Tuesday, March 29, 2011


A little before 8am this morning we were wanded by security and entered the waiting room for immigration. Hannah has a cold and isn't feeling well. She held tightly to one of her favorite flannel blankies. The immigration office has rows of plastic chairs that fold up like movie theater chairs. There are glass covered windows and one can talk with an immigration officer through the glass windows. We sat down in the front row of chairs to wait our turn and Hannah loudly asked, "Are we going to see a movie???"

We had a pretty awful trip because Hannah isn't feeling well, but I'll spare you the gross details. The bright spot of the trip was spending an hour in the pool with our little fish! Mommy really enjoyed well deserved time in the jacuzzi tub, too!

Monday, March 28, 2011

on the way to the airport

Just a little cuteness from today.
We picked Nana and Papa up at the airport as they returned from spring break.
We met them today at the same spot that they met Hannah for the first time.
{Pulls on my heart!}

Tomorrow we have our biometric fingerprint scan appointments in Indianapolis, and should receive immigration approval shortly thereafter. It's been seven and a half months since our agency gave us a heads up that we were third in line for a referral of a little boy, and to anticipate a referral in about three to six months. I'm starting to think about #2 a lot right now. I think about his/her first mother, her struggles, for guidance with the decisions she is making for herself and her young or unborn child, and I pray for peace for her.

Friday, March 25, 2011


Hannah looks pretty proud of herself, doesn't she?

Hannah mastered buttoning her own clothes this week. When I came home from work Wednesday night she showed me at least four times. "I do it, I do it, I do it myself!"

Thursday, March 17, 2011


One of Hannah's favorite activities since her third birthday is puzzles. Several family members and Mama and Daddy have purchased her wooden puzzzle sets from Melissa and Doug and Target's Circo brand. The 12 piece puzzles are too simple for her now, the 24 piece puzzles are just right for her to complete on her own, and she needs some assistance with the 48 piece puzzles so that she doesn't become frustrated. It's been amazing to watch her little brain develop strategy over the last two months.

I took a little video today as I watched her complete some puzzles. So proud of my smart cookie!

Friday, March 4, 2011

birthday present from USCIS

USCIS sent us fingerprint appointment notices today. Our presence is requested at 8am in Indianapolis on MY BIRTHDAY! Yippie! Another step closer to kiddo #2.