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June 13, 2016 – Signed (many many times), Sealed, Delivered!

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June 13, 2016 So our dossier has made it literally around the world! If you haven’t adopted before, you may not know what a dossier is… so I shall explain it. The definition is this… “A dossier is a collection of documents that are necessary to meet the legal requirements…

June 11, 2016 – The Adoption Rollercoaster

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June 11, 2016 Well this week has been full of ups and downs on the adoption front. Let me tell you what we achieved and what we need to conquer next. It felt like we were on a crazy road trip with no map. DOWN…We very sadly found out that…

June 4, 2016 – Dear Pickles

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June 4, 2016 Dear Pickles, We had another fundraiser today… we talked to so many people in our community who are so happy for us (and you!) Dad made these great purses, I made fairy doors and Liam made Perler bead key chains and sold snacks and water. This was…

What’s so GREAT about Adoption? (Part 1)

May 7, 2016 Our family was blessed to receive an adoption grant, and part of accepting is that we went to Ohio to meet the organization and the other featured families. As we left a very inspiring day with these folks, we started talking about the merits of adoption… You…

April 29, 2016 – Dear Pickles

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Dear Pickles, Have we had a busy month preparing for you…Blessings all over the place! First, our sweethearts, cousin Becky and Aunt Marty put on a beautiful fundraiser to help with our travel costs. It was a  craft retreat with about 35 people in attendance. We had classes, great raffles,…

This home study worker approves this family for adoption – March 31, 2016

March 31, 2016 Today we received our home study approval!!!! God is good! “After a thorough study of the Pemberton/Balzer family, it is concluded that they are emotionally, physically, and mentally stable and will provide a loving home for any child placed in this family. They are prepared and suitable…

Documents and Progress – March 22, 2016

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March 22, 2016 So many things have happened over the last 5 weeks. I’m not quite ready to talk about all of them yet. Our home study is so close to being finalized. We had several “last” pieces of documentation. Things kept on changing, more pieces are needed, etc. Working…

February 10, 2016 – An Interview with Liam

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February 10, 2016 – An Interview with Liam By Liam Pemberton, Age 10   What do you think Africa will be like? I think it’s going to be super duper hot. I think I’ll see squatty potties. Are there video games there?   What do you think Pickles will be…

January 31 – Spending Freeze

January 31, 2016 We decided to go on a spending freeze this month, for several reasons. One, it would help us save up money for the adoption but we felt like we needed a reset on our thinking and spending. We were getting loosey goosey with our spending choices, too…

January 22, 2016…Dear Pickles from Mom

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My Dear Pickles, We have made some major progress in your adoption! Last night we had our home study visit IN our home. This was the visit I had been dreading since we started talking about adopting you. But with a few months of prep, help from many many friends…