Saturday, May 26, 2007

Memorial Day Weekend...

My New Blog Header And Look...

I always get a l0t of comments when I change over the look of the blog. To be truthful, I just get easily bored and I am a huge fan of the seasons and holidays. Heather at Blogmeister designed four headers for me for each of the seasons. The new header you see above is my summer header. Last week when it hit over 80 degrees, I decided it was time to flip over the blog.
Last night while I was at dinner with Stefanie and Kelly, they remarked that they like the new header, but that it didn't have the seven diamonds on it. Well, it does. Heather designed each of my headers with seven diamonds, some are obvious and some you have to look for. CAN YOU FIND ALL SEVEN DIAMONDS?

Good MorningEveryone!

I slept in today after having a wonderful dinner with Stefanie from 'Never Too Many' and Kelly from 'What's Katie Doing Now?'. We had a fantastic Chinese dinner and wonderful conversation. I learned a lot of adoption details from these two veterans.
Now I'm off to check on blogs!

Friday, May 25, 2007

Memorial Day...What it Means to Me...

I was born into a military family. My father is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. Both of my Grandfathers served in World War II. My husband's Grandfather was an imprisoned U.S. soldier for almost a year in a Nazi POW Camp. My brother-in-law is an active duty Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.
I love my country fiercely and have raised my children to do the same.
We understand the risks taken when enlisting. We understand the bravery required to serve. We understand the possibility of loss of life.
I pray for our soldiers all over the world who are currently defending the security and freedom of our country and many others. I am grateful to those who stood before them and for their service and sacrifice.
God Bless America.
For those of you from other countries, Carolyn just left a very meaningful comment. We should pray for all of the soldiers regardless of country who are currently serving or have lost their lives. A Canadian soldier was just reported to have lost his life in Afghanistan today.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

3 Posts Today...What I Believe About My Daughter...

I believe that God held the souls of each of my sons in the palm of His hand and gently breathed them into their bodies. I believe that the plan for their lives was to begin with me as their mother. I like to think that my mother was there and that she kissed each of them as they came to me.
I believe that God holds the soul of my daughter in the palm of His hand and that He will gently breath her into her body. I believe that the plan for her life is to be born of a woman in China, but that I have always been destined to be her mother. I like to think that my mother will be there and will whisper into her ear, "Be strong my tiny one. You come from a long line of powerful women and your mother is coming for you."

Please Join Me in Praying for Amanda at 'Chinese Starfish'

Please join me in praying for Amanda and the babies who need heart surgeries. It appears that one of the babies is going to require much more extensive work be done on her heart than was previously thought.
Also, another baby girl has an extremely rare blood type that is not currently available in the blood bank, so her surgery has been delayed.
Please lift these babies up in prayer and continually pray and offer support to Amanda. She is one of the most giving and beautiful souls that I have ever encountered. The child she is working to save may be yours. The babies who Amanda nurtures through these surgeries in time become available through special needs adoption. Amanda's blog is 'Chinese Starfish'.

Send a Get Well Wish to Our Friend Kate at 'A Special Family'.

I hope that you are feeling better soon! Kate's blog is 'A Special Family'.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Fishing for the First Time...With Daddy...

When Tim and I first started dating he told me point blank that he wanted another child. Our daughter Katelyn is from his first marriage. I already had Zach and Ty from my first marriage, and had a horrible pregnancy with Ty so I didn't know if more were in the picture for me.
Well, I got pregnant. I was put on bedrest but I made it through. Tim was an angel. He would cuddle up behind me every night to help support my back and just rub my stomach to feel the baby. He cried at the ultrasound when the tech announced that it was a boy. He cried when he was born. It melts my heart and I fall in love with him over and over again when I see him with Eli. The pride and the love just beems from him. Whenever Elijah does something special, I look over at this giant man of 6'3" and see his eyes watering up. Imagine what I felt when I looked out my window and saw this.... It is the sweetest.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Tyler's First Heartbreak...Love in 5th Grade...

Tyler had his first 'girlfriend' named Britney. Life was bliss for three whole days. Then at lunch, while Britney went to the restroom, her friend turned to Tyler and said loudly, "Britney is dumping you!." This is the account that I got in the car through watery eyes from my precious boy. He went on to say that she and her friends "shun" him. I told him to shun her right back. And he said, "I can't Mom, she's just too hot!"
Who does that Britney think she is anyway???

Monday, May 21, 2007

Today Was Tough..But There Was Some Good...

What do I do for a living? I am a Technical Sales Engineer for a telecommunications and data networking company. I sell larger internet pipes and networks that tie company locations together. Most days it's a really cool job. The past couple of days it's been a BIG challenge. I'm making it through though.
One great thing that happened today was that I was so frustrated when I came home that I ran. I actually put on my old running shoes and hit the road. I jogged my old path from years ago when I was an avid runner. It felt great. My butt was tingling....for me that means I lost some of my back-end. YEAH baby!!!
So, for now I am dedicating myself to getting back into the jog. My butt has been holding me back for too long. Thank you complete frustration for forcing me back onto the path!

For Melissa at 'Awaiting Ava'

When I saw this, I immediately thought of you. Maybe you can use it on your blog or for a post. It reminds me of your new pooch.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

It's Monday and I don't want to go to work..

This is really rare for not want to go to work. There is a situation that I just can't believe. I feel completely let down by the people who are supposed to be responsible for a critical piece of what needs to be done. They dropped the ball. I'm in the middle trying to get things fixed for people who entrusted a mission critical piece of their business to me (yes I am being vague). The problem is of a magnitude that major players in the company are now involved. So most of the people involved are spending more energy covering their behinds than helping with the issues. You get the picture. So, today I find out where everything stands. Hopefully things were cleaned up while I was out with Eli on Friday. If not, I'm going to have a miserable Monday.

Tagged Again!!

Crazy Lady tagged me for this meme. It's got a lot of details!!

What is your salad dressing of choice? Light Ranch or Thousand Island
What is your favorite fast food restaurant? McDonald's
What is your favorite sit-down restaurant? Noto's, it's Italian
On average, what size tip do you leave at a restaurant? 20%
What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of? A chicken fajita pita from a dive called La Cantina.
What is your favorite type of gum? Whatever one has the winter fresh.

What is your wallpaper on your computer? Spiderman 3
How many televisions are in your house? 2
How do you listen to music? I'm a station flipper in the car, I'm always pushing the scan button. On the computer at home usually or a CD.
What’s your best feature? I have fabulous hair (on my head).
Have you ever had anything removed from your body? I shaved off a little mole accidentally once and it grew back big and funky so I had it removed.
Which of your five senses do you think is keenest? I have to go with my sixth sense in that I know when something is going on the kids-good or bad.
When was the last time you had a cavity? A long time ago, I avoid the dentist. Bad I know, I make the kids go though.
What is the heaviest item you lifted last? Eli at 38 pounds.
Have you ever been knocked unconscious? No.

If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?Absolutely not, I would become a complete freak.
Is love for real? Love is absolutely real.
If you could change your first name, what would you change it to? Hmm..I like my name, but I could work with Marissa.
Have you ever swallowed a non-food item by mistake? Yes, a bug.
Have you ever saved someone’s life? I think so, there was a small boat on our lake that was sinking quickly, there were very small children on it with no life jackets and we pulled them out.
Has someone ever saved yours? Once.

Would you walk naked for a half mile down a public street for $100,000? Maybe not.
Would you kiss a member of the same sex for $100? Sure, pucker up!
Would you allow one of your little fingers to be cut off for $200,000? No, I need all of my fingers!
Would you never blog again for $50,000? Yes, but I'd be sad and whiney about it.
Would you pose nude in a magazine for $250,000? No, my children's image of me is worth far more than that.
Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1,000? Yes, but once again, a lot of whining.
Would you give up watching television for a year for $25,000? Yes, it would probably be great for us.

What is in your left pocket? Don't have one, but if I did I could guarantee it would be a boogery Kleenex.
Is Napoleon Dynamite actually a good movie? Only to my 14 and 11 year olds.
Do you have hardwood or carpet in your house? Carpet and linoleum.
Do you sit or stand in the shower? I stand, it's the shower.....
Could you live with roommates? I have.
How many pairs of flip-flops do you own? Right now, two.
Last time you had a run-in with the cops? Last Spring, cop was purposely driving under the speedlimit, enjoying the long line-up he was creating on the highway. So, I passed him. He pulled me over for going 2 miles over the speedlimit. No ticket obviously, what a moron.
What do you want to be when you grow up? Mother and then a Grandmother.
Last friend you talked to? Jessi, my boys' step-mother. She had called to see how Eli's surgery went on his ears.
Last person you called? Jessi, I called her back.

First place you went this morning? The restroom.
What can you not wait to do? Pick up my baby girl from China.
What’s the last movie you saw? We rarely go to the theater, the last movie I saw was Pirates of the Caribbean 2.

OK, I have to tag some peeps here.

1. Elizabeth
2. Lori
7.STEFFIEB. Yeah girl, I see that you have been tagged many times for this one, so I'm calling you out : ).

Sunday Verse...