Saturday, May 30, 2009

Pictures from G's Preschool Graduation

I thought I'd have these up much earlier but with all the excitement of the baby news time just got away from me. Some of these are really great pics of G, family and friends-Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

IT'S A GIRL!!!!!!!!!

We got the call tonight at 9:15pm. There is a baby girl waiting for us in Majuro. Baby Jones was born on April 5, 2009, weighing 6 1/2 lbs and 19 1/2 inches long.

Hoping to have a picture shortly that I'll post to the blog but from what the medical report states, she is healthy and currently residing with a foster family.

Travel is expected within 3-6 weeks and will depend on when we get the petition from the court and then when the judge sets a court date. The program director said she would probably lean towards the 3 week mark!

So much to do, so little time......Let the shopping begin!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Preschool Graduation

Today was G's last day of preschool and tomorrow night is graduation. I thought I'd try loading some pics into a slide show. If successful, I'll load some graduation pics tomorrow. The pics in this slide show were done by my friend Barbi Barnum who owns Studio B Photography. If you like what you see, check out her site at

It's getting closer......

I had a message from the RMI program director that said that there are 3 infant girls pending referral and she "assumes" one will be ours if the birth mom doesn't change her adoption plan. It's a YIPPEE! for us but also a real downer as I think about the birth mom finalizing her adoption plan. As hard as the wait has been I hope that I never have to be in the position of the birth mom and making the decision to not parent a child.

So stay tuned for an update-the program director's closing remarks were, "I believe you are close, very close."

Monday, May 18, 2009

The first one's gone.......

G has lost her first baby tooth-it was approximately a week from the time she discovered it was loose, until it actually fell out. I actually thought it would take much longer than that.

The event actually happened on Saturday (5/23) while she was staying at Grammy's house. I was kind of sad that it didn't happen at home but Grammy and D-daddy made sure the toothfairy took care of her. The toothfairy left her a gold dollar at Grammy's house and she left her a gold dollar when she came home.

The tooth was so little it is barely noticeable that it is missing-she has to smile really wide for anyone to see the hole. In this picture she's showing off her gold coins!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Red is now Blue

A small member of our family died today-our 2 1/2 year old Betta fish named Red. Red joined our menagerie of cats when G was about 2 1/2 and fixated on Elmo and his goldfish named Dorothy.

For all intense purposes, Red was a great pet. Very little maintenance and, I know there will be some who dispute this, but pretty smart for a fish. He would come to the side of the tank when we were talking to him and follow our fingers around the sides of the tank.

I had noticed over the past couple of days that he was getting "a little slow" but nothing had prepared me for how upset G was going to be when he died.

As usual, when the family has to move in mass, and this most often happens on holidays, we seem to have a hard time getting the three of us ready and out the door on time, and today was no exception. I was finishing up cookies for a late afternoon picnic, wrapping gifts, and getting cards together for a lunch engagement when G noticed that Red was motionless in the bottom of his tank.

It was pretty obvious that Red had passed over to the big fish tank in the sky and so I told G that Red was pretty old for a fish and how I'd noticed that he hadn't been feeling well for a couple of days. I can't begin to explain the grief that came pouring out of my small child. By the time that R had come inside the house, G and I both were crying-she over the fish dying and me because she was so upset.

So that is how it came to be that the three of us were in the backyard burying a small box with a fish in it, in our pajamas no less, and crying and saying a prayer for Jesus to look after Red.

If someone had told me 4 years ago that I'd be in the backyard in my pajamas burying a fish and crying, I would have said they were crazy. Oh, the things we do for our children.............

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Mother's Day Reflections

It's hard to believe that tomorrow is Mother's Day. Four years ago R and I had been home from China approximately one month with G and I celebrated my first Mother's Day. I can't believe how fast the time has gone by.

This evening G discovered that she has a loose tooth. Not just any loose tooth, but the first loose tooth. I almost cried because I realize that day by day my baby is growing up. Where is the time going? It didn't help that I got her preschool graduation pictures on Friday. She looked so grown up in her cap and gown. I am so proud of her and of the big girl she is becoming. G is going to be a great big sister!

I want to also take a moment to thank G's birthmother today. It is because of her that R and I have this most precious gift we call our daughter. We can't imagine how difficult her decision must have been. If we could tell her one thing, we would want her to know that G is safe, happy and loved more than anything in the world.

To all my mom friends and my mom-to-be friends, Happy Mother's Day!

Here's a picture of G and R and she's pointing out her loose tooth.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

One Step Closer.......

The Jones family had the last of our travel immunizations yesterday. That puts us one step closer to being ready to go to MI. Now if we can only finish our agencies Service Plan and get our revised I-600A back.

For those of you who have small children, I'm sure you can recall the worst part of getting immunizations is actually the anticipation of the shot itself. G had her first Hep A at her pediatrician's office on Tuesday and then she had Typhoid yesterday, and both times I didn't mention that she was getting immunizations until the day of the event itself. Poor thing is the type of child who will just obsess over these kinds of things, so you can imagine that she would have been a nervous wreck if she had of had too much advance notice.

Yesterday's immunization was definitely a little easier since R and I were also getting immunizations. Of course this was the first time that R had been with her when she received an immunization and while I thought it was a little easier than past experiences, it definitely left an impression on him.

This little smile is for all of us moms who handle the childhood immunizations :-)