Saturday, July 08, 2006

Subsidy is Done!

Wow, finally. And talk about having to take things into your own hands. I had heard from a couple people that Braeden's subsidy paperwork was done, but had not received a call from the cw. She was supposed to come the Monday we returned from our family reunion, June 26 to give it to me in order to contact my lawyer to go over it and sign it. Only then can it be sent in to the state. She didn't, and she didn't call. Finally Thursday morning, July 6 I called her myself and left a message, asking if it was finished and reminding her we were going to be out of town July 11 - 31. I figured that maybe I could at least get it and I guessed see my lawyer when we returned, wasting three weeks basically when it could be on it's way through the process of sending to the state. She called back right away once she was in the office, apologized, and brought it over around noon. I then called my lawyer and left a message for him. When 5:00 came and went I thought, maybe he'll call tomorrow. But no, he called that evening!!! I explained the situation and he got me in on Monday eve!!!! He will then give the cw the paperwork so that she can send it in ASAP! Yay!!! We won't have to wait the extra three weeks! SOOOOOOOO excited!

On other fronts, although we all LOVE Olivia's new hair, she told me yesterday she'd like to grow it back out. I think she misses having her hair done! :) It'll be a long process, it doesn't grow that fast, but it'll happen. I'm hoping that the cw will begin her subsidy paperwork while we are gone so that once her Aug 15 court date comes and we wait the 30 days for appeals, which won't happen, her paperwork will be ready to go. We'll see...

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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!

Olivia - 14

Olivia - 14

Braeden - 11

Braeden - 11

Liam - 9

Liam - 9

Macy - 5

Macy - 5

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• 50 million orphans in Africa 
• Every 14 seconds a child is orphaned by AIDS
• 16,000,000 have been orphaned by AIDS
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Little Did I Know

Little did I know that the road would be so rocky
Little did I know that the trip would take so long
Little did I know that my heart could hurt so much
Little did I know that God is never wrong

Little did I know that love could be so powerful
Little did I know that a dream so far could go
Little did I know that God would place the right ones
Little did I know that my heart, so large, could grow

Little did I know that a dream has it’s own timing
Little did I know that this day would finally come
Little did I know that four souls would be sent to guide me
Little did I know that they would choose to call me mom

But God knew all along and He had a plan to follow
God knew all along that my dream would soon come true
God knew all along that we five should be together
God knew all along that I’d share it all with you