Tuesday, March 31, 2009

My thoughtul Mountain Man

My sweet Mountain Man brought home two surprises for me yesterday - a crafting book & a cookbook! I LOVE these kinds of surprises! I'm excited about trying these new super simple recipes.

Love is in the air - breathe it in!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Blog Construction

Please excuse the blog...It's under construction!

Inspired Northern Lights

I finally dirtied up my Stampin' Studio this weekend. Saturday's SCS inspiration challenge was Glenda Mosher's art. Glenda is an incredible artist! I was inspired by her Northern Lights painting (located on the front page of her blog, on the right side). I hope to one day see this in person!
Stamps: Beautiful Scriptures (5546) by Clear Dollar Stamps
Paper: Watercolor, black, blue
Ink: Versafine black, various greens and blues for sponging
Accessories: Used sponges, ink pads, and torn/cut post-its
Techniques: sponging

Good news!

Our PRIDE training has been rescheduled for the weekend of May 15th. Yay! I've really been enjoying my time up at Antioch Adoptions. Everyone is so nice and it's a delightful atmosphere! I find myself looking forward to each Friday. Thank you for your prayers!

I'm also starting school again this week. I'm onto Managerial Accounting and possibly Business Calculus if I can get in the class. It may have to wait until the summer. Hopefully after that I can start at UW in the Fall. I'm going to schedule a time to meet with an advisor soon so I can have a better idea of the timeline.

Have a great week!

Monday, March 9, 2009


I'm totally bummed right now. This afternoon we received an email saying that our adoption PRIDE training was postponed yet again to "sometime before July." I'm so disappointed, as I was really looking forward to the weekend away with others in our same shoes. We both were.

Part of the disappointment lies in the fact that I postponed my schooling to the summer quarter because of the classes we needed to take after the initial training. I have sent an email asking if we can take the PRIDE training after these classes, so I'll wait to see what I hear. However, most of the disappointment lies in not being able to get this process started until later. This has been canceled twice (in January & now March), so we're both pretty sad.

Thanks for your prayers, friends.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Fantastic Friday!

Wow! It's a fantastic Friday and SUNNY! I think the sun just gets me in a good mood. Anywho, I decided a few days ago to photojournal this month. Hopefully it will continue throughout the year, but it's best for me to set my sights short-term and just try to finish up the month. :D

So...to play catch-up:

The evening of March 1st (despite feeling terribly), we had dinner at Vaishali's & Santosh's house. It was an excellent meal of homemade Indian food including chicken byriani & goat curry. YUM! They're such a sweet couple, so it was nice to spend an evening with them. I made cupcakes for cute 4-year-old Soham, all decorated with bright colors!March 2nd was my first blood test since January. I had stopped taking the Prednisone for several weeks and just hadn't gotten in for my blood test. Thankfully, my platelet count was at 106K, quite an increase from January's test of 55K.

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March 3rd was sweet Anne's 29th birthday. Holly & I tried to spoil her with a visit to the Chocolate Moose (our favorite java place in Monroe), lunch, and then stamping through the afternoon at her house. I think she had a fun day! Rochelle joined us at the Chocolate Moose and we even played a little bit of Wii - until the girls (Vive & Amanda) got into the games. :-)I finally caught up on my dishes on March 4th. We've been without a dishwasher and I hate washing dishes by hand! However, I've learned that a little bit of tunes (or Beth Moore) with dishes isn't so bad. I'm sure it's only a matter of time before they stack up again, although I've tried to be better about taking care of them first thing in the morning! (The dishwasher has been converted to the dish dryer.)Yesterday, March 5th, was my first really tough workout at the gym. Perhaps I should add the BFL site in, since I was really inspired by some of the winners. Time to get back into shape and get fit. I'm feeling every bit of my thirty-three years! (It appears that it's also time to wash these!)And today is a gorgeous sunny day, so I chose to do some outside chores. I took out the trash, scooped Bexar's yard gifts, and cleaned out the bird feeders and rehung them for my songbirds. I heard them tweeting this morning while outside playing with Bexar and Logan and just had to give them some nummies too! I should also add that I just happened to check the propane tank and gasp - we're just about completely out of propane! Seriously, the gauge is reading 0-1. YIKES! The propane company can't get out until next Thursday, so it looks like we'll be showering at the gym, warming the house by the firewood stove, and cooking on the grill! Oh well...another adventure at the Bell's!