I haven't posted in a few days now, and so I have several things to share! Let me just start at the beginning, and you can walk through the last through days with me.
Thursday: Greg and I run around when he gets off work completing a few dossier and home study paperwork items. He comes in, goes to sleep, (for those who may not know, Greg works overnight, so he sleeps usually from 8 A.M. until 4 P.M.) He sleeps late since we had run errands that morning. He gets up with 101.0 degree fever! So he stays home Thursday night.
Friday: The Dr agrees to squeeze Greg in, so we send Annabella to Mom and Dad's and I take him to the Dr. He tests neg for the flu, and they say he has the "flu like virus" and pneumonia. He comes home to bed! I nap off and on as Annabella naps, and the kids allow. By midnight I'm wide awake.
1 A.M. hop into the shower to prepare for the arrival of our friends Phil and Niki Smith, who are leaving at 6:40 A.M. for China to adopt their daughter Guan Ya. After a few cups of coffee, and a couple chapters of the book I'm currently reading, they arrive. We head to Memphis! Drop them off, stay to watch the plane take off. Head to Dunkin Donuts for donuts and coffee. Head to Greg's parents house for a visit since they live in the Memphis vicinity. Have breakfast and a nice long visit with them, and a shopping trip to Target with Greg's Mom before heading home. Get home and crash into bed. Wake up at 6 P.M. feeling pretty raunchy. Chalk it up to lack of sleep. Fall back asleep. Wake up again with racking cough, and fever. Fantastic! Especially since it's my week to work all three services at church on Sunday, which I was super excited about!
Sunday: I wake up ridiculously sick, and begin to blame husband for OVERsharing. We both spend the majority of the day quarantined in our bedroom. Eternally grateful for my parents living next door! It was truly all we could do to have the kids all bathe, and get into bed.
Monday: Alarm goes off at 6:15. I wish someone would just shoot me now. Seriously. Shoot. Me. Now. Greg has less fever than me, so he gets up with the kids. Mine is over 100 degrees and I can honestly say I've probably only run a fever that high MAYBE 3 times in my adult life. I do not ever run fever over 100, and rarely over 99 degrees. 9 a.m. I call the doctor and beg them to squeeze me in. 11:30 they call me back and say be there at 1. Hallelujah!!! 1:15 get positive test result for the flu. Despite having taken the flu shot. Its a variant of B strain which wasn't covered by the shot. (Keep in mind, I have been, am currently, and plan to remain a STRONG proponent for the flu shot!)
So after we stop at the pharmacy for my Tamiflu, again, Hallelujah, we head home. When we get home, I check my email to find that our LOI was officially accepted by the CCCWA, meaning that pending completion of all our adoption paperwork, Matt is officially ours! He is officially locked in, and no one else can take his file. Upon receipt of this news CCAI released our next packets, including all of the paperwork that we will need to complete and have logged in to China by July 17th. Please see the NEW counter on the right side of the page. It is our countdown to July 17th, the last possible date to have our paperwork logged in without having to completely redo our dossier. (This would add an extra 6 months, and several thousand dollars worth of fees to our adoption, thus the importance of this date!)
Not only do we have the email saying our LOI was officially accepted, and the email with our new paperwork, we have another email saying that our son can be sponsored! And with that came his most recent update and a new picture! The great part of being able to sponsor Matt is that we should be able to receive more frequent updates and pictures, so this was REALLY EXCITING news!
|Isn't he a cutie?!? I've covered the person's face holding Matt since I do not have a way to obtain their permission to post their photo.|
SO I know this post does not contain my usual "tone" for lack of a better word or phrase. I just wanted to let everyone know what has been going on the past several days and why I've been absent. Hopefully I will feel more like myself in the next few days and my blog will begin to sound more like me again too ;) Thanks for always sticking with us, and for loving us enough to follow along on our journey!
"The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him." Exodus 15:2 ESV