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Friday, February 29, 2008

It is Finished

Our scrapbook, that is. I'll take pics of the pages and post them as soon as I get the "OK" from our social worker and my family! There are a couple of things I need to run by Bethany before we make the 6 copies necessary. I have decided we're going to keep the original for Sam for when s/he gets older.

I've really REALLY been wanting a baby lately. I hope that the wait isn't too long. I've also been pining for a girl, but I would really be happy with either. We're working on names...Tate was such an easy one for us because we stumbled across it when we were dating and both instantly liked it. We've always had a harder time with girls names, and a subsequent boys name is a bit difficult. We've narrowed it down to a couple, so I think we'll manage.

Today was Tate's half birthday. We had fun playing catch, fetch, and "Tate Bowling" (basically, I roll our big exercise ball at him and when it hits him he laughs hysterically, almost falls down due to laughter, then rolls it back). I tried to read him the big brother book again, but he loses interest about half way through. We did look at a picture of a baby last night and told him that we're going to have a baby someday. I know he doesn't understand much, but he does need to be exposed to the idea.

Ok, I'm off to bed. Goodnight, sleep tight!

Love,
Jenni

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Prayer Request


As many of you know, Mark is getting out of the Navy about a year from now, so we're keeping our eyes and ears open trying to figure out what job we want to do next. We've had a breakthrough, sort of, but it's in the very early stages. I'm not ready to share specifics yet, because I'm still deciding how I feel and I don't want to have other people's opinions, ideas, preconceived notions, etc. determining how I feel about it. The job would be great for Mark, he's really excited about the idea of it, but would require a great deal of sacrifice for me. I think I can handle it (I did survive a 7 month Iraq deployment) but I need to pray about it some more. Basically, I'm asking you to pray for us for clarity, wisdom, discernment, and peace about whatever decision we come to about this job. We have a meeting next week to find out more details, and I'll know more then. I may even feel like sharing after I know more. So, sorry for the suspense, I don't mean to be a tease, I just covet your prayers right now.


Love you all!

Jenni


PS. I have an entirely new computer...new motherboard, screen, keyboard, mouse, thumb rest thing, and more stuff that I don't know what it is. It's definitely nice!
PPS. I've included a Tate Kissey Face picture for your enjoyment!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Scrappin' the Night Away

Hey!

Our laptop screen is broken, so we've ghettofied our system and hooked it up to our old desktop monitor. It's ugly, but hey, it's workin. We had a couple of days left on our warrenty when it went haywire, so we get it fixed for free! Isn't that glorious? The guy should be coming tomorrow to get it done, and I'm ready for it. Sadly, our table is a mess due to my scrapbooking, so he's just going to have to deal. I've got to finish our family book for the birthmoms to see and decide if they like us so all the scrapbook stuff is on the table. So, that's where we are now. Hopefully I'll have a fully functional computer in the next day or so! Love you all...

Jenni

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Where we are now...

Sorry it's been a while since I've posted. We've been INCREDIBLY busy. I'm working hard on the adoption scrapbook for the birth parents to see, and we had a good friend (love you Christine) stay with us for a couple of days! It's been so fun to see her, and her son, Cameron, is adorable. He's 8.5 months old and too cute for words. Tate seemed to like him...he gave him a ton of kisses. At least he didn't hit him, right?

Last Saturday was our training day for adoption. I was expecting it to be a breeze, but it was not. It was the most emotional day of my life, I think. I was surrounded by these wonderful women (and men) who were infertile (or sub fertile, as they are called now) and I had to explain why we were adopting when we can have biological children. Our story sounded hollow and meaningless next to their tears and heart wrenching stories of trying to get pregnant and being unable to do so. I know in my heart that we are supposed to be adopting, but I just felt so guilty for being able to have a biological child especially since I wanted to adopt anyway, and I don't think it would have been that huge of a deal for me if I couldn't get pregnant (let me say, though, I don't know for sure because I've never been there). It was a roller coaster of a day, for sure. Mark had a lot of reassuring to do on the way home, and we prayed a lot about this. I know we are where we need to be, and I'm so excited about it, but it was still so hard to see and hear their grief.

Our homestudy should be done in the next week, and then on to the State for approval. After that, we wait for our referral. I don't have any idea how quickly we will get chosen, but we'll be praying the entire time. Thank you all for your prayers, and we'll keep you updated.

Love,
Jenni

P.S. If you could also be praying for my brother, Stephen, and his upcoming mission to Nepal. He leaves in April! Thanks!

P.P.S. Leave us some love! It would be nice to know who is reading this and get any advice or encouragement you care to leave for us. I've really appreciated all the messages so far!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Homestudy=Done


Hooray! We're done with the homestudy and it went great! I don't have much time to write now because I need to go and get a workout in while Mark is watching Tate, but I wanted you all to know that we're done. It should be approved in the next couple of weeks, and then we wait. I am now scrapbooking like mad to get our profile book done!


I've posted the profile pic for you to see! Have a great one!


Love,

Jenni

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Avoiding Tactics

Well, I really should be cleaning the house right now, but I'm avoiding it instead. If I really wanted motivation for cleaning, I need to take another class. I've found nothing works better to motivate me to clean my house than the desperate need to study for a test or write a paper. Avoiding a workout is a close second.

Our homestudy is Thursday at 11. I'm ready for it, mostly. I am ready to have it done because that's one step closer to meeting our Sam. I've been daydreaming about meeting Sam...if it's a boy or girl, when s/he'll be born, etc. I am so excited and ready for this baby. I think the unknown factor adds to my excitement. I've always been a sucker for surprises.

When I was cleaning Tate's room today I decided to go through and sort out clothes that he's too small for. After I finished I got out his under bed box to put them in, and I found his pacifier graveyard. Seriously, there were 7 under his bed. I couldn't believe it. It's nice to have a large stock again! We're going to start weaning him off them soon I think. We just have to decide when and then stick to it. It should be soon, he's almost a year and a half old.

Well, that's about it for today. Mark and I are tied in our "double or nothing" workout bet. I did 6 miles this morning, and I'm going to do 7 more tonight for a half marathon today! Kind of exciting. That made 2 workouts for the week for me, ditto for Mark.

Ok, have a wonderful day.

Love,
Jenni

Monday, February 11, 2008

I've been slacking

Sorry about the lack of recent blogs. I've been busy lately teaching Spanish (I have two classes now) and getting ready for the homestudy. It's on Thursday and I can't wait to have it done! It will be nice to be 'deadline' free, (sort of). I still have to work on the scrapbooks for the birthmoms to see, and my creative vein is finally pumping some ideas through to my brain. Hopefully I'll be able to put something together soon.

Mark and I both lost the workout challenge last week. Oh well. We're back on it today. We worked out three times each. At least we did something, I guess.

The transition from one class in the afternoons to one in the morning and one in the afternoon has been more difficult than I thought it would. My class starts at 8:05, so I am up early to take Mark into work by 7:15, then run Tate to our friend's house, and then to school. It just seems like we are up really early, which, for us, we are. Hopefully Mark will start taking the carpool into work and then we'll be able to sleep in a little bit longer.

We went over to my parent's house this weekend, and that was a lot of fun. Mark and my dad did a lathe turning class, and my mom and I hung out with Tate. Pheobe, (Stephen's girlfriend) came over for dinner, and it was great to see her. I would have to say the most exciting thing, though, was attending the Democratic Party Caucus on Saturday at Monroe High School. I'm not going to get all political on you, but it was really neat to be a part of the 'grassroots' voting system. It was interesting to watch and see how we've chosen to elect our delegates. It is kind of frustrating though that the state spends 10 million dollars on the preliminaries, and really they could save a bunch of money by abolishing the caucus, or stopping sending paper ballots. It doesn't make sense (in my little mind) to have both when the ballots really don't count for anything. It was neat to participate in democracy.

I've got to go and catch up on some sleep. I decided to have a diet Dr. Pepper last night at 6:00pm, so I didn't fall asleep until after 3:00. I think I'm allergic to caffeine, I get a stomach ache when I drink it and I just feel funky. I'm going to have to stop drinking it. Mark is going to roll his eyes when he reads this because I keep saying that, but I just love having a pop with caffeine sometimes, ya know?

Alright, have a good one!

Love,
Jenni

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Just Like Daddy!


So, Tate was enjoying walking in Mark's shoes this morning...well, it wasn't much of a walk, actually. He would get his feet in them and then sit down. It was pretty funny. I hope you enjoy the pic as much as I enjoyed watching him.


Our interviews on Tuesday went very well. We are now gearing up for our in home interview on Valentines day. It's really no big deal, but the house is going to be spotless because that's how it needs to be. We're working on getting there, but it is hard with a little ragamuffin running around pulling things out of drawers and such.


Well, I'm going to capitalize on nap time! I hope you're doing well!


Love,
Jenni

Sunday, February 3, 2008

HIP HIP, HOORAY!!

So, I'm very loyal to my teams (Mariners for baseball, and I'll usually pick a NL team every year, too; Colts for football, and as my "runners up" I like the Seahawks) but if I don't have a team playing that I root for, I generally root for the underdogs. Team that with the fact that I've been hoping the Patriots lose all year, I really couldn't be happier that the GIANTS WON!!! What a game. Scratch that. What a fourth quarter. I could go on and on about this, but, I won't. If you cared enough, you watched it...if not, then why bore you?

BUT, speaking of baseball, the season starts this week with the Pitchers and Catchers reporting on the 13th, and the first workout the 14th (for the M's, that is)!!!! Hip Hip, HHOOOORRRRAAYYYYYYYYYYY!! Opening day is the 31st of March, and we'll be there with bells on. We really love our M's.

As far as our workout bet goes, we tied. We decided to go double or nothing. Go big or go home, right? I think we'll keep the same stakes, just each doing 5 workouts per week. If one of us doesn't make it, you lose. Since it's supposed to be encouraging and not cutthroat, we aren't doing whoever does the most workouts or gets five done first. The point is to be healthy, not a fanatic.

We have our individual interviews on Tuesday for the homestudy. I'll keep you posted on how that goes.

I hope you all had a great weekend.

Love,
Jenni

Friday, February 1, 2008

One of THOSE days



Ever had one of those blah days where you just don't feel like doing ANYTHING? It's not really a matter of energy, but more a matter of desire? That was me yesterday. I just couldn't push myself to do anything that really needed to be done. I did a load of dishes and picked up here and there, but it was pretty much a waste of a day. Pathetic now that I'm looking back on it.

On the positive side, I did manage to (re)read L.M. Montgomery's Rainbow Valley and Rilla of Ingleside. I truly love those books (the Anne of Green Gables series) and it felt like I was catching up with an old friend. Since I don't have many friends here yet, it was nice to feel like I was 'hanging out' with an old friend. It may sound pathetic, I know, but if you truly love books the way I do, you understand. I was terribly emotional, though, and every little thing got to me. (I know what you're thinking, and no, it's not that time, I'm just a little sappy).

In completely unrelated news, we have finished one of the ottomans that Mark was working on, and the other is near completion. We just need to upholster the top part and it will be finished. I've included a picture of the finished ottoman, and one of my little ottoman urchin who thinks that we made them soley for his enjoyment. I guess it's a bonus that we enjoy them, too!

Well, I've worked out 4 times this week to Mark's 3, but I think he'll get a workout in today, too, and we'll be even. I guess that means double or nothin' next week. He'll break sometime.

Alright, it's time for me to shower. I hope you're all doing well.

Love,
Jenni