Thursday, December 22, 2005
Monday, December 19, 2005
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Big Sister Kenedy!
Torey is getting big and his sister loves him. I can't believe how much he has grown since I last saw him. I can't wait to see them playing together when Mia arrives. Kenedy is always asking me when we talk on the phone, "Is Mia here yet?" She can't wait to meet her cousin.
Friday, November 04, 2005
Saturday, October 08, 2005
Sunday, October 02, 2005
Friday, September 23, 2005
These gifts are from my secret pal. This months topic was "The Labor of Love" Mia got some cute PJ's, and a soft pink bunny, and I got a Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul book. I love my gifts and I can't wait until my secret pal can be revealed
Monday, September 19, 2005
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Thursday, September 08, 2005
Friday, August 05, 2005
Torey Cameron LucasDeanna and Vince had their baby yesterday 8-4-05. Torey was born @ 10:16am in Philadelphia. I am flying out to meet our newest addition on the 17th, I cannot wait! My parents will be grandparents to 3 now. They will jump from 1 to 3 in one year. I hope they are ready!!!!!
Saturday, July 23, 2005
Sunday, July 10, 2005
The builder is trying to save as many oak trees as possible. I met with the pool contractor yesterday to pick out colors and options. So much to learn and choose. Very exciting and nerve racking at the same time. Mike and I can't believe we are finally at the land clearing stage.
Friday, June 24, 2005
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
We didn't hear from USAA regarding anything about our paperwork when we submitted originally, so I guess we did good! No problems and the papers are off!
Saturday, June 11, 2005
I could not wait to get there and share the good news. As I expected, everyone responded with such enthusiasm and joy for us. We cannot wait to bring her next year to meet the extended family. I have had offers for babysitting already.
Throughout the week I was often asked about the adoption process and the obvious question, WHEN? I told them if all goes well she be our newest member of the Marco week #23 crew.
At the end of the week, all the kids were in one room with the door locked. I wanted to go check on something that we were cooking for the group dinner. They told me I couldn't come in and I was obviously curious. A few minutes later all the kids appeared with a tote bag that they decorated with paints. They wrote Mia's name on one side and everyone signed the other side. They also made her a bracelet with shells and an adorable door hanger with rhinestones and a starfish. Their thoughtfulness brought me to tears. Week #23 is an incredible group of people and we love them all. Mike and I always look forward to our Marco Island vacation.
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
My mother and I were leaving to go meet my sister Deanna and my brother in-law Vince and of course Kenedy in Disney. My mother picked me up at work and I asked her to swing by my house on the way to the Turnpike so I can check the mail. When I opened the mailbox and looked thru the pile and saw Department of Homeland Security I started to get butterflies. I opened it and started jumping up and down. I called Mike at work and he was so excited. Our second major hurdle down.
Disney was great. I enjoyed going on the rides with Kenedy and seeing her interact with the characters. I can't wait for Mia to go with her cousins. It was amazing to see so many families with little girls from China. I couldn't stop dreaming about us with our little girl.
Saturday, April 30, 2005
We mailed out our Dossier Fed-Ex overnight, and I was a nervous wreck checking and double checking that everything on my checklist was in the folder. I was so nervous that while I was at the counter filling out the shipping slip, I sealed everything in the envelope and realized I omitted the check which was right under the Fed-Ex mailer. I had to open the mailer and ask the girl for another envelope.
I really could not believe how nervous I was. I hope my double and triple checking was worth it.
Friday, April 08, 2005
Thank you to everyone who has been very supported and called us after every step of the way. We appreciate it and can't wait for you to meet Mia!
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
Mia's grandfather Wayne is so excited for his granddaughter, he can hardly stand it. He is already planning a car seat in his truck. Can't wait to see that!
Mia's other grandparents are planning to join Mike and I in China. My father is going for sure, but my mom is a little nervous about the flight. I'll think she'll go, I told her to take some pills and sleep the 15 hour flight away. My dad says he won't go without her. Everyone she meets tells her its a trip of a lifetime.
Thursday, March 24, 2005
We hope our home is done before Mia arrives. We want to get her room ready and get our boxes unpacked before our trip to China. Lots of action happening at the Harrell house. As I told Mike, It's all good things!
Mike is still hanging on at the police department and is looking forward to retiring. We both have a light at the end of our tunnel. Tomorrow we go to the builder to pick out our colors and choices for flooring, cabinets, etc.
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
After the test which was in a beautiful part of Fort Lauderdale on the intracostal, we had a nice lunch at a restaurant down the street. Of course, all we did is compare answers to the questions that really stood out. It was very interesting to see the difference in our answers and our rational for answering that way.
Mike is very relieved that we have that behind us and Dr. Demartini said he did not foresee a problem and he would grade the test within a couple of days and call with the results.
I was hoping it wasn't going to be all day. I bought Marlins Spring Training tickets for this afternoon and we were able to go and have a great afternoon. The weather was great! We needed it.
Slowly but surely, we are making our way down the papertrail checkoff list. Thank GOD!
Thursday, February 24, 2005
This has been very excited and emotional. Mike and I cannot wait to have a child. We have so many things that we want to share with her. We cannot wait until we can say we are a family.
Friday, February 11, 2005
We have our first meeting in a couple of weeks with our social worker, Nohra. Wish us luck 0:)
Friday, January 21, 2005
Deanna is pregnant and due in August, so she asked if I would do the same for the new baby. I told her that the next one is hers, I now have one of my own to do!! I will attach a picture of the book. It is titled, "Once upon a time". Sounds like a good theme for the nursery huh????
Sunday, January 16, 2005
Lots and lots of documents to gather:
Birth certificates/marriage certificates/tax records/medical forms/FDLE background checks/employment letters/bank letters/financial statements, the list goes on and on. . . . .