Tuesday, January 25, 2011

q & a

As I type this the girls and I are bowling in our living room
in our pajamas.

Can you think of anything better than that?

Well, it would definitely be better if my feisty five year old wasn't beating me.
our fellas are at a basketball game, far, far away.
We are grateful to be home this time.


I really can't think of a thing to blog about.

What consumes my time and energy these days are the flaming hoops
of these adoptions.
I'm about worn slick.
But, I must press on because it's what I do.

God bless Heidi at WACAP.
I tell you what,
that woman deserves some sort of award for dealing
with the likes of me.

My beauty school education didn't give me much help
in the department of common sense.

Not that anything in this process makes sense.

It sure doesn't.

So, something that kinda bugs me regarding my blog is...
(Sorry... for whatever reason I am quickly changing the subject, as you can tell. Stay with me.)

I often have people ask me questions...but I don't always know how or
where to respond if I don't have their email address.
I usually assume they won't check back to see if I left a comment
about their comment (question).

Is anyone still following me here?
Or even reading to this point?

I will make this an official Q & A post.

Anything you want to ask me,
ask away.

Well, be nice.

If there are any freaky stalkers out there, I'd just assume
not hear from you.

But I'd like to believe that none of you are freaky.


ask away!!

Oh and I'll start with this.

Jean asked me:
(I love Jean, don't you?)

"Since you are getting TWO boys now,
who will be traveling?"

Probably just Kelly (husband extraordinaire).
Though Brenden may possibly go
if the timing and MONEY is right.

Money, being key.

I have pretty much resolved that I am not going on this
apparent all-boys trip.

And quite frankly,
even though I desperately hate to miss out on seeing China for a third time,
AND meeting my newest studly men on the spot,
I am truly at peace about staying home.
The plane ride nearly kills me.
Kills me!!
And jet lag...lags on for weeks for me.

So I see many advantages to me staying home.
Even though I will desperately
miss my handsome groom like you'll never know.
We have barely even been apart of more than about 3 nights.
I hope we survive.

Ok, I digress.

Focus, Lori, focus.

Ask me questions...if you have any.
If you don't,
well, that's fine too.

I think it's time to end this.

Q & A,



Jennifer said...

Alrighty! Here's a question for you....another question...thanks for the private Q & A via email! :)
I'm starting to think about fundraisers. Any ideas???? We're collecting things for a huge garage sale. But I know that won't cover it all! ;) I'm trying not to panic over the cost. I'm being kindly reminded that He will help us. He doesn't call the qualified, he qualifies the called. *I think I need that tattooed on my forehead!*

Holly said...

I would love to know- when you adopt two unrelated children from China simultaneously, do you have to pay more agency fees? (please say they aren't doubled fees!)
Also, everyone I know of who has adopted two has done so from differing orphanages. Do you know if a family adopts 2 from the same orphanage if the orph. donation would still be $5k or would it be $10k?
I would like to get an honest estimate at how much more it would cost to adopt a second child and have not been able to get a straight answer from anyone...even agencies.
I would love 2 more...from China...one boy and one more girl and we'll all live happily ever after in bunk beds :)
Who knows?! :)
I totally get you...would miss China desperately but oh the flight...and I can't sleep a WINK on an airplane either. Jet lag for WEEKS and tummy upset too. So it would be nice to be all refreshed and in the right time zone when you meet your new treasures!

Mrs. Gibby said...

so, missus-hairstylist-extraordinaire.... if i want to put some purple steaks in my hair, do i need to bleach those streaks first? i'm talking chunks.

(really, that's it. nothing stressful or adoption related... unless now you're stressing about me wanting to put purple in my hair. i'm thinking in the summer, i would make it hot pink.)

oh, and how can i keep the fun colors from fading so quickly?

Nancy said...

Still want to know where Brendan is going to college...EU????

Simon said...

Greetings friend.
I am sitting here in Johannesburg South Africa, and you will not believe the amount of hassle we have in trying to adopt. My wife and I have been serious about it for the past two years have been trying to get into the adoption proces but to no avail. We do feel God's call on us for adoption. in one of the provinvces of South Africa alone there are over 700,000 orphans..so the need is great. Incredibily great. Me ? I would go for it. But the doors just seem to say shut.
Simon Thomas
South Africa

Tony and Rett said...

I'm in a "I can't believe it's only Wednesday, and not Friday" kind of mood, so I'm keeping the mojo kind of low key today.

How about...what are the middle names of all your family members. Um, in your house. Not ALL of your family members. Low key mojo, remember?

connie said...

Okay, here goes ~
How'd ya' get to be so awesome?
:) :) :)

JR said...

Hey Lori, ♥ this Q&A idea!!

When did you name the boys? I had been praying for them as HH & DJ, but then I saw the recent pics and I was like "WOW!! They have American names!!"

This ? will be so easy (cuz I'm going to answer it myself!!) Do you plan to put another paypal donation thingy on your site? Last several times I looked for the thing-a-ma-jig it wasn't there. BUT THIS MORNING I looked again & found all your sidebar doo-hickies at the bottom....along with the paypal what-cha-ma-call-it! (on a totally different note, i used to have an aunt that talked like this ALL.THE.TIME. I never knew what she was talking about cuz she never used the real words - it was always a "thing-a-ma-jig" or a "doo-hickie"!! LOL)

♥ you sweet gal!

Debby said...

I don't really have any huge questions that I need the answers to, but if we were just chatting over coffee I would most likely ask you how you were preparing Lucy for a YOUNGER sibling. I think it will help that it's a boy, but I know in our family, Jami finds real identity in being the youngest (of all the cousins even) & she would have a hard time losing that role.

I second the fact that you are an awesome gal. Glad I know you.....=)

Anonymous said...

OK ? first? What color is your hair? I love it. Only 1 parent being jet lagged has got to be a great thing for the whole family. I had not even thought of that.

Jennifer said...

Ooooh, ooh! Great question Holly! I would love to know the answer to the "two" thing as well! ;) Hugs!

Beth said...

I am not Lori but I can answer your question. We just adopted two children from the same orphange. They were best friends. Their orphanage waived the second "donation" but I know not all orphanages will do that. When we started to adopt our daughter at the same time as our son our agency estimated about $12,000 additional. I haven't figured it out but we didn't have to pay the $5,000 donation. Our agency did not double our fees.
I hope this helps.



Holly said...

Okay...my question is, how do your kids all feel about all the adoptions? Have they all felt it has been a great idea each time? What has been the biggest post adoption trouble or struggle for you?

Adeye said...

Hahahahahahahaha....you are tooooo funny :)

No questions...just want to tell you that I think you're AWESOME, dear friend.

Patty said...

Have you made our reservation at the funny farm in Maui yet? I'm getting anxious. That's my only question.

Holly said...

Thanks Beth :) I really do appreciate it and wish I had a hundred thousand dollars in savings for a "rainy day" could make some huge differences in the lives of current orphaned children :)

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