Thursday, August 16, 2007

What a Birthday!

Olivia had a great birthday today!

We started the day at IHOP - her favorite restaurant. Got a TON done at school. In the afternoon, one of my two new teaching assistants came in to help out. Then her daughter, a senior this year, came as well. Her daughter is great, wants to go into missions!, and LOVES to babysit! What a God thing, I can definately use more sitters!!! :) My desk and filing cabinet finally came and I started putting my things together there. Then, on the way to pick up her cake and get the others, got a call from our agency. Olivia's subsidy is finally DONE! It is being sent to our lawyer tomorrow and then he will be able to get us a court date!!! We are about 6 weeks or so away from her final adoption!!! Yay! What a gift! Tonight we did cake and ice cream, a little crazy with 7 kids, all current or former foster children from the same agency! She was blessed to receive some very nice gifts.

The only negative today was having to talk to Braeden's day care director. I felt bad approaching her, but she was so understanding, agreeing, and apologetic. Hopefully it won't happen again.

All in all a very great bday for my oldest! :)


Julie said...

Yea! Happy Birthday Olivia! Yippeee!! Sounds like a great day!

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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