The Gresham Clan said...

Too cute - love the video!!

awitha said...

Hi, i didn't know how else to ask you these things, so i thought I would post on here-we are looking at adopting through All God's Children and we live in Oregon, and got your story from the list on the agency’s website. We have so many questions-so I will just list them below and see if you can answer some, mainly how your experience went with them, etc.. Sorry they are so many-we are just starting the process, so we have lots of unknowns! Thank you so much for your time-amber

1. what was the home study like?

2. When you adopted, did you request a certain age and boy/girl and if so, how long was the wait for the referral? How long from application till you got your child?

3. We are concerned about Hepatitis B and HIV, and I know they test for them, but we are looking to adopt an infant, so often HIV won’t show up until like 6 months I believe, did they indicate how sure they can be that they don’t have the diseases, do they only test them one time (or before referral/before travel)?

4. What are some health issues that are commonly faced when returning home with the kids and what can you do about them/did your doctor re-do the immunizations?

5. Were you able to select things that you would take regarding health/diseases, etc. before they referred a child?

6. What would you say the airfare costs for an adult, an infant and possibly a 10 year old-if we take our son with us? On that note, would you take a 10 year old with you? J

7. What airline do you recommend? How many hours was the flight-where did you stop? What were the flights like? how were customs?

8. Where did you stay/where would you recommend staying while there and what was it like? How long were you there and at what point did you receive your child? Are you ever able to meet the child’s family? Were you able to sight-see around to see the city, etc.-is it safe?

9. What was the food like-did you get sick? Do you have to take your own water? Did the doctor recommend you take any medications with you for you or the child?

10. Did you take anything to give out at the orphanage/donate to the caregivers? Do you just pack it separate or pay to take another bag?

11. Do you have any tips or ideas/websites to help fund the adoption?

12. What immunizations did you get before going? Where did you go to find this out?

13. What are some tips for bonding with an infant or toddler? What was it like at first when you got home?

14.Any hair-care tips?

Thank you again so much-sorry it is so many questions! Amber


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