Question: When do you leave to pick up precious Katie Bird???
Answer: There are now two weeks and three days (17 days) until we fly to Katie’s country. That means tomorrow it will be only 16 days, and tomorrow is coming like the blink of an eye!
We plan to fly out of Philadelphia on Thursday, November 10th, and arrive in her country the next day, Friday, November 11th, and be taken to stay with the Bliss family for two days.
During those two days, the plan is for us to do some resting up for the marathon ahead, and some shopping, with the help of our friends. We will need to purchase the director’s and caregivers’ gifts, disposable diapers, and Katie’s food for the week, so the hotel kitchen and I can replicate what and how she’s been eating, per the information our attorney obtained from Katie’s orphanage.
Wait, it’s not Katie’s orphanage any more. She has a real home. There’s just this small matter of getting her from there to here. Then there will be no more Katie’s country, Katie’s city, Katie’s orphanage. We’ll have to come up with some other code words until the burn ban is lifted. Any suggestions??
Question: Is taking cloth diapers to her orphanage on your radar?
Answer: We received authoritative word that this orphanage does not accept or use cloth diapers.
Question: When Katerina Hope arrives in the US, will she be in the hospital right away?
Our flight will come into Philadephia. Doctor Susan Friedman, the doctor from the CHOPADOPT international adoption clinic who is meticulously overseeing Katie’s case, has already arranged for us to bypass the emergency room at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (hereafter referred to as CHOP), and be directly admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit (hereafter referred to as the PICU). We aren’t planning to use an ambulance for transport unless Adam Boroughs, the nurse who has generously volunteered to accompany us, deems it necessary. Plan A calls for a kind friend of the Boroughs to drive us from the airport to the hospital.
Dr. Friedman has warned us to expect a PICU stay of at least one week, then for Katie to be moved to an intermediate care unit before being released to go home. I plan to stay with her for the duration, sleeping in the family waiting area at night while she’s in the PICU, then staying with her once she’s given a room. We are praying that she stabilizes quickly, and is released soon after her PICU week is up.
So yes, she will still be in the hospital on Thanksgiving Day! We haven’t gotten too far in our planning yet, but it looks so far like we might dispense with tradition, take the family to Philly, and…the rest is still under discussion as we research the options. But my Very Favorite Day of the year just may be the first time the rest of our children get to meet their new sister!
Question: Is the hospital close to where you live?
Answer: It is about two hours from our home, allowing for the traffic congestion between here and there.
Question: So you’ll be able to share all the amazing details that God has done in your adoption once you get her home?
Answer: The day after Katie’s adoption was finalized, I was suddenly seized with the wild desire to come on here and write down all those details!
But like a good little girl, I said “No,” to myself. Not yet. We’ll know when the time comes.
At least you know you can trust me with your secrets. <grin>
Question: Have you decided whether or not to allow interviews with the media?
Answer: After receiving wise counsel from various sources, we decided to call the hospital’s Public Relations (hereafter referred to as PR) department to talk it over with them. I had a productive conversation today with our contact there. Out of that, we have made a few decisions.
One, to take the PR camera along with us to keep a photo and video journal of the week there and trip home, in the event that we would decide to allow publicity.
Two, after the dust settles a bit, to make our decision about what, if any, publicity to allow.
And three, not to feel obligated or pressured to make a decision to allow publicity.
Four, to ask for your continued prayers for this unforeseen aspect of the story. For the wisdom of serpents and harmlessness of doves.
Not-a-Question: I know that there is a lot going on there right now!
Answer Anyway: For Joe and me, life has definitely been set to High for speed, pressure, and spirits! For the most part, though, the children have been pursuing their usual pursuits. Well, they might be temporarily tripping over piles of Katie’s cute clothing and reaching around extra pots and pans. Unless the weather summons them outdoors when their work is done for the day!
This would be an excellent place for some of the pictures I’ve been collecting recently.
Newly six-year-old boy chopped all those peppers for the freezer, and took great satisfaction in doing so by himself.
She was really keeping me company while I stain treated my way through a mountain of laundry.
One from the local clothing room, one from a local thrift store, in just the sizes we need–18 and 24 month.
Did you know that peanut butter cookies made with freshly-ground whole wheat flour and organic natural peanut butter have a wonderful flavor and perfect crispy, crunchy texture?
John Michael, if there are one dozen balls of cookie dough, and four boys, how many dough balls are there for each boy to smoosh?
What if there were fifteen balls of dough…?
Big brother home from his piano lesson, “Stephen, it will work better if you…”
Big boy to learn from Joseph!
They taste even better than the house smells.
Eeeek! Watch that fork, James!
“I approve of these cookies!”
I told them I could do it faster without many small helpers, but it wouldn’t be as much fun!
It doesn’t quite hold twelve dozen, but that’s okay; we didn’t have that many left to put away. *wink, wink*
Yep, sixty cents a box for the good stuff, thanks to the local Amish bent-and-dent.
Expandable families; expandable recipes. Always room for one more…
Aluminum pans are not used in this home for acidic foods, so as not to heighten our risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Or is that an urban myth?
Cheese was given to us in huge blocks, shredded, measured into bags, labeled, and frozen for such a time as this.
Three meals’ worth of husband-happy food to add to our freezer stash. For under $10 total. Aaaaaah.
Doesn’t it look like we need another girl in our picture? Jane wants to know, “How soon will she be able to sleep in her crib in our room?”
Bonus Question: When is Katerina’s official birthdate?
Answer: Our tiny Katie-bird was born March 23, 2002. She is about two months younger than Jane.
Here is Jane, carefully spreading frosting onto fifty-four celebratory chocolate raspberry truffle cupcakes last Friday, to the tune of Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise) Symphony.
We had always considered Jane to be small for her age.