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mission accomplished

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

I'm proud of us!

We did pretty well.
We didn't get everything checked off the list, but we got a good start.
Meshack picked up most of Punky's birthday presents (I'll need to do some cleanup buying this weekend.), he's working on the camcorder's battery as we speak (discharging it, recharging, then checking). He didn't get the furnace checked, the will updated or the clothes for court...but a girl can't complain too much.
He tried.
I, on the other hand, was able to get a full day of work in AND check everything off my list!
Aren't you so proud?
Karissa helped me out with the medical forms. Thanks Karissa!!!
I called the banks and while I didn't really talk to them about the cash, I did find out who I need to talk to AND I ordered my 4O1K loan from H.R. So I've got money to pull out! ;)
I talked with the agency about my silly little question, which I'll tell you about in a minute.
AND...
I found out where our airline tickets are.
There's good news and there's bad news.
The good news is - the tickets will be here soon.
The bad news is - they wouldn't have been, if I hadn't called!
Sigh.
I didn't get angry...I was quite calm actually. I handled it like a seasoned adoptive parent whose been through this a million times...
I waited to yell and scream until AFTER I hung up the phone! :)
Soooo...
My all important question to the agency...
Do we need to take a photo album with us?
I've heard of so many adoptive parents taking a photo album full of pictures around the house, the kids, the dogs, the cars, the yard, the trees, the neighbors, the neighbors' dogs, etc. I was just wondering if it was required, or just a nice thing.
Turns out it's a nice thing.
Which is good to know.
Russia required the photo report...I thought for a split second it was going to have to be something official and I was considering breaking out in a cold sweat!
Nope...just a fun, see-how-fun-our-family-is kinda thing.
Okay...I can handle that.
Soooo....
Anyone have any ideas of what I can put in it?
And how I can put this thing together in...

32 DAYS!!

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divide and conquer

Monday, October 29, 2007

We're on a mission.
Meshack and I are going to tackle the 'To Do' list tomorrow.
We're going to split up...and take on these things head on.
It's the only way we're going to get anything done.
I'm tackling four things on the list.
He gets five. (He has Tuesday's off, I think it's only fair.) ;)

Meshack will...

  • - Buy Punky's birthday presents (Nov. 5) - (This is a step of faith for me. I usually do the buying. We'll see how it turns out, I may need to make an emergency trip to Walmart this weekend. My baby is turning 7)
  • - Check the camcorder's battery (we think it's going bad...HAVE to get that figured out before we go.)
  • - Call to have someone check the furnace - winterize.
  • - Update the will - (we're doing it online.)
  • - Buy some clothes for court - all of his church clothes are pretty old and dated (remember he's a vet...his 'good' clothes are jeans and a polo!)
While I'm at work I get to...

  • - Find and print medical permission forms for the kids (have any ideas where I can find this one?)
  • - Order cash from the banks
  • - Call the agency to check on some things.
  • - Call the travel agent to see where our Paris tickets are. (They still haven't arrived...no, I'm not freaking out...YET!)
We both get to check out the Skype phones tomorrow...I'm calling him off the laptop at lunch (isn't that romantic?)
So there's the plan.
Divide and conquer.
I'll let you know how it goes.

33 DAYS!

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merry christmas...

Sunday, October 28, 2007

...and Happy New Year!
Yea, I know...it's a little early...but it was on my "To Do" list today.

- Address envelopes for Christmas cards.

And you know me and my checklists.
I have to follow them to the 'T'.
Now before you go getting all impressed, remember, I'm going to be gone in December.
I usually wait until the last minute to send this thing out, fighting the crowds at the local post office (okay, who am I kidding, our town is tiny!) to get the cards mailed with a Dec. 24th date!
But I realized last night that if I'm going to get my annual missive out at all, I need to get it done...NOW!
And while it probably shouldn't be high on my priority list, it is. Call me crazy, but it's a part of my holiday tradition.
And honestly anything traditional or routine right now brings with it a feeling of normalcy.
And I need that.
The funny thing is ...and I didn't realize this until I was working on the letter a little while ago...I'm signing the letter:
Love, Meshack, Tami, Q-ball, Punky and JacJac.
But by the time our friends and family gets the letter we'll have added Maddie to the list.
Wow!
So do I wait until we return to send out our letter?
Or do I send it now with the news of her pending arrival and then send out a follow-up email later on?
I know what you're thinking...
"Well, why don't you just send out announcements?"
Honestly (and I'm ashamed to admit this), I didn't send out announcements for any of the kids...so I don't know if I should send out one for this one.
Somehow, it doesn't seem quite fair. (color me sheepish)
What to do, what to do...

34 DAYS!

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check...check...check

Saturday, October 27, 2007

I finally did something to get ready for this adoption, besides making a laundry list of things to get done.
I went shopping.
The funny thing is I didn't get that much accomplished.
At least not if you look at my 'To Do' list.
I didn't get much checked off at all.
But I did take care of a couple of 'biggies'...for me.
I have two main concerns while we're there.
The first - laundry.
There's been a discussion on the FRUA boards lately about laundry facilities. To be honest, when we adopted from Russia it wasn't THAT big of a concern. For Q-ball we were there just under a week...we just brought all of our dirty clothes home with us.
For Punky and JacJac, it was a bit longer, but still not much of a hardship.
This time I could be there well over a month.
I'm going to need to get good at doing laundry without all of the modern conveniences - like a dryer...and maybe a washer.
So I've compiled a list of things I need to get ready.
And I started checking them off on yesterday's shopping trip.
The other concern is medical.
I'm absolutely petrified of getting sick while we're over there and not having any way of getting my hands on NyQui!!
I've even taken the unprecedented step of SUGGESTING to Meshack that we get our flu shots!!!
Can you believe it?!
I WANT to get a shot!
I must be getting sick.
What I am is worried...make that concerned.
Since I'll be there for so long, and away from everything that is familiar, I'm thinking germs will see me as a prime target. And my only experience with the Russian (Ukrainian) medical system left something to be desired.
When we adopted Q-ball he had a terrible bug. We took him to the doctor (for the Visa exam) and they prescribed several concoctions, none of which were antibiotics, only one of which was even vaguely familiar...MOMS...aka - Vicks Vap0 Rub.
I hate that stuff!
The other stuff seemed holistic in nature and we weren't too comfortable with that. So needless to say we relied pretty heavily on the pediatric Ty!enol Cold medicine we brought with us. Thankfully we were only in the country for a week...by the time we got him to our pediatrician he had an ear infection, bronchitis and possibly strep.
Ever since then, I've made sure to bring the entire medicine cabinet with us.
So you can imagine what my list is looking like.
Here's a peek at the stuff I was able to check off yesterday...


  • Febreeze (okay, it's not medicinal, but somebody recommended it, so I'm going with it.)
  • Wrinkle releaser (I have a feeling I'll be needing this.)
  • Universal sink stopper (I've got a laundry theme going here don't I?)
  • Purel! (see...I told you we would get to the germs)
  • Dramamine (This is for Meshack...I refuse to get air sickness! :)
  • Advi! (I bought one bottle, but I may go back for a second.)
  • Pept0 Bismo! (2 pks of tablets)
  • NyQui! (Is one box enough?)
  • DayQui! (I'm thinking two.)
I still need to pick up some more Prilosec and I haven't even though about kid's medicine yet. I need to go through the medicine cabinet and see what I may already have doubles of.
And honestly this hasn't even begun to touch the overall list. We still have to buy Punky's birthday gifts, get Christmas taken care of, write the doctors/medical releases for the kids, buy new suitcases, do some more shopping...
AND GET OUR SHOTS!
Panicking?
Who's panicking?
Nooooo....not meeee...
I've got plenty of time.
I have...

35 DAYS LEFT!

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tag, i'm it!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

While I was gone, Justine tagged me to do the 'Fours' meme.
I'm excited...it's been awhile since I've done one of these.
So here you go...more information about me than you'd probably ever want to know! :)

Jobs I've had:

1. Photojournalist - TV station in Wichita, KS. Loved it! I got to do a bunch of exciting stuff including storm chasing - which is my absolute favorite thing to do. Can't do it with kids in a mini-van though so I've put away my phojo skills...for now.
2. Extension Assistant - Food and Nutrition Dept. - KSU. I honestly am not quite sure how I ended up in this position, although it was one I loved and I certainly learned a lot! I worked in the department on work study during college. They were great people to work with...and so when I graduated and a position came up working on a newsletter for the department, I jumped on it. Great benefits, great people....but I wanted to work in TV...so after a year, I moved on.
3. Adjunct Instructor - community college in Iowa - LOVED THIS JOB! If Meshack wouldn't have gotten a better paying job back in Kansas I would still be working here. The hours were great (part-time), I was teaching what I loved...and honestly the students were great. They were in the journalism program, so they were interested in what I was teaching them - which makes all the difference in the world!
4. Housekeeper - I cleaned homes for awhile when Meshack and I first got married. It taught me a lot...I guess that's good. It made me a better housekeeper. That's good too. But I couldn't stand cleaning other people's homes. After about a year, I quit to work as a clerk in a grocery store.

Places I have lived:

1. Briggsdale, Colorado - It's tiny. Look it up. I tell you there are only maybe 100 people living in the town, but it's the best place (in my humble opinion) to live! As a kid, you can walk barefoot down the middle of the street (if you can handle the rocks in the road), you can see the mountains from your backyard, there's no air pollution and you know absolutely EVERYONE. I'd move back there in a heartbeat, if Meshack could find a job that paid anything.
2. Wichita, Kansas - Another great town...although it is more of a city. Throw every misconception you have about Wichita out of your mind and go there to see for yourself. It reminds me quite a bit of San Antonio, Texas. There's a river flowing through the middle of the downtown area which they're concentrating a lot of their new development around. There's a minor league baseball team, plenty of museums, a great warehouse district and tons of festivals. I'm serious...you should check it out. The only reason we're not going back there ourselves is there's no family around and I can't see myself working in TV again with a family of six to take care of.
3. George, Iowa - Cute town...stayed there about three years. Enjoyed it.
4. Lots of other places including Manhattan, Kansas, Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, Peoria, Illinois...etc.

Food I love:

1. Chocolate - Enough said.
2. Hot chocolate - Are you sensing a trend here.
3. Brownies - Yep...I'm addicted.
4. Lasagna - I had to throw some 'real' food in here. I actually do love anything Italian, although since my ulcer last January, it hasn't loved me so much. I'm finally to the point that 'if;'I remember to take my Pri!osec, I can enjoy this favorite food. The key word here is 'IF'. I'm not so good at remembering to take stuff everyday.

Places I'd rather be:

1. In Ukraine bringing Maddie home - (You probably already guessed that one!)
2. Lake Superior's north shore - We go to northern Minnesota every summer for vacation, but we didn't this year so that we could save up for the adoption. We missed our family time. The kids are still asking about it. Hopefully next summer we'll be able to introduce Maddie to our favorite vacation destination.
3. Anchorage/Palmer, Alaska - I visited as a teen (see next section) and fell in love with the place. I NEED to go back!
4. New England in the fall - We WILL be going there someday. Possibly for our 20th anniversary...that's the plan anyway.

Places I've travelled:

1. Alaska - LOVED IT!
2. Iceland - Actually, we were just traveling through on our way to London and then Moscow on our first trip to meet Punky and JacJac. But from the looks of the airport Meshack is convinced we need to return. I'm game.
3. Russia - Yea...I know. Duh. But I spent some serious time there...over a month altogether. We enjoyed the trips and the people have captured our hearts. We brought Q-ball on our second trip to get Punky and JacJac. We hope someday we can all return for a visit.
4. Others - Canada, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Indiana, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, Wyoming...etc.

Movies I love:

1. Kate & Leopold
2. The Lake House
3. The Holiday
4. When Harry Met Sally

T.V. Shows I Watch:

1. House Hunters
2. Brothers & Sisters
3. 24
4. I'm not watching a lot of T.V. right now which is really strange for me...I'm usually a couch potato, but I've been doing a lot more surfing, reading and housework than normal. Don't worry, I'm sure I'll come out of it soon! :)

Books I Love:

1. Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery - actually anything from this series is good. I need to buy the set for Punky.
2. Left Behind - Jenkins and LaHaye - again...anything from the series is good. I'm a little behind on my reading of this series. (I've only read one of the prequels, so I'm going to get the rest of them and try to catch up in Ukraine.)
3. The Princess - Lori Wick - again...anything by Lori Wick is excellent. I'm not sure why this one stands out for me, but I love it.
4. The Purpose Driven Life - Rick Warren - I'm typically a Christian fiction (romance) reader...but I was feeling a little shallow in my choices so far, so I'm throwing in my favorite Non-fiction (besides the Bible). Great book...even better Bible Study tool. If you ever have the chance to do this Bible study - DO IT! Our women's group went through it - it took two years, but absolutely worth every day of it! In fact, I want to do it again!!!

So there you have it. A bunch of stuff about me...it feels a little egotistical, but I hope you've learned something new. Speaking of something new...in the interest of learning more about some newbies out there I am tagging:

1. Debbie - The Hoffman Clan
2. Christine - The Ukraine Train

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week in review

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Aaaaaah.
It's good to be back.
I'm am sitting in my way-to-huge, comfy computer desk chair, sipping my skim milk, munching on 0reos and lazily reading blogs.
It is sooooo good to be back.
It feels like forever since I've blogged anything real...but the funny thing is you all aren't that far behind in the life and times of the ______ family.
Nothing much has happened in the last week.
At least nothing really bloggable. (Is that a word?)
To fill you in...

  • - I had a minor crisis in finding someone to stay with the kids while we're gone to Ukraine...but I think we've found a solution to that problem.
  • - I got a new desk at work. It's bigger...just more room to stuff my stuff.
  • - Parent-teacher conferences went well. All of the kids are doing great in their classes....and their teachers love them (what's not to love).
  • - There were over 800 people at my friend's funeral (I wish I could have been one of them.) She touched so many lives.
  • - We lost one of the cats (Willie) and found him again.
  • - There was a wasp in my living room on Saturday...you know how I feel about those. (If not read THIS.) Enough said.
  • - A new job opportunity presented itself at work last Friday. It could be interesting. I'm taking a good, long look at it. I'll fill you in when I know more.
  • - Oh, yeah...and Meshack turned 40 today. He's not handling it well...so we'll just move on.

So there you have it.
See...I told you there wasn't much to tell.
So the real question is...if I would have been blogging all week...what would I have written about?!

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i'm dialed in

Meshack just called!
The box arrived!
WE HAVE INTERNET!!!!
Yea!
Now I can get back to posting...and checking all your blogs.
What have ya'll been up to?
And did anyone notice while I was gone we broke the 40 day barrier?
We have...

ONLY 39 DAYS!!!

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unplugged

Monday, October 22, 2007

We are still without internet!
Can you believe it?
I am deep in the throes of withdrawl and am having a hard time believing that it's been almost a week since my last post!
I've got to get internet back...SOON!
Meshack called last Tuesday and they were supposed to send us a new modem right away...we would have it Thursday at the latest.
Thursday came and went.
So did Friday.
Saturday morning we called...they couldn't find a record that we had called them.
UGH!!
They said they would send out a box first thing today.
I'm calling to make sure.

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out of the loop

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

We're still out of commission.
It's so bad that now I can't even get dial-up!
UGH!
That means I'm having to resort to posting this from work...
(Shhhhh!!!! Don't tell anybody!)
I just didn't want you all to worry too much about me.
Hopefully we'll have our new DSL box in the next day or so.
I'll let you know when it gets here! :)

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disconnected

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

We're cut off.
Disconnected.
Discombobulated. (I love that word.)
We've been thrown back into the dark ages.
Our home Internet is down.
Aaaaaaaaah!
How did we ever live without our beloved DSL?!
And what has the world come to, that my husband called me today to commiserate with me. He is off on Tuesdays and he was actually considering going into the clinic so that he could jump on the Internet?
I know how he feels, although I don't think I would get quite that extreme.
I'd go next door to the neighbors! :)
The worst part is he called the Internet provider and they think our DSL box is fried.
And we can't get a new box for a few days.
They suggested going back to dial-up.
Gasp.
I didn't think we'd have to resort to that!
We left the dial-up world last year and haven't looked back once. But I guess if we want to have any access at home before Friday, we're going to have to pull out a phone cord and plug 'Betsy' in.
I know what you're thinking.
You're thinking - 'What wimps! They'll never make it in Ukraine.'
You may be right.
Sigh.
We do have one thing going for us though.
The last time we adopted, in 2002. There was barely an Internet in Russia. We had to wait for a translator to drive us 20 minutes to the only Internet cafe in town and then have her translate everything for us so we could send a four sentence email.
This time we're taking our own laptop.
I think we'll be fine. ;)

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a good chick flick

Monday, October 15, 2007

Has anyone noticed those numbers up there?

They keep counting down...
and down...
and down...
We're getting closer...
and closer...
and...
Well, you get the idea.
We are now past the 50 day mark and are chipping away at the 40s.
It's a little surreal, honestly.
In less than 48 days I'll be on my way to Ukraine.
To find my little girl (boy?).
Wow.
Sigh.
We're making progress on the list.
I started compiling DVDs to take with us to Ukraine.
We had started out taping shows from the DVR onto DVDs to take with us...we haven't been watching much TV this fall at all, in hopes of saving it for the trip.
HA!
Our laptop is so old it can't handle CD-RWs. Only CD-Rs. And according to Meshack that means we'd have to take an arsenal of CDs with us.
Not going to happen.
So...
Last night I started searching through our DVD collection.
Funny thing is...
ALL OF OUR MOVIES ARE KID'S MOVIES!!!!
We don't have anything for us to watch!
Those of you with kids at home already...have you ever noticed how many kid's f!icks you have? We have Lion King I, II and 1 1/2, T0y Story I & II, Mu!an 1 & II, Br0ther Bear I & II...
I am sensing a theme here....
There's Herbie, Cars, Monsters !nc., a bushel of Veggieta!es and gaggle of 1-2-3 Penguins.
Finally, after a lot of searching I was able to dig out B@ck to the Future - the trilogy, L0nesome Dove, Grumpier 0ld Men and Hunt for Red 0ctober.
No chick flicks at all!!!!
What is wrong with this picture?
I guess all of my favorites are on VHS.
Hmmm...must have been awhile since I bought a movie for myself.
Well, I'm remedying that!! I got on Ha!f.com last night and ordered two DVDs...While You Were S!eeping and Kate and Le0pold. Two of my favorites.
But I still need more. I'm going to be there a loooong time and there's no way I'm putting up with watching James B0nd every night!!
So, girls I'm turning to you for help.
I need some suggestions for some great chick flicks.
I have a few more in mind, but I'm sure there's something I'm missing.
It needs to be available on DVD...and CHEAP.
Romantic comedies are my favorite...
But any and all suggestions will be considered.
And did anyone notice that while I was typing this blog the counter just turned to...

47 DAYS!!!!

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questions...ad naseum

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Warning: I'm feeling especially peeved today over all of the repeat questions we are getting from everyone in general (No, not the blogging community. You're safe from my wrath.) The following blog may not be suitable for people who are new to this adoption process and are still enjoying the endless supply of 'innocent' questions...or were through this process so long ago that you have forgotten about these blasted things!

I ask you to please excuse the rantings of a truly MAD woman!
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Alright...I'm getting sick of it.
I've just about had it.
I can't take it anymore.
They're driving me NUTS!!!
It's the same questions over and over and over...again...from the same people.
Aaaaaaah!
Did they not hear my answers the first thousand times?
What about the one I just gave them two seconds ago...did ya'll get that one?!
I guess not.
So for those of you who are curious as to what I'm dealing with here...here are Tami's Top 10 list of questions from friends who aren't really paying attention at all! And the answers I wish I would have either thought of or had the courage to spew out of my mouth.

1. Do you know what you're getting?

A child.

2. Yea...but is it going to be a boy or a girl?

(For the hundreth time...) We're asking the Lord for a girl, but are keeping our eyes open and our minds alert to the possibility that he wants us to have another boy. Either way he or she will be a blessing. We'll love him/her the same.

3. What are you naming her?

Alright...I guess this is a legitimate question. After all, we really haven't nailed that one down yet, but COME ON! Can't you cut me a little slack already? Meshack and I are trying to come up with a compromise here and you just can't rush a masterpiece, alright?!

4. What do the kids think?

The kids are fine with it. Honest. If they weren't I wouldn't tell you anyway, but they're fine...really.

5. Four? Are you kidding me? Why would you want that large of a family? Are you a glutton for punishment or what?!

Yes...this actually did come out of some one's mouth. This person has an only child...no plans for any more. Obviously.
I wish I would have had the courage to come up with a real zinger to fire back at her. The closest I can come up with is, 'FOUR? I don't consider that a large family, but even if I did - WHAT BUSINESS IS IT OF YOURS?!!!'
Somehow it doesn't really cut it for me.
Suggestions anyone?

6. Is she the kid's real sister?

Yea. Me too.

7. Why not adopt a kid from the U.S.?

Hmmm...I don't know...maybe because we feel CALLED. This is what we're SUPPOSED to do! We love these people and these children. These kiddos are absolutely precious, loving, beautiful, funny, charismatic, sweet children, who make our house a home, and give us the chance to be a FAMILY!
Is THAT enough of a reason?!!!!!
Besides...I really don't want to have to deal with the truly inept state foster-to-adopt system. (I know, I'm not really displaying a Godly attitude here, but I'm sick of these questions. I'm about to shut down all outside communication with stupid people.)

8. So you don't know who you're getting. How in the world are you going to decide? Do you have to go into an orphanage and 'pick one'.

Sometimes, I really wish Ho!ly wood would just stop making movies about adoption. They can't seem to get it right anyway. Then, maybe people would stop getting these ridiculous impressions stuck in their brain.
Like we're going to walk into an orphanage, have them line the children up so we can inspect them like troops and pick the 'best' one! (I seriously hope you're hearing the sarcasm here!)
UGH!!!!!!!

9. How can you love a child that isn't your own?

Yea. I've got some real winners for friends don't I?! Thankfully, this comment came from someone I can't really call a friend. More of an acquaintance...and I'm going to be making a point to be less acquainted with her in the future.
Thankfully, I did have a pretty good answer on the tip of my tongue...and surprisingly it wasn't too nasty.
"This child WILL be my own."
HA!

And the most frequently asked question...

10. How long are you going to be gone? Do you realize you'll be gone for Christmas?

Nooooo!? Really?! I had no idea!
UGH!!!
YES! I KNOW I'LL PROBABLY MISS CHRISTMAS WITH MY KIDS AND MY HUSBAND. BUT I'LL ALSO BE SPENDING IT WITH ONE OF MY OTHER CHILDREN!!!!! And I have no idea how long I'll be gone. I could be back in time for Christmas if it has to be a two trip system. The kids seem to be okay with it, so why can't you be?!

Do you see what I'm dealing with here?
It was never this bad with the first three adoptions.
Or maybe it's just that I'm more sensitive to it now than I ever was.
I'm not upset with the truly curious.
Honest.
I'm just sick of the repeat offenders.
You know...the people who ask the same stupid, uninformed questions time and again, many times in front of our precious children.
I don't know if they didn't get the answers the first time around...they're really that dense...or they're hoping for a different answer this time.
But they're the ones I'm truly peeved at.
Do they truly not get it?
What is so hard to understand?!
We are adopting internationally.
Our time table is not their timetable.
Our ways are not their ways.
Our...
Oh...FORGET IT!

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losing a friend

Friday, October 12, 2007

I got an e-mail this morning from my mother.
One that you never want to get.
She told me that a dear friend had been killed in a car accident this morning.
And just like that, my friend was gone.
I met Terri growing up in Colorado.
We attended the same church and while she was an adult, and I was just a snot-nosed, punk kid - she became my friend.
Someone I could look up to.
Someone I could trust.
When I started high school a few years later she became my teacher.
And I had to start calling her Mrs. B.
But she was always more than my teacher.
She was a dear friend.
All through those tumultuous years she was there.
She not only taught me English and Spanish...she taught me about life.
She smiled when she found out I had a crush on Meshack.
She hugged me when she found out he felt the same.
She cried with me when we broke up my senior year.
And was thrilled for me when he asked me out again a year later.
All the while she handed back papers with As and Bs on them; taught me about literature, punctuation and outlining term papers; and directed me in school plays.
Terri encouraged me in my love of writing and guided me in finding the right school to pursue my dream.
When she found out Meshack and I were engaged, she volunteered to help with the flowers.
And she oohed and aaahed over Q-ball when we first brought him home.
The last time I saw her was at my parent's church last Christmas. We were home for a quick vacation and Meshack needed some advice from her husband (who is also a vet). Terri and I talked about the kids...she showed me pictures of her new grandchild.
And I shared the secret that we were thinking about adopting again.
She was thrilled...gave me a hug...and a few minutes later walked out the door.
Then on this gray, Friday morning at just after 9 a.m. she she headed to work...
Just like she did every weekday morning.
Driving the same stretch of highway...
Listening to the same radio station...
Probably planning out her day.
Just as she did every morning.
And then in a split second -
She was gone.
I know I'll see Terri again.
I know her perspective on things right now is so much clearer than mine.
I know she's happy.
But I still can't help but be a little sad.

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sushi anyone?

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Tonight, at bedtime, we were working on our AWANA handbooks (the good little, non-procrastinating family that we are...;)
Anyway...
Just before we prayed, I asked Q-ball to recite one of his verses - Philippians 2:3-4

Me - Alright Q. Tell me Philippians 2:3-4
Q - 'Do not sell fish...'

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!
Heeeheee!!!!!!
It was all I could do not to laugh out LOUD!
I tell you these kids crack me up.
And its proof positive - God has an great sense of humor. ;)
So what is the 'real' translation of Philippians 2:3? - Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves...

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what's a s!ingbox?

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


Alright...
I know I may have confused some of you about this s!ingbox thing. You may not be too clear on what it is and why my husband is so fascinated.
So here you go...my public service announcement for the day.
Check out S!ingbox's website here.
Actually, you would probably get a kick out of visiting the website even if you aren't a techie.
The spokesperson is a hoot! :) Does anyone really use 'hoot' anymore?
And honestly after checking out the website I have to admit, it's pretty cool.
Of course, that doesn't mean we should buy one.
After we come back from Ukraine what use would we have for the thing?
But a part of me is tempted.

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say cheese

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Well, we did it.
We bought a camera.
This little beauty right here.
It doesn't look like much but it has a 12x zoom and 7.1 mp. That's lightyears ahead of where our last one was.
Yea...I know. Big deal.
But it kind of is.
You see, I got my way...
without any arguement...
and that, ladies and gentlemen, is a BIG deal! :)
Usually, Meshack will at least put up a fight.
Coming up with this reason or that reason to go a little cheaper.
He didn't say much of anything.
Honestly, I think he is buttering me up for a bigger purchase later...
Can anyone say 'S!ingbox?!'

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First down...54 to go

Monday, October 8, 2007

54 days.
Wow.
Only 54 days left before we take off for Ukraine.
Yep...we got the tickets.
We bucked the recent trend and went ahead and booked round-trip tickets with Delta.
And we'll be flying through P@ris, which should be interesting. I'm pretty nervous about that leg. I've heard horror stories.
I'm choosing to trust.
Now it's time to move on to the hundreds of other things on our list...like getting new suitcases. Why didn't I do this while we were waiting to be submitted, or waiting for our appointment date?
It's beyond me...I could have saved myself so much time!
I also need to start looking for a new camera. Our current digital is a simple point and shoot with no zoom...it was one of those B!ack Friday specials a few years ago. We bought it at the time just to get our feet wet in digital photography. Now is not a time for wading...we're going to be swimming in the deep end!
We looked this weekend and it just intimated both of us to no end.
UGH!
The other project this weekend was officially starting a real, on paper to do list. This HUGE checklist includes the above items and about 30 more things we need to get done before we leave for Ukraine. (And it's still growing!)
Here are a few items already on the list (I'll post a complete one, one of these days)...
- Have furnace checked.
- Gather movies to take with us and set DVR to record favorites while gone or better yet price a S!ingbox - (hubby REALLY wants this one)
- Compile list of people who can help parents out while we're gone (someone to shovel driveway, backup babysitter, mechanic, etc.)
- Update wills and guardianship papers, just in case.
- Buy Christmas presents (we'll be gone, which means no last minute deals this year. I need to have it done BEFORE B!ack Friday! - Sigh)
You get the idea...the list goes on and on and on.
And we have 54 days to get it done.
No...wait. You can't count the weekends, you never can get anything done on the weekends.
Make that 40 days.
Well...and then you've got to take out Thanksgiving Day and Halloween. I'm not doing anything on those days that doesn't involve kids and food.
Sigh.
That leaves 38 days.
Not so bad.
There's two of us...we can handle it.
Anyone know where we can find a good camera?

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here I am

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Sorry I haven't posted lately.
My home computer has been on the fritz...
And blogging at work last week was virtually impossible.
Hopefully things will settle down this week and I can get back to being my happy, bloggy self.

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decisions...decisions

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

I'm not intentionally ignoring you.
Honest.
Our home computer is on the fritz...
And I'm swamped.
Between running kids to doctor's appointments...
church activities...
work...
Oh! And finding airline tickets.
It's just been a little nuts..
We just can't seem to settle on a flight.
Some will get us there fast...
Others let us see new parts of the world...
Still others don't have long layovers...
While the rest give us more than enough time to get through customs.
What to do, what to do...
I finally caved-in today and called a travel agent.
We'd been trying to avoid it, thinking we could save some cash using Exped!a, 0rbitz or Cheap T!ckets. But while we may be able to save a little cash, the truth is, for us, it's not worth the headache.
So we're working with a nice lady and she's found us some nice options. Options we hadn't seen on the internet.
Now we just need to make a decision.
Hmmmm......

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