Sunday, July 15, 2012

Long Time No Post....

Has it really been three and a half years since I posted on this blog???? I guess before now there wasn't much to post, but we are seriously getting closer now. We expect a match in March 2013, can this be true??? I am excited, It has been way tooooooooo long...

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Happy New Year!

Wow 2009 already! I haven't posted on this blog in awhile, we have been so focused on getting our angel Dominic home and I have been posting on his blog like crazy. So, now it's time to post here and share a few things about our life...

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

Emotional Times...

Well, my birthday was yesterday and it was a very nice day. I started out by going to Jazzercise, then I went to Whole Foods for a PomPassion smoothie. I found a neat international Sesame Street CD for my children and some interesting foods to try. I came home and my in-laws called to wish me a happy day. While I was on the phone with them my parents and nephews came over with a cake and presents to surprise me. After the family party Dan took me to Farrelli's Cinema Supper Club to see "Casablanca". I have never seen it before and overall thought it was an interesting movie (I did throw up in my mouth a little when Ingrid Bergman told Humphrey Bogart, "I can't think right now, you have to think for both of us"). ;) Anyway, I had a very pleasant day.

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

MAN ON WIRE! ****MUST SEE****

Man on Wire

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".
- Thoreau

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

Did You Know???

Can't help but share that you can buy stamps for $0.42 a piece today and they will ALWAYS be worth current market value! That's right, I was dumb founded to learn this at the post office today as I waited to buy 100 $0.01 stamps. The man in front of me in the queue told me about this and I confirmed with the counter clerk who helped me. What puzzles me is why do they sell anything but these Forever Liberty stamps? The savings I will realize are worth at least one new pair of shoes or a bauble from Tiffany's! ;)

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Crafty Weekend for a Great Cause

My younger sister Toree is a big time scrap booker and even has her own related business. At a recent scrap booking convention she learned about a fun activity for charity. She invited me and a bunch of her friends over to her house today to make cards for the patients at Phoenix Children's Hospital. We had a blast! She has all kinds of supplies, many I didn't even know how to use. It felt really good to help support a meaningful cause and I will definitely do this activity with my children when they are old enough.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Another Fun Weekend and Another One Coming!

This past weekend we celebrated my Dad's birthday, he turned 75 on August 15! He is in great shape and such a wonderful and inspirational person. We hosted at our house and had a great meal and very fun day. We served wine, cheese, fruit and crackers as appetizers. I made pot roast in a crock pot, and also served mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli with shredded cheese and green bean casserole. Everything came out delicious and we had nine satisfied guests including us.


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! ;)