Friday, August 01, 2008

Good Morning Saturday Morning Chat Group!...It's Time for the Seventh Diamond Children's Clothing Swap!!

Good Morning Everyone! Welcome to the Saturday Morning Chat Group. It's pretty quiet from what I can tell in blogland. We still have some friends out of the country to bring home their chidlren, so let's continue to support them. Paula from 'The Baby Journals' is giving away a Starbucks card...you'd better believe I signed up for that! Amanda has been receiving some packages from the Starfish Book Drive, so thank you to everyone who sending a book and some supplies.

AND.... I AM LAUNCHING THE SEVENTH DIAMOND CHILDREN'S CLOTHING SWAP.
What do you think?

Ok everyone, it's time for The Seventh Diamond Children's Clothing Swap and this is how it works....

1) Go through your child's closet and make a list of the things that they have outgrown that you would be willing to swap, the sizes they are and the brands you have. For Eli I have all size 4T winter clothing: 3 sweaters, 6 shirts, 1 sweatshirt, 2 pairs of jeans, 7 pairs of pajamas. The brands I have are wonderkids, Gap, Old Navy, UR H, Now & Zen, Harry & Me, Land's End, Carter's & Cherokee. I also have a size 3T Columbia coat.

2) Identify the size and types of clothing you would like to receive. I would like to receive girls clothes in sizes 18 month to 3T. Winter preferably.

3) Send me an e-mail with this information at timnkim@gmail.com

If I receive an e-mail from a Mom who is looking for what you have to send and I have someone who is looking to give away what you need, I will match you up. I will do my best to match Moms with other Moms who like the same brands and I will try to match you up with an even number of items. When you are matched, I will send you the address of the Mom you are going to ship your outgrown clothing to. You have one week to send your box.

Now, this is an at your own risk swap. I will do my best to match everyone well. Please send gently used clothes, no tears, no holes, no stains. Send clothing you would love to receive : )

*The chat room is now closed. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Valtool said...

So, if this is the thread for the chat, I get to say hello and goodbye as I have to be at work at 8 this morning, but Amy will be here and she will talk about last night and she will have pictures coming as well.

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

GOOD MORNING..
Okay.. I don't think I can stay on..
It keeps aborting me...
I am heading off to work..
Have a Great Day...
Blogger is doing funny things..
HUGS

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Everyone! How are you?

amy said...

Good morning everyone!

amy said...

Yeah for Michael

redmaryjanes said...

Hi there Amy! How are you? How did the fundraiser go?

amy said...

Getting pics now. Awesome turn out. My one box should have been 2 or 3!

Truly Blessed said...

Good morning from the lake!

It's gorgeous in Northern Lower Michigan this morning!!

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Kelly! How are you all? It is gorgeous today!

Truly Blessed said...

Amy, I'm totally out of the loop -- can you explain about the fundraiser?

Truly Blessed said...

Okay, so here's a warning -- I have no way of "refreshing" the comments without leaving one (because of the dial up service I'm using), so if my comments seem weird, I'm making them to refresh the page so I can see (and respond) to what everyone else is talking about!

All is going great here. Five healthy kids, NO sunburn so far (yippee!) life is great!

amy said...

Actually, the lady may stop by today/ She is raising money for her China adoption.

She wrote a beautiful poem and has them beautfully framed. When you buy them, she personalizes them by adding your own pics and things to it!

Hoping I can get a picture for you!

On another note, last night we collected items for Amanda and Starfish an had a great turnout

Dannye said...

morning all...Amy sounds like you did great...michael sounded quite excited

Truly Blessed said...

Amy, I love your FF idea and wish we had something like that around here. What a wonderful and supportive group you have there...

Dannye said...

Kelly I understand about not being about to refresh, my comment box is a separate box with no refresh so I have to either post or hit the "XX from a friend" link....but whatever works so I can participate, hehe

redmaryjanes said...

I'm glad that it turned out well Amy.

amy said...

I think if you want community like that, you need heart, bodies and a building. It is the most amazing thing I have ever been a part of!

Hey Dannye!

Dannye said...

Kim, your clothing swap sounds like a great idea....hope it goes okay for you...

redmaryjanes said...

I have a refresh button on my browser on the top, so it makes a little easier. But I have to wident the comments so that it takes up my whole screen to do it.

Truly Blessed said...

Kimberley,

We need to get this adoption group going at church. I wish I were at home so we could meet and discuss it. But let's try to get together with a few other ladies as soon as school starts so we can launch this thing in time for National Adoption Month in November.

redmaryjanes said...

I think the clothing swap could be fun. We'll see if anyone signs up to do it. : )

Dannye said...

got the sad email about Verna not being the blog fairy any longer....she will be missed in that capacity....but glad she didn't say she was no longer blogging!!

redmaryjanes said...

Kelly,

I am working on the adoption group. I met with the lead guy at the Annex last Sunday and he took down our info. I gave him your name too (you are my partner in this one girl). He said he would work on it this week and was very enthusiastic. I think we might be getting somewhere. I'll send you an e-mail on Sunday night.

Dannye said...

my comment box won't allow me to widen it....oh well....

redmaryjanes said...

I am sad to see Verna step down too, but she is busy with her family and really hasn't been getting a lot of requests. I think that the blogs flow in groups and people who are in the same timeframes tend to stick together and most of our ladies have their blogs done now.

Truly Blessed said...

Yes, I also got Verna's email. It doesn't surprise me, she's very busy with her "bigs and littles" at home. I know how much time blogging takes up, I can't imagine designing and finding all of the components she needs to do her BF work.

Dannye said...

amy any response from D&B about getting together??

Dannye said...

kim any other word on the earthquake...the news i saw doesn't give much news

amy said...

Verna is awesome. Im glad she is at peace with her decision

Truly Blessed said...

Kimberley, is your family thinking of attending the North Side launch?

We live SO much closer to Cornerstone than ABC, but haven't decided yet. Our Church Family is out on Cascade Rd., I can't imagine not seeing my friends who stay at the main church each week. It's such a dilemma.

Truly Blessed said...

Other than Kimberley's blog, I never saw anything about another earthquake...

Dannye said...

it was one of those brief mentionings on CNN or MSNBC last night, like a "oh by the way" kinda deal

redmaryjanes said...

We are not attending the North Side launch. We live much closer to the Cascade Road site. Oh, don't be leaving me now girl. Let's get this rolling and then you can do it out of the new church and I can work on it at the old. I have so many ideas. He's supposed to talk to me this Sunday about what he finds out and maybe what we can do.

redmaryjanes said...

I think China is keeping the earthquake very quiet as not to impact the Olympics.

amy said...

YOu guys rock! I just got pics up from lasst night!

Dannye said...

cool amy...

Truly Blessed said...

Hey, all of you smart bloggers, can someone tell me what "Bloglines" are? Is that where your blog automatically emails your readers to tell them the blog is updated?

I'm such a dork. I really don't understand what it is, but if that is what it is, I'd like to have it on my blog, but I get so confused when I read those "self-help tutorials".

I need someone to tell me exactly what to put exactly where in my template or it's not going to happen.

Truly Blessed said...

OMW, I just realized that today is the 2nd -- that means we've been home ONE MONTH (tomorrow) ~~ where has the time gone?

redmaryjanes said...

I have never been able to figure out bloglines.

redmaryjanes said...

Are you guys having trouble with blogger this morning? I have some women who can't get to their blogs or mine. They are getting kicked off.

Truly Blessed said...

I'm so glad it's not just me!

amy said...

Its dangerous. Haha! Its a way of letting you know when the blogs you read are updated

redmaryjanes said...

Ella is so cute!
I have had her gift in my minivan for weeks now : )
When will you guys be back in church?

Dannye said...

it took me quite some time to get onto your blog, but no problem getting on mine...

redmaryjanes said...

Your internet connection seems a ton better today Kelly!

redmaryjanes said...

What all did you guys collect for Starfish Amy? I won't tell Amanda.

Truly Blessed said...

Amazingly, I'm not having trouble this morning. I quite often do at home (mostly with yours and Steffie's blogs -- I think it's because both of your blogs have so much stuff going on with photos, animation and music, it shuts down my browser more often than not).

This morning I got smart and when I got to your site, I hit the "stop loading" button and went right to comments, and it has been working fine.

amy said...

I am addicted to blogs. Please dont laugh. I have 699 blogs on my bloglines. FYI, you may want to remember that number for a future contest and you know I love contests.

Oh my goh RMJ, I never mailed you your book. Dude I am sooo sorry

redmaryjanes said...

I'm glad you are here, I've missed you.

Truly Blessed said...

So, Amy, do you think you could teach me where to put what so I can offer that to my readers? And I don't mean just a link -- I've read many of them, but I cannot understand them. I need step by step instructions.

If you can't, don't worry. I've lived without it for years, I can continue to live without it!

redmaryjanes said...

Don't sweat it Amy! I am bombing at your postcard swap.
Steffie Beckering and I are working together on getting ourselves set up for our agencies new SN program and it's been my main focus.

Truly Blessed said...

RMJ, we'll be in Church next Sunday. T heads to camp that day (he's going to Spring Hill this year) so I have to be home to get his stuff ready.

That's the bad thing about having teenagers with summer jobs at the lake, I really have to be here. I MISS MY CHURCH!!!!

amy said...

YOu can tell her. Apparently Susan (Our FF founer) talks to her a few times a week.

We got a ton of baby Motrin, books for her (not too many), preemie diapers, diaper cream, baby suntan lotion. I have not gone through everything. I am going to pack it and weigh it. If its too expensive for me, we will wait and sent it with the FF group going to Starfish in October!

redmaryjanes said...

I know that Amanda is very good friends with one of the founders of your group I believe. So that must be Susan.

It's going to be very expensive. One average sized box is about $300.00 with no discount. It was crazy with the clothing drive, that's why I started the postage fund.

If it's too much, just divide it up and have your group put it in their suitcases.

I really wish you could go. Amanda would love you.

amy said...

I have no idea how to post bloglines on your blog but I know its doable since I have seen it on others. I just signed up for bloglines at bloglines.com and on the page you will see feeds on the left and thats what you work with. JUst click on add feeds and paste the blog on it.. It doesnt look user friendly but really all you need is the add link button.

Once you have your list created and you go to check it the update ones are bold. Of course they are all bold when you start so you just need to click on "all read"

redmaryjanes said...

Zachary is looking for a job. He has his car now. That is such a huge change. He can come and go as he needs to and it's just so weird for me.

amy said...

I want to go but knowing we could get a referral in the next few months, its just financially possible

redmaryjanes said...

Yeah, I hear you Amy.

We are trying to get a small trip planned to take Eli to DisneyWorld before Sophia comes since we will be laying low for while when she comes home.

amy said...

Now you tell me when you are in Orlando. I will find a reason to go home for a few days

amy said...

ONce again RMJ, thanks for doing this each week

mommy24treasures said...

hey guys blogland is quiet because site meter is having an issue with internet explorer, it won't let people open up blogs with a site meter on them. If you take your site meter off temporarrily it fixes the problem. Wierd. I can open blogs fine in mozilla.
This clothes swap sounds great Kimberly:)

amy said...

and dont worry about the postcards. Get to them when you can. The way I look at it, the later they are, the better the surprise in the mail. haha!

I had to just do them during tv time one evening

amy said...

Im on mozilla

Truly Blessed said...

Sorry gals, I've got to run.

Both girls just woke up and I promised them French Toast for breakfast.

I'll come back later if they let me!

Gail said...

Just wanted to say hello, I'm very jet lagged and have been up since midnight. Thank you for all your support Kimberley while we were in China. I missed everyone!

Dannye said...

amy any word on when we are getting together yet?

and kim, let me know when you are in Orlando, I would be so excited to be able to meet you guys!!

redmaryjanes said...

Hi there Connie!

amy said...

I have a friend trying to get on. having a hard time. I really want to help get the word out about her fundraiser

redmaryjanes said...

Dannye,
I will let you know. We really want him to have the experience while he is little.

amy said...

I sent out that email Dannye, and havent heard anything. Don and Be are meeting Catherine from Canada on the 12th. We can be there but didnt want to intrude on their time. We are meeting Fliss on the coast on the 15th. Whats a good day for you?

redmaryjanes said...

Hi there Gail~
I loved following your journey. William is beautiful!

redmaryjanes said...

Oh man, I would love to meet Fliss. I could listen to her talk all day long.

mommy24treasures said...

He will love it Kimberly Caitlyn still talks about our trip a yr ago and can't wait to go back. We go to Disney every yr after Thanksgiving. It is value season and rates are down a little and the Christmas dec. are beautiful. Weather is comfortable too.

Dannye said...

amy how about saturday the 16th???

redmaryjanes said...

Thanks for the info Connie. We were thinking September, but maybe after Thanksgiving would be good.

amy said...

Fliss has been a great encouragment.


Dannye, let me email Don and Be. We are good with whatever. We need to be able to spend time with my dad hes only home on the weekends so let me check but thats fine with us!

Gail said...

Thank you Kim, Will is so handsome and SO very 2 if you know what I mean! ;)
Just been trying to play catch up here and see what's going on in blogland. Can't wait to see everyone get their referrals and go to China. China is amazing. I miss it very much.

Kelley said...

Just a quick "hello!" My Internet connection is really acting up, so I'm not going to stay on for long...my little one is due to be up any second now, too. I've missed chatting with you on Saturdays, and hope that you all enjoy the rest of the weekend and the upcoming week!

Dannye said...

Kim Sept is sooooo hot in fla. esp if you aren't used to the humidity....for a gal who lives in fla.

Dannye said...

amy just let me know....well i better get going...gotta start the day...chat with you all soon!!

redmaryjanes said...

Hi there Kelley!
I have missed you.

redmaryjanes said...

Gail,

I am very interested in hearing about William's foster home.

redmaryjanes said...

Have a great weekend Dannye!

amy said...

Have fun..October is great in Florida!

Gail said...

When I'm not so tired, I'll do a post about William's foster home and more about the family that started it and the children that I met that live there. Quite a few have been adopted. The website is not up to date.

redmaryjanes said...

Sounds good Gail, go ahead and get some sleep. I have been warned that the jetlag is unbelievable.

amy said...

Sleep well Gail!

So how is everyone today? anything exciting planned for the week?

Gail said...

It feels like I've been hit by a truck or something. Take care everyone and have a great weekend!

redmaryjanes said...

Any good baby names Amy?

amy said...

I totally forgot about that question. Let me see

Unique is on my floor right now!

amy said...

If anyone wants an email with info on this wonderful, beautiful fundraiser, let me know and I will send you last months FF newsletter with the info

redmaryjanes said...

You have a friend who is raising money for her adoption? Does she had a blog?

redmaryjanes said...

Unique is unique.

NoahandMaddysMom said...

Good Morning ereryone!!

NoahandMaddysMom said...

Sorry..don;t know why that posted twice

amy said...

I dont think so. Im emailing you the info now.


Good morning!

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning!

amy said...

how are ya this morning?

redmaryjanes said...

How are you Patti?

NoahandMaddysMom said...

I am trying to read all the posts to catch up on the conversations...
and get my first cup of coffee in so I am more coherent

NoahandMaddysMom said...

I am good, thanks. I love the clothing swap idea!!!

redmaryjanes said...

There is a lot of talk on the blogs of families trying to get the new I-800 because their 171 expired.
I hear it's tough because agencies don't really know how to process it and the people in immigration don't know either.

NoahandMaddysMom said...

I am looking forward to Gails post about Wiliams foster home. I went to the web site and checked it out. What an amazing family to do this for those children.

amy said...

Im not sure where we are at. Ours expires Aug 21 but all of our paperwork is in and the USCIS has our homestudy update so hopefully we are okay

NoahandMaddysMom said...

I was following a blog this week of an adoptive father who went over to work in a camp for orphans. It was amazing. I posted it about it on my blog this week with a link.

NoahandMaddysMom said...

Rumor Queen had a post abut hte USCIS this week...tons of comments. We started our mandatory 10 hours of Hague training this week. Boring stuff...most of which I have alread read about on either the USCIS wesite, stste dept. website or where I get most of my imortants info..the blogs!!!!

redmaryjanes said...

I hear you, I find out what I need to know from the blogs.

k1 said...

Good Morning.

Looks like I missed my sis once again. Oh well. I'll hang out here with the rest of you.

I wonder if the media crackdown put in place for the Olympics is why not much info is coming out about the earthquake. China wants tourists to come for the Olympics, not stay away because of potential earthquakes.

redmaryjanes said...

We just did our renewal a couple of months back, I'm hoping we have Sophia before it expires since there is so much speculation about whether or not you can continue to extend it.

amy said...

Oh gosh I hope we are in the clear

amy said...

Once LynnMarie gets home, cant wait to do these swaps

redmaryjanes said...

Hey there Karen!
Your sister said she'll pop back in if she can.
I agree with you. I think China is sensoring the media and not allowing much out about the earthquake.
I mean, doesn't it seem odd that an earthquake of over 5 in the country holding the Olympics is getting next to no coverage?

redmaryjanes said...

Yes, Patti, please sign up for the swap if you can.

I'm hoping to get a lot of families so I can successfully match everyone.

redmaryjanes said...

So...where's MAV? ARE YOU OUT THERE MAV?

NoahandMaddysMom said...

We just hit 29 months yesterday and I am hopeful we are int he clear for ever having to renew this thing again (and we are not even done with this one). Our agency is Hague compliant so other than waiting for the USCIS to get their act together I think we are ok. Just want it done because the last thing we want is to get a referral and not be paper ready to go!!!

Motherof3 said...

Amy was kind enough to invite me to your group. I have sent her a copy of the poem I wrote from my heart about the adoption. We are just beginning our fundraising for the adoption, medical expenses (we are going special needs) and for travel expenses for 4...we have two little girls. We will name our new daughter Hannah.

NoahandMaddysMom said...

I will definitely do the swap. I went through an obsessive phase in buying clothes for Maddy, plus a freidn gave me tons. She will never get to wear them all so I hope this is a success and we do another one. In the mena time, I have some boy stuff I wouldlove to swap.

redmaryjanes said...

Welcome mother of 3, we love new visitors!

amy said...

SO glad you made it. Kim, I sent you the poem and info. You have to see what shes done in person.
so wonderful

ThatGirl said...

Hello all -- tons to do today as I'm headed up to the family cabin Monday and have no laundry or anything else ready ;)

Just wanted to send hugs and I'll be posting on my blogs in about a week.

Welcome Home Gail!

redmaryjanes said...

Just get me a list of your boy stuff that you want to swap and then let me know what you are looking to receive and I'll see what I can do!

redmaryjanes said...

Hey there Shelly!

Going to Africa?

redmaryjanes said...

You know I have to ask....
And have a great time at the cabin.

k1 said...

Yes, the lack of media coverage is strange.

We had a teeny 3.6 one here the other night and it made our news. Mav felt it while we were talking on the phone. I didn't feel it. He lives 17 miles north of me and the earthquake was NW of him.

amy said...

Have a good time That Girl!!!!

redmaryjanes said...

Wow, it's weird with all of these earthquakes lately. CA was hit last week too.

NoahandMaddysMom said...

Will do. Hey I wanted to mention that the Travel Channel is re-running a 3 part series on China. It runs today from 3-6 EST and again on Friday I think. RQ posted about it yesterday so I set the TIvo ro record it.
And my Pray for China bands (like the LiveStrong ones) came in the mail...

amy said...

HI K1 and everyone!!!

k1 said...

Ok, I see what people are saying about problems posting today. I really need to get a wireless service. I have the computer, I have the antenna, just need to buy the signal. I think my poor old PC is getting tired. Even on DSL it is taking a long time to do stuff.

Motherof3 said...

This website is beautiful, by the way; Internet Explorer is giving me fits this morning, though, so I am not able to look at much before it kicks me off.

redmaryjanes said...

A lot of people are having trouble today. Blogger is having issues, I have heard sitemeter might be ther problem. I have sitemeter, but it hasn't been working on this blog for about a week, so I'm not having any trouble.

amy said...

I just set my DVR to record all the CHina shows, most of them are replaying this afternoon and tomorrow!!!

redmaryjanes said...

Hold on, let me delete my sitemeter.

NoahandMaddysMom said...

Trouble here too...keeps telling me IE can't display the page..and then I have to refresh

NoahandMaddysMom said...

Amy I can;t wait to watch them!! Sneak peek at some of what we'll see when we travel (hopefully soon)

k1 said...

Hi Amy. Am glad Michael posted this morning. Male bloggers have to be acknowledged!

RMJ, I think Mav may be lurking. He asked last night what time this started. He was a little incredulous when I said 5AM local time. He thinks you need to have a second start time for us here on the West Coast. There really is something WRONG with seting my alarm for 6AM on a Saturday so I can meet with you all. Hense my frequent absence!

Motherof3 said...

Amy, thank you for your invite. I will be in touch and let you know when I have a site to visit. Our sleepy heads are about to wake up and say, "Mommy...what's for breakfast?"

redmaryjanes said...

I deleted sitemeter. Let me know if you have anymore problems.
What is your name motherof3?

amy said...

Dont forget about our new friends here today. I met motherof3 last night. What a beautiful lady with a creative heart

k1 said...

um, hence my frequent absence. Guess I didn't change the spelling in time!

amy said...

Her name is Brittany
RMJ I sent you an email

Truly Blessed said...

Hey ladies, I'm back. Both girls are fed and Katie's being entertained by Blue's Clues and Ella by a big brother.

Hi K1!

redmaryjanes said...

I try to run the chat until noon for you guys in different timezones. Some Saturdays though, there is a big gap between when different people wake up and jump on. If no one is on for 20 minutes, then I usually shut down.
As long as people are on, I keep it up until noon my time.

NoahandMaddysMom said...

I think that did it...I can hear the music now and no error message when I refreshed!!!

Truly Blessed said...

K1, you and the other West Coasties are pretty amazing to set an alarm to get up to chat with us. I'm impressed!

redmaryjanes said...

I'm glad you are back!

redmaryjanes said...

Ok, good Patti.
I just deleted it right off of the blog. It's not that important to me. I'll add it back when the glitch in it is fixed.

Motherof3 said...

My name is Brittany and my husband is Drew. And, Amy...thank you for your sweet words of encouragement; that must be your gift.

amy said...

RMJ, what time do you get started your time?

NoahandMaddysMom said...

Thats dedication K1!!!

redmaryjanes said...

I get started around 8am usually. I'm in the Eastern Standard Timezone. It's 9:47am here now.

AND YES, AMY HAS THE GIFT OF HOSPITALITY. SHE IS VERY WELCOMING AND IS A GREAT FRIEND.

NoahandMaddysMom said...

Welcome Brittany!! I am a newbie myself (week 3 I think) ...this is a great place!!!

amy said...

Where are you at RMJ, I thought you were in Oregon or something like that?

redmaryjanes said...

IF ANY NEWCOMERS WOULD LIKE THE SAT CHAT LINK FOR YOU SIDEBAR IN YELLOW OR BLUE, LET ME KNOW AND I WILL SEND IT OUT TO YOU.

Truly Blessed said...

Hey all, if you're having trouble, try what I've done:

leave the chat and then come back to Kimberley's blog, but hit the "X" or stop loading page right away. Then you can hit the "words from a friend" and get in the comment box.

I haven't had any trouble since I've been on, and I'm using Dial Up!

redmaryjanes said...

I live in Michigan.

k1 said...

Hi Kel. Hi to the brood from me. Glad you are enjoying the lake/cottage.

RMJ, I know you often go late, so I've tried to sleep in until 8 and drop by for the last hour. But, being summer, you guys are usually long gone. Maybe in the winter when people aren't in a hurry to leave the house so soon I can both sleep in and participate!

Mom of 5 said...

Good Morning all-I need advice. I want to do another blog raffle. Any suggestions? Something different... the Wii went well but I have seen other folks doing it. I called USCIS yesterday our I797C was mailed Monday! We pray it is in the mail box today. I am certain our mailman thinks I am after him or mailbox obsessed.
Shelly W

redmaryjanes said...

Patti,
Your blog is just darling!

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Shelly!
How are you girl?
Let me think for a minute here about what you can do.
It seems like quite a few families are having a hard time with fundraising.

k1 said...

Hmmmmm. Still no 'sighting' of Mav. Maybe I should call and wake him up. We are going down to the shooting range today. I am going to be SO embarrassed!

Truly Blessed said...

I'll introduce myself to some of the new people if you don't mind. My name is Kelly, but I'm Truly Blessed, it's true!

So many of you are unfamiliar to me (which is my fault, as I've been MIA for a couple of month's worth of chats), but we're glad you're here!

We just returned from China a month ago (on July 3) with our 2nd daughter (joining our three teenage boys). My sister, K1, joined us on both adoption trips.

We live in Michigan and go to church with Kimberley.

NoahandMaddysMom said...

Shelly that is awesome about USCIS...is this the new form??

NoahandMaddysMom said...

Thanks RMJ---I have been playing with it these last few weeks since summer school let out. But my brief summer is coming to an end a week from Monday...BACK to SCHOOL!!!

Desiree said...

Good morning Girls!! This is only my second chat so bear with me.
I may be popping in and out. First weekend with only me, DH took all but the 12 year old out of town. (what a man, alone with three kids!!) He said DO NOT paint anything, guess what I'm doign?? LOL!!

Ok so what is the book swap, with kids age 1-12 I have tons and usually give them to purple heart.

NoahandMaddysMom said...

Hi Kelly!! Good to meet you. I am Patti.
My sister is thinking about coming to CHina with us. She has been our biggest cheerleader for this adoption...besides Noah!!!

Rhonda said...

Morning...

k1 said...

Shelly, Why not raffle off Gas Cards or Sheets of Stamps? Both are commodities that keep rising in price!!

If you were to raffle off chances for a $50 (or more) item at $10 each, it wouldn't take that many bidders to break even, and I'd bid $10 for a chance to win a gas card or sheet of stamps!

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Desiree!

redmaryjanes said...

Hey there Rhonda girl,

How's it going with the wait or Maple Syrup?

NoahandMaddysMom said...

Desiree...I always wait until hubby is out of town to do the "surprise painting"...it drives him CRAZY!!!
But I learned my lesson about mowing the grass to "help him out"...CROP CIRCLES is all I am saying about that!!!

Rhonda said...

Oh we changed the name...

amy said...

a gas card would be awesome!

k1 said...

Morning and Welcome Desiree and Patti... and Rhonda

redmaryjanes said...

That's an excellent idea Karen! I'd give $10 for a $50 gas card and then when you hit a certain threshold you could raffle it off and then start over with another card and raise money a piece at a time.

Truly Blessed said...

Hi Patti, where are you in your quest for Maddy?

Oh, let your sister come along, it's really great to have her there (and especially great to have her COMPUTER there, in case yours crashes on the first day!)...

NoahandMaddysMom said...

I love the gas card idea!! That people would buy chances on!! Me included!!!

Mom of 5 said...

Yes the I800A. We are the first family that has gotten approval with AAI (our agency) and it sounds like there are not many families our there overall with approval. Honestly I called the USICS about 4-5 times and personally talked with the officer. I sent her a card and picture of Eli. She was helpful. I think things will speed up for all familys it just such a new cumbersome process and form.

Rhonda said...

It's now Little Maple Walnut Crunch. I thought she needed more middle names. :)

Mom of 5 said...

LOVE the gas card idea ~ wonderful idea. OK... what card is common to everywhere or would I just load a visa card?

redmaryjanes said...

Rhonda,
It looks like a new header, but what changed?

Desiree said...

Yeah, I should probably quit while I'm ahead, he called this morning and said "oh, by the way, I got a job offer, out of state"

Now I have all the study cabinets off and primed waiting for paint.
There goes my plans for the rest of the room.

But anyway, we got word from our agency that we could trave;l in 5-6 weeks!! I am so excited, this has been a loooong wait.

NoahandMaddysMom said...

Kelly we just hit our 29 month LID yesterday...by most account we should have our referral by early next year. It has been a long journey (preaching to the choir)

She really wants to come...she is waiting to retire from the AF...if we go before she retires in January (unlikey) it could affect her security clearance which she needs for her civilian job.

redmaryjanes said...

Oh, love Little Maple Walnut Crunch. Good Flow to it : )

I'm a total flake and ran over to your blog thinking you changed the name.

k1 said...

Amy, did I say good morning to you? Meant to if I didn't.

Since Kelly introduced herself to the newbies, I will too since I've been absent a lot lately.

I am Karen "K1" (derived from birth order). I am Kelly/K3/Truly Blessed's older sister. I live in Washington state. I have no children.... Kelly and the other sibs have more than enough to keep the family going!!!

Mav is my very incredible Friend. (He doesn't like the term special)

amy said...

boy do I learn a lot here

Rhonda said...

Ha, you're cute. ;)

I've kind of lost the oomph for blogging lately. There's too much going on here.

redmaryjanes said...

I think the major gas chains are all over like Mobil or BP. I hate them though, posting their 'record profits' while they are sucking the life out of our auto industry and keeping us to think twice before we go anywhere.

NoahandMaddysMom said...

That's great news about travel Desiree.

redmaryjanes said...

What's going on with you guys Rhonda?

We are trying to get set up for SN.

mommy2gabby said...

Good Morning ladies! Another west coast person here. I am having a hard time waking up though. I caught up on all of the comments now.

I am figuring out by reading that a few of you go to the same church and live close by. What a wonderful support group you are to each other.

Jody

redmaryjanes said...

Shelly,
Thanks for the 1800A update. I'm hearing it's really hard to get it processed.

HAS ANYONE HEARD ANYTHING FIRM ABOUT WHAT FAMILIES CAN DO WHO HAVE AGENCIES THAT AREN'T HAGUE COMPLIANT?

mommy2gabby said...

Hey Karen,

Where do you live? We live in Bothell.

Rhonda said...

All the repairs around the house...it sucks.

redmaryjanes said...

Hey there Jody,

Were you able to get everything on your sidebar?

amy said...

Good morning to you as well!

redmaryjanes said...

Oh man yeah Rhonda.

How is that coming? Is it cleaning up ok?

NoahandMaddysMom said...

RMJ- how often do you change the music on your playlist...it seems every week I come here, the music is new. Love it...just hear a beautiful Sarah McLachlan song I havenever heard.

k1 said...

Yep, just heard from Mav. He's getting up now. You will probably be able to wish him a Good Morning in a few minutes.

Rhonda said...

We haven't done the waterproofing yet...because we need two new showers. Woo! They're coming in on Tuesday...new showers, new shower tiles and bathroom floor tiles.

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