Sunday, October 26, 2008


Yep, I was tagged. I was actually tagged quite a while ago by the following three lovely ladies; Dawn, Lisa, and Diane.

Since everyone else I know has been tagged already, I've just decided to include a couple of extra facts about me.

1. I HATE bell peppers! Sometimes just the thought of them gives me the chills. Typing this has caused me to break out in goose bumps! ICK!!

2. I'm not a very organized person. I really try and wish that I was but I just can't. It's a right brained thing!

3. I have very strange and vivid dreams. Just as an example, I once dreamt that I was an octopus. I remember floating in the water on a raft and moving across the raft with my long octopus tentacles. I was watching the people on the beach and thinking octopus like thoughts. I know, I'm strange!

4. In my early college years I frequented rock concerts. I even had a couple of mosh pit mishaps. At a Metallica concert I became very dehydrated and passed out in the pit. A couple of guys were kind enough to carry me out by my arms and legs and drop me off in the first aid stand. And then there was a Pearl Jam concert where I was head butted and got a black eye. I was so proud!

5. I spent many summer days of my youth at the race track. My Grandpa used to breed and race horses in Oklahoma. My sisters and I really enjoyed being able to spend time with him at the track. Especially when his horse would win and we'd get to take pictures with him in the winners circle!

6. I wanted to be a veterinarian when I was a kid. That changed when I went with my Grandpa to take one of his horses to the vet. The vet needed a stool sample and to do that he went in shoulder deep! Now, I'm a little person and I'd probably get lost in there!

7. My nickname as a child was Space Case. I was always off in my own little world and often preferred to play alone outside.

8. It's official! I have gained 20lbs since I started this adoption process. I never considered myself a stress eater but then I don't think I've ever been this stressed! With the amount in adoption fees I have paid, I could have had Lipo a few times over. But then, if I weren't adopting, I wouldn't need Lipo!

9. I love to travel. Some of the places I've been to are Mexico, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Costa Rica, England, Spain and Switzerland. I prefer traveling to third world countries because I have found that the people in such countries the people are so much more warm and inviting. And since I am a teacher, I have had the luxury of traveling for weeks at a time. Next stop, Ethiopia!

10. My pupils are two different sizes. When first discovered, my doctors thought I had a brain tumor! I was terrified! I had an MRI, saw neurologists etc. and nothing was ever found.

I think that's all the interesting things I can think of, or at least the ones I can share!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Some More, Please!!!

Apparently fate has decided to torture me for two more weeks before deciding. I guess the last eight months haven't been enough! Yep, that's right. It's been eight months since I received my first referral! By the time I get him home(or any baby home, for that matter), I'm going to be so jaded. It's just not fair!

This is what happened today; The requested statement from MoWA was there but I guess the judges did not feel they had enough to make a decision. My case will be heard again on Thursday, November 6th and a decision will be made after further 'investigation'.

Thank you to all those supporting me through this. I'm determined to make you all alcoholics with me!! (that's a joke guys!)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


It is approximately 7:30 am Thursday, October 23rd in Ethiopia. In a few short hours, a judge will decide my fate as well as the fate of an eight month old baby boy whom, since July 1st have considered my son. Not a day has gone by that I haven't wondered what he is doing. Is he happy? Is he sad? Is he getting enough attention? Is he feeling well today? This judge may be sitting at home drinking his/her morning coffee, perhaps reading the newspaper. Does this judge know that the future of two people are in his/her hands? Whatever the outcome, two lives are about to be changed forever.

Friday, October 17, 2008

This is Scary!!

Ok, so I've tried to keep my personal political views off this blog but after seeing this I had to post it. This was emailed to me from the Color of Change organization that helps to promote the political and social status of African Americans. After watching these videos I got a real sickening feeling. I know that racism exists in this country and I guess because I don't see it first hand very often, when I do see things like this I am shocked. It scares me to think that if McCain wins, it's because of people like this. It also scares me to think if Obama wins, what these people would do to him and to others considered less favorable in their eyes. Most of all, it scares and disgusts me at the reality that someday my son will have to deal with such people.

Please click on the link to see the videos.

Dear Friend,
John McCain and Sarah Palin have stopped talking about the issues, and have instead launched a strategy relying on fear-mongering, racial divisions, and hate. The result is McCain/Palin supporters saying "kill him!" "terrorist!" "traitor," and more, at rallies, with the McCain campaign playing dumb in response.It's outrageous and it must stop.
Together, we can show that Americans of all races won't stand for this.
I've signed onto ColorofChange's open-letter calling out McCain and Palin. will publish it this week, and as they've shown in the past, when enough of us stand together, we can force the mainstream media to amplify our message. Will you join us?
McCain-Palin rallies have started to look more like mob scenes than political events. The candidates keep asking "who is the real Barack Obama?" (a question that also kicks off almost every McCain television ad).In response, supporters have yelled "terrorist!" and "traitor!" And the venom goes beyond Obama--one McCain/Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at a Black member of a news crew, saying "sit down, boy."
McCain and Palin are going down a dangerous path. Watching some of their supporters being interviewed shows the kind of fear their campaign is stoking and exploiting.McCain and Palin are clearly in the driver's seat. They've personally made it a point to use "terrorist" and "Obama" in the same sentence; they have surrogates repeatedly refer to him by his middle-name;and they keep pushing the discredited guilt-by-association smears that have long been debunked.
All of it plays on the much more sinister rumors in anonymous smear emails which claim Obama is Muslim (a myth designed to tap into anti-Muslim bigotry), anti-American, and is somehow connected with terrorists. This strategy is powerful because Obama is Black, and it's designed to make Obama's race a disadvantage without appearing overtly racist.
As Americans of all stripes, we've seen how Barack Obama's historic candidacy has moved our friends and family to have a more honest conversation about race in this country. It's inspired a lot of people to step out of their comfort zone and confront racism in their own communities, with their friends, neighbors and families.
In the final days of this campaign, we can't let a desperate John McCain and Sarah Palin drag us down. If enough of us act, we can create a powerful story in the media about Black people and our allies of all races standing together against race-baiting and fear-mongering coming from the McCain/Palin campaign. But it will take a lot of us speaking in unison.
Will you sign an open letter to McCain and Palin, telling them who you are and why you won't let them move our country backward? will publish the letter and make sure John McCain is forced to respond.


In other news, I was very saddened to learn today that one of my former students was tragically killed in a car accident last weekend. Caleb was only 20 years old, and serving his country in the Navy. He was driving home for the weekend to visit his family and drove his truck into oncoming traffic. He was killed instantly. Many students have crossed my path over the years and unfortunately I don't remember them all. Caleb was one of the unforgettable ones. Even though he wasn't the best student and often liked to challenge me, he had a really great heart. Please send your thoughts and prayers to the Manning family as they deal with the loss of their youngest.

And yes, I have been tagged three times now! I promise that will be my next post!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Ok, How about the 23rd?

My case was heard in the Ethiopian higher courts last Friday. The judge was unclear as to why my case was originally denied and is requesting a detailed letter from MoWA as to the reason for the denial. My case will be reheard and the final decision will be given on the 23rd. My agency is hopeful that the decision will be in my favor. Other cases similar to mine have passed!

Sooo... to keep myself busy til the 23rd, my goal is to have the nursery completed! I've been working on it for a looong time. I know you're all in suspense to see the finished product, so I've decided to give you all a little sneak peek! Enjoy!!

Hmmm.... What could it be?

Sunday, October 5, 2008

The New Mommies!!!

Over the past few months, I have had some great friends of mine become first time mommies. They all graciously decided that they would become mommies before me so that I could get in some practice time before I bring home Baby King! What great friends I have!

Gena and Maraya Ann
Born May 15th, 2008

After many, many hours of pushing, Gena, with the help of her hubby Hector, successfully produced the beautiful Maraya Ann. Maraya is very easy going and loves swimming in the ocean, as I witnessed in Maui. A few weeks ago we all went to a Los Angeles Dodgers game. Maraya has already proven to be a loyal fan and sat and watched the game with hardly a peep! Gena is a very patient and loving mother. She has a natural talent for motherhood!
Patricia and Dominic Anthony
Born July 28th, 2008

Introducing Dominic!! After many, many hours of pushing, Patricia, with the help of her hubby Juan, delivered Dominic @9lbs. through Cesarean section. Dominic can't wait for Baby King to come home. He's already declared Baby King his best friend! Patricia, is an amazing self taught mommy. Before having Dominic, she never even changed a diaper! As you can see from this photo, she is delighted even when he cries! Also, as you can see from this photo, she is producing enough milk to feed a small village!!

Lisa and Zaela Rose

Born October 18th, 2007And last but absolutely not least is new mommy Lisa and her beautiful Zaela Rose! After many, many months of waiting, Lisa brought home Zaela on August 23rd of this year from Ethiopia. Zaela is a wonderful and funny baby girl! I recently witnessed Zaela's first standing on her own. She was so proud of herself! Her mommy is not quite ready for Zaela to grow up. And to keep her from further attempts at walking, Zaela is now wearing 5lb ankle weights! Lisa is quite the MacGyver! I don't know how she keeps up with little Zaela while maintaining her pre-mommy alcohol level! (ok, I may have helped there!) Please check out the adventures of Lisa and Zaela at their blog!!

I'm really looking forward to sharing mommyhood with all of these wonderful mommies! For now, I will patiently listen to their stories of poopy diapers, late night feedings, and fun fussiness!!! Can't wait guys!!!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Or Next Week...

Unfortunately, I didn't get the news I was hoping for last week. Because my case is being appealed, it won't be heard in the regular adoption courts. The court that will hear my case is not yet open. Hopefully it will be opening in the coming week. I am a little nervous about my case being heard in a different court. I hope that the judges there are familiar with the adoption laws . I also hope that the appeal process will not take long and that they are not backed up. I dreamt the other night that my agency told me that the appeal could take up to a year. Hopefully this week...