Sunday, December 16, 2007


I probably shouldn't drive today. The extent to which my mind is preoccupied is really scary. Of the normal 50 brain cells I use to function daily, 49 are on total overload. The one remaining cell just doesn't seem to have the juice to get me through. Case in point, I've locked my keys in the car and had to call TripleA, and I've forgotten countless commitments and assigned tasks in the last few days. But, the best evidence is:

Lottery Tickets.

Let's understand that to play the scratchers, you basically need the aptitude of a 1st grader. (WB is a great scratcher!) Anyway, we had a LOVELY dinner with GREAT friends last night and walked away from our "Dirty Santa" game with 15 scratchers.

This morning, I thought I'd do my scratching. Since my birthday is 7-11, I was really interested in the "7,11,21" game. You scratch the row and if the total of the boxes adds up to these numbers, you will the prize. Not realizing there are THREE columns, I scratch two columns, they total 21 and I reveal the prize: $1,100. I am crazy, hooping and hollering. Enter JB. (ever-steady and rational, mind like a "steel trap"). He lovingly points out my error and gently brings me back to reality...$7... a measly $7 and a free ticket. To which, WB explains, "Hey Mom, that's better than nothing!"

I love my boys and I thank God they still have brain cells to keep "da mama" operational!


Mentally - so much better today. Things are coming together! We are so blessed to have so much support!

Thank you Dillon friends - your encouragement, voices of experience, and kindness mean so much!

Thank you Cousin Beth - for being a world-traveler and exceptional packer. And, for your generous heart!

Thank you Aunt Lori and Uncle LewLew - better friends were never created. Enough said.

Thank you Kelli and Aaron for a lovely dinner and a break from our stress...I can't believe have far we've come in ten years!!!

Miss Val, My sis, Parentals, Jane..the list goes on and on. It takes a Village to raise Leigh Booth and keep her functioning in stressful times.

Thank you!


erinlo said...

Leigh- I get such chills reading your post this evening!!! Oh, it brings back such memories and there is a part of me that wishes I could just squish into your suitcase or be a fly on the wall when you are united with your daughter. I can hardly wait to read your animated account of your journey. You are such a great writer and I'm sure I'll be checking your blog like 1000 times a day while you are in Vietnam. You are a precious woman are going to make it!!!! There are one or two of us from the forum who believe in a nice glass of wine now and then to calm the nerves......YO!! ("Cheers" in Vietnamese!)

Scott and Leslie said...

Take a deep breath! You are so close to holding your precious baby DoriGrace!!!!!

Thanks for asking about Avery's pictures. Shelly actually has them in hand. If you have an opportunity, post the responses of the caregivers when they see her pictures:)).

Oh, if you forget to pack something don't worry. The tax center in HCMC has EVERYTHING!!!!

Chuck and Jean Anne said...

Leigh...I've really lost track of all the thanks so much for posting on our blog. Funny that you where reading through our old posts...I just did the same thing tonight!

May God bless you and your family on your journey to Vietnam! You'll love it!!

Can't wait to see YOU holding Dori Grace!

Rachel said...

I'm so very excited for you guys. I'm on pins and needles and I can't wait to hear all about DoriGrace. You are SO CLOSE!

Jill and Bill Hughes said...

Bill and I are so excited! We have been keeping tabs on you and the big trip to get DoriGrace from Beth. We are happy to help in any way.... feel free to even just email what you need us to do. How exciting for all of you... and I know DoriGrace is excited too!

Heather said...

Leigh, I hope you have the time of your life! God's Speed! May the force be with you & all of that!!! Can't wait to see you with Dori Grace. What an exciting time.
Heather M.

Cindy and Chuck said...

Congratulations! Enjoy Vietnam and seeing your daughter in person for the first time!

Julie said...

Leigh: Thinking of you as you travel today. This is going to be an amazing experience and thank you for sharing with us. I can't wait to see pictures of you holding Dori Grace.

Adoption Timeline

  • 01/01/08 - Home at Last
  • 12/24/07 - G & R
  • 12/18/07 - Travel
  • 12/7/07 - Travel Packet/VISA Authorization
  • 12/06/07 - I-600 Approval
  • 11/16/07 - I-600 Received for Review
  • 09/26/07 - Referral
  • 03/23/07 - Log in Date
  • 02/23/07 - Dossier to Vietnam
  • 02/08/07 - Dossier to Agency
  • 08/08/06 - Switched to Vietnam Program from China Program