Sunday, March 20, 2011

Paperwork paperwork paperwork

What to post. . . I'm so far behind in EVERYTHING!  And, I'm okay with that.  I've been up to my ears with paperwork.  You would think that we were trying to adopt again with all of this paperwork! :0)  Jakob is getting some assessments done at school to see if he needs some extra help in school--so with that comes a TON of paperwork.  Jenay was assessed by a public health nurse as she is a bit behind in her motor skills which equals more paperwork.  She will also be seeing a neurologist in May for some shakiness--guess what, more paperwork.  She also was having some physical therapy for her neck and there were some insurance issues with the prior authorization lapsing--so even more paperwork for the appeal.  I really despise all the new automated phone systems that businesses have now. It took me about two hours after getting transferred, cut off, and dropped and having to go through all the prompts again before I was able to reach the right people to talk too.  A person really has the time to be on the phone with three children under the age of 5 that need STRICT supervision!  HA!   I finally completed the taxes too--oh yeah, more paperwork with a very large return coming our way.  We still had carryover from Jakob's adoption in 2006, all of Jada's carryover, and we finalized Jenay's adoption on December 30th, 2010.  I know it will be awhile before we actually see the ENTIRE return. . . but we have big plans of paying our house off.  Don't bother giving me the "you need the interest to write off on your taxes" speech.  We take the standard deduction.  It is ridiculous to pay $250 a month in interest.  Financial freedom baby!  :0)

Jenay turned one this month!  Woot woot!  I still can't believe she is one already.  It has most definitely been an emotional year!  I was over joyed when Jenay's birthmom and her sister called us on her birthday!  FINALLY!  We have not heard from her since August.  We have made efforts with no success.  They did call me on my cell phone (Yes, we finally paid off the minivan so we were able to budget a cell phone for me) so I know that she is receiving our letters and updates.  I gave her my cell number as another option to reach us.  I write our numbers in every letter I send.  We made tentative plans to have her and her sister and her sister's baby come over to our house this weekend to visit with us and we never heard back from them.  There are some complicated issues. . . but we called their residence and left messages on the home phone and a cell phone number.  No call backs.  I'm not convinced that it is because she is not ready for another visit yet. . . and I'm kind of at a loss if there is anything I can do.  I am going to keep sending letters and updates with encouragement to contact us--any way that that is comfortable and available to them.  I may even send her a book of stamps.  Would that be weird?  I seriously wish they could just come live with us.  I am so sad inside about this that I can't even write about it.  I am not giving up, though, ever.    I was really pumped because I thought it might actually happen. . . and that there might be a serious possibility that all three of my angels would be able to be here at my house for Birth Mother's Day.  I'm already so excited that two will be here. . . and they haven't met in person yet.   I will do my very best to make it work.  These women are such an important piece of my life that I don't know if I could live without any one of them. 

I will try to get some photos up soon. 

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Friends

God has sent me some pretty amazing friends throughout my lifetime.  Friends that can call randomly through the years and it's like we were never apart.  Friends that I have met recently and connect with like we've known each other forever.  Friends whom I wish lived closer whom I only know through the internet and phone calls.  Friends who have carried me through the thick and thin.  Friends who have no clue what I have experienced.  Friends who are experiencing the same things as me.  Friends who know.  Friends who get it.  Friends who don't.  Friends who show up when I need them the most.  Friends who bring a meal just because.  Friends who send things in the mail just because.  Friends who email or call just because.  All serving their purpose for whatever reason in my life.  Gosh, I am so very lucky and I appreciate each and every one of them!  My biggest wish is that my kids will someday feel as blessed as me to have the awesome friends that God has brought to my life.  At the very least, I feel confident that they love each other.  Gosh I love them all so very much!  sniff sniff  (my kids and all of my friends!)