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Inspection

July 25th, 2007 at 03:14 pm

Had the inspection to be liscensed for another 2 years as a "adoptive home" and passed with flying colors. Now we have to wait which isn't my best attribute. Ah well .

The Big Day

July 25th, 2007 at 03:12 pm

Tomorrow is a big day at our house. My "little" one turns 4!! He is excited. His birthday party will be on Sunday but we will have playgroup tomorrow and do lots of fun things then. The theme this year is space. We tested the rocket activity today and it works great. You make them out of film canisters, toilet paper tubes and an alka seltzer tablet. It really flies the right amount for a little one to do. We also are making can coolers (for water bottle, no soda at this age) and playing pin the comet to the solar system! For food we're having "moon" pizzas (make your own) and rocket pops with cake. I bought "rockets" at the dollar store that you squeeze in water and then throw so we are going to play "splashdown" They were two for a buck so the kids can take one home as favors. I splurged on the treat boxes although I probably could have figured out how to make them myself. They look like the space shuttle. We filled them cheap though so it wasn't too bad.

paypal money

July 24th, 2007 at 03:04 pm

I have sold several things lately on ebay and as a result have built up a couple hundred in my paypal account. I am not in the market for anything on ebay so haven't used any of it. We are considering buying a laptop for the house and may bid on ebay for one to use up the money instead of some savings.

still waiting

July 23rd, 2007 at 03:15 pm

Tomorrow we get to meet our 2nd daughter. I am so excited and so apprehensive. I hope she is as incredible as our oldest daughter but of course don't want to make comparisons. I am so hoping I don't make the same mistakes. I'm sure I'll make some different ones, I just hope I don't compound them!! Tomorrow we face the hardest part of all of this. We get to meet her, hold her, play with her and then leave. It is so hard to watch your child go off with someone else. Hopefully we will find out when she can be ours for good. I fear it won't be until the 7th when the parents have their court date to sign release papers. In the meantime we are trying to get ready frugally. The ladies at church offered to have a shower for us so I need to register. We bought patio furniture yesterday. It was on sale for 50% off. We got a marble table (top) that has a fire pit in it. You can't cook over it but it will be much safer than a pit in the ground when the kids are this little. It comes with 4 nice sized chairs that rock. We are big people and the chairs are a nice fit which is probably why they were still there! They would dwarf most people. The set was $750.00 reduced to $349.00. We have been pricing the stuff but haven't seen anything worth the scads of money they want for it. This set we really like so it is worth the 350. i wouldn't pay full price for it but then I am cheap. Anyway it will be nice to have a place to sit when the kids are playing outside.
Ah well, back to child proofing the house before our inspection!

It's a girl

July 19th, 2007 at 12:41 pm

We had an awesome phone call yesterday. Our case worker called and we are going to be allowed to adopt a little girl almost 2 years old. We meet her on Tuesday and can hardly wait. This will be our second adoption and probably the last. I am soooo looking forward to this. I know it will be hard but so was the first one and for that matter the two biological kids as well. God is so good to allow this.

Honesty is still the best policy

July 14th, 2007 at 01:19 pm

We recently had to deal with an "act of God" according to our insurance company. WE had a hail storm. The adjuster came out and ignored what we told him of prior damage. The check came with our name and the mortgage companies names on it and we sent it off to be endorsed. They wrote back that we had to send a copy of the adjusters report, a home owners report, a signed contract with a contractor for all the work, and a signed statement that the work is done (by the contractor) and arrange for periodic inspections. I never intend to have all the work done the adjuster said was necessary (and several contractors since have said isn't) so I had a problem with what do they do with the rest of the money? We're talking several thousand dollars here. I called the insurance company and asked them to reconsider the damage with me telling them what should be done and thus saving them money. They refused and said we could repair the part we wanted and keep the rest. She told me that while she knew I wouldn't do it we could just lie to the mortgage company and they would release the money. I called our mortgage agent who said the mortgage company should release all of the funds or apply the balance to the mortgage. I'd prefer the former but at least I knew where the money would be going. Then he told me they might just require that all the work be done. He then told me to find a contractor who would lie for me. I called the mortgage company and explained about prior damage and that I didn't want shutters and..... The girl listened then looked up my account and said oh we endorsed the check and sent it back this morning you can do whatever you want with the money. We had been praying that the Lord would release those funds so that we could have the actual damage repaired and use the rest of the money to help us afford an overseas adoption if the local thing doesn't work out. I believe God Blessed us because we were honest.

breathing is not over rated!

July 12th, 2007 at 03:01 pm

Believe me I am hoving enough trouble doing it consistently so I know. I am sleeping sitting up and only have a love seat to do it on (I'm over 6 ft tall) and even that is better than trying to lie down. The coughing fits are not pretty. Most people cringe when around. I am almost drowning out my DH coughing (he's been doing it since May) I hope they figure out a way to cure the two of us real soon.

My Neck Hurts

July 1st, 2007 at 11:33 pm

Wow, if you look up at the ceiling and paint it with a roller for 30 minutes, you end up really dizzy and with a sore neck. I do have a nice tan ceiling though. I also have 3 beige walls and one garden green one. I have to do the corners and around th ewindows and doors as well as paint the trim but that will be later. I also have a cupboard waiting some beige paint but that will be a breeze since I have an able, willing and quite excited 3 yr old who wants to help. OK Maybe it will take longer than the rest of the room put together!! But is will be lots more fun!!