Archive for December, 2008

26
Dec
08

We passed…

We passed our home study.  Now we will wait for the official copy of our home study to file our I-600A.

I also faxed in our China Child of Promise paper work.  If a child from China becomes available who fits the minor/correctable needs list we filled out, there is a possibility we will be selected to adopt her before our Nepal adoption is complete.

For the I-600A we need:

1)  A letter to send our confirmation to Kathmandu, Nepal-print with current date

2)  A Check ($670 =$80 each=$830)-write check

3)  Certified Birth Certificates

4)  Certified Marriage Certificate

*A self-addressed, pre-paid mailer and a not requestion certificate return.

6)  Original (signed and notarized) home study

We are waiting for our home study and then we will send off our I-600A.  The wait time is currently listed at 3 months.  So, it will be 3 months before we can send in our dossier.  Hurry up and wait!

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18
Dec
08

Deer in the Freezer

A friend of Randy’s hunts every year, but his family doesn’t like venison.  So, guess what!  We get it.  Our neighbor processes it and all we have to do is pay him for processing.  Yea!  We will have more meat to add to our dwindling supply in the freezer.  We also just got our pork from Mom and Dad’s freezer.  They were storing it until we got more room in our’s.  So, we will have plenty of meat to get to get us through the winter and summer.  We hope to raise broilers in the spring so we will have plenty of chicken also.

Hope you all are staying warm!

18
Dec
08

Deer in the Freezer…

A friend of Randy’s hunts every year, but his family doesn’t like venison.  So, guess what!  We get it.  Our neighbor processes it and all we have to do is pay him for processing.  Yea!  We will have more meat to add to our dwindling supply in the freezer.  We also just got our pork from Mom and Dad’s freezer.  They were storing it until we got more room in our’s.  So, we will have plenty of meat to get to get us through the winter and summer.  We hope to raise broilers in the spring so we will have plenty of chicken also.

Hope you all are staying warm!

17
Dec
08

December Reading/Video

I am a library junkie.  Fortunately for me there is a library just down the street from where I work.  It’s a very nice sized library, and I usually find plenty to read.  I am all over the place with the topics I chose to read about.  I like non-fiction books I can learn from and very rarely read fiction novels.  I also take advantage of their video/dvd selection.

 

Here is a taste of what I have checked out right now.  I have starred the books I am currently reading of have finished.

 

*The Africa News Cookbook:  African Cooking for Westerner Kitchens by Tami Hultman

This is a great book.  They use ingredients easy to find and list the recipes by it’s location within Africa.

 

*Bernard Clayton’s New Complete Book of Breads

I’ve marked some recipes to try from this book.

 

Build Your Own Earth Oven:  A Low-Cost, Wood-Fired Mud Oven, Simple Sourdough Bread, Perfect Loaves for Bakers & Beginners Both by Kiko Denzer

Randy’s reading this off and on.

 

 

*Cooking with Sunshine:  The Complete Guide to Solar Cooking with 150 Easy Sun-Cooked Recipes by Lorraine Anderson

I need to re-check this out in the summer so I can try some of the recipes as I read.

 

Ethiopia by Steven Gish

Randy and I each have a copy of this to read.  It’s a children’s book, but gives the basics of a country and includes some beautiful pictures.  We enjoy these books when researching a particular country.

 

The Healing Wisdom of Africa:  Finding Life Purpose Through Nature, Ritual, and Community by Malidoma Patrice, Some

 

Love in the Driest Season:  A Family Memoir by Neely Tucker

 

*Our Own:  Adopting and Parenting the Older Childy by Trish Maskew

I am currently reading this book and find it very informative.

 

Teenage Refugees from Ethiopia Speak Out by LaDena Schnapper

Randy’s reading this off and on.

 

*Woodstove Cookery:  At Home on the Range by Jane Cooper

I’m currently reading this.

 

*The Open-Hearth Cookbook:  Recapturing the Flavor of Early America by Suzanne Goldenson

This is an interesting book about colonial open-hearth cooking.

 

Videos/DVDs:

Digging for the Truth:  The Complete Season 1 by Josh Bernstein

Digging for the Truth:  The Complete Season 2 by Josh Bernstein

Time Life’s Lost Civilizations by Sam Waterston

I hope to get all of these watched before New Year’s.

 

*Yoga Natural Body Tune-Up; includes stress breaks by Linda Arkin

Great beginner’s video.

 

*Yoga Practice for Relaxation by Patricia Walden

17
Dec
08

Ebony & Ivory

My Dad has ewes lambing right now.  They are tired and don’t have the time to take care of bottle lambs, so I volunteered.

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How could I refuse.  They now inhabit a dog kennel in our home.  We named them Ebony & Ivory.  Ivory cries his head off when he’s hungry.  It sounds like he’s saying Maa…it’s so cute!

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Ebony wasn’t feeling 100% last night.  Do you think her brother may have known?

Hope you all have a good day!

17
Dec
08

Ebony & Ivory…

My Dad has ewes lambing right now.  They are tired and don’t have the time to take care of bottle lambs, so I volunteered.

How could I refuse.  They now inhabit a dog kennel in our home.  We named them Ebony & Ivory.  Ivory cries his head off when he’s hungry.  It sounds like he’s saying Maa…it’s so cute!

Ebony wasn’t feeling 100% last night.  Do you think her brother may have known?

Hope you all have a good day!

11
Dec
08

Home Study Preparations…

Sunday is our home study and as the day draw closer I get a little more uneasy.  I am working on a to-do list for Friday and Saturday along with my regular chores to prepare our home for the social worker’s visit.

To-do List:

check our check supply

find a paint brush

touch up paint in family room

dust

vacuum

mop

clean wood floors

clean bathroom

wash bedding

wash laundry (whites, rugs, and shower curtain)

fold & put away blankets

set up dog kennels

bake bread

go to the dairy

make:  cottage cheese, yogurt, kefir, villi, and mozarella (as time allows)

make litter box sprinkle

fix gate latch

fill sheep’s salt & mineral (along with normal chores)

tend to Dad’s ram (he came for a visit unexpectedly)

move not-so-baby chicks into chicken coop

I’m sure I will come up with a million other things to keep me busy and prepare for the visit from our social worker. 

Please pray for us as we go through yet another part of the adoption process.




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