Wednesday, January 28, 2009

It's my blog, I can write about me. Meme!






If you're friends with me on Facebook, then you've already seen this list.


I'm not a huge fan of reading Meme's on blogs but gosh darn it they're fun to fill out. I've read 25 things of about a million of my friends on FB, however.



I'm attempting to blog more often and hopefully by putting up a Meme will encourge me to post again soon.






1. I’ve been getting to know the Lord better and better with every year of my life. This has brought an awareness at just how dependant I am on Him.




2. I have an organizational streak in me and I get flustered in chaotic spaces or situations. However, my nightstand and my computer desk never seem to be clean or organized.




3. I love words. I will reread a poignant sentence and pause at every.single.word over and over again.


4. I have a phobia about cooking for people. It quite honestly freaks me out. This is mysterious as my mother is a fabulous cook.



5. I was not prepared for how hard the adoption processes would be. The filing, the waiting, the adjustment period. It was way harder. But oh how I love these girls.



6. My heart hurts for the poverty stricken country of Haiti and one day hope that my family and I can offer some kind of aid and restoration.



7. I am super duper attracted to my husband and love him beyond measure. We laugh at how little we have in common but how in love we are nonetheless.



8. I ran the Portland Marathon 2 years ago. Am currently training for a half marathon in June.



9. I homeschool my children and already see the mental, physical, spiritual, relational and educational benefits it has for them.



10. I call my best friend Angelina Ballerina.



11. I love to laugh. I look forward to laughing whenever I’m with my close friends and my family. I’ve surrounded myself with laughy people!


12. My favorite color is black.


13. I weep at the love I have for my firstborn. It is so indescribable.



14. I have always had a love for all things French. Ohh la la!



15. I went to Paris when I was 5 months pregnant. The edema was so bad that it made touring almost unbearable. Plus I couldn’t drink wine. I need to go back.



16. I’ve been working on a secret project with my Best Friend and we’re nearing completion.



17. I dance in my bedroom and sing in my shower and wonder if I could have made it as an actress for I see myself on the screen all the time.



18. I would choose salty tortilla chips over a bowl of candy every time.



19. I survived skin cancer.



20. I did not enjoy the book “The Shack” and am trying to find the time to blog my reasons why.



21. I get giddy and excited when I think about Heaven. I get even more excited when I talk about it with friends.



22. I used to be nosey and suspicious but have found such relief in giving those up.



23. My favorite part about gifts is the giving and getting the card that goes with it.



24. I couldn’t imagine life without my twin sister. Seriously!



25. I’m a true city girl, but have deep desires to live in the country. And own horses. And offer adventure out there to my kids.


Sunday, January 25, 2009

Engagement

It was 15 years ago that my husband asked me to marry him.

He whispered his I Love You's here at Multnomah Falls after a young adults meeting held at Bible Temple (now City Bible).
Multnomah Falls

To set a better picture, it was in January and at about 11:00 at night. It was downright freezing and we couldn't see the falls for the pitch blackedness. But we could hear the cascading water!
I said yes.
I had just turned 19 years old a month earlier.
Wow.
He told me he'd throw me in the water if I had said no. :)
I don't have a lot of pictures of the two of us during our 8 month engagement or even during our short dating period.

My Mom, my twin sister Jenny, my little sister Abby and me.
The above picture is at the Wedding Tea thrown for me. A bridal shower of sorts where I still have the napkin rings and placemats given to me that day.



The above 2 pictures were taken THE DAY BEFORE our wedding. Ahhhhh. We had our rehearsal dinner at Round Table Pizza because this is where we met. Double Ahhhhhh.
He gave me a diamond necklace that night. Look how young and skinny we were!

The Next 3 pictures are after we got married, but just shortly after.


Yeah, I'm wearing braces in the above photo. Well, remember, I was a teenager when I got married!!


Here is a photo we took for the church directory. I'm wearing the diamond necklace.




Here is our first camping trip we took together. We had another couple with us (Hi Heather!) and slept in a Yurt at Fort Stevens on the Oregon Coast. Super fun.

I love you, Babe.
Thanks for the memorable engagement and most memorable marriage.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Brady Stars

Great ideas, everyone! Thanks so much for the support on my Brady Quest.

I went with Kismet's idea and DVR'd the show that came on at 5:00 this morning. I will give you one star because even though it's free, it's not online.

There were back to back episodes!
The first one was when Greg and Marcia were both running for student body president.
The second one was when Bobby decided to run away because he was afraid his new step-mom would be like the one in Cinderella.

I was relieved that the first two shows my girls saw were when they Brady kids were young. Those are the better episodes for kids, I think.
Another reason I wanted them online: to pick which episodes to watch.

SuperDave suggested the library and demanded stars. That's not online, Super. But thanks for the 'free' aspect of my request. I will give you one star.

Molly, I did check Ebay but they were all just a bit more than I wanted to spend.

Christa, I did check Hulu but they didn't have The Brady Bunch. Tons of other shows though!

Blessed Moma of 4, I don't think I want the Christmas one right now, but after my girls start to gain an appreciation for the show (which I know they will) I'll probably take it from you!

Tiffany, your comment made me laugh out loud!! For real. And for more than one obvious reason, of course!

The G's, I did put them on my Netflix account, but after I DVR'd it, I went in and removed them. I'd rather have my girls watch it recorded at whatever time we want than have my husband give me funky looks when he opens the mail and finds The Brady Bunch over and over again. But I almost did this!





I think I will actually give Kismet 1 and a half stars because it was the option I went with that I quite frankly didn't even think of.

Thanks again everyone!







Friday, January 16, 2009

Family Fun TV -- But where is it?



Does anyone know where I can go to watch Full Episodes of the Brady Bunch -online- for FREE?

I've tried extensive Google searching and can only find 30 second clips or a site to BUY the episodes.

Maybe the free doesn't exist.

I think my girls would adore this show just as much as I adored it when I was little!
So cute and wholesome. They just don't make 'em like they used to.

The winner who knows where to find what I'm looking for gets 2 stars on the star chart!!


Or does anyone know where I can get the whole series for way super cheap?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Friday, January 9, 2009

Blog-tarded


I started a post on January 5th, but didn't finish it.

So I saved it, posted something else later.


Tonight I went and finished that previous post and didn't know that once I hit Publish that it kept the original date that I STARTED the post.


Long story short: Scroll down to January 5th.

I don't know how to re-post it as today's date, January 8th.


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

God's words move me. They always do.

"I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you." John 14:18





"Never again will they hunger, never again will they thirst...and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." Revelation 7:16-17




Monday, January 5, 2009

The Theater. It made me very reflective.













I'd seen the movie a few years ago, never read the book, written by Alice Walker. Now I've seen the live production of it. The Color Purple.


When my mom and my two aunts and I decided to go see the musical (something we do fairly frequently), I hadn't stopped to think about the fact that there would be several African-American people. But...of course there were! It was an all black cast.


We got there a little early and grabbed a coffee and people watched (something we're all quite skilled at....yes, skilled) and I felt a little minor. You know, the minority. Having two new cute black girls in my family, I felt a pride and a little secretive as I gazed at all the lovely people.


As the foyer filled up, it ended up being more white people than black. Sure, this is Portland, Oregon. But for a few minutes I took pleasure being a white wave in the sea of black and brown.

Being a novice black hair dresser, I was amazed at all the lovely hair do's and slightly confused at how they do it.







This is me and mom. This is me looking in a mirror that shows me what I'll look like in 18 years. We have almost the same brain, too.

Love you ma!



















This is Aunt Shanny and Aunt Tommi. Two of the most generous people I know.











Here we are walking to Virgo & Pisces for dinner before the play.












The sets were beautiful. The singers outstanding.















I was the only drinker at the table that night and I'm SURE the one drink minimum for happy hour food HAD to be alcoholic. Right? Yeah. Good thing I was there to get cheap eats! A-hem.











I could listen to them sing hymns till Jesus comes.










Here we are after dinner but before the play. We stopped over at Trader Joes for a quick roam in the best grocery isles ever.





There was a moment in the play where Celie was forced, for the second time, to give up her child. That put a knife-in-my-gut feeling. And then, later, she wonders about her children, hopes the best for them. I got another feeling in my gut this time, but I'm not quite sure how to define it.


You see, the mother of my adopted children is dead.
What if she could see me taking care of her girls.
Am I making her proud?

Their father hugged me as he said goodbye to his children.
Did he sit in his fishing boat today wondering about his daughters? Does he think about them and hope the best for them? Am I giving them the best love he hoped for when he made the decision to send them away?

Am I fulfilling the call God put on my life to raise brown-skinned daughters?






Here we are at the play. It was truly a night to remember. Bonding with the women in my life. Bonding with the black children in my family.

It's a hard story to swallow, but one filled with such victory, triumph and justice in the end. My emotions swelled throughout the night as I considered this woman's faith in God at all she'd been through. All that I'm going through.
He does work in mysterious ways.


Oh, and Happy 8th birthday to my niece Jill! I love you, baby.


Friday, January 2, 2009

Maybe it's a New Year's Resolution

My husband and I had an early morning conversation today about finances.

We are so proud of ourselves for having stayed wwwaaayyyy under what we usually spend at this time of year. Yay us!




There were presents galore yet we spent probably 1/4th of what we normally spend in the month of December. Christmas, My birthday Friends, Cards, Dinners, Parties, Clothes.... our focus just really wasn't on spending. And we enjoyed Christmas extra especially this year!


However.

Starting a company, having more kids in the home, having debt, becoming wiser, learning much, we know we still need to watch what how we spend every.single.penny.

So we chatted this morning about ways to save, areas to improve, creative solutions and alternatives to spending, and budgeting.


I suspect many couples had this conversation today.
And then I read this blog (Life at 7000 Feet) and my suspicions were confirmed!


She's focusing on the month of January and I think it's a splendid idea.


She and I also share an addiction to Starbucks which will be hard to curb. But I know I can do it. Well, I'm pretty sure I can do it. Maybe.


Anyone else have this conversation today? Changing the way you spend this month? This year? Anyone else wanna give me a Starbucks gift card? Thanks Angela and Christa!