Monthly Archives: January 2013

Bracelets, Key chains, and Necklaces, oh my!

Friday we went to the USCIS office and had our fingerprints done! That means we are done with all the paperwork and steps (until we receive a referral) and are in the WAITING phase. I’ve been here before. We only waited two short months to be matched with Hudson. Wouldn’t it be nice if both our littles only took two short months each to be referred to us? One can hope right. So what do we do in the meantime? We fundraise! Yesterday my sweet friend Stephanie hosted a Partylite candle party at her house to help raise funds for us! Thank you to everyone that came out and supported us and also helped fill another Change a Life – Change for Congo jar. She also made me a prayer necklace, with “patience while waiting” in there. Boy does she know me well!! And i have to say I LOVE it and it will be worn daily and going to Africa with me to remind me to be patient! If you would like to order some candles the fundraising items are ongoing. contact me to place your order.

Yesterday I also met with another adoptive mom (Ethiopia program) and we worked on some bracelets, key chains, and necklaces. It’s nice to have someone so close going through the process at the same time. Someone to share the little joys and steps completed, and someone to turn to when a bump in the road comes along, because in adoption there will be bumps! So here is a sample of what we came up with.

bracelet Bracelets and Key chains are $15 shipping included


Necklaces are $20 shipping included. The chains are 18 inches.

All of these can be customized. Different country, Ethiopia, 2 less, DRC and the year, etc. Contact me at to place your order or for questions.


Dossier is Under Review

Well, as it is with adoption, things change. We have made the decision to go with a different facilitator. We are using Wren’s Song as our facilitator and contact with a lawyer, still going independent, and are using DRC Adoption Services for Dossier and Document review. So, we have sent them the dossier to be reviewed since it is DONE! Well, all except our USCIS approval, which we have our biometrics (fingerprints) scheduled for this week. But since the dossier needs to be translated we are sending it off now and are already on the referral waiting list! It is exciting and scary all at once. This is when it starts to feel real and that we are moving forward in the process. However, now the hardest part comes, w-a-i-t-i-n-g!! How long? Who knows. There are so many variables that play a part in receiving a referral. So what can we do in the meantime? Fundraise! My wonderful friend is hosting a Partylite candle party to help us with fundraising this Saturday. Can’t make it? email me and I will send you the link to shop online or the flyer for the fundraising items!

In other news, we were able to see our friends we haven’t seen in years. Last time we saw them we were all kidless. Now, they have two little boys and we have Hudson and are working on our second adoption. It’s funny how a few years changes everything. It is wonderful to have friends with boys Hudson’s age, because lets face it, boys do play differently. And these boys were comfortable with each other and just started playing together. And Hudson was comfortable with our friends as well which is always a plus.


H&KHudson is also growing and changing everyday. It’s exciting to watch and sad all at once. This week we moved him into a toddler bed. He was already in his toddler bed that was his crib and turned into the three-sided toddler bed, but he kept getting his feet and arms stuck in the rails and waking up crying. We were looking at full size beds when a friend gave us their race car toddler bed. Perfect for my little car fanatic! We left it in the play room for a week for him to play in it and get comfortable and then moved it to his room. He LOVES it! Especially the front where he can “slide” head first off the bed (we have no added a foam mat under the to help protect his head) But like I said, he’s a boy and active and no fear. But isn’t he just adorable in this picture…..


And for his hair this week, we went with one of my favorites, the mohawk!

mohawkHe loves it too and it goes perfect with his new head banging dance moves to his favorite songs (Welcome to the Jungle by Guns n Roses and Life is a Highway by Rascal Flatts). It is a pretty easy style to do and one I can get done fast when we are in a hurry!

So, lets hope our dossier has no errors in it and can be sent off to be translated, our biometrics goes well and is processed fast, and we can fundraise like crazy to be ready when we get our referral!

Learning to Deep Condition Hudson’s Hair

As promised, this week’s post is about deep conditioning Hudson’s hair. Last winter Hudson’s hair was little and fine and all it needed was some moisture (water) and a sealer (coconut oil). This year Hudson has a ton more hair (8 inches long when pulled straight on top) and the winter weather was taking a toll on it, so it needed more that our normal routine (that will be another post, promise). So, a deep conditioner it what we did. Here’s how we did it:

The night before I applied melted coconut oil on his hair (we already did his daily moisturizing spritz that morning). the purpose was to add some oil directly to the hair to be absorbed. We prefer coconut oil but other prefer olive oil, use what works best for you. Then in the bath I cleansed his hair with Kinky Curly Come Clean and used his regular conditioner, Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose, as usual. then i applied a deep conditioner treatment. I used Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque. Why? Well it doesn’t contain any sulfates, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, paraffin, PABA, or animal ingredients. It had want we want in a deep conditioner: shea butter, avocado oil, vitamin E, etc. And it was available at Target so I didn’t have to go to the mall to Sephora’s for it. I applied a generous amount to his freshly washed and conditioned hair. I made sure all his hair was well coated, but especially the ends where it was driest. Then a shower cap went on. He didn’t like it so we had to sit with him and entertain him. Reading how to do say you should wrap a warm towel over the shower cap while they sit for 10 minutes. Well, that’s great and all, but not gonna happen with an active 19 month old who didn’t even like the shower cap. My solution, these hooded towels we were given as a gift and never used since we didn’t want the towel over his hair breaking it. I threw it in the dryer and pulled it out and put it on him. it was a warm “robe” and towel hair wrap in one!

3He didn’t enjoy just sitting so we put his music on and let him “shake it”

2That helped to keep him entertained for the 10 minutes. Then back into the tub where I rinsed his hair with the shower attachment to make sure it was all out. Then I followed with his normal hair routine and put it in a protective style (again, I promise to write a post with his routine, why we do it, what we use, etc.).

1I must say I LOVED this deep conditioner. It made a HUGE difference immediately in his hair. It was softer, easier to detangle, helped redefine his curls, and his hair looked healthier that night. We will be doing this probably every two weeks in the winter to keep his hair healthy.

On the fingerprint update: it didn’t happen, however we were able to reschedule it in person for a quicker appointment time than if we sent in the request (like the form says to do). So we are scheduled for January 18th for out biometrics.