Monday, October 22, 2007

So much to tell...Where do I begin!

"We as parents feel a child is a child regardless of any special needs that child is labeled with. In our hearts, this is the right choice for us as a family."

Keith & I just finished meeting with our social worker regarding the filling out of our agency's "waiting child medical checklist" and faxed it to our agency! What this means is that our family will be considered for a waiting child from the lists that our agency receives from the CCAA. A waiting child is a child that has been diagnosed with one/or more medical conditions that does not allow that child to be adopted through the traditional program. The diagnoses vary...from a cleft lip and plate to hearing issues to vision problems to missing/or additional digits to skin conditions to heart problems. Keith & I have talked extensively on this issue & totally feel in our hearts that this is the right choice for us! According to our agency, the wait time until we are matched with our daughter can be from 8 - 10 months...with travel following 2-4 months after that. So we are still looking at a year's time before we will see Sofia's face for the first time!







Now...onto the photos!

Fun Time at Grandma's! As always, Francesca loves going to her Grandma's house!

Baking Cookies...(OK so they are not "home-made" but according to Francesca, they are the best & her favorite!)
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and while the cookies were cooling, Grandma and Francesca headed outside while Grandma tried to rake the leaves...

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(every time Grandma would get a nice pile of leaves together...Francesca just had to run through them...it was so cute!)







As you may or may not know, my grandmother aka G.G. fell recently and is in a rehab center. We miss her so much when we visit Grandma's house, but we do get to see her every other day at the center. Today, they were having a Halloween party...and of course Francesca had to go! It was so much fun!







The ones I love...


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(Auntie, Grandma, G.G., Mommy, and Francesca)









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(Auntie & Francesca)









I love my Minnie Mouse costume this year!


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Making funny faces with Daddy!


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And finally, I just had to post this photo of Francesca taken yesterday at lunch time. Not only does she have her JoJo hat on, but she also has on her princess crown...on top of the JoJo hat! I thought that Keith put it on there for her, but after asking him if he did...he told me "No, she did it all by herself!". What a kid!









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(isn't that just way too cute!)







As you can see, we had a great weekend! On Friday, we leave for Michigan to see the Weaver/Winkler family...that's Uncle Owen, Aunt Amy, and Katie! We are so excited! It has been way too long since we were able to get together! You can be sure that I will have a lot of photos to post next week regarding our visit!

8 comments:

Janelle said...

congratulations on your decision! hope your process is smooth, short, and joyful!

amy said...

these are all wonderful pictures and I can tell everyone had a good time

LINDA said...

Congratulations! Sara has also signed up for this....These chilgren need homes, too.....Bless you and your family...

Sue said...

What a cute Minnie Mouse!!!

Congrats on signing up for the WC program!!! I hope that you will have good news in early 2008 for your sweet Sofia!!!

LaLa said...

What a cutie she is! I can't believe how well she agrees to wearing costumes : )

sara said...

I'm with Sue on the cutie pie Minnie Mouse AND hoping to hear good news in 2008!!A big congratulations on making this very important decision and hopefully soon, very soon, you will be matched with your precious Sofia! Time is just going to fly by & you know that God has already chosen the perfect child for you......it is all about the timing!

Julie said...

That is the cutest Minnie Mouse (and JoJo) I have ever seen!! And what fun at Grandmas!! She is just so beautiful and graceful!!

LINDA said...

Depends on how big you make them!!
You are right. Sara is great. I am so proud of her. We love her very much...Her boys are fabulous and we anxiously await Mia....