Friday, January 30, 2009

It has been 21 months since LID!!

Another month has pasted and we are just 2 days closer to our LID. We still have 423 days until April 30,2007 LID. It is hard to stay positive about this whole experience. We continue on our paper work for Foster Adoption. Which ever comes first! Life is full and busy! I have dreams about another child that will fill our hearts. I can't wait to hold that child and fill its heart with love, joy and laughter....

10 Things I have to be grateful for...

my daughter and her love for life

my dear husband and his love to create

my dear friend who is my confidant and rock when I question everything

Starbucks coffee

fresh berries

a smile from a stranger

morning dew on a spiders web

steel cut oatmeal


the words "I love you" never get old!

GRATITUDE is the key to happiness.~~ C.S. Lewis

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Look Up!

When it rains on
your parade,
look up rather than down.
Without the rain, there
would be no rainbow.
~~ G.K. Chesterton~~

During this long wait remember to enjoy the rainbows. They are Gods way of smiling down on us and encouraging us.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Welcome Sweet Samuel!

I wanted to introduce you to my BF's precious little boy Samuel. He arrived in their lives 1 week ago! It is totally a God thing how he came to them. He was meant to be their son. Sweet Samuel you are a gift from God sent to the most wonderful and deserving family. May your life be filled with dreams,hopes,laughter and love!!

My precious friend and her bundle of joy!

I just love this smile!

I got to visit today and was his first visitor outside of family! He is just such a good baby. It felt absolutely heavenly to hold him. I did not want to let go!

I will check to see if she will allow visitors on her blog.

Monday, January 26, 2009

A Fun Package In The Mail!

What fun it is to receive packages in the mail! Kim at Journey to Isabella sent me this wonderful package of adorable clips and a clip caddy.
I just love them! They are all so cute and fun. Great choices and the fabric is so me! Thank you so much Kim!

Such a great color combination!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Clippy and Bow Swap!

I joined a clippy/ bow and recipe swap over @ Journey to Isabella. I order and sent off my pretties today to Kim and Cora! I hope they like them. It was fun trying to find ones that Kim doesn't have as she has collected quite a few!

I made this image on Polyvore! It is a fun site to play on.
Now to get my recipes printed out and sent to them by Monday.
This is so much fun. Thanks Kim for setting it up!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Day 13

Mark off time on your calendar for baking bread,practicing piano,or whatever stimulates your creative juices. Creative time is just like any time; if it's not scheduled, something else will probably crowd it out.

I love to bake bread and do it every Sunday. I have this beautiful piano sitting in my living room and I try to play it 1-2 times a week. Otherwise my fingers get rust and the music sounds awful. The other thing that I love to do is craft be it needlepoint on fine linen, scrap booking, or anything that looks fun I try it. I learned how to knit over Thanksgiving. It is really fun and very relaxing.

The other thing I am trying to do is Sudoku and crossword puzzles a little bit everyday to keep my mind sharp. I try to read also. I am now reading Blue Shoe by Anne LaMott.

Try to enjoy your life while we wait for our children. We must do fun things for ourselves and cherish these moments. Once our children arrive there will be less time to do all these things.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Day 12

What is Grace?

Grace takes on many forms. For some, grace is forgiveness and kindness.
For others, grace is elegance and class. For those that are religious,
grace means God's grace, a state of love and mercy. For all,grace
represents a state of being that transcends the ordinary and makes
us more understanding, more loving, and more dignified.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Day 11

So, have you ever had one of those days where nothing seemed to be going right? I have and I just want to go crawl back in bed and make the day start all over.

But I think from now on when that happens I am going to keep calm and have a cupcake!

Oh yes, and don't forget the Starbucks! Grande Skinny Vanilla Soy No Whip Latte PLEASE!

All Photo's Courtesy of Flicker Creative Commons.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Day 10

I am back to doing my posts about 101 Ways to Lift Your Spirits.

. . . it's a doll's world after all
. . . it's a doll's world after all by Simply Saralee

Use your imagination in displaying your collection of cups and saucers,bells,dolls,thimbles, and salt-and-pepper shakers. A
side table,shelf, or armoire serves beautifully,but so might a
printer's tray, a special basket, or a windowsill.

Cups by lovepolyvore

Found this awesome sitePolyvore! Go explore and create. ThanksNester! It is so much fun and some fantastically creative people.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


How many of you have ever been to The Nutcracker? When I was little I took Ballet for about 8 years. I dreamed of dancing in the Nutcracker. It never happened. I danced in other productions like Swan Lake, Hansel and Gretel, and
Peter Pan. My mother would take my sister and I at Christmas time to see The Nutcracker. I remember getting dressed in our best velvet dresses with bows and ribbons in our hair with our shiny black patent leather shoes on. We always had winter coats even living in Southern California. We wore them between the house and car and the theater. If we left them on we would be too hot.

We would find our seats with the magical lady holding a flash light to guide us to our row. We would sit down on these cushy old velvet chairs. You would kinda sink in to them. I remember the smells of the sets, the glitter and swish of the costumes and sounds of the toe shoes on the wooden stage. The Orchestra would be magnificent and I would jump when the tympani drums be came very loud and the cymbals would crash together.

To me it was a magical day filled with awe and excitement. I would dance and twirl for days dreaming I was Claire dancing with my Nutcracker.

This year we decided to take Gabby for her first time. the Pacific Northwest Ballet company in Seattle is at the McCaw hall. The sets are done by the children's author and illustrator Maurice Sendak. The highlights are the 27 foot Mouse King,the splendid Christmas tree that grows from 14-28 feet tall, and the land of snow. There are 170 performers from the school. It was simply spectacular! Gabby was just enthralled and loved every minute of it. Brent even enjoyed it. During the admission we had sugar mouse king cookies and hot cider to drink. My parents loved taking Gabby to see this and it brought back alot of memories for my parents and myself.

Gabby all giggly and almost ready to go!

Claire sleeping and the evening begins....

Mouse King Sugar Cookie!

Our family of 3 after a wonderful show!

What was your favorite part of The Nutcracker? Mine was the dance of the Sugar Plum fairies. It was always so magical and beautiful to me. This is definitely a tradition that we will be doing with our family from now on.

Sweet Dreams.....

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

It has been 20 months since LID

Well it has been another 2 months since I have been on this blog to update it. Where has the time gone? I still feel like we are on a very slow boat to China!! No pun intended.

We had a wonderful holiday season with lots of family time. Very little alone time which I am now relishing. Gabby is back in school finally after 2.5 weeks off due to the snowy days before Winter break. I had grand plans to go to Leavenworth or Sun Cadia with my parents here. Very little traveling was done due to all of the snow. We did make it out to go grocery shopping, stop at Starbucks, dinner out and also go see PNW Ballet's Nutcracker. Brent and I also had a date night! We went to see Four Christmases then on to B&N to look for books and have dessert and coffee at Starbucks. It was a real treat for us.

Happy Belated Holidays to everyone! Happy 2009! May it hold wonderful things in store for us all on the trek to adopting!