Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Can It Be True?

I am in a state of ... I can't even put it into words. Anticipation, excitement, fear, panic. You name it I feel it. The rumors are that China has mailed the latest batch of referrals. It is suppose to include referrals through October 14, 2005. Our log in date is October 13, 2005. Can it be true? The information for our baby girl could be on its way right now!!! Please, Lord, let it be so.

Happy Birthday Mom!

Late this afternoon my sister and I will be meeting at my parents to get dinner started. Mom's birthday dinner will be Chicken Parmigiana with a side of Spaghetti. It will be served with Garlic Bread and of course Birthday Cake for desert. The nieces would be heartbroken if their wasn't cake! I wanted to post a picture of mom, but I haven't had time time to dig one up today. I was up cleaning this morning and now Chuck and I are heading out to the dentist... fun! fun!

Have a great Birthday Mom!

Monday, January 29, 2007

Organizing: Dry Erase Calendar



I keep a yearly calendar that I update at the beginning of each year. I add birthdays, anniversaries, doctor appointments, Chuck's days off etc. I also have a monthly dry erase calendar that I keep on the refrigerator. I LOVE this calendar! At the beginning of each month I will transfer items from the large calendar and then add things as they come up for that month. We mark down everything on this calendar. Any event that is planned, birthday parties, dinners out with friends, if I am going to go out scrapbooking, everything.

When we receive a call and someone is asking us to do something we automatically go to this calendar. This keeps Chuck from saying yes to something and me saying yes to something for the same day. No this does not take place of communication, but it helps if one of us are out of the house and gets a call. It also helps us to keep things from being over scheduled. I even have my sister trained, when she calls she will say look at your calendar and see what you are doing on the 15th.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Guess What I Am Doing This Weekend?

I am getting a new washing machine! For the last month or so I would go to change the loads of laundry and occasionally the clothes would still be soaked. I would re-spin the load and move on. On Monday I went to change the load and there was water all over the place. Luckily the laundry area is in the garage! Chuck came home took it all apart and could find nothing wrong. He ran a load and all was fine. Then yesterday on my first load it did not spin out all of the water. I ran the spin cycle again but this time it leaked again! The washer is 11 years old and Chuck has repaired in a couple of time, so decided to get a new one. With all the laundry our new little one will add I know this is a good idea.

Now for the silly part. What I am most bummed about is the fact that we currently have a matching set and I know even if we buy the same kind it will not exactly match. After 11 years styles change. Isn't that silly!

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Crafting: Valentine Door Hanging

Starting the first of February I will put out a few things to celebrate Valentine's Day. To get ready I made this door hanging.




First I cut 2 identical hearts out of felt.




Then I cut out a smaller heart out of white felt and attached it to the middle of one of the hearts. Next I stitched the two hearts together using a whip stitch (if that is not the correct term, please let me know. That is what I have always heard it called.) I attached a coordinating ribbon and then stuffed the heart before making the final few stitches. (I did not have any batting, so I improvised and used cotton balls!)




I then hung this on the nursery door. I also plan to make one for our bedroom door. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Our Adoption Story

I have always known that I wanted to be a mom. I feel in my heart that to truly be satisfied with my life that this is a must.

Chuck and I were married May 2001 when I was 30 and he was 29, what some might consider later in life. We knew right away that we wanted to start our family.
When I was in my 20's I was diagnosed with PCOS and knew this might be difficult.

Three months into our marriage I spoke with my doctor and due to my history and age it was recommended I see a fertility doctor.

I took the fertility shots with no success. We were told that invitro would be our only option. I began taking the medication and going for frequent blood test. Time after time my sugar came back too high and we could not proceed.

This time was very hard emotionally for me. I can not say enough about how supportive Chuck was. During this time I keep thinking about adoption. Time and time again I keep thinking that I want to be a mom, not just I want to become pregnant. I think during this time God was planting the seed for adoption.

I finally said my heart could no longer take the disappointment of the fertility treatments. I mentioned adoption to Chuck, but he was not ready at this point.

I began to research adoption because I knew in my heart that it was the right thing. I began to pray that if this was the plan for our family that God would open Chuck's heart to it. By this time he said he wasn't opposed to adoption, he just wasn't sure.

I completely understood this. I had time since my 20's to prepare for the fact that I may not have a biological child, Chuck had much less time to prepare for this. If you haven't been in the situation it is hard to explain. I guess that you almost grieve for the child that will never be.

After many tears, prayers and heartfelt conversations Chuck's heart opened to adoption.

We researched all of our options, domestic adoption, foster to adopt and international adoption. International adoption was our choice.

I am not even sure if Dad is aware but he the main reason we went with China. We were talking one afternoon about my desire to become a mom and Dad said "why don't you go to China and bring home a baby girl." Once again I believe God was planting the seed. We prayed about our decision and keep feeling pull to the China program.

The road has been long and hard. We submitted our application on March 2005 and our paperwork was logged in to China 10/13/05. When we began the process the wait time from log in was 6 mos, we have currently been waiting for over 15 mos. The wait has been very difficult. I finally asked God to carry this burden for me and feel at peace about it. We continue to wait, but I know the wait is all part of God's plan for our family. Soon we will see the beautiful daughter He has always had in mind for our family.

We don't know for sure when we will have our referral, but it looks like it will be in the next two months. We are overflowing with anticipation and excitement.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Going To The SUPER BOWL!



Chuck graciously snapped this picture before he headed out this morning. I was still sound asleep. (He leave before 6 am) We were up late last night. After watching the Colts win we were so excited! We ended staying up after the game and watching the player interviews and the crazy people who were out and about. I am still in shock at the fact that they pulled it off. Go Colts, beat The Bears!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

S*N*O*W




This morning we woke up to SNOW! Only 4 inches, but it is the first snow we have had this year. Very unusual for Indiana. This was the morning view off our our back porch. The weather report is that we may have a couple more day of snow fall this week. Yeah! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

*Please ignore the date on the picture, I don't know why but the date keep messing up on the camera. I guess it is time to pull out the instruction book!*

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Weigh In Wednesday

Good news! I weighed in today and have lost 2 pounds! This is much harder then I thought it would be. I just keep thinking about all the cute clothes I have hidden away and how much healthier I will be for my daughter. The hardest part so far is cutting out my orange soft drink. I haven't completely cut it out, but I have not had more than one a day. Today I have had none. I hope I can keep it up!

Look What I Found...



Last week I was out and about. I ran into Target for something in their sale ad. When I go to Target I always look at their clearance toys. If you haven't made it a habit of doing that you really should. They really mark their toys down. I found this Dora on the clearance rack. It is Dora China! (For anyone who doesn't know we are in the process of adopting a baby from China.) I picked up the last one and the best thing is that is was marked down to $1.98!

Monday, January 15, 2007

A Delightful Day!

Today was a holiday for Chuck. He had to go out this morning to have some bloodwork. On the way home he phoned and asked if I wanted to go to Cracker Barrel. Of course I said yes! We don't go there very often, but I enjoy it. Not only is the food good, but I always come away with some ideas from looking around their Country Store.

He had to go out this evening, so I have been watching The Waltons. (I received series 1 & 2 last year for Christmas.) The Waltons is my favorite television show. I like the feeling of community and how simple life was.

Every now and then it is great to have a delightful, lazy day!

Friday, January 12, 2007

FREE Gooseberry Patch Cookbook

I found this offer while searching for the Gooseberry Patch site. You can request a FREE Gooseberry Patch Family Favorite Recipes with Sun-Maid Raisins & Dried Fruit. I really like the Gooseberry Patch Recipe Books, especially when it is FREE!

A Pleasant Surprise!



Today is my Birthday. As I was getting ready to pull out of the drive yesterday imagine my surprise when the floral delivery truck pulled up. I assumed the flowers were from Chuck, but I was pleasantly surprised when I read the card. These beautiful roses were sent to me from my father in law! When I called to thank him he said that he doesn't take the opportunity often enough to say he cares. He said he wanted me to know he loves us! What a sweet thing for him to do! Thanks Dad!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Banana Muffins




1/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 large)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Cream shortening and sugar. Add egg; beat well. Add bananas and vanilla; ix well. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture.

Fill paper-lined muffin cups. Bake 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Bridal Shower Gift: Laundry Gift Basket

I will be heading to a Bridal Shower this weekend. I am putting together a Laundry Gift Basket. This is some of what I will be putting in the laundry basket.



From my craft binder I used one of the ideas I found in a catalog to make this:



I scanned in the photo I had from the catalog. I then enlarged it and printed in on cardstock. I then laminated it and attached it to a piece of magnet I purchased from the craft store. It list stain removal tips. I figured she could put into inside her laundry cabinet or frame it and hang it in the laundry area.

When putting the basket together I thought putting everything individually into the basket did not look very good. I took an empty detergent box that I lined with tissue paper and used it as one would a gift bag. I sat the larger items in the laundry basket. I am going to look for an inexpensive homekeeping book to add to the basket. I am thinking about weaving ribbon through the baket holes and making a bow on the front. I hope it is not too practical. What do you think?

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

I've Been Tagged

I've been tagged by Magi.

A - Available or Taken: Taken
B - Best Friend: Chuck, my hubbie
C - Cake or Pie: Cake
D - Drink of Choice: Sweet Tea, Orange Soda & Diet Coke
E - Essential Item You Use Everyday: My Computer
F - Favorite Color: Blue
G - Gummy Bears or Worms: Bear, if I have to!
H - Hometown: Indy
I - Indulgence: Chocolate
J - January or February: January (my birthday month)
K - Kids and Names: none yet, but were waiting for a referral for Megan Michelle
L - Life Incomplete Without: God, family
M - Marriage Date: 05/04/2001
N - Number of Siblings: 1 sisters
O - Oranges or Apples: Apples
P - Phobias or Fears: Driving in heavy travel
Q - Favorite Quote: Don't burn any bridges
R - Reason to Smile: many... Chuck & my family
S - Season: Spring
T - Tag 5 People: hum, do 5 people read this? Just leave a comment if you want to participate.
U - Unknown Fact About Me: I lived Germany for 3 years (93-96) as a military dependent.
V - Veggie You Don't Like: Peas
W - Worst Habit: Procrastinating
X - X-rays: Spine & ring finger on left hand
Y - Your Favorite Food: Pot Roast, Chocolate
Z - Zodiac: Capicorn

Thanks Magi!

Monday, January 08, 2007

Organizing: Craft Ideas

I keep my craft ideas organized in this binder.



It takes up too much space to keep all of the magazines and catalogs I find ideas in. I clip out the ideas and slip them into page covers. I then sort them by catagory (I have Christmas, Easter, Summer, Fall etc) and place them in my binder.



Many of the things I find in catalogs I know that I can make for less money. I will clip the picture for later.



I receive mailings for craft clubs and books. I don't purchase many, but if I see something I like I will clip it from the ad to make later.

Friday, January 05, 2007

A Great Crafting Fing!


I ran across a great crafting find today. Reiman Publications, which I love, use to publish the magazine, Crafting Traditions. (They also publish, Country Woman, Taste of Home, Light & Tasty, Backyard Living and many other great magazines.) Like all of their magazines there are no advertisement, just loaded with great ideas. I have issues from July 1996 - June 1998. I can't wait to sort through them and share some great ideas with all of you!

***I finished going through the magazines today (Sunday). I cut out the pages I was interested in. There are still lots of great ideas left with color photos and step by step instructions. I would be happy to mail the remainder of the magazines to a fellow crafter. Just leave me your email in the comments and I will be in touch with you.***

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Orgaizing: Kitchen Cabinet

I was inspired by a post by Monica at The Homespun Heart to organize this cabinet. I have no problem keeping the main pantry straight, but this cabinet is always a problem for me. Now that it is straight hopefully I will keep it this way.

My goal is to go through the entire house and make sure all the hidden areas are in order. Thanks for the inspiration!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Happy 5th Birthday Lauren!



Wow! How time flies. It seems like yesterday we were waiting for Lauren to join the world. She is my sister's 3rd child. In the picture she was showing off her 2 missing teeth. Tonight we will go to my parents to celebrate. I made the cake for her. She wanted a box cake, Cherry Chip. She is a girly girl so she had to have that pink icing!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Red Devil's Food w/ Baked Icing, 1944 Letter


This is the letter I found in my goodies:

Tuesday, June 13, 1944

Dear Edna & Bob, (my maternal grandparents)

Well what do you think of this war, & weather? Quite a combination don't you think (plenty warm)

Have you heard from Monroe or Frank (my grandmother's brothers, who were off to war)yet? Wish they would write me. Did I tell you I heard from John Meyers again? He's somewhere near Monroe, wish they could get to see one another.

Aunt Lee just got back from Aunt Nora's. Had the doctor for Grandmother. Nothing serious, same old trouble - high blood pressure. Mabel leaves for her vacation Saturday morning. She & three other girls are going to Maine - Have a cottage they rented. I can hardly wait for mine to come.

I am unable to read the rest of letter due to the tear, and I have no idea who wrote the letter.


The recipe on the back states it is from Home Demostration Club. Here is the recipe:

1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp soda
1/2 cup cocoa
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup sour milk
1 tsp vanilla

Mix cocoa, water, soda & let stand. Add 2nd mixture.

Beat 2 egg whiltes until stiff
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup brown sugar
spread over cake & sprinke with nut meats.
Bake 100 degrees for 16 minutes.

That is all it says. I guess you would have to play with this. I assume that you would bake the cake, add the icing and then continue to bake at 100 degrees. One thing I have noticed about the old recipes is that many do not list baking times or degrees. Some say bake at a moderate heat.

I may never use this recipe, but I think this is really neat!

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year!

Welcome 2007! Last year was a hard year for us. We started out the year with Chuck having a health crisis. I received a call to meet in the ER right after Christmas last year. He was having trouble taking a deep breath and when he went to see the company doctor he was sent to the ER. He ended up having Arterial Fibrillation. Which is an electrical problem where his heart was not beating correctly. He spent the night in the hospital and was given some test and sent home with several medications. He has had no problems since then. The only change for him is that this has slowed him down. He tends to tire more easily. I am so grateful that it is something easily controlled.

We also lost a couple of great people this year. Even though we rejoice in the fact that they are in Heaven, it is hard not to have them in our daily lives.

We thought that we would be united with our daughter last spring, but He had other plans. We should finally meet our Megan this year!

My office was closed in November, so I lost my job after working there for 9 years. Even though that was tough I am enjoying my time at home.

There were some great things that happened last year. Chuck's cousin, Melanie and her husband Michael brought home their son, Jacob, from the Ukraine. Mom continues to be cancer free. My nieces are happy, healthy and bring much joy to our lives! I continue to have a great relationship Chuck! I am truly blessed to have him in my life!

Here are some of my goals for the New Year:

*Bring our daughter home from China!
*Spend more time reading the Bible. My intentions are always good, but I let life get in the way of this. I will make this a priority this year.
*Start Weight Watchers. We will be starting Wednesday. I will post my weight loss here to make myself accountable.
*Spend less money (This should be easy since I don't have a job!) and attempt to become debt free.

I wish everyone a happy, peaceful New Year!