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!