Sunday, December 31, 2006

A Great Gift!

I received something very special from my mom. Not a Christmas gift or birthday gift, a gift just because she thought of me!

I received a bag that had recipes from her mom, Mom Donohoe. It is a collection of recipes clipped from the newspaper, magazines and written on whatever she had. Some of the things she has written on includes: the back of her children's school work, old calendars from the 1940's and even on the back of letter dated in the 1940's. I am so blessed to have this!

My plan is to scan the items and use the re-productions to create a scrapbook. I will try to include pictures of recipe owners along with some history of that person. My grandmother was great about putting who she received the recipe from. I have recipes from my great-grandmother (her mother-in-law), along with several cousins and aunts that I have never heard of.

Once the scrapbook is complete I plan to copy the scrapbook pages and make a book for all of my family members. As I sort through my goodies I will share with all of you. I am so grateful for this goodie bag!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from our home to yours! As we stress over last minute gifts and the perfect ham, let us remember the reason for the season.... The birth of our saviour, Jesus Christ! What a wonderful gift He has given us.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Gift Card Holders

I made these easy gift card holders using scrapbook papers. They were simple to make and inexpensive. I purchased the paper $0.25 each and then used a coupon for 40% off. I already had the tape and ribbon

This is 7 1/2 in long and 3 inches wide. The top corners are cut at an angle about 1 inch down. Then the bottom corners are cut at a slight angle.
I then folded it in half so that the cut corners meet. I used double stick tape along the outside edges. Punched a hole in the top and then attached a ribbon.

Once complete I hang these on the tree until Christmas!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Shelves made for FREE

We made this shelf (2 of them)for my sister's Christmas.... for FREE! My sister recently re-decorated her bedroom. When we were done putting up the wallpaper, I snuck off with some of the extra. Here is how the shelves were made:

Chuck cut a 1x4x8 into 2 foot sections (he had an extra one in the shed.)

I then painted the boards with left over paint.

Chuck drilled out two holes on two of the boards for the pegs.

I wallpapered two of the boards with border - wrapping it around the edges of the board. While the wallpaper was still wet I cut slits where the peg holes are.

The pegs were then inserted. (These were left over from another project.)

The two boards were then screwed together.

Ta Da - Shelves. Even if you had to buy the board and pegs this still would be fairly inexpensive. The bonus to this is that it is customized to your decor!

The Blessing of Family

"For many families, Christmas is a traditional time to come together, bounce the babies, exclaim over how much the kids have grown, welcome new nembers, and carry on with traditions. It's a gathering of love. It's the blessing of FAMILY." ~T.J. Mills

The Blessing of Giving

"Don't you just love to watch the look on people's faces when they open a fift from you? You become the bearwr fo a happy oment for the folks you care about, and it just couln't feel better! When their happiness brings you great joy and satisfaction you are experiencing the blessing of GIVING. ~ T.J. Mills"

It is so easy to give this time of year, but we need to remember the other 11 months of the year. Years ago I use to work in a nursing home. During December it was overwhelming with all the request we had to bring in food, come in and sing etc. It was really sad when we had to turn down these request. What was even sadder was the fact that the other 12 mos of the year many of the resident had no visitors.

I know that it is hard for some people to visit a nursing home, but there are many people we can show the blessing of giving. Remember the shut in neighbor, the widow at church and anyone else who may not have many visitors all year long. Let's show them the blessing of giving all year long, not just at Christmas.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The Blessing of Love

Sometimes the special emotions we feel at Christmas time inspire us to do great things. And from this greatness is born the blessing of LOVE.

Our love for each other is one of the greatest gifts we can give. While we are used to opening our hearts and giving love to those who share our daily lives. Christmas is the time to share the love with others too. Become a Christmas hero to someone in need of this great blessing. Do something for that person in the Name of Jesus. He's what the Christmas season is al about. Everyone is blessed with the loving support of a family, and you may be able to help fill the emptiness in a life that needs some loving care. Keep your heart open to opportunities to do good. Touch lives, touch hearts! Become involved where your are needed. Let the blessing of God's love inspire you to so great things! ~ T.J. Mills

Monday, December 18, 2006

Are We Sure It Is December?

Are we sure it is December? If it weren't for all of the Christmas hustle and bussle I would think it was March or April instead of December. It is currently 45 degrees in central Indiana! Last night when we were heading home about 7 pm the car temp gage was reading 62 degrees! We are walking around without coats the week before Christmas! Now I am not complaining. I am not a cold fan, but this is just strange. I like snow for Christmas, after that bring on Spring!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

The Blessing of Friends

Christmas can be such a festive time of year and a great time to gather together for merrymaking! Surrounded by special people at this special time, you find yourself experiencing a glad heart and grateful spirit for the blessing of FRIENDS.

Sometimes friends are our family and sometimes family are our friends. It really doesn't matter so long as we have them in our lives to cherish.

The Blessing of Beauty

For most of us the main blessing of beauty is the Christmas tree. Many of us spend lots of time picking out the perfect tree, making sure the lights are just so and then pulling out all of the ornaments that mean so much to us.

I really enjoy outside decorations. (Well, most anyway!) A tradition we have is that when we are finished celebrating with family on Christmas Eve we go on a driving tour. I especially like this if there is some snow to top off the scene. I really like how quite and peaceful the night is.

The Blessing of Faith

When we walk through the doors of the church, we feel wrapped in the comforting arms of our faith. The warmth of prayer and worship serve spiritual nourishment to our souls and provide with with strength for our daily lives. The "reason for the season" seems to be in every corner of this blessed House of God." ~ T.J. Mills

Friday, December 15, 2006

Christmas At My House!?!

Well, I recently found out that my MIL wants to have Christmas at our house. Gulp! I have had a hard time getting in the spirit this year. With our adoption taking so long and my office closing, I really have been down. We thought for sure our baby girl would be joining us by this time. I am feeling better now, but I really scaled back this year. I put up the tree and the stockings. That is it. Normally I decorate to the nines. Yes, I know decorating is not the reason for the season!

So, with my uncompleted living room (we still need to put up the closet door and put up all of the trim) I will be hosting Christmas! We celebrate with Chuck's mom, stepdad and family on Christmas Eve. The plan is to attend church on Sunday morning and them come back here to celebrate.

I have a full weekend, including my mom's annual day of baking. Yummy! Stating Monday I will be cleaning like crazy!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

The TRUE Meaning of Christmas from the Mouth of a Babe

This afternoon I was at my parents and so was my sister and her two youngest girls. I was sitting on the floor playing legos with Lauren who is 4 years old. Here is part of our conversation:

Me: I really love Christmas!

L: Me too!

Me: What is your favorite part of Christmas?

L: (Thinks for a minute) It is not about presents or even Santa. It is about Jesus Birthday. (Then she leans in and whispers) And Grandpa gets to share his birthday with Jesus! (Dad's birthday is actually Christmas Eve.)

All I could do was smile and think your are so right, that is the best part!

The Blessing of Memories

Oh the great memories I have of Christmas! I love to unwrap all the tree decorations, each one is so special! We started a tradition of getting an ornament each place that we visit. It is like walking down memory lane each time that special ornament is placed on the tree.

I have too many memories to list each one here. Many from my childhood and many that Chuck and I have created together, and will continue to create as our family grows and the years pass.

I hope everyone stops to remember the special things!

The Blessing of Kindress

Charity has been a part of Christmas for centuries, but many credit the writing of Charles Dickens, (especially "A Christmas Carol") for increasing public awareness and interest in Christmas charity. There are any different ways to show kindness during the holiday season.

*Be cheerful to strangers - they will notice

*Give up your place in a line to someone who looks like she needs it

*Participate in any or all of the community efforts around you.
The mitten tree at school
The food drive at church
The Angel tree at the mall


*Clean out your closets and let the kids clean out their toy boxes. Donate to the Salvation Army

The options are endless and easy to find. ~ T.J. Mills

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Blessing of Music

We've all known this feeling when the joy of a Christmas carol swells in our hearts and rises through our senses. It brings a lump to our throats and a tear to our eyes. We begin as small children learning these wonderful songs. Each year we bring them out to dust off and tune up, and soon realize that, like a fine antique, they have become more priceless with the passing of time. ~ T.J. Mills

One of my favorite carols is

Silent Night by Franz Gruber written in 1818. Here is the history of the song:

It's hard to believe that the quiet, calmng refrains of the peaceful "Silent Night" were actually composed under pressure! A broken organ on Christmas Eve was the inspiration behind it's creation. The church's priest quickly penned some verse and asked his organist to compose accompaniment. That night, to the gentle strains of a single guitar the song was first performed and the little Austrian church was not silent. ~ T.J. Mills

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The Blessing of Greetings

A merry little greeting in a merry little way, for a merry little Christmas and a merry New Year's Day!

The American history of the greeting card goes back to 185, when a German immigrant named Louis Prang of Boston produced the first line of printed Christmas cards for the public to buy. They were an immediate hit! It's not too surprising to know that soon after this, arount 1880, the post office was urging one and all to "post early for Christmas!" ~ T.J. Mills

Christmas cards are one of my favorite things about Christmas. I especially like the cards with the letter or a quick note. It is such a treat to go to the mailbox and find a Christmas card!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Twelve Blessings of Christmas

I received a delightful book as part of a Secret Santa exchange. It is The Twelve Blessings of Christmas by T.J. Mills. I thought I would take the next twelve days to share this book with all of you.

The Blessing of Warmth

Christmas is more than a span of time on the calendar; it's a place in our hearts. Each year we welcome this season of splendor like a much anticipated visit from a cherished old friend. We embrace its advent with a flurry of Yuletide activities that reflect the sprirt of our deep faith in this celebration of God's love for us. The arrival of Christmas is the blessing of WARMTH in our hearts.

A homespun Christmas filled with simple pleasures (and the time to enjoy them) can be the greatest blessing of all. So, be a kid again, get excited, make projects with glitter and glue. Bake cookies until the aroma fills every corner of your home. Sing Christmas songs with "The Chipmunks" and stand outside without a coat in the cold night air to look at the bright twinkling lights on the houses. Enjoy every warm minute and have a merry little Christmas! ~ T.J. Mills

FREE Jiffy Mix Recipe Book

A fellow adoptive mom in waiting, Magi ,posted a link for a FREE Jiffy Mix Recipe Book. I have to agree with her that Jiffy Cornbread Mix is the tops! It is sweet, quick, inexpensive and most of all delicious! I love new recipe books, especially when they are FREE!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Christmas Card

All of the cards have been mailed. Yeah! There is also a scripture on the inside top of the card. The print is so small that I could not get a good photo. It says:

Happy are the people to whom such blessins fall! ~ Psalm 144:15

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Construction Zone

Things have been busy this week. We have finally made it a stopping point on our living room. I was beginning to wonder if there would be Christmas Tree this year!

The walls are in and painted! I still need to put up the wallpaper and there is no trim, but it looks like a room now. We decided after hours of priming and painting yesterday that we were done until after the holidays. Just too much going on.

The wallpaper will be on the bottom half of the room with a border, so I have been able to hang things on the walls today. Tonight the carpet will be cleaned and hopefully tomorrow the tree goes up!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Christmas Wrapping

This year I have decided to wrap gift simply. I am using brown packing paper that I am going to hand stamp and wrap with fabric bows. I will be making the name tags. I will be using a circle on some to represent an ornament and then I am making some in the shape of a pine tree. For the packages I mail out I will attach a handmade card to the front of the package. Saturday I sent out a package as part of a Secret Santa swap that is hosted by my adoption yahoo group. I am very pleased with the way these turned out! Hope you enjoy.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Day of Recovery

We had a fabulous Thanksgiving! As always the food was great and it was nice to see all of the family. This morning we have lounged around and talked about the plans for the rest of the weekend.

My mother in law gave us some great shopping idea, so we might head out late this afternoon. We never know what to buy my in laws so this is great! I know, we might be crazy for heading out today! It always gets me into the spirit of Christmas once I see all the great decorations at the mall.

I feel a turkey sandwich calling my name. Have a great day!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

We will be joining Chuck's family at his gradmothers around 1pm. Then we will join my family at my parents around 4pm. We are going to be stuffed!!

I am on dessert duty, so I am off to whip up the last dish ~ brownies.

I hope everyone has a wonderful turkey day!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Chuck and I shared this cookie on our first day. It was so delicious. This is one of Chuck's favorite so I treat him every now and then.

I make my standard peanut butter cookie recipe.

I then press the dough into an ungreased muffin tin.

I place rice wrapped in saran wrap to make the cup.

I bake for approx 12 minutes

I then fill the center with chocolate icing.


Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Home Making

Day two of being a homemaker.

I must admit that so far I am enjoying this more than I thought I would. Let's see, yesterday I did:

*5 loads of laundry (When we went to bed last night the only dirty clothes were the ones we had just taken off.)
*I have scrubbed the stove top & microwave
*Polished the kitchen table and chair
*Sweep & mopped the floor
*Made the kitchen sink shine.

There are still many things I am wanting to complete. I am working on my huge to do list.

I even went to see my aunt today for a hair cut. On a weekday, in the middle of the day. Wow! Mom even went and had a perm. I didn't have the stress of lets hurry up so I can cram in 50 things before I head to bed. This is great!

Friday, November 10, 2006

What A Day!

One of my goals is to become a homemaker. Unexpectedly that is what I have become (for now anyway).

Two years ago my company (a small, local credit reporting agency) was sold to a large corporation. We had the promise of job security. Six months later half of the staff was let go. We were told that each office is reviewed every six months.

I have watched our office slowly become downsized. I also saw an office in California close, then New York and unfortunately our office today.

Yesterday we were told there was a corporate wide conference call today. We all (7 of us) gathered in the conference room and instead of a conference call there was a HR person from Virginia there. We were informed our office is immediately closed.

We all received a small severance package and that was it. Nine years at a job I really enjoyed gone.

My greatest concern is our adoption. Our approval to bring our daughter home will expire in March. It does not look like we will be home before that happens, so we need to have our home study updated and our approval extended. I am worried that without my income we may not make it. I can not believe this is happening. Surely God wouldn't let us come this far, just for it to end. I know everything happens for a reason and I need lie this burden with Him, but I can not help but worry. Please say a quick pray that it all works out.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

My Favorite Scraper

When I unloaded the dishwasher today, one of my scraper had taken a dive. A dive right into the heating element! I was just a little sad.

I can not say enough good things about the Pampered Chef Scraper (I think they call it a spatula, I have always heard it called a scraper. Must be a regional thing!) They are a little expensive, but I think well worth it. It is one piece, so the top doesn't pop off the handle over time. It is heat resistant and does not stain. I can't stand to use one that has that pinkish orange stain. Yuck! These are on my top 10 must haves for the kitchen.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Chili Night

Today is a cool damp day. One of those days where it mist all day. Enough to be bothersome, where you wish it would really rain or just stop. What better for a chili day then Chili! Served with warm corn muffins. Yum!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Seven Years Ago Today

Seven years ago today Chuck and I had our first date. We went to school together, meeting in the 6th grade. His last name was B and mine was C, so we sat by each other often. I found him annoying (aren't most guys in the 6th grade annoying to girls!). We moved on to high school and I don't remember seeing him after we left middle school.

Jump forward to our 10 year high school reunion. We talked for a few minutes and he said there was a Halloween party a friend of his was having and to stop by. I said sure I would stop by. I ended up being sick that weekend. While he was at the party I left him a message saying that. I left the message because I said I would stop by and didn't want him to think I blew off the party. He called back the next evening and asked me out!

The next Saturday afternoon he picked me up and we went to the mall and walked around (we shared a delicious cookie, a peanut butter cookie shaped like a cup filled with chocolate icing ~ I am making those for him, so I will share that in another post). We then went to dinner at Chi-Chi's. A mexican restaurant that is no longer around. We saw a movie. For the life of me I can not remember the name of it. It had Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Jones. That is all I remember.

He phoned the next afternoon and the rest is history!

Tonight he came phone with 1 red rose. He said because I am his one and only! How lucky I am!

Surprise Birthday Dinner!

Saturday night 22 of us surprised my aunt for her 65th Birthday. Her two son's arranged to take her out for dinner and when they arrive we were all waiting for her. She was so surprised! She keep saying how blessed she was and how the last time she was surprised was at her baby shower, 40 something years ago!

We went to a great place called, The Iron Skillet. We were served a four course family style meal. Which was delicious! She is such a great person, and it felt so good to do something special for her.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Halloween Sweeties!

Tuesday night we went out with my two youngest nieces. They were so excited and had such a good time. We had two little mishaps. They each got so excited that they forgot and ran down a drive. They both ended up with a little scrap on their hand. Oops!

I know there are some that do not believe in celebrating Halloween. For us it is a time to catch up with those from our past. Everyone gathers at my parents and we have a family dinner. The we take the kids out. Since we are in the neighborhood that I grew up in we know everyone. It is a social outing for us adults. A chance to catch up with those we seldom see. We even ran into a couple of people we went to school with. They said they came back for the same reason, because they know it is safe and to catch up with people. It was great to see everyone!

Getting Rid of the Clutter

I can not stand clutter. Unfortunately I always end of with things I need to do: magazines to read, grocery ads and coupons to go through and such. I try to keep these things in a basket so they are not all over the place. I started to clean Friday night and realized my basket was out of control!

I started my going through my basket and that lead to the bedroom closet and the kitchen pantry. I now have 2 bags to give to our favorite charity, Servants Heart. Ah, I love the way it looks when things are in their place.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Jack Frost Came to Visit

As much as I enjoy the cool nights and warm days of fall, I am always a little sad when we have our hard frost. For the past week we have been having frosty nights, but last night we had the first hard frost.

I had one planter on my back porch that was really hanging on. Last night Jack Frost was a little too much for it. I am always a little sad when the last flower wilts away.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Mrs. U's BEST Brownies

I was visiting Mrs U at Making A House A Home and found this recipe.

Mrs. U's BEST Brownies

12 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1 C sugar
1 C melted butter
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1 C self rising flour
1 1/2 T vanilla extract

Combine cocoa & sugar. Stir in melted butter, eggs, flour and vanilla. Pour into 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Cool, cut and eat!!!

Feel free to add nuts if your family likes!!

I added my own touch by adding Chocolate Icing (I cheated and used store bought) and the finishing touch was a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.

My hubbies response, "OH MY!!" Thanks for sharing, Mrs. U.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Homemade Playdough

Saturday my nieces spend the day with us. The two older ages 13 & 11 went out for a matinee movie. I stayed home with the two youngest, ages 3 & 4. We had a delightful day. The highlights were picking up pine cones and making Kool-Aid Playdough. Even though I did not have all the "fancy" playdough toys, they still had a great time!

Here is the recipe:

2 1/2 cups Flour
1 cup Salt
3 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
2 cups boiling water
2 packages unsweetened Kool-Aid (generic works just fine!)

Mix dry ingredients
Add oil & water
Wearing gloves, knead dough for 10 minutes
Store in zip lock bag in the refrigerator.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Busy Days

I have been very busy the past few days. We installed a new window in our living room on Saturday. Then we had to put the siding back on our house. Our old window went all the way down to the floor. The new window stops just below the top of the couch. So now we have to re do the drywall. On top of that we are getting a new roof due to hail damage (we are not doing that, insurance is covering the cost of that). We spend Monday night and tonight at my sisters helping her remove and install a new sink in her laundry room. Needless to say life has been hectic!

Once my home is back together I will give all of you a tour!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

This is how Breast Cancer had touched my life.

My grandmother, Mom, died of Breast Cancer the summer of 1997. During this time I was living in Germany and her cancer touched my life from a distance. I was told that she knew something was not right, but choose not to a seek treatment. By the time she finally went to the doctor there was no treatment that would change the outcome.

A friend of mine, Becky, found out she had Breast Cancer while she was expecting her second child. She felt something and was told that it was due to her milk coming in. She accepted that for about 4 months before she asked for a second opinion. She was told at that time that she had stage 3 Breast Cancer. She delivered a healthy baby girl by c-section and began her treatment. She battled cancer for 3 year before she lost her battle the Spring of 2003. She left behind a husband, a son (age 5) and a daughter (age 3). She was a true inspiration. She never felt sorry for herself, but keep a positive attitude. She believed that God was in control and she left the burden with him. I have never been to visitation like hers before. I waited in line for
2 hours to reach the family! I can not even put into words how inspiring she was.

September 2003 my Mom was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. She was at a health fair and had a free mamogram. She had 2 surgeries, Chemo, Radiation and so far the cancer has not returned. She had some pre-cancer found in her Colon this Spring and had surgery to remove most of her Small Intestine and most of her Colon. She has fully recovered from that surgery and continues to be Cancer FREE! We all believe that early detection has been the key to Mom's success. I am grateful everyday that Mom is still a part of my life.

So, ladies be sure you have your Breast exam each year during you Gyn visit and discuss with your doctor when you should begin your mamogram screening. You are the best guide to what is happening with your body, so it doesn't feel right, keep pursuing it!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

12 Month Anniversary!

As of 10/13/2006 our paperwork has been logged in China for 12 months! When we started this process I never thought the wait would go this long. Just my luck that the wait keeps climbing! Oh well, completely out of my control, so no use getting upset. I will spend the day working, running errands (grocery store & such) and patiently waiting to see the face of our Megan!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Plasticwear Stains

Does you Tupperware, Rubbermaid or what ever type of plasticwear you use easily stain? I have a problem when I store tomato based items, especially Spaghetti Sauce. There are products on the market such as Cascade Plastic Booster, but using those products add up. I tried lightly spraying the container with cooking spray before I added my leftover spaghetti. Worked like a charm. My Spaghetti slid right out of the container and there were no stain!

Monday, October 09, 2006

It's Good To Be Home!

I had a fabulous weekend on our mini vacation, or as my 3 yr old niece keep saying our "Honey B-cation." So, I get the B-cation but I don't know where the honey came from. Oh the mind of a 3 yr old!

Our family reunion was fun and everyone had a great time. Thanks for all your hard work Mom & Dad! It is always nice to see those I only see once a year. We exchange Christmas cards and such, but it is not the same.

We went to one of my favorite places called Applacres. I brought home a bag of apples and we all ate a caramel apple. I love being in a small town. The orchard gives out a bag of popcorn, one apple and a small cup of cider to all of the children. All that for no charge!

As much fun as it was, it is always good to be home! Sleeping in your own bed is the best.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

We are off for a long weekend!

I am busy, busy doing laundry and getting ready for our weekend get away. We are heading out of town tomorrow morning. This is where we are staying. My parents, sister and her family, and some aunts and cousins will also be spending the weekend there.

On Saturday we will gather for our family reunion. My parents are in charge of the reunion. Saturday morning Mom, my sister & myself will spend cooking. Mom has planned the menu:

Roast Beef
4 Turkey Breast
Fried Chicken (we will purchase this from a local grocery store)
Chicken Noodles
Baked Beans
Macaroni & Cheese
Baked Beans
Green Beans & Potatoes

The other family members are asked to bring a covered dish or dessert.

I plan to make a couple of desserts. I need to decide what I am taking very soon!

I am so looking forward to family, good food and great times spent enjoying the beautiful fall weather!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Computer Armoire Complete.... Almost!

Everything has found a home in the new Computer Armoire. I am so happy that everything has a place. I need to put some decorative things on the top and have one more container of things to go through. (I am going to try to purge everything in the container.)

I am very pleased. We have been looking for one for several months. We found several that we liked, but we refused to pay $400 plus for one. We found this one on sale at K-Mart for $100! The final selling point was the wood tone. It is the same wood tone as our bedroom furniture. For now it is in our 3rd bedroom, but we are thinking ahead. If we adopt a second child or need a playroom it can easily be moved into our bedroom. It will also keep little hands from touching things they shouldn't!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Car Problems

Here is my car saga....Last Wednesday while leaving work the service engine light came on. I needed an oil change anyway, so Friday night we drop the Blazer off at the mechanic. We got a call Saturday morning saying the gasket around the gas cap was bad. A new gas cap, an oil change and $100 (yikes!) later we thought we were good to go.

Not so....When I was leaving work today the service engine light came on again! We are leaving for a mini get away this weekend so it has to be fixed. Hubby said he will take care of it tomorrow after work. I hope it is nothing major and if we are lucky maybe there will be no charge to fix it. A girl can dream, right?

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Organizing Tool

We purchased a new Computer Armoire so I have been cleaning, purging and organizing all afternoon. I am using my favorite organizing tool... the label maker. Not only is this my favorite, but my hubbies also. He has all of the drawers of this tool cabinets labeled. I love that when he says can you get me a phillip screwdriver or a tape measure I know exactly were to find it. I will post some pictures once everything is put away in the Armoire.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest."
~Thomas Moore~

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Junk Mail

I receive tons of junk mail each day. Lots of pre-approved credit card offers, mortgage and insurance offers. So much that it is really annoying. I work for a credit reporting agency and the way pre-approved offers work is that a company such as Household Bank contacts the credit bureaus and says we are looking for people 29-40 with A credit and then the credit bureaus give them a list of people who meet the criteria. Then they send out a mass mailing.

I have a can call 888-5-opt-out to stop pre-approved offers. It is an automated system where you can have your information blocked for 5 yrs or for life. I can't wait for the mail to lighten up!

Monday, September 25, 2006


Referrals are arriving. The CCAA has matched through 08/09/05. They referred 18 days this month!!! That is the largest month in a while. So... with a LID of 10/13/05 we have 65 days of referrals until they reach us. Now the million dollar questions is "How many months will it take to move through the 65 days?" Yes we still have a long way to go, but at least we are getting closer!

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Surprise Package!

Last week I sent a package to a fellow Adoptive Mom in waiting. I never expected anything in return. When I arrived home yesterday there was a notice that there would be a package waiting at the Post Office this morning.

I received (well, Megan received) a dress, shirt and the cutiest Onsie! There also was a small bear and a Tea Cup Tart Burner. The Tea Cup is so beautiful.

The adoption community is such a neat group of people. Basicly strangers deeply connected by the wait for the sweet babies that already fill our hearts and hopefully soon our homes! Thank you, Karen for the great and unexpected gift!

Friday, September 22, 2006

Autumn in the Country

Autumn chill is in the air,
Golden leaves are everywhere.

Apple trees with bright-red fruit,
Scarecrow has a brand-new suit.

Fields of pumplins, orange and green,
Children everywhere thinking Halloween.

Haystacks standing staight and tall,
Waiting for the Harvest Ball.

Picking berries, making jam,
Baking pies, baking ham.

Busy days full of cheer,
Oh, how I love this time of year!

~Patricia Wyatt, Ventura, California~

(Poem from Country Woman Magazine, Sept/Oct '06)

Wednesday, September 20, 2006


For those of you who did not tune into Oprah today, it was about the homes that Oprah's Angel Network has built in the Katrina/Rita Hurricane region. One of her guest was Matthew McConaughey. He has been active in hurricane relief since the beginning. Today he announced that he sold his Corvette on e bay to build a playground. He said something that really made me think...

"We schedule our work. We schedule our vacations. Service is the harder, selfishly sometimes, to schedule. But I've notice for me and for everybody that I know that signs up to give some time to something, as soon as you're done it feels like the vacation from the inside out"

Made me go "Uuh, what have I done lately?" Something to think about.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Love A Bargain!

Guess how much I paid for these?

Let's see..
Regular Price $2.21/container or 3 for $6.63
Sale Price 3 for $4.00
I had a 2 coupons for $0.50 which Meijer doubles, so that is $2.00 off
I bought all 3 for $2.00

So I got 3 for less than the price of 1 at regular price.

I love a bargain!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Weekend Accomplished!

I have had a very busy weekend, but I feel like I have accomplished so much. On Saturday I had a morning doctor's appointment and then I went shopping with my Mom and sister. We are on a mission to finish most of our Christmas shopping before the big rush.

We did most of our shopping at Wal-Mart. Several hours and two heaping shopping carts later there was a lot to mark off of the list.

On Sunday we decided to have a lazy morning. We sleep in late and lazed around reading the newspaper. So nice! Then we worked around the house. All of the laundry is done, we mowed the grass and worked on the bathroom. We are in the finishing mode of a complete bathroom remodel. We hung towel racks, painted and installed the closet door. Then I got to do the fun stuff! I put everything back in the closet. I love the feeling of being organized!

The goal is to have the bathroom finished next weekend. This is the to do list:

Install Shower Doors (waiting on a part - should be here this week)
Fill in some nail holes in the trim & touch up paint
Install Decorative Wall Shelf
Hang Curtain
Organize the vanity

Hopefully I will have time to tackle something each evening.

I will keep you posted on the progress.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

It's The Simple Joys

It's the simple joys,
The simple pleasures
The heart remembers
And dearly treasures.
Unknown Author

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

11 Months

Today we have been waiting 11 months for the baby call. Some days patiently, some days not so patient. My head says relax we'll get there when the time is right, while my heart screams "Where is my turn to be a Mommy!" I read this daily...

"The vision is for an appoined time, Though it tarry, wait earnestly for it, for it will come to pass"
Hebakkuk 2:3

If anyone has a scripture to help with the wait, please share.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Cookie Dough

Chuck recently brought home some cookie dough he bought as part of a fund raiser. We liked having a few fresh baked, warm cookies in the evening. It got me thinking and this is what I came up with.

I scooped my fresh cookie dough (I made Chocolate Chip using the Toll House recipe) onto a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. I then put the sheet in the freezer until the cookies where fairly solid (approx 1/2 hr). I then put 12 cookies into a freezer bag.

Now I can pull a bag out of the freezer in the afternoon when I return home from work. By the time we are ready for an evening snack, I can make fresh baked cookies!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

September 11th... We will ALWAYS Remember



Two thousand one, nine eleven
Three thousand plus arrive in heaven
As they pass through the gate,
Thousands more appear in wait
A bearded man with stovepipe hat
Steps forward saying, "Lets sit, lets chat"

They settle down in seats of clouds
A man named Martin shouts out proud
"I have a dream!" and once he did
The Newcomer said, "Your dream still lives."

Groups of soldiers in blue and gray
Others in khaki, and green then say
"We're from Bull Run, Yorktown, the Maine"
The Newcomer said, "You died not in vain."

From a man on sticks one could hear
"The only thing we have to fear.
The Newcomer said, "We know the rest,
Trust us sir, we've passed that test."

"Courage doesn't hide in caves
You can't bury freedom, in a grave,"
The Newcomers had heard this voice before
A distinct Yankees twang from Hyannisport shores

A silence fell within the mist
Somehow the Newcomer knew that this
Meant time had come for her to say
What was in the hearts of the five thousand plus that day

"Back on Earth, we wrote reports,
Watched our children play in sports
Worked our gardens, sang our songs
Went to church and clipped coupons
We smiled, we laughed, we cried, we fought
Unlike you, great we're not"

The tall man in the stovepipe hat
Stood and said, "Don't talk like that!
Look at your country, look and see
You died for freedom, just like me"

Then, before them all appeared a scene
Of rubbled streets and twisted beams
Death, destruction, smoke and dust
And people working just 'cause they must

Hauling ash, lifting stones,
Knee deep in hell, but not alone
"Look! Blackman, Whiteman, Brownman, Yellowman
Side by side helping their fellow man!"

So said Martin, as he watched the scene
"Even from nightmares, can be born a dream."

Down below three firemen raised
The colors high into ashen haze
The soldiers above had seen it before
On Iwo Jima back in '45

The man on sticks studied everything closely
Then shared his perceptions on what he saw mostly
"I see pain, I see tears,
I see sorrow -- but I don't see fear."

"You left behind husbands and wives
Daughters and sons and so many lives
Are suffering now because of this wrong
But look very closely. You're not really gone.

All of those people, even those who've never met you
All of their lives, they'll never forget you
Don't you see what has happened?
Don't you see what you've done?
You've brought them together, together as one.

With that the man in the stovepipe hat said
"Take my hand," and from there he led
Three thousand plus heroes, Newcomers to heaven
On this day, two thousand one, nine eleven

Author UNKNOWN (What a shame!)

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Simple Pleasures

When I went to bed last night it was so quite. No TV, dogs barking, cars in the distance. Just the wonderful sound of night. One of the things I like about a quiet summer evening is the sound of the crickets and other night sounds.

I layed there for a long time just listening to that beautiful sound. Something so simple made me feel so calm, happy and brought back wonderful memories of my childhood.

Mom is originally from Virginia and every summer we would make a trip to visit. My grandparents, Mom & Pop, lived on a farm and had no air conditioning. I remembered all the nights I spend in the old farm house with the windows open hearing nothing but that wonderful sound.

Funny how something so simple can make you feel so great.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Zucchini Bread

I used the last of the garden goodies to make Zucchini Bread. I sent a loaf over to my father-in-law. Hi Ron! I am very lucky to have a father-in-law that is caring and generous.

Here is my receipe:
Cream together 3 eggs
1 cup oil
2 cup sugar
Add 2 cups shredded zucchini
Sift together 1 tsp baking soda
3 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
Add gradually
Add 3 tsp vanilla
Optional 1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup nuts

Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Post Office Run

This afternoon Chuck ran to the Post Office for me. We needed stamps and I had a couple of packages to mail.

I sent a package to Karen from I was her secret pal for a previous gift swap sponsered by the OctDTC05 Adoption Yahoo groups. I was peeking at her blog and thought she could use a pick me up. Hope you enjoy Karen!

I also sent a package to Chuck's Aunt Christina. We a have new cousin, Erkia Clara!
I sent her an outfit and a couple of bibs. Can't wait to see that sweet baby girl!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Happy Birthday Brent!

Brent, my brother-in-law, turned 38 today! We meet at my parents and had dinner. He opted not to have birthday cake, so we all made goodies. Mom made Chocolate Chip Pan Cookies, I made Brownies, and my sister made a Blueberry Pie. Hope you had a good one Brent!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The Beginning

Well, today I enter the world of blogging! Let me start my saying my life is not very exciting. I will start by introducing myself. I am Wendi, age 35, from Central Indiana. I have been married for 5 years to a wonderful guy, Chuck. We have no children, but are in the process of adopting from China.

We started our adoption process March 05. We were DTC (Dossier to China) 09/23/05 and received a LID (Log in Date) 10/13/05. This is when the "real" wait began. We have been waiting for 10 mos and have no idea when the wait will end. For those of you not in the adoption community it is hard to understand. We basicly just have to wait our turn. Each month China will release referrals (a picture of child matched to a family with medical information). Depending on how many referrals each months determines the current wait times. Currently my adoption agency says the wait is 13-14 mos, but they expect that to increase.

It is frustrating, but the way I look at it is.....God knows when and where I will meet my sweet baby and I have to try to paitently wait. Easier said then done at times.

Off to finish dinner. On tonights menus: Crock Pot Pot Roast w/ gravy and left over cloverleaf rolls from yesterdays dinner. Yum!