THE SEVENTH DIAMOND

Friday, August 22, 2008

No Sat Chat..

Sorry Everyone, there will be no Sat Chat Group. We are leaving as early as possible Saturday Morning to drive 12 hours to get back to Michigan. Have a great weekend everyone! Sat Chat for sure next Saturday!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Fun in Kansas City

With the big brothers away on their Colorado trip, Eli is getting lots of attention and having a wonderful time. He loves to help Uncle Gary. Here they are working on Aunt Pam's bird house holder.
This is the T-Rex Restaurant in the Legends. I have posted photos of this place before when were here last time. The kids love it!


Cousin Jessie with baby Ethan. Isn't he darling? Even when he's crying?


These photos are from the Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead. This was a wonderful place. We had the best time there yesterday.

Eli, cousin McKenzie and Uncle Gary in the flowers.


Milkin the cow~

Farmer Eli

Riding the horse~

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Journey Necklace




I turn 40 next month. Yes, the big 4-0. I'm at peace with it. I am very comfortable with my life and where I am in it. I have achieved the things that were important to me and am incredibly content. My focus is on bringing home my daughter and caring for my family. I am blessed with 3 beautiful healthy sons and wonderful husband.


My Aunt and my Grandmother gave me this necklace as an early birthday gift since we will not be able to be together on my big day. My Aunt says it is a journey necklace and I have been on a journey. She was careful to point out that there are seven diamonds.


This is the best photo I could take of it as my camera is very challenged. But it means the world to me and I plan to always wear it.


Sunday, August 17, 2008

US Department of State...Notice Concerning Transfer of Pending Convention Cases to Hague Accredited/Approved ASPs

US Department of State...Notice Concerning Transfer of Pending Convention Cases to Accredited/Approved ASPs

This is taken directly from the US Department of State Web Page...Notice Concerning Transfer of Pending Convention Cases to Accredited/Approved ASPs

Adoption service providers (ASPs) that have been denied accreditation or approval may have pending adoption cases that are now, or will likely become, Convention cases before they can be brought to a conclusion. Such ASPs are urged to transfer any such cases expeditiously to an accredited, temporarily accredited or approved ASP. ASPs that have been denied accreditation or approval should activate their plans for transferring pending Convention cases to accredited, temporarily accredited, or approved ASPs in a timely and transparent manner, including refunding fees to prospective adoptive parents for services not yet provided. (All ASPs that applied for accreditation or approval provided a plan pursuant to 22 CFR 96.33(e) for transferring cases in the event an agency cannot see them to completion. Applicants for temporary accreditation were to have such a plan pursuant to 22 CFR 96.104(k).) Whether a transferred case may proceed on the same track it was on prior to the transfer to an accredited, temporarily accredited or approved ASP will depend largely on the facts of the case, the requirements of the country of origin and the regulations of the state in which the new ASP is located.