Archive for August 2010

Jump Time!

Since our file was sent to Valle del Cauca 29 days ago…. that means our referral time frame of 30-60 days later STARTS TOMORROW!  Can you say JUMP JUMP JUMP?  I’ve been asked if I jump when the phone rings…. not until now.

Corresponding exactly with August 30th is the start of HOMESCHOOLING for year number TEN here at L.A.K.E. Academy.  Normally I don’t answer the phone when we’re doing school… but that all changes tomorrow!  Sorry, pupils.  I will need to emphasize the importance of staying in your seat and continuing your work if Mama/Teacher does answer the phone.  Usually if I happen to take a call, my children stealthily disappear.  I eventually hang up and find myself alone.  THAT is why I normally don’t answer the phone.  NEW RULE!  Stay in your chair, buster!

I’ve discussed the actual referral call with my husband/pilot on several occasions lately.  If the call comes and he’s on a flight…. he suggested waiting until the next day to get the information, so we could sit together, in blissful unity, looking at our girl’s darling face for the first time with each other.  I don’t think so.  I cannot wait.  Sorry.  If he is sitting in his office that particular day and can blast home in 30 minutes, I MIGHT be able to wait that long.  But NOT 24 hours.  Hello?  What do you think I am, a patient, caring wife?  Well, I am… sometimes.  :o)

On pins and needles.

2 comments August 29, 2010

Our FBI Prints are BACK!

WOW!  That only took six business days!  I was expecting W-A-Y longer.  I still have to send them off to West Virginia for the apostille, but still this was one quick return!  Hip hip hooray for the FBI!

One week from today is THIRTY DAYS after our file was sent to Valle del Cauca!!!!!  Our referral could come starting next MONDAY!  Bring it on, baby!

Add a comment August 23, 2010

I’m Losing Sleep

This is exactly like the end of a pregnancy…. I wake up and my mind goes CRAZY!  And I can’t go back to sleep.  I’m just not going to the bathroom every twenty minutes like big-belly pregnancy

We are exactly one week from the 30-day mark from when our file left ICBF and was sent to Valle del Cauca.  We’ve been told we will get the referral call within 30-60 days.  That could be NEXT WEEK!  After all this waiting for almost four years…. you’d think I’d be plenty ready.  But I’m all jittery and anxious and restless.  The heightened anxiety level has completely erased the minimal Spanish that I knew only a month ago.  I’m not sure what to do about that.  I think it’s too late for ginkgo biloba!   Ha ha!

I’ve finished Zaza’s tea-table and it has three coats of minwax for protection.  It probably needs about eight coats!  Not wanting the painting and decorating to end… I bought a little seat from an adult vanity.  I’m going to turn it into a sink and stove top for Zaza’s little kitchen in her room.  I need to keep these hands busy!!!

Add a comment August 23, 2010

Final Fingerprints Done!

How can a simple plan of getting fingerprints done turn into a whole-day saga????  Because it’s the Crosbys trying to get it done…. and it’s for an international adoption… so you take the normal time and multiply it by 27.  :o) 

I thought I was so ready.  Then, we ended up with only one working car today.  So I borrowed a car. (Thanks, Dad!)  I went to get the money order for the FBI and my bank wanted me to pay them $5 for the service.  GAH!  I went to bank #2…. same thing… $5.  I know, in the grand scope of the cost of this adoption, $5 is NOTHING….. but I couldn’t pay it.  I ended up at Walmart…. 60 CENTS.  Thank you very much!

Heading down the highway to pick up Rick at his office… I realized that I didn’t remember where his office was.  I’ve only been there once.  So I looked for my cell phone… which didn’t appear to make the trip with me.  Bummer.  I did find his office and as I pulled up I heard my phone ringing.  It was under the driver’s seat.  Good!  Off to the Police station….. then the second police station.  It seems that in the time our fingerprints expired, fingerprinting in Phoenix, Arizona moved about 2 miles east of the last location.  We arrived and stood in line. 

When it was our turn to talk to the nice lady behind the glass, we showed I.D., signed our names and I wrote the check for $12.  Well, it seems your check has to have a number in the top right corner in order for it to be accepted at the Police station.  It was from the account I just opened and the new checks with numbers are not in my possession yet.  I wrote another check from a different account.  Fine.

We go and sit in the waiting area and Rick decides he needs to go visit the little boy’s room.  As soon as he gets behind the door with the stick man on it, they call his name.  Of course.  Eventually he made it through the correct secret door to be metal-detected.  I did as well.  I almost didn’t pass due to the cell phone in my pocket.  Whew.  Rick stayed in the fingerprinting room waiting for my prints to be completed…. which we found out is a no-no.  No loitering, even if it is your wife.  Busted by the police!

Off to find a computer because I forgot to copy all the FBI info for the fingerprinting cards.  We stopped at the flight center where Rick’s plane is. Finally, we were headed back to Rick’s office and we somehow ended up on the only road in downtown Phoenix with traffic at a stop-n-go pace that is currently being coated with new, oily and sticky rock pavement.  Dad’s car collects many rocks, oil and tar.  Great!  Rick takes the quickest side street to get off the tar trail and tries to take the highway to his office.  There must have been an accident on the highway because it was at a standstill.  (This whole trip was supposed to take 20 minutes.)

Eventually I drop Rick off and head to FedEx.  I have the wrong envelope with the wrong address form… all filled out, of course.  But I don’t have my FedEx account number.  I phoned home and thankfully I talked my 11-year-old son through finding the number and reading it to me. Thank the Lord, I taught the boy how to read!

And I returned my parent’s car… about two hours later than planned with a few more black marks than when I picked it up.  But our FBI fingerprints are sent off and will be in West Virginia tomorrow!

4 comments August 13, 2010

It Hit Me Today

I’m going to have a five-or-six year old little girl in as little as two-and-a-half months!! Forever!  Not just for the holidays!  She’ll be ours and we’ll be hers FOREVER!  How in the world did God pick us for this?  We have dirty blinds…. and a messy garage… and a car in the driveway that should be in a ghetto…. and sometimes we’re all grouchy on the same day… and there are days when the fridge is empty… and the dog barely gets fed … and we are nerdy sometimes….  and loud… REALLY loud… and late for church… and we lose library books.  I’m starting to think they didn’t ask the right questions during the homestudy, because I’m not feeling real ready for this.

But we have love.  Lots of love and lots of laughs.  And the Lord.  I think that is all we need to be ready.  Three L’s.  I’m down with this.

Add a comment August 11, 2010

Here We Go Again

I thought I was done doing adoption paperwork, but NO!  I assumed I had already earned my medal for completing the dossier and all 2,027 papers that go along with it.  But NO!  I received an email that gave me a list of 14 more papers that are apparently MIA from our file.  Maybe the agency is trying to keep my mind occupied so I don’t get into a tizzy about traveling in 2-3 months.  Yes, that’s probably it.  All this free time on my hands. 

But, I know in my heart, it’s all worth it!

4 comments August 9, 2010

We Got Our Regional Assignment!

There it is…. Valle del Cauca.  Which means Zaza could be in Cali, which is what I have been praying for.  Fellow Gladney mom, Kelly, was in Cali last week picking up her darling GG.  Kelly’s entire Colombian stay was three weeks to the day!  She comes home tonight from Bogota.  She reported the courts in Cali are fast, as well as the attorney is professional and speedy too.  YES! 

Of course, my beach-loving 16-year-old took one look at the regional map and is hoping for Buenaventura….right on the BEACH! 

This is so exciting…. but still doesn’t tell us all the little details I’m earnestly awaiting…. like her NAME!  And her size.  And does she have dimples?  And does she have all her baby teeth still?  And how old is she?  I’m not very good at waiting.

4 comments August 6, 2010

Your Room is DONE, Baby Girl!

We have Zaza’s room about 98% completed!  Yeeehaw!  Her frames are awaiting pictures of her smiling face… and her curtains still need tie-backs.  But other than a little girl to snuggle in there, we are done!

Her purple bed was a gift from the heart from Uncle Bruce and Auntie Connie Grandma and I found her bedside table at an antique store and I re-did it in purple to match.  The butterfly rug is a gift from the heart from Ms. Donna.

Ok, her tea-table is not done either… I still have flowers and butterflies to paint on there.  The table was a gift from the heart from Ms. Missy.  One chair was found at a garage sale with Ms. Darla, and the other at Goodwill. (Auntie Christy’s favorite store.)  Eventually, Zaza’s purses will hang on the rack and her hats on the stand.  The tea set was cousin Whitney’s when she was a little girl.  And there is the dolly I made for her that I think we will keep calling Zaza…. because our little Zaza will have her own name…. we just don’t know it yet.

Zaza’s dresser was Auntie Julie’s when she was a little girl.  The darling lamps are from Auntie Connie, as well as the book ends.

Ms. Beth helped me paint the flowers, dragonflies, butterflies and birdhouses with glitter paint for the border around the room.

I keep wandering in the buttery-yellow room (partly because it’s the only clean room in the house) because I can’t wait for our little girl to feel the love in there!

Add a comment August 5, 2010

Time Flies!

August 2010