Thursday, October 22, 2009

Certified... or Certifiable?

 We are now being "officially" certified by the state to adopt.  For awhile we thought we may postpone this because we didn't know if we would be moving and there was just a lot going on.  Well, we may still move and there is still a lot going on, but it's full steam ahead anyway!   So although things are crazy hectic right now and a lot is up in the air we feel that the Lord still wants us to keep moving ahead with this second adoption so we are.  It is costing us $1,000 just for the certification process but it is worth it as it lasts for 18 months and will allow us to take a child into our home immediately regardless of where he or she comes from (attorney, agency, child services, the state, etc.).  The attorney was not comfortable considering us for anything because she feels we will be needed sooner rather than later and she does not want us to not have the certification process complete beforehand.  Already she has approached us about a case referred to her by a state agency!  Yikes.  It's all good though.

So yes, we may be certifiable but we'll also be fully certified!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Matching Mondays!

I have decided to take the Matching Monday Challenge from the lovely Mrs. R over at the r house!  I will specifically be featuring waiting children from my area, the East Coast.  Each Monday I will list some kids who are waiting for their forever home with a link to a page where you can find out more information about them.  I hope that through this venture some child may find his or her forever family!

Without further adieu...

This is Andrew:

Precious newborn Andrew is looking for a family who will be committed to helping him overcome hurdles he will face in life. This sweet little boy of Asian decent is legally free for adoption and needs a very special family to call his own. Andrew loves being cuddled and held and a soft touch eases him into contentment. He is soothed by listening to gentle voices and watching the world go by.


Georganna is described by her worker as “creative and unique.” She likes expressive dance and participating in church activities. Georganna also enjoys listening to music, taking walks and singing. In 9th grade special education classes, her favorite classes are art and music.  Georganna is 14 years old.


Jamill is quite a loveable youngster. His big eyes and broad smile seem to light up whenever there is any kind of movement or sound. He loves playing with matchbox cars and watching cartoons. Jamill is diagnosed with severe autism and has significant delays in language and motor skill development. Currently, Jamill resides in a residential program where his teachers consider him a pleasure to instruct.  Jamill is 11 years old.


If Davion had his way, he would spend all his time playing outdoors! He is a creative, expressive child who needs to be in a loving home environment with a family that provides a lot of structure and consistency. Besides enjoying the outdoors, Davion loves going to church with his foster family. He is a youngster who is shy at first around strangers, but once he warms up to them, he’s the life of the party! A family for Davion must have a lot of patience and understanding of his need to learn how to form secure attachments with adults.  Davion is 5 years old.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Kreativ Blog Award.

Thank you to Melba for the Kreativ Blog Award nomination...I am just flattered to nominated by a lady with such a freaking cute kid!!!

Here are the rules:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
  2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
  3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
  4. Name seven things about yourself that people may not know.
  5. Nominate seven Kreativ Bloggers.
  6. Post links to the seven blogs you nominate.
  7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they've been nominated.
So let's things people may not know about me:

1.  I have one cat (Trinity) and one dog (Finnegan).
2.  I moved five times in my first three years of marriage.  And yah, it sucked.
3.  My hair is naturally curly. No chemicals (well, if you don't count the hair dye...).
4.  I met my husband for the first time in NYC the day after 9/11.
5.  For my sweet sixteen I had a big party and everything was purple.  Yes, purple.
6.  I have a thing for X-Men movies.
7.  I think I am the only NYer (downstate anyway) who actually likes country music.

And now for my seven nominations:
1. Amber
2. Crystal
3. Leah
4. Kellie
5. Kelly
6. Brea
7. Holly



Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Just Another Day in Paradise.

I took a break from all things adoption this weekend... or at least tried to.  I had both Friday and Monday off so it was fantabulous to spend all that extra time with my sweet boy.   On Saturday I took care of my BFF's three girls while she and her husband moved into their new house.  We visited Chuck E Cheese and had a great time.  These girls love KJ so much it is the cutest thing to watch.  KJ had never been to Chuck E's before and was enamored with the games but mostly with all the balloons floating around.  He was thrilled by this ride -->

Yes, my son has a bit of an obsession with "Bardee".  He just can't get enough of that silly purple dinosaur.  I guess it could be worse?  ... Well, maybe not. ;)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Adoption Blahs.

Lately I have become increasingly frustrated with the adoption process.  Mainly because of the state in which we reside.  The laws are bogus and dumb and apparently no one cares.

So basically I am going to have to put our profile on one of the cheesy parent profile type sites. (Long story behind this but not much time to explain right now.  I will in another post though.)  I say "cheesy" because honestly if a woman is thinking about adoption for her child she should seek out a professional and let's be honest... at first most of us didn't know squat about adoption or adoption ethics and even now that I do I am freaked about a woman contacting me directly. (Run-on sentence much?) I would feel horrendously horrible if she didn't get proper counseling or was not really informed about her decision.  (Not that adoption professionals can't be super jerks too...)  But we are pretty much trapped at this point unless we sign with a NY agency or one that can place in NY (there are only 13 nationally outside of NY, btw.)

I'm just a girl tryin' to do right by a babe who might need us... is that too much to ask?  Sometimes adoption sucks.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Blog makeover raffle!

Ever get tired of the same old look on your blog?  Well have I got a solution for you!

Cute Blogspot Designs

Sweet Hilary at Simply Yours Designs who did my blog design is donating two (that's right, TWO chances to win) of her premade layouts for me to auction!  (You get to pick which one you want.)

I am so excited. I love her designs and I am sure you will too.  And what could be better than getting a new beautiful blog design for $5?!

That's right, enter for just $5 and you could win one of the designs along with customization of the design and installation.  Value = $40 each.

Here's how it works:
1. Make a donation of $5 for each entry via my Chip-In link on the right.

2.  Leave a comment here that you have done so.

3.  Re-tweet or post a link to this post on your Twitter or blog for an additional entry.

4.  Leave a comment if you do either of those as well.

The deadline to enter will be this Friday, October 9th at midnight EST.

Thanks and GOOD LUCK!