At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. -- Lao Tzu

Friday, June 15, 2007


So as I've mentioned before we are homeschooling the boys. I've gotten some math books to help with that and we've already begun learning. Both boys balk about reading anything and so tonight I asked them to read aloud from a book of Greek Myths (santized for young minds) and Liam completely fell apart. He said he didn't like to read aloud and would not do it.

Both boys know that they are on a trial period this summer. Too much trouble from either one about something I've asked them to and I'll toss their skinny butts back in public school. So after some wrestling with Liam, I find out that he doesn't like to read out loud because it's embarrassing. More wrestling and I find out that kids in school were laughing at him for making mistakes. *SIGH* Why do kids have to be such little jerks? What is wrong with parents that they can't raise kind and compassionate children?

Anyway, after a bit of fighting, John read the first myth, Liam read the second and I read the third. Apparently not as devastating an event as he thought it might be.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Where are we in the adoption process?

We have sent our homestudy and fee to the USCIS office in Jacksonville and are waiting for them to contact us for our fingerprinting appointment. There is no telling how long that will take. It's a government agency and they do what they will do. So we wait.

We are also waiting for our passports. They are late. I need to call my congressman's office and find out what they have found out about them. It doesn't get to be a real headache until after the USCIS appointment. But the dossier can't be sent to China without them.

Our other documents are being certified and authenticated by our agency and will be ready to go once these last few pieces are in place. Then we wait for China to decide to send our LOA (Letter of Acceptance) and then the TA (Travel Approval) about three weeks later. We don't know when we will be in China yet. But it's looking like it might be over the holidays. Of course that's just a guess.

We are both impatient to go and get our daughter. She will be turning 3 on 20 Aug, and it makes me sad we won't be with her for her special day.