Sunday, July 15, 2012
Sunday, January 11, 2009
This is a somewhat stressful time for me as I transition back to work after being on FMLA since October. Dan is staying home as a full-time Dad and we feel very blessed to be able to have this arrangement. I am faced with finding a new role within the company I work for, I remain optimistic the right opportunity will come along soon, but of course there is some anxiety. I am also determined to let this year be my year to take more risks in my real estate development business, and possibly invest in a franchise. I always say two things:
- The only way to change your life is to change your life!
- Life isn't worth living if you don't take risks.
I also haven't posted about the pooches recently. but we love them as much as ever. They are adjusting pretty well to Dominic but they miss all the snuggle time we used to share. Dan and I don't sit still long enough anymore to snuggle, Dominic has us on the go so much. Brody turned 4 on December 26 and Katie and Alfie will turn 4 in February (Alfie on the 4th and Katie on the 23rd). I think we will have our annual party for them in a few weeks, they are so special to us and we are so blessed to have them in our lives.
I really felt compelled to post tonight because our dear friends Donna and Joe are in China right now to pick up their daughter Lauren (http://waitingforlaurenelizabeth.blogspot.com/). She is days younger than Dominic and I know they will be playmates since they live pretty close to us. Donna is an awesome blogger and I feel like I am experiencing her journey first hand. I just cry with joy when I read about her excitement and I yearn for the time when it will be our turn.
I think of our daughter from China so often and will never give up on bringing her home. I am watching the matches like a hawk in these first few months of 2009 because the orphanage fees have increased and that should help speed things up. I pray this is true! Poor Dan is like a deer in the headlights when I mention we may go to China this year, he just kind of mumbles "huh?" It will be fun, and although it's hard to wait and wait, it is also fun to anticipate her arrival.
So Happy 2009 to everyone, may this year be one of risk taking and positive thinking!
Monday, October 06, 2008
But today... I just had to call our China agency to ask about the rumored increase in orphanage fees from $3,000 to $5,000. I visited with our agency recently in Colorado and the director told me he thought after the Olympics the fees would increase and that would lead to a stabilization and ultimate decrease in wait times. I have not seen any evidence of that so I wanted to find out the status.
Well, while I was talking to my "partner in waiting" I unexpectedly broke down crying. I am just so sad that our wait is growing every month. I don't understand how we can be asked to wait for an unknown length of time. We are AGING! Of course the question is "Who is asking this of you?" and the answer is we are asking this of ourselves to fulfill our dream of parenting an orphan from China.
The Guatemala adoption has put us through the wringer and we feel raw and troubled. I'll never understand why our journeys have been so challenging and trying. Of course I am so happy our son will be home soon, but it does not fill the void in my heart from not having my daughter here.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
I was relaxing in my hotel room last night after watching "Pushing Daisies" (my new Hollywood beau is Lee Pace - LOVE HIM!), and felt like watching a movie. I was THRILLED to see "Man on Wire" was on the menu. I missed it when it played in Arizona and have been wanting to see it for awhile.
May I just say, I LOVED this movie! It was worth the $15 I paid to watch! It was exciting, inspiring, touching, thrilling and preposterous at times. It really reinforced my belief in one of my favorite quotes of all time:
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams!
Live the life you've imagined".
I am going confidently in the direction of my dreams...
- I am moving forward with real estate investing despite the frightening market conditions and poor economic and employment outlook
- I am remaining committed to bringing home both of my children from around the world
- I am working with my husband to improve our marriage and improve our lives
My prayer is all of my loved ones find the strength and inspiration they need to move towards their dreams too, each day of their lives.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
We had a delicious custom cake from AJ's for dessert, it was a little crumpled though... on the way home from picking up the cake Dan was in an accident. He was hit by someone turning left while he was going straight through an intersection. The person who hit him fled the scene, but thankfully Dan is fine. His car is a little banged up but still drivable. What can I say? That's life!
My Dad is so anxious to meet our babies, it will be lovely to see them all together - hopefully soon! I know he will be an amazing grandfather because he is an amazing father to me. Here are pictures of my parents, Dan and me. Who do I look like???
I am heading to Charlotte, NC for business tomorrow and have a super fun weekend planned. On Friday I am going to visit my girlfriend Nikki in Winston-Salem. Then on Saturday I am going to Atlanta to visit my friend Rhanda. I am going to surprise her and treat her to the wine festival at Chateau Elan - it is an awesome winery/spa/resort north of Atlanta. Dan and I loved it there when we lived in Atlanta and I used to treat myself to spa weekends every year for my birthday. I miss that a lot!!!! Here is a picture of Chateau Elan - I can't wait! I feel like this is my last HOORAH before I become a MOMMY! ;)