Thursday, December 31, 2009

Hi from Korea

We have made it to Korea and are now waiting for our connection into
Nanjing.We had a wonderful flight over as we were upgraded to first
class. Not sure why we didn't ask we just said thank you. We are just
3 hours away from Nanjing where our son is I will update next from
China. Kate

Sent from my iPhone. All the Best Kate

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Finally On Our Way

Steve and I are all checked in and waiting to board our long flight to China via Seoul Korea. I still can't believe we are on our way and will soon be in the country of our son's birth. This trip is the final leg of a three year journey to complete our family. Matthew--- Mommy and Daddy are on our way and can't wait to hold you.We have been waiting a long time for you our beautiful boy and we can't wait to love you for always------ All the Best Kate

Leaving on a Jet Plane

We leave tonight for China. We amazingly are packed and ready to go. Next post from China(hopefully) KAte.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Monday, December 28, 2009

We're Getting Closer




We are in full prep mode here and we are packing packing packing. We had a wonderful Christmas with our family and are now getting ready to go get our son. I'll keep you all posted Kate.

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Just testing to see if my mobile blogger works so I can post from China.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Plane Tickets Check Check!!!


It was a challenge because of the New Year holiday but we are all ticketed. We leave at 12/30am on the 31st. We are traveling through Seoul Korea from there we can fly directly into Nanjing and bypass Bejing. We will ring in the New Year somewhere between New York--- Korea and the international date line. I can't think of a better way to ring in the New Year. How fitting that we are on this journey to completing our family as 2010 starts new. We will be returning 1/15/10 finally as our complete family of four Kate.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Hooray!!!!!!


Our fingerprints have cleared and we are bound for China. We need to be in China 1/3/2010. On to travel arrangements. We're coming Matthew !!!!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Consulate Appointment


Our consulate appt is confirmed for 1/11/10 one week earlier than we thought YEAH!!! Alas our fingerprint clearance may hold us up as we have not yet received notification saying that our fingerprints done on December 3rd have cleared. I have sent an email to homeland security to inquire about their status and if they have not been cleared could they please expedite them Hoping the lovely people in Homeland Seciruty are in the holiday spirit. Keep your fingers crossed Kate.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

China Here We Come


We received our TA today Hooray !!!!! The final leg of this uphill journey. Homeland is scheduling our CA as we speak best case scenario because of a week long New Year holiday in China is that we would arrive in China 1/10/10 get Matthew on 1/11/10 or 1/12/10 and have our consulate appt 1/19/10 return home 1/22/10. Hoping we can make that all work out. We are relieved and over the moon that we will be on our way shortly and the next month will be busy with final preparations as we look forward to being a fun family of four All the Best Kate.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Fingerprinted Again


Fingerprinted again as our immigration fingerprints expire on 1/1/10. Way too close for comfort so away we went one more time to our friends at the application support center. The security guard at the door actually remembered us from the last time. Steve and I are pretty sure now we have more fingerprints on file than an inmate on death row. Pretty sure I'm not going out on a limb here to suggest they probably haven't changed but we know at least for sure that this is our last time---- All the Best-- Kate.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Could this be Our Week ????


Well we're praying this is our week. We are beginning the fourth week since our LOSC was sent to China. Our agency's best estimate is three to four weeks for TA so we should be right there. Our house is in anticipation mode and I jump when the phone rings. Please send us all your positive thoughts that this will be our week Kate

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving



Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and may you enjoy your families and your blessings this day and always. We are nearing the end of week 3 of an estimated 3-4 week wait for TA.. Keeping our fingers crossed All the Best Kate

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Making a List and Checking it Twice


We are in full get ready mode at our house. We have our visas and we are working on packing lists and gathering our documents to bring with us. I am so anxious about all of this you would think this was my first adoption, adopting Olivia seems ages ago. We are in week two of an estimated 3-4 week wait for TA. We are still thinking that there is an outside chance that we can get there and back before Christmas. I am also trying to deal with Christmas shopping so that if we can go before the holiday that will be all ready to go. Nothing gets in the way of Santa not even an adoption trip to China as always I am sure Santa will pull through.I have purchased some clothes for Matthew but am at such a loss because I have no idea of his size. The height and weight we have is a year old. Having an Asian child I know that she always is very true to the American size for her age so the items I have bought are 24 months and some 2T.If we need to we can purchase what we need in China.
This is the time of the year where my thoughts turn to being thankful for all the blessings in our life. It was this time last year that Steve and I thought our adoption dream was ending and here we are one short year later looking forward to going to bring our beautiful boy home. I remind myself when the stress wants to take over that my life with my wonderful husband and beautiful children is full. It doesn't matter if all of Matthew's clothes in China are too big or small.The only thing that matters is that he feels our love and patience during this difficult transition for him. Our cup runneth over---- Kate.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Signed Sealed almost Delivered


All signed and on it's way via overnight mail to agency Keep your fingers crossed for quick travel approval KAte

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

We're on the Home Stretch


The call from our agency came last week to let us know our LOSC would be arriving this week. I just received another call that the document has in fact arrived and will be overnited tonight to us and will be returned to the agency tomorrow.We have been given the information for the travel agent to start our travel arrangements and obtain our visas.Best estimate is that we can expect TA 3-4 weeks from 11/9/09 and then can make our travel arrangements and consulate appts.There is still and outside chance that we can be there and back before Christmas but if not we will leave shortly thereafter. I feel as if a weight has been lifted and we are on the home stretch of a three year journey to our son.We are feeling a little overwhelmed with all that needs to be done but joyful none the less. Please pray that from here on there are no bumps in the road. We're getting there Matthew can't wait to meet you All the Best Kate.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Swine Flu


Well the swine flu has come to our home. Not as bad as you might expect,Olivia has been sick since Saturday with basic cold symptoms and a fever hovering around 101. My niece had tested positive for the flu earlier in the week so we knew what to expect. Olivia got to the doctor the day after the fever first started, tested positive for influenza A and we started the Tamiflu right away so I'm thinking that is why is has been so mild.She has been symptom free since Tuesday so she will return to school tomorrow just in time for her class Halloween parade and party. As lousy as she felt that is all she has been worrying about. Oh to have the worries of an eight year old.
Obviously we still have no news on the journey to bringing our son home and are now dealing with the fact that he will not be home this holiday season. This was surely not what we expected but the fact none the less.We are six months since DTC and just about 3 months since we sent the replaced document but again no answer where we stand. We just wait. But more importantly Matthew spends more time without his family then he needs to.For those of you who read this and have adopted you know this feeling and at times it breaks your heart. But we continue to wait and know that this time will be a memory once our son is home with his family. Wishing everyone a Happy Halloween and safe and healthy days-- All the Best Kate.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Goodbye Old Friend

Yesterday our dear family cat Clancy went to heaven. Clancy was 17 years old and over the course of the last two weeks had gradually stopped eating. He had been at the vet since Saturday but yesterday was the day we had to decide to let Clancy rest and stop suffering. Clancy was my cat before I met Steve so Clancy and I had a very special bond. He was loved and in return gave to us unconditional love. Goodbye old friend you will be missed Kate.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Happy Birthday to our Beautiful Girl




Happy Birthday to our girl who turns eight today!!!! I can't believe she is eight already and coincidentally had a growth spurt over the summer and is looking really grown up. We celebrated her day with a party with our families. Both Steve and I come from medium families but all totaled the number is 30. I planned the party when the temperatures here were in the 60's and yesterday it was near eighty. All the food needed to be cooked in the house needless to say it was a long day for me. We had a wonderful time though and it is always great to see Olivia with all her cousins.Today she will celebrate with her classmates in school. Tonight the three of us are off to our favorite restaurant for dinner. We had more communication from HAS. It seems that China requires a notarized letter from Steve and I certifying that neither of us has been married before.A ridiculous but easy request and that was on it's way within a day to China. Everyone is reassuring that "at least" they are looking at our paperwork and that is true. However each time they look at it they find another letter, document that is needed. We are almost at five months waiting for LOSC and are left wondering how many more hoops they are going to make us jump through. We just keep praying that at this point Matthew will be home for the holidays. We are not prepared for the fact that he may not be.Please keep praying--- All the Best Kate.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Is it Fall Already ?????




Well the air is certainly fall like in the Northeast.Our girl starts school Wednesday. When I got up yesterday morning she was in her room packing her backpack. Do ya think she is ready for school? We are so blessed, Olivia loves school and is counting down the days until she returns of course give it a week and then we'll see. While I worked last week she spent the days with my sister and her family. Uncle George took them all fishing. Moe has three girls ages 10, 8 and seven. Olivia loves to spend time with them and do "girly" things. She picked out a barbie fishing rod and wouldn't bait the hook because the fish were slimy but after that part was done she had a blast!!! We are spending a quiet labor day today and then back to work tomorrow.
I had some communication from the adoption agency indicating that we should be hopeful that our loa will come sooner rather than later and that most likely the lost document didn't set us back a full three months,BUT we should always plan for the worst case scenario. I love how they are always so guarded. I suppose though they have learned through experience dealing with anxious adoptive parents, and I know I am certainly one of them!!!! We are four months waiting at this point and figure our lost document lost us about a month. Today my family and I are choosing to be hopeful for LOA this month we'll see.On a more practical note our fingerprints for our 171h expire 1 /2010. We need to apply for a fingerprint appointment by 11/1/09 so hopefully we will have some indication by then. If not we will have to cough up another $160 to be refingerprinted for what the 80th time. I don't think I'm going out on a limb her predicting that our fingerprints haven't changed,but alas we will do what is needed to bring home our son. Please keep your fingers crossed and keep my family in your prayers. We so desperately want our family to e complete with our beautiful boy home with his family---- All the Best ---- Kate.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Ponyo


We saw Ponyo this weekend I thought it a little bizarre, Olivia loved it. I will say the story was about love and holding onto something you love so that was great. All the kids in my family went and they range in age from 13 to 7 and they all loved it for different reasons. Just FYI All the Best Kate.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Frustration

Today is a very rainy Saturday in our neck of the woods the remnants of a hurricane blowing up the coast. I can tell you the weather is doing nothing to help my mood. I still have been unable to clarify where we are in the process. The adoption agency simply won't answer the question. I have tried every conceivable way to ask the question and they just keep evading the answer. They also seem to think that I can't see right through their evasion. Even more frustrating.Steve says they probably don't have an answer--- Not good enough they are being paid to have the answers if they don't know then who is driving this ship. Even more unsettling!!!! I am having a BTDT feeling because this is exactly how I felt when the wait to travel to Olivia dragged on. I didn't like it then and I don't like it now. The biggest frustration of all is that I can't change it. These are the times that try men's souls Trying to be upbeat but today the pessimist is winning. We're off to see the movie PONYO this pm maybe that will help brighten my mood------ All the Best Kate.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Finally


Well my birth certificate is en route to China beginning of this week Yahoo-------. We are not quite sure where we are the process and are having a hard time getting a straight answer,which tells me no one really knows.One person has said that we are now all the way back to May which was our initial assumed LID so technically this little bump has caused us to lose three months. Others have said our dossier stalled where we were when the birth certificate was lost. If that is the case then we must be pretty close to LOSC. Trying hard to not be pessimistic because if we are all the way back to LID then we will be lucky if Matthew will be home this year, Can't even imagine another holiday without him home. Hoping for the best trying to prepare for the worst. Does anyone have any experience with this and may be able to shed some light Help--- Kate.

Friday, August 14, 2009

We're Getting There


My birth certificate is certified and on it's way to HAS and will arrive Monday. Keep your fingers crossed that Fed Ex is on top of their game. My pessimist is coming through and will not be happy until it arrives in China Keep your fingers crossed Kate.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Still Waiting


Just when I think this birth certificate thing is all worked out someone says not so fast. My birth cert had left the China consulate and was en route to HAS Thursday 8/6/09 and we thought we were smooth sailing. WELL--- it turns out that the China Consulate NYC now has a new photocopy requirement for every document they certify my document sat on some one's desk for seven days and was returned unauthenticated. For the sake of a two page photocopy we have now been delayed at least another 10 days. What makes me the most angry is that there is no more human kindness in the world or so it would seem. The person who received the document never considered just simply making a photocopy and sending an FYI e mail to the preparer of the new requirement.It's so discouraging that this will delay our travels about a month. Matthew has to wait for even longer due to a two age document.. Our new plan is to send this document on Washington DC and have it hand carried by a courier which should accomplish the certification in about five days. By the time this is all done this one paper will have cost us 200 dollars to authenticate. Unbelievable!!!!! Today is one of those days where I feel like this will never happen and someone is playing a really nasty joke. I am hoping to be able to post some positive news soon Kate

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Almost Back on Track


My birth certificate is on to the last stop on it's travels to China. It was sent and received by the China consulate yesterday from there it goes directly to HAS. The preparer will receive an email when it leaves the consulate hoping by the end of next week then come on LOSC. Keeping our fingers crossed. Kate

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Moving Along


Our summer here is flying by. Summer got off to a wet start in our neck of the woods and I can't believe it is almost August. Olivia is in Culture Camp all week and it is something she looks forward to all year. This is a camp started by adoptive families to bring children of multicultural families together to learn about their culture and spend time with other children who share their family situation. Each child has a schedule and they do arts and crafts, cooking, language(Olivia is taking Chinese hoping to help with her brother)and culture among other things. This camp is in it's 30th year, the cost is nominal and it is run by adoptive parents who volunteer their time.I feel so grateful that we live in a community where our children can be raised with such a large group of families just like ours. Next year I look forward to taking Matthew to the preschool program
I had communication Monday from the preparer that my birth certificate is on to step 2 of a three step process so we're getting there. Although the agency said it would not stall our paperwork i believe that we will not receive our LOSC until they have it so I am anxious to get it there.We were initially preparing for travel late August early September but now not so sure it will all happen in it's own time. We are looking forward to family gatherings and long family weekends as we head into August and just enjoying the outdoors I will keep in touch All the Best ___ Kate

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Bumps in the Road


Just when you think all is moving along a bump in the road well 2 as a matter of fact. The good news is the CCAA has received our dossier and has begun to process it. The bad news is they misplaced my authenticated birth certificate somewhere. Fortunately when I got our certificates in March I ordered two because they are difficult to get. It is already on it's way to the dossier preparer for authentication it should take about two weeks to process it fully through the China consulate. Pam at HAS was wonderful and reassuring that it would not stall our paperwork as they have a copy of the certificate and they will continue to move our paperwork along and she will express mail it when we receive it. I know in the scheme of things of all that could go wrong this is minor but any bump in the road is upsetting we just want him home and feel we shouldn't''t have to wait because they lost our document Oh well
Bump number two----- China is taking this H1N1 flu thing very seriously and without the boring details they are quarantining people who have even been remotely exposed for seven days. This news does not effect Steve and I as we will take the chance and hope for the best,it has however effected our decision to bring Olivia and we have decided that she will stay home with her Aunt Margie and her family. Our reason for this decision is that if anyone of us becomes ill and test positive for the flu that person will be removed from quarantine for medical treatment and only that person. Potentially if Olivia became ill she would be removed and treated medically and neither Steve not I would be allowed to go with her. Way to big a risk. I am reminded that sometimes parents have to make the really tough decisions.We have assured her that she can stay home for a few days when her brother comes home so that sweetened the deal. Her Dad has also made vague innuendos about a possible 2010 Disney trip so she is on the mend. We had planned on doing the tourist trip before getting Matthew but now we will go to complete the adoption and come home. Even two weeks is the longest we have been away from our girl it will be tough.
Please send us your good thoughts for a speedy authentication of my birth certificate and moving forward --- All the Best Kate

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Keeping Busy




Just checking in with everyone. We still do not have our LID but am assured by HAS that not hearing a date does not mean we are not logged in it just simply means they have not been given a recent update. The optimist in me says that all is well, the pessimist says that maybe there is a problem with our paperwork , today the pessimist is winning. Therefore I am trying to focus my energy in a positive direction. My family has been trying to familiarize ourselves with some very basic words in Chinese to help us along with our communication with Matthew. We have purchased a children's picture dictionary recommended by HAS which is certainly helping. In doing my research I have also found all the family adoption merchandise available for families and children adopted from China. There is a mountain of things available for bringing the Chinese culture into out multi cultural family YEAH. I am faced however with the challenge of not only bringing the Chinese culture to our home but also the Vietnamese culture. Olivia obviously is very proud of being Vietnamese and quickly corrects people when they assume she is Chinese. So I now face the challenge of striking a balance in our home. That is the productive way I will use this energy while waiting for an update of our LID. I will keep you posted-- All the Best Kate

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Happy Birthday to our Beautiful Boy


Dear Matthew--- Today you turn two and from half a world away Daddy, Mommy and Olivia are sending our love and hoping that on some level you can feel it and know how very much we wish we were with you today. We are sad today but also happy in knowing that this will be the last birthday you will spend without us. We will celebrate today with a small cake and we will sing Happy Birthday to you Olivia will blow out your two candles( she loves to blow them out even if they are not for her).Each day gets us a little closer to you and as soon as they tell us we can come we will be there as fast as we can! Your room is almost finished. as we have been working on it we have enjoyed imagining you in it.We look forward to the day when we can hold you and love you and when you will be ours forever. Love Daddy, Mommy and Olivia

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

WE ARE DTC !!!!!!!


We are DTC 4/30/09. We just received a telephone call from HAS saying they have reviewed our dossier. There are no corrections( I guess third time is a charm LOL) and it will be to China via DHL tomorrow morning. We can presume our Lid is about two weeks later but they will give us a definite LID when they get it. We are jumping for joy at our house. Hold on Matthew-- Daddy,Mommy and Olivia are coming All the Best-- Kate.

One Step Closer


Our dossier is finished sent and received by HAS yesterday. We are a very short time away from DTC. I can't wait to be able to write those three little letters. I will update as soon as we have any news. All the Best Kate

Monday, April 27, 2009

Olivia's Big Day





Olivia and my niece Siobhan had a beautiful day on Saturday. The pictures speak for themselves. All the Best-- Kate

Monday, April 20, 2009

Day 6


We are on day six of a approximate 10 day weight for the final documents to be returned from the China Consulate. When Steve and I forwarded our initial documents to the preparer we inadvertently forgot to sign one of the documents. This held them up from going with the original documents. So again we wait. I keep reminding myself that we are getting closer. It seems,recently at least, that the LOSC have been coming more quickly the last group in 75 days. So we wait and pray for a swift travel plan. Matthew's room is all painted and now just needs the finishing touches and we will put up the crib and his bed. I can't wait to walk into that room and see it all ready for our beautiful boy.
Olivia's first Holy communion is this Saturday and they are predicting beautiful weather.I will post pictures as soon as I have them.Hoping everyone is enjoying the Springtime--- All the Best---- Kate.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Hooray!!!!!!


I just received the call from our homestudy agency that our 171H was received by them this am.Yippee!! Now that will need to be certified which they are taking care of and our 171H and our homestudy will join the rest of our dossier and be forwarded to HAS.We are now officially done waiting, wondering and worrying about our documents.The next step is DTC. Today is a good day!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Patience...Patience...Patience


I know it's a virtue and I'm not feeling virtuous today. We are still waiting on our I171H it has been two weeks. I know that they received it because they certainly cashed our check in a timely manner. Having been down this road before I know I have reached that end of the road feeling regarding the paperwork. All the other documents are with the preparer and our homestudy will be ready to go this week. I have confidence that the preparer and the homestudy aency are doing everything they can to move this along. I don't have the same confidence in USCIS. I just have to trust that all is well and that it is just the bureaucratic wheels turning. I suppose this is where my need to control comes in. Working on that.
We are preparing for Easter and Olivia's upcoming First Holy Communion, so April is a busy month. We are having a three family communion party as my niece Siobhan and Olivia are in the same class at school and will make their communion together. Olivia's dress is beautiful. The one she wanted was a lacy tiered halter number,so not appropriate ever, we had some compromising to do.She looks like a little angel in her outfit. Hoping everyone enjoys the beginning of Spring Stay tuned I can't wait to post DTC... All the best Kate.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Priceless


Two faxes.... three phone calls......two personal visits to Dr's office.... finally receiving Steve's doctor's letter.....priceless.....
Yes it only LOL took thirteen days to obtain a three sentence letter but at last we have gotten it and it is on it's way to join our dossier as we speak. We are just waiting for our USCIS clearance and we will be good to go. It feels wonderful to have this totally out of my hands. We are full steam ahead at our house finishing up brand new pantry and starting redo Matthew's room. His room now is a beautiful pink with a great alphabet pink border. It is now to be made over into a boy loving lizard and gecko room with green ( a nice green, not lizard green) walls. My sister Maureen will be helping me do the painting the week before Easter as she is off school and our children have the following week off. Thanks Moe!!!!.I will post pictures as the room comes together.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

To Our Beautiful Boy

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My prayer each and every day is that God keeps him safe until we can get there. I also pray that he will soon know of us and know how much we love him--- All the Best Kate

Monday, March 16, 2009

Dossier Movin On


I found out that the doctors note does not need authentication so the dossier is on it's way to the preparer to receive certification. We still will have to deal with the doctor's office but at least it is not holding anything back. Steve is now dealing with his doctor and Ia am trying to back off. Not so easy with my need to control personality.I'm trying.
We now will have authentication happening while waiting for our USCIS country change. Then we should be good to go. Happy St Patrick's Day to everyone. This picture is of Steve and Olivia before her Irish Dance recital. I love to see my little Asian girl out there with all the redheads dancing her heart out.All the Best--- Kate.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Here He Is and Pre-Approval


We received the first of many wonderful calls today from HAS telling us we have been preapproved by the Chinese Government to adopt Matthew. Now we are sure it is real and that is why I am now comfortable posting his picture. We are a little biased but we think he is the cutest boy in the world. I was saying to Olivia the other day that so many people here love him already and he doesn't know it yet. Now that we have preapproval we can send him a photo album with our pictures and the nannies at the orphanage will start to show him the pictures.Of course Olivia thinks most of the pictures should be of her but we will be sure to include at least a couple of Steve and I LOL.
We have received our birth certificates and are waiting on a doctor's note to move to authentication. Our homestudy update has been approved by HAS and has been forwarded to USCIS for our country change.Thant should take about two weeks. We are hoping our dossier will be on it's way to the preparer early next week. The doctor's office is being less than cooperative and yesterday no one in the entire office could verify if they had even received my fax so annoying!!! Steve went to the office this am on his way to work spoke with someone got her name and said we should have it by Monday. I know no one will ever be moving fast enough for me in this process but really 1 week to get a one paragraph letter Kinda crazy. Best case scenario our dossier processing will be complete right around the time our USCIS clearence comes and we can be DTC(Dossier to China).I pray everyday that God keeps him safe until we can get there. I will update with more news and Happy St Patrick's Day to all-- Kate

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Birth Certificates Continued

Well in the middle of the snowstorm on Monday I was on the phone to NYC Dept of Health,convinced no one would be there but trying anyway. Low and behold someone very helpful answered the phone took some info and credit card info and said I will have certificates within about a week. I am cautiously optimistic. Our homestudy draft is at the agency and I will be faxing some information from work tomorrow for the homestudy review to begin. Assuming the birth certificates arrive early next week our dossier will be off for authentication by next week. I am so ready to move this all from my hands.
We obviously managed through the storm I don't usually work Mondays Olivia had a snow day and Steve was able to work from home so all was well. Olivia played outside with our neighbors for 2 hours in the freezing weather I had to drag her in the house. She is back to normal and fully recovered from the strep throat although still on antibiotics.
Today Steve and I went to the daycare center at his job to meet with the director and view the facility. It was very nice and run very efficiently. My concern is putting Matthew back in a group setting so soon after coming home. I will be taking off the 12 weeks allotted by FMLA. They were reassuring about ways to ease him into the transition but I am worried. See he is not here yet and I am already worried. I hope the right decision will come to Steve and I. All the Best Kate

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Birthday Party, Strep Throat and Birth Certificates


We celebrated my Dad's 81st birthday here with a spaghetti dinner four fourteen. My Dad is so full of life and truly amazing he still works seasonally and keep himself very busy. We are blessed to have him in our life and he is so loved by his 8 soon to be nine grandchildren.
Olivia is getting over strep throat she started with a fever Wednesday during the night and was off to the doctor on Thursday.Amazingly two doses of antibiotic and no more fever and feeling much better. She would have been back to school tomorrow however they are forecasting 8-12 inches of snow here so school is doubtful.Another day home will do her good before going back into the germ pool.
We sent to NYC Dept o health for our copies of our birth certificates 3 weeks ago. I received word back yesterday that I did not sent them the correct identifying information. It took them THREE weeks to determine they did not have what they needed so frustrating. I am calling tomorrow to check to see the quickest way possible to obtain these documents. I don't think I can get the copies that we need in the same day. This is the last document that we were waiting for. Once we received this we could have moved on to certification. Now we will at least be held up by another three weeks.Oh soooo very frustrating.
I ave also done something to my blog I can no longer add anything to the blog other then posting. This is an improvement I initially lost everything including the archived postings. will continue to work on that. All the Best Kate