Saturday, August 15, 2009

A Thought to Share

I know God won't give me anything I can't handle.
I just wish he didn't trust me so much

--- Mother Teresa

The Gift of Adoption

This is one of our favorite articles about adoption. It was in the Feb 2009 Ensign. Reading this article individually touched both of us. We hadn't really talked about it prior to that time but because of this article we did. I remember the day we decided that adoption was right for us. We were sitting on the couch just chatting. I don't remember who brought it up but when I said, "I think we should look into adoption." Rick gave me an enthusiastic "I thought we should for awhile now." It was a great day. Ever since, both of us have had our decision confirmed over and over again. Even now as I write this blog post, I feel my heart swell with excitement and get goose bumps all over.
I hope this article can touch you as it has us.
The Gift of Adoption

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Our Birthmother Letter

I have been putting off writing our birthmother letter. Rick is also going to write part of it but until I start, he is just waiting. Well this evening I decided to start. I have been thinking about it for months now. Unsure of what to write. Wanting to outline it all before committing anything to "paper".
I wanted to make it long enough, about 1.5-2 pages and thought I would never be able to do it. Well I just finished writing and have to edit it down. By myself I filled 3 pages! Once I decided to start the words just starting spewing from my fingers. I know that I have been touch by the Spirit while writing but maybe a little bit less would have been good. hahaha
Each time I work on a different step, I am reminded that this is the right thing for us. I am SO excited! I thank my friends and family for their prayers and want all possible birth mothers who read this to know that we are praying for YOU and want you to know that our friends and family are praying for you too.

New Favorite Song

I am not what I would consider a Nickelback fan; however, they have some songs I really do like. They have a great beat to them and others have words that crack me up. A few weeks ago I heard this song on the radio. I thought it was a bit hard for them but the voice sure sounded like them. It took me 2 weeks to find out who it was but when I did I was excited because I knew I could get a copy of the song. This is a great live video too. I am thinking, they might be really fun to see in concert!


I like snowcones. Apparently they are a learned taste thing. My siblings all pretty much like snowcones, some more than others but still we all like them. Rick, does not so much.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

ReAl Salt Lake vs. Seattle Sounders

We had our family that lives in the Northwest over to eat, play some guitar hero and then go to the soccer match. We had an AWESOME time. We had 22 people in all in our group. Only 3 of us had on ReAl colors while the rest wore their green Sounders garb with pride. In the end, ReAl won!
Hooray for the home team!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Getting to know ME Tag

I grabbed this from a friend's blog and thought it would be fun to post on here.

1. What time did you get up this morning?
--- 6:43 AM (I slept in cause the boss is out of town)

2. How do you like your steak?
--- Well done. I am not a pink meat person.

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
--- Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (Twice I might add and it looks like we will be attending the IMax version in the not too distant future)

4. What is your favorite TV show?
--- Burn Notice - I just love the sexual tension between Michael and Fiona, not to mention all the things that get blown up! CSI in Vegas is a close second!

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
--- I a home that I share with Rick and someday our child and maybe even children.

6. What did you have for breakfast?
--- Carnation instant breakfast

7. What is your favorite cuisine?
--- I am thinking Mexican

8. What foods do you dislike?
--- Most seafood (While friend halbut aka fish n chips is one of my favorite meals) and all Indian (It's a curry thing)

9. Favorite Place to Eat?
--- Most anywhere that I won't have to clean up! With that said, I love Costa Vida, Strawberry shakes from In N Out and this little Italian place in Bellevue Washington. It was AWESOME!

10. Favorite dressing?
--- Homemade Ranch but I found a yogurt based ranch that has more than half the calories and half the fat that is very tasty

11. What are your favorite kind of clothes to wear?
--- My swim suit is #1 then come summer clothes - shorts and short sleeve shirts

12. Where would you visit if you had the chance?
--- Italy (again cause I loved it there), Hawaii, England and not necessarily in that order

13. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
--- Is it never on the empty side

14. Where would you want to retire?
--- In a home that is paid off and not the retirement home type places! ;-)

15. Favorite time of day?
--- When the sun is coming up. I love knowing that a bright new day has started. Things are so much crisper and cleaner in the morning.

16. Where were you born?

17. What is your favorite sport to watch?
--- NASCAR, Soccer, and then pretty much anything except basketball.

18. Bird watcher?
--- No! Those little buggers like to wake me up at 4:30 in the morning! Yes I know I love sunrise and I am a morning person (see below) BUT that doesn't mean I want to be woken up by bird fights BEFORE the sun is up

19. Are you a morning person or a night person?
--- Morning

20. Do you have any pets?
--- Nope - I had 2 dogs for many years that I LOVED and my sisters had hamsters and all sorts of other pets growing up but for me and my house, I want it to be hairless and stinkless. Besides, every time you pet a dog or take it for a walk, you could be spending time with your child and that to me is a MUCH better use of time!

21. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share?
--- I am having my carpets cleaned this morning. Oh yeah, I have all my northwest family in town this week. That is new and exciting!

22. What did you want to be when you were little?
--- a stock broker (Yeah go figure!) A mom

23. What is your best childhood memory?
--- I have SOO many - I loved that my mom sung to me every night before going to sleep. Sometimes she would sing lots of songs other times just "my song" but every night I did receive it.

24. Are you a cat or dog person?
--- Dog.

25. Always wear your seat belt?
--- Yes!!!!!!!

26. Been in a car accident?
--- A few but never my fault

27. Any pet peeves?
--- Yes but sometimes they bother me more than others.

28. Favorite Pizza Toppings?
--- Tomatoes and mushrooms with extra cheese

29. Favorite Flower?
--- Pink roses

30. Favorite ice cream?
--- It is a toss up between chocolate chip cookie dough and cookies n cream

31. Favorite fast food restaurant?
--- Didn't we already have this?

32. How many times did you fail your driver's test?
--- Never. I don't think I missed any on the written nor the driving part

33. From whom did you get your last email?
--- Carrie my sister in law - I am ordering some new make up from her.

34. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
--- None of them unless someone else was paying off the bill! If that were the case, one with things and clothes like a department store.

35. Do anything spontaneous lately?
--- Well...after some thought...I don't think so. No wait, going up the canyon last weekend was spontaneous. =)

36. Like your job?
--- Absolutely! I would love to be a stay at home mom but without a child, that is hard to do.

37. Broccoli?
--- In stir fry or soup it is alright.

38. What was your favorite vacation?
--- Disneyland! I was with my best friend (Rick) and we had SO much fun! I can't wait to go back and the best part is that it isn't some trip that is a once in a lifetime trip. (I would like to go back to England and Italy with Rick but those weren't my favorite.)

39. Last person you went out to dinner with?
--- Rick - we went to Chili's before Harry Potter

40. What are you listening to right now?
--- Pandora Radio Online

41. What is your favorite color?
--- Pink! This summer though I have realized that I really love green and blue. The bright green against the bright blue sky. Heavenly Father sure knew what he was doing when he created that combination.

42. How many tattoos do you have?
--- None.

43. How many are you tagging for this quiz?
--- No one.

44. What time did you finish this quiz?

45. Soda Drinker?
--- Nope - Nor carbonation for 11 years now.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Lazy August Weekend

This weekend has been very quiet. We played some tennis, did some shopping, went for a drive up the canyon, hung out around the house watching tv and even got in a nap after church. I was able to get several new clothing items including a super cute skirt and a new swim suit top.
I took some photos around Silver Lake where we went for our drive. Last time we went there was in the fall and the leaves were changing. It was pretty to see it so green this time. There were a lot of people up there as the temperature was perfect. We walked out on the little dock into the middle part of the lake. It was SO clear. We could see everything and unfortunately, it smelled like dead fish. The little duckies were very friendly and came up on the dock to see us.
There were little chipmunks aka pot guts running around. There were VERY tame. One came right up to Rick's shoe and almost to mine. Rick wore his Jeff Gordon shirt for good luck. The shinies on the sleeves are the good luck part. ;) The race ended up being rained out though. And I am hiding the video camera behind my back so it wasn't in the photo.