Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The Great Paperchase

Wow, it has been sometime since I've last posted! The reason why? We're in the throes of The Great Paperchase.

The dossier to adopt from Haiti is unbelievably long. Everything needs to be notarized, then sent to the state for authentication, then translated, then to the Haitian Consulate, and then to Haiti. We have gathered and authenticated all of our documents and just waiting on the homestudy to wrap up! Our last homestudy visit is April 2nd --whoohooo! We are hopeful to have our paperwork and payment in Haiti by May 1st. Then the true waiting game will begin.

So updates on the Five Frozen Chamorros. . . we'll go from youngest to oldest:

Miss Paloma is back to the happy, giggly, silly girl that she was before her teeth began breaking through! She is absolutely delightful (except when she tantrums everyday at Atticus's preschool pickup. Everyday!). While she is still a baby of few spoken words, the kid can sing! She prefers to sing over speak, and Barney's I Love You and Baa Baa Black Sheep are her two favorite songs. She loves to dance and can outdance all of us!

Mr. Atticus has a new weekly tradition. . .every Saturday morning he and Cliff join Boppa and "Uncle" Fred at the "Man Restaurant," aka Skip's Diner in Ashwaubenon. Every Saturday Atticus orders chocolate chip pancakes and Diet Coke. Diet Coke? What happened to Mom's repeated request for the kid to drink orange juice? Apparently "lady rules" do not apply at the "Man Restuarant" and by golly if the boy wants Diet Coke, then Diet Coke it is.

Sister Mary Hatfield continues to love school and enjoys memorizing her three weekly Bible verses. She recently had her Pom and Dance Recital and our girl just shone! Typically at school recitals/concerts Hattie looks a bit uncomfortable, as though she doesn't truly enjoy being up on stage. Not at Pom though! Up there her eyes sparkled and she really did her routine with enthusiasm and flare. We are going to enroll her in a summer pom program because she just loves it so much.

As for Momma. . .Sarah's going to Haiti for 5 days in May! The tickets are bought, the reservation at Wall's Guesthouse is made and we are buying supplies for the orphanage like mad! Bruce (aka Boppa) is going along with me for company and protection. He is just as excited as I am. Our orignal plan was for Cliff to go this Spring, scout everything out, and for me to travel in Fall. In all honesty, as a Momma, I need to go and get my arms around Jodnel and Merisier! I NEED to hold them and cuddle them and play with them and know them. I have read many accounts of recent trips to Haiti from fellow adopting parents, and I feel comfortable going. Less than two months now!

Big Daddy C is doing well. . .keeping very busy at work and home here with us. Cliff took a kayaking class at the Y this winter and is looking forward to getting some kayaking time in this Summer. Other than that, everything is just our happy same ol' same ol', and we can't complain about our status quo.


Anonymous said...

Yeah for updates! LOL
Your kids look great covered in silly string...very similar to the way my kiddies look in it! Your two new "babies" are always in our prayers and what a blessing this trip will be for you!
God Bless
Michelle S. and gang
p.s. Jack says hi to Atticus :)

Amy said...


I have been following your blog and love the updates. Boy do I remember the paperwork on Sophia, LOL! When it was all said and done, I had a file cabinet full of it!!

I can't wait to meet up with you this weekend and hear all about your adoption journey. See you then!