Tuesday, May 19, 2009

PRIDE Training....Check!

We survived the mandatory PRIDE (Parent Resource for Information Development Education) adoption training required by the State of Washington. We were in class for 34 hours spread over 3 days! It was grueling at times, but oh so worth it. We learned lots, were inspired by families that shared their stories, and bonded with others going through the same process.

We serve such an awesome God. This weekend was such an encouragement to us! We're getting excited and look forward to having babies, raising boys and girls that strive to glorify God in all that they do.

Our next step on this wonderful journey: Post-PRIDE training classes. These are a series of 6 more classes that we'll take on upcoming Tuesday and Thursday evenings. We'll also need to get re-certified in CPR/First Aid/Bloodborne Pathogens, take a Baby Basics Class from a local hospital, and tour the PICC. In addition to all of this is another mountain of paperwork! Yay! {Okay...maybe a little sarcastic, but we're getting used to it. They can't place these kids with just anybody!}

As always, we covet your prayers for us and the spiritual warfare we face, as well as our baby! God may be knitting him/her together in the womb right now!

{No time for stamping lately, but I hope to do some soon.}
Much love,

Saturday, May 9, 2009


Well, I've been sick since Monday and saw the doctor yesterday. She thinks I'm finishing up with a bad cold. I still have a lot of congestion and I have orders to sleep all weekend. My new friend: cough syrup with codeine. This morning Mountain Man woke up with a sore throat and congestion - just like all of this started for me! It appears he's going down for the count and he cannot afford to be sick this week! We've finally got our adoption PRIDE training this weekend and we can't miss! Please pray for us to be well!

It's a bright sunny weekend and we're stuck inside with colds. :( So sad! It's beautiful hiking weather. Hope your weekend is fun! We wish we were with our moms.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Poo Poo Point Trail

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On Sunday, we hiked up Poo Poo Point Trail on Tiger Mountain with Jordan & Liessa. It was tougher than I had remembered, but I made it. The view was beautiful at the top, but we only saw a couple of paragliders because the winds were too crazy. On the way down, my left knee started giving me grief, but Mountain Man fixed up a makeshift brace for me and Liessa kept us laughing, occassionally yelling, "Mexican food, Mexican food, Mexican food." All in all, it was a fun day and we had some delicious Mexican food in Issaquah!

A Muse Lounge Challenge 04

I don't make many cards with large white spaces, so this was my goal for this card. I made this for A Muse Lounge's simplicity challenge:
-use A Muse and/or Saltbox Studio stamps
-use minimal embellishments (one or none!!)
-use minimal layers (no more than 3!!)

This is my first time to play along with this group. I've been having mojo problems lately, and I've found that pulling the A Muse stamps out is the easiest way to break out of that mojo black hole! :)

I spruced up that cute little paper toled duck with yellow fun flock on his body & crystal effects on his beak.
Stamps: A Muse Animal Wishes
Paper: White, Blue
Ink: Versafine Black, Craft white, yellow & orange markers
Accessories: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder, Lemonade Yellow Fun Flock, Crystal Effects, dimensionals
Techniques: paper tole

Happy Tuesday to you!