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!