The Dawn of Their Bond
Five American Families Who Adopted Chinese Infants a Dozen Years Ago Journey Back To the Very Beginning. An article from this mornings Washington Post.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
St. Johns River Power Park - Home Away From Home
I may write more about this later. For now, this will do.
I drove home early today from work without Aly by my side. She remained behind. At work. It was a quiet ride. I kept the radio off. I stopped by a company that once again opened their hearts to our kids at the Children's Home and picked up a pallet of donated shampoo and hair products. Leaves more money to be spent on school supplies for this time of year.
I left work early today because I transitioned out. I retired. Aly said it was time. Take some Ford time she said because when Alyzabeth An gets here you're going to be locked down. My retirement will not be your traditional retirement. I will be the SAHP.
Lot of different emotions going on right now. Really hard to say how I feel. Maybe a little melancholy. And happy. Sad only because I am going to miss the drive back and forth to work with Aly. Knowing that she was always close by. At home. On the road. At work. I have always drawn a peace and calm, a strength from her - knowing she was near. I missed her on my ride home today.
And the tomorrows without her near.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Gwenblog posted about this and I wanted to share it with you in case you had not yet discovered it: Blog BackUp Online. It is currently in BETA development and as such is free! You can back up your entire blog, including the pics. You also have the option of running daily scheduled back-ups as well. Another great feature is the capability of uploading it to your computer to be saved. We are going to burn a CD of our blog as suggested by Karen at GwenBlog.
Note: It took a while to back up the entire blog but since its all done in the background - it's really not an issue and to have a free backup of the blog is pretty darn cool..... Thank you Karen!
Reminder: Gwenblog is password protected
Friday, August 24, 2007
So, as another coping method to help get through The Wait....
I joined a postcard swap with other adopting Mom's. It's fun. Each day when I come home brings a little excitement as I check the mail and "meet" other dear souls, who I know to be sharing like experiences, sending their greetings from around the country. And hopefully - the World!
Amy organized the swap - thanks so much! Here's her family blog link.
If you haven't joined a postcard swap - I hope you will consider doing so. Simple pleasures are to be treasured...
Pictured above are the first few I have received. It's a fun thing. And we all can use a little more of that.....
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Leaa & Jesse
The video quality is poor and the sound is typical of crowd noise - still... you are going to enjoy Leaa & Jesse performing Sade's Sweetest Taboo. Leaa's vocals were working smooth and Jesse once again works the guitar magic. Especially the solo work and the part where he makes a Taylor sound like a bass, awesome.
Give it a listen - and let us know what you think... You know we're proud of them but you never grow tired of hearing it :)
Friday, August 17, 2007
So, to go along with our blue crabs (oh, do we have a simple crab recipe fixed in muffin tins to share with you all) I decided to do a little lazy man fishing in hopes of landing a red fish or at worst a nice eating channel cat.
And as a reminder that it's not the gators or sting rays I most fear in the river - no, it's these things :) Especially the alligator turtles, which, if and when I do catch one I'll be sure to share with you.
This little hunk of jaw crushing pleasure did battle in hopes of keeping my hook and since I wasn't going to put my hand that close to his mouth... Well, let's just say that I got my hook back and some crab trap bait as well.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Please watch this heart warming story of hope and love for orphans in China; the University of Maine (Lewiston/Auburn campus) is supporting our future daughters! I'm a shameless promoter and lover of my home state of Maine and the wonderful people that call it home...
I trust you will enjoy This Article.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
8-15-07 PASSPORT UPDATE: The government is really shining bright right now - in today's mail was our "old" passports simply stamped cancelled on the inside. Too good! Old memories now become keepsakes. Way to go Washington!!!
We were a bit surprised yesterday evening when we brought in the mail. We each had a nice little priority mailer with our name on it. Could it be? It sure was... Our new passports arrived! We were expecting a much longer wait - not to be confused with The Wait...
Such a small thing but one more little thing not to have to worry with. Something we did regret about having to turn in the old passports is not being able to look at the stamps of the countries we had traveled to and being able to fondly reflect back to that time. Something we won't miss is the old pictures. We may be deluding ourselves but it just may be that our "new" pictures are better than the old ones. Then again, who's kidding who - we're talking passport pictures. And we'll just casually skip the part about being 9 years older.
Still, the old passports would have made great keepsakes. Oh well, I guess we'll just have to go to work on making new memories in our new passports. Starting with China...
Friday, August 10, 2007
Jesse and Leaa perform an acoustic set a couple of times a week. Recently they performed at Cortesee's in St. Augustine. This Sunday they will be at Kokomo's at Jax Beach. We'll be there. Our son Justin sneaked in his daughter Kilee to catch a couple of songs at Cortesee's. It was a fun time and the kids love working together.
Enjoy At Last featuring our DD Leaa and our fantastic SIL Jesse.
Sunday, August 05, 2007
My eyes don’t look like yours.
You have pretty eyes.
But they don’t look like yours.
How are my eyes different?
Your eyes are big and round.
As big as Salty Dog’s?
No, silly, he’s a dog.
Your eyes look like your China mom and dad.
You have pretty eyes.
You have pretty eyes too daddy.
Thank you, Alyzabeth
Friday, August 03, 2007
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Money is kind of a base subject. Like water, food, air and housing, it affects everything yet for some reason the world of academics thinks it's a subject below their social standing. Robert Kiyosaki
For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind. Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Mary Engelbreit
At work, you think of the children you have left at home. At home, you think of the work you've left unfinished. Such a struggle is unleashed within yourself. Your heart is rent. Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel
Why the Charlotte's Web picture? I'm thinking it goes along with "wisdom"........ :)