Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Local background check from former town. Check, check.
Local background check from current town. Check, check.
Appointments scheduled for annual physicals for next week. Check, check.
And... the washing machine broke. The appliance repair guy that was supposed to come to fix it while we were visiting 3 police stations (not 2) didn't come. He left a message at 4:55pm on our answering machine that he was too busy today and would have to come Monday. Darn it.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
"The state of Indiana has mandated new requirements for adoption. They are asking the following information be updated every 12 months until the adoption finalization. Because of this new requirement, we need to ask you to update the following information to keep your file current for your adoption. We realize this is an inconvenience but unfortunately it is necessary in order to keep your home study valid. Per Indiana regulations, your homestudy will be suspended on 3-7-08 if this update is not completed. For international adoptions, this means your home study will be revoked from CIS. (Not only will your child not be able to enter the United States, but also you will be required to start the CIS process over including the application fee.) In order for your Indiana Review to be completed, we must have received all the documents as well as the background checks back from the state-these can take up to a month to process to start working on the immediately."
Here's a list of what we'll have to RE-DO:
- FBI National Criminal Check (includes fingerprinting once again on blue FBI fingerprint cards at $28.25 each
- Indiana State Limited Criminal Check at $7 each
- Local criminal checks – going back to two police departments... and the town that we used to live in charges for local criminal checks!
- Child Protective Services – National Criminal Check
- Physician Update Letter – Great! We get to pay for physicals again!
- Updated tax record copies and pay stubs
- Pet vaccination records. Got shots, Sedona???
- Complete a questionnaire and pay the homestudy agency another $150 to update our file.
Well, I guess I know what I’m going to be doing on my day off tomorrow. I'll be getting fingerprinted by the state police, and going back to the city we used to live in for background checks AGAIN. ARG!!! I had no idea that we'd have to go through this all over again so quickly. We jump through hoop after hoop to be able to adopt, but we see total losers that are so-called parents to kids every day.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
I started off looking for traditional things people would eat to celebrate the Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the Chinese New Year. I found that some will make Tang Tuan (glutinous rice balls) for Winter Solstice and the Lantern Festival, so I searched online for a recipe that I could make. I had the ingredients: glutinous rice flower leftover from a previous shopping trip to an Asian grocery, brown sugar, water, and red food coloring. Here's a link to the recipe that I used.
I used the glutinous rice flower and water to make a dough. Sometimes people color their balls pink, so I used food coloring to color half of my dough pink.
I made a syrup with brown sugar and water, and cooked marble sized dough balls until they floated to the top of the syrup.
And here they are. My recipe said that you can serve them in the syrup hot or cold. Of course, I had to try one right away (drum roll please).... Tastes like goo with a little brown sugar flavor. The smaller balls taste better because they had more of the sugary syrup go into them. Still, not good. Not bad, but definitely not good. You can fill the balls with pastes like black sesame seeds and red beans... but I give up. I can't imagine making these things taste really good.
I think I'll stick to making reservations from now on and leave the cooking up to the professionals! I really want to find someplace relatively local that serves Dim Sum. If anyone local reading this knows of a restaurant in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where one can order Dim Sum, please let me know. I'd like to try some closer to home rather than driving all of the way to Indianapolis. Maybe I'll meet some people at the Fort Wayne Chinese Families and Friends Association's Spring Festival (aka New Year) Party that can point me in the direction of some local Dim Sum.
Okay, time to clean up the kitchen, throw out my glutinous rice flower dough, and have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a glass of milk. I'm hungry after kneading all of that dough!
Friday, January 18, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Voters went to the poles yesterday in Taiwan, and they changed control of their legislature from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to the KMT, Taiwan's nationalist party. The Nationalists won 81 seats of the 113 seat Legislature, where the DPP won only 27. President Chen Shui-bian with the DPP has been pushing for policies finalize independence from China, and has planned a referendum to help Taiwan gain membership into the United Nations. Some say that Taiwan has lost economic competitiveness because of recent tensions with China. The KMT nationalist party favors more active engagement with China and doesn't rule out reunification in the future. Taiwan's presidential election is coming up on March 22nd to choose a successor to President Chen who is stepping down after 8 years in office. Opinion polls give the KMT's candidate Ma Ying-jeou a 20-point lead over the DDP's Frank Hsieh.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Well folks, I think I have nerve damage. I was hoping that the loss of sensation was due to the Dermabond over the area, but the glue is gone and it doesn't feel right. I know it's still healing, so we'll see what happens and how permanent this will be. Luckily I still have all of the sensation on the very end of my finger to help me type, pick things up off the ground, etc. It's a dime sized area on the side of my finger that feels numb.
Sigh. Let this be a lesson. Always use a cutting board in the kitchen, no matter how small the job. Or just eat out or let your husband do all of the cooking and food preparation. That sounds like an even better idea. I haven't cooked a thing this week that didn't involve opening a box and putting it in a microwave!
Oh my gosh! I'm looking at my finger and just realized that I'm most likely going to have a scar and this changes my fingerprint. My brain frantically searches... does this mean that I need to be fingerprinted again by immigration for the adoption? Surely not. I'll have to ask my adoption agency representative next time we talk, but surely not. That would be craziness, but there's a whole bunch of things that you have to do to adopt that are just crazy.
Friday, January 11, 2008
I don't ask many favors for you, but I'm asking one tonight. I'm asking for prayers for an online friend and her family. Today they learned that the infant they hoped to adopt passed away unexpectedly. God answered their prayers to heal the child by bringing the baby home to him, but obviously this is not what they expected and they are devastated. Please pray for this adopting family as well as the birth family as their hearts need healing, and they'll need guidance as they search for direction of how to go on from here. The family reads this blog. If you'd like to leave them a message... you can do so in the comments of this post.
I’m just been sobbing tonight for this little one and the two families, birth family and another family that loved the baby so very much... even though they never had the opportunity to physically hold their child of their hearts.
Updated Sunday, January 13th:
Rebecca and I have chosen to send $100 of our Blogovers with Love donations to help cover the cost of a funeral for an infant that unexpectedly passed away at an orphanage in Taiwan. The birth family does not have the funds to pay for a proper funeral. Please e-mail me if you would like to have an address where you can send funds to help with the funeral expenses.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
Here's the pirate captain and her crew. Kevin's brother-in-law, his brother, and Kevin are in the background.
Still waiting! Still smiling!