Quiet Computer Cuddle

Dave travels for work.  Yep, he is frequently off being a rock star.  He’s got a really cool job!

I am home with the dogs a lot.  My jobs require me to sit at my computer and work a good bit.  Plus we have adoption paperwork.  That also keeps me sitting at my computer.  So many afternoons can be described as a quiet computer cuddle.  I sit at my dining room table with my computer and this happens…

Such good foot warmers!  I love how Gunny smiles for the camera and Danger barely raises his head.

Hope you have some quiet cuddles today!

China Here We Come!

It is official!  We are going to be parents!!

Hooray!!

After being a part of the adoption world for three years through some of my favorite blogs and enduring friendships with families who have adopted, the Lord has finally ordained the timing for us to actively pursue adopting our first baby.  We are going to China with Lifeline Adoption … after we finish a long paperwork process.  I think I have already written my name and address thirty times!

While I have been passionate about adoption for a long time, I know many of my friends and family members may have questions about what we are doing.  I hope you will ask!  I would be happy to answer questions as they come up.  There will be many new experiences and things I will learn.  I’m excited to share some of those things with you!  That being said, this is not going to become an “adoption blog”.  I will occasionally post an update on our process, but this blog is primarily going to continue to be full of my random nonsense.  It’s fun to write!

Details that I can share so far…

Fundraising!

We had about $3000 dollars in our adoption fund from the fundraiser we held a few years ago and that has officially been used up to start our process.  We are 100% confident in the Lord’s ability to fund this adoption either through donations and grants or through extra work coming my way.  We are stepping forward in the process knowing that we will face expenses one at a time.  How much, you ask?  Well, we will be raising/earning about $25,000 more.  So exciting to know that we will have a beautiful testimony of the Lord’s provision to bring home with us along with our new baby!

Timeline!  If the Lord provides the funding quickly, we could have pictures of our baby by Christmas.  There are undoubtedly going to be hitches and glitches as we go, but we are relaxed and willing for everything to happen in the Lord’s timing.  Of course, when things are in my hands….I’ll be working overtime to get them done!

Home study!  We had our first meeting for our home study today.  I LOVE our agency!  Our rep is fantastic and I am clear that they will support us and pray for us through this whole process.  There will be four more meetings with a social worker and tons of paperwork to complete the study.  It is just so cool to actually be started!

Can’t wait to update you as we go!

Happy

Things that are bringing me joy today…

Gunny’s incredible freak outs each time he sees a dog on the TV….he barks and growls and gets all his toys and tries to get in my lap.

The Army hospital at 7am.  So calm.  So quiet.  So few germy people.

Boomama’s post about the Bachelorette.  I’m totally not into it this year, but her blow-by-blow cracks me up!

A beautifully made bed…..after a really nice nap.

Waking up to a shiny sink – didn’t happen this morning, but hey, the thought still makes me smile.

My soldier’s voice.  He was worried I would fall back asleep after my 5:45am wake up call….imagine that.

A sleepy dog keeping my feet warm….that way he can go to sleep but still know if I move.

Texts from my sister about birds….or our mom….or her students….or pinterest…..texts from my sister about anything.

4,000 years of cultural history that I will be teaching in less than four hours tonight.

Oh, and these.

Happy Tuesday!!

Mmmmm…..

We have a fairly specific diet that we have around an 80% adherence rate with.  We actually love to eat the healthy, clean foods that have become our habit over the last year and a half.  One of the special foods that I make occasionally is an epic batch of pancakes. They are so hearty.  They have so much protein and fiber.  They can actually be eaten on the diet.  Love!

Today Dave has the day off and he asked me to make a batch of pancakes, which I was only too happy to do.  What he ended up eating….well, let’s just say….NOT on diet!

Hope your day is full of candy-coated deliciousness!

Ruffles and Lace

Spent most of the day with my crochet needle and beautifully soft pink yarn.  Baby is soon to arrive and will be adopted by the most wonderful parents.  Adoption is such a beautiful picture of the gospel.  It has been my privilege to walk along side the last few months of this adoption.

Cannot wait to hold the little one!

Hiss

Got home from the commissary today to see the entire neighborhood worth of kids on our front porch.  Not my favorite, I will admit.  Dave’s “not favorite” was the reason for the childrens’ presence though.  We had a visitor.

He was terrified!  The kids were torturing him!  We thought about using a shovel, but decided to send the kids away and allow the visitor to go home on his own.

Hope your evening is as peaceful as his will be….

Aviary

Picture yourself in paradise.  Somewhere over a rainbow.  Zippidee doo dah land.  Through the sidewalk art.  In Cinderella’s castle – post-servitude.  Blue birds flying, penguins dancing, chickadees whistling, and helpful little know-it-all birdies laying out your clothes while you finish bathing.  Don’t you feel relaxed?  Doesn’t it make you smile to think of the veritable aviary that has been used to complement the variety of perfect worlds we grew up with?

Now imagine all of that while living as the out and out enemy of all things wing-ed.  My sister and I both have a sort of antagonistic relationship with the ornithological world.  For proof of her terror, see here.  I grew up loving birds.  My grandparents had pet birds.  They were kinda gross, but I was pre-teen fascinated by the feathery friends.  Ever since being attacked on multiple occasions by rather testy mockingbirds though, I have become increasingly the enemy.  Where the soothing sounds of chirping birds used to make me smile and relax, I am now caused to duck and cringe.  (I do not think it is a mystery why “duck” is a verb AND a bird.)

Now, for the subject of my post.  Mockingbirds have been my least favorite bird since the initial attack three years ago.  I might just have a new number one though.  We have been leaving our windows open at night lately because it has been cool and the fresh air feels refreshing.  Apparently a robin has a nest in the tree immediately outside our bedroom window.  At precisely 5:15am EVERY day, she wakes and starts shrieking.  In case you have never heard a robin’s call, listen.  Over and over and over and over.  It is approximately the equivalent of being awoken by a full-volume stereo system blaring “In the jungle, the mighty jungle”.  We have seriously considered taking lighter fluid and a match to that nest.  It’s too close to the house though.  And trees are flammable.  And I am a good fire chief’s daughter.

So, we close the windows at 5:15 every morning….with the whisper of a cuss word and a wish for a BB gun.

Sleep well my friends.

Strong

The dogs needed some exercise.  If I run a mile with one of them, then I have to run a mile with the other.  So my cute little twinkle toes trotted two miles.  There is this cool resource in our cable package that has different yoga workouts available at the push of a button.  My abs got a solid workout.  The trainer had an affinity for minute-long posture holds.  Tough.  The pool on post is fifty meters.  The first olympic length pool I have had the privilege of lapping.  Twelve hundred meters is three quarters of a mile.  My face was red when I surfaced for air at the end.  Swimming is great cardiovascular exercise.

It has been years, like eight years, since I have been able to exercise like this.  All in one day.  Back to back.  Grateful barely begins to describe how I feel about Dave’s job and the benefits we receive.  I’m healthy and I’m feeling….

…strong!

Not Much of a Gardener

I have not had much of a green thumb this year.  But I am so happy to see my first of these beautiful transplanted darlings seeking the sunshine.

Daylilies are some of my favorites….

Oh, and in case you were wondering if I am a complete pushover….here’s proof.

Climbed up, stretched out, fast asleep….from my chin to my ankles.