Sunday, April 24, 2011


One way we are supplementing our adoption expenses is through Advocare. Our friends Casey and TJ got us involved in this amazing company almost a year ago. Eric and I both use many of the products (Spark, Herbal Cleanse, Meal Replacement shakes, etc). I've lost over 10 lbs without really trying, and am on my way to losing 20 more. If you are interested in losing weight, having more energy, or suplementing your income on a very part time basis, please email me and we'll get you started with Advocare.

BTW, I start my fourth 24 day challenge tomorrow and can't wait to see the results in the next 24 days. Join me!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook: Spring

Outside my's cooler and rainer than it has been. This weekend was in the 80s and now it's in the 60s. I'm ready for spring!!
I am frustrating this whole adoption thing is. We try to get ahead only to get knocked back and behind. I am at peace with the process at the minute, and have realized that we've only been at this for five months. Other families wait years for their adoption to finalize. We've only got a couple more months (hopefully)
I am thankful for...the friends and family who I have. I'm blessed to be able to experience adoption with multiple families in our "circle" of friends. I'm so grateful for the friends who lift me up when I'm down.
From the kitchen...we had venison spaghetti tonight without Eric. He was playing ball tonight, so we ate without him.
I am pjs. It's almost 9:00 here. Really past my bedtime, but I needed some writing time.
I am creating...a quilt for Lyubov's room. So far, I've cut it out. That's as far as I've gotten.
I am Jackson this weekend to watch #1 all-star play in his first away-from-home tournament. I don't know who's more excited me or him!!
I am reading...The Connected Child.
I am hoping...that our court documents make it to our daughter's country soon. I'm ready to go get her.
I am hearing...Phineas and Ferb. Jules is watching TV on the couch since our air has gone out upstairs, it's much cooler for her in the living room.
Around the house...Everyone is heading to bed. We get up early (me at 5:15; the kids at 5:45; and we're out the door before 6:30)
One of my favorite things...sewing. I love to piddle on the machine. I'm not a creator. I wish I were. I wish I could just create out of my head and go with it, like Dana at Made or Little Lizard or all the other crafty momma's out there.
A few plans for the rest of the week: it's testing time at school, so that's a big deal. I plan on taking breakfast to my students one day during testing. We'll be watching JD in a ball tourney this weekend.
Here is picture for thought I am sharing...


Thursday and Friday was a rough couple of days for me. We had gotten an email that we needed American medicals as well as our EE medicals we had while in country. I guess their eight specialists aren't enough. I tried getting an appointment with our clinic here, only to be told that I needed two back to back appointment times for a physical (I had the physical in December and just needed a "redo" on the paperwork) But, they didn't read that part in my appointment I guess. So, I canceled my appointment and my sub for the afternoon, only to see at 10:00 that they could see me with one appointment. Yippee!! Then I checked the appointment calendar and there were NONE!! UUGGGGG! So, I just tried to find another "real" doctor to see. Luckily, I was able to get an appointment with a dr. in smyrna for today, Monday. The only thing was I needed a 'new patient' appointment before I could get a physical appointment. There was a physical appointment on Tuesday-YEAH!! I went in today, and she was able to do everything--new patient and fill out the physical form and get me a notarized copy of her license-praise GOD!!! By around noon on Friday, I just had a feeling of peace (at least for the moment). I had an appointment with a great doctor and I know that we will get to our girl soon. All morning I had been in tears. I almost had to walk out of class because I thought I was going to start crying. But, all of a sudden, I was fine. No worries. Now, that's not to say I won't be screaming and pulling my hair out tomorrow, but for now, I'm good and peaceful.