Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Final Version of Painting


Thought you guys might be interested in the final version of the painting that my chiropractor has commissioned me to do!!

Our House




I'm trying to plan ahead by taking some pictures of the outside of our house for the scrapbook we will have to turn in to the agency. I waited for a day that the harvested corn husks (from the field behind our house) were not making our yard look completely trashy. If you click on the pics to enlarge, the trash looking stuff is actually shredded corn husks :-) I was also waiting for a day that the clouds were looking really awesome! As a photographer, I could not just take any ordinary pictures on any ordinary day. The sun and the clouds had to be just right! I can't do anything to enhance the house, so I'll just enhance the pic with cool and pretty clouds!

Our house is 3bed/2bath and already too small for the two of us! My husband's job requires us to live in this specific county. We hope to be transferred by next Feb-May to a more metropolitan area (where we will buy a house and have restaurants and grocery stores out the wazoo). If we don't get to transfer in 2010, we will have to stay put and try again for a transfer in 2011 :-(

Featured here is the front of our house, our front yard and fenced-in back yard area. We also have a big side yard area that can sort of been seen in the first pic.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Being Productive


My chiropractor has commissioned me to do a piece for his office. I was eager to accept (two months ago). I put it off all summer thinking it would only take me a couple of days. I'm now seven hours into the project and about half way done. I told him I would have it finished by the end of July. Thank goodness I started this week!!

Wednesday - spent 1 hr drawing the outline
Thursday - spent 3 hrs painting and realized I have not painted in about 4 or 5 years!! It was way harder than I remember!
Friday - have spent 3 1/2 hrs painting thus far...still plan to paint a few more hours

I feel very productive, since I haven't done crap all summer. My hubby gets frustrated b/c I lay on the couch all day. I can't help it I have the best job in the world that allows me to have 2 1/2 months off!!

Let me know what you guys think so far (remember-it's not finished yet)!!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Bone Scan RESULTS & Agency Update

I was told by x-ray tech that the Dr.'s office would call me. Of course that didn't happen. I called and left a message this morning. The nurse just called and said everything is perfectly normal!!! Yah!!! No new meds to take. I'm so relieved. Now, I just need to go to the store and get some Calcium+Vitamin D! Shew!!

Agency Update - They are supposed to be sending an information packet about orientation and some other things. Been patiently waiting since last week for it. If I don't get anything by Saturday, I'm emailing them my questions!

Out of all the info packets I've received from other agencies, it looks like we have to take pictures of the outside of our house. I hate this, because this is a house we are just renting until we decide where we want to live permanently. The house looks really small, and the fenced-in yard area is very small. Don't want to be judged by a birthmom that our house is too small. A silly worry I know, but it's still in the back of my mind.

Have a great weekend everybody!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Bone Scan

I finally went in for a bone scan today. I was supposed to have it done in April but completely forgot about the appointment till three days later. The clinic didn't call to remind me, and it wasn't at a place I usually see a doctor. A bone scan is a high tech x-ray machine that can see the density of one's bones. Because I'm going through early menopause, there's a chance I may have suffered some bone loss. I was able to peek at the image results, and they looked fine to me. What do I know :-) The doc should call me tomorrow to let me know the results. Before I went in for the scan, I had to fill out a sheet of paperwork. Only old ladies are supposed to get bone scans, I had to answer questions about osteoporosis and when did I start menopause. It wasn't too painful to answer, but I had put it past me already. It did burst my bubble a little...

Monday, July 6, 2009

Inspirational Adoption Blogs

My new addiction is adoption blogs. There are tons out there, but these are the three I'm following. Each blog has tons more adoption blogs. Enjoy!

1. Grace Comes by Hearing - Tracey is truly and inspiration. She's a teacher too :-)

2. Waiting...our adoption journey - Jennifer has a really cute story too

3. Adoption Journey - Maru and Fico are in the middle of their journey. I'll get to read about "The Call" when it happens - very exciting!!

4. Production, Not Reproduction - A mother's blog about her two domestic adoptions as well as other good adoption info.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

BLOGROLL ~ Production, Not Reproduction | A blog about open adoption

BLOGROLL ~ Production, Not Reproduction | A blog about open adoption

Open adoption is quite the norm these days. Trying to find as much info as possible. Lots of Open Adoption Bloggers out there - very encouraging!! I've listed several in my Blog List thingy :0)

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Texas Adoption Agencies

For any woman/man/couple who may come across my blog in the future:

Here is a list of other adoption agencies we were considering.

Gladney Center for Adoption (our #1 choice) - Ft. Worth, TX

Adoption Advocates, Inc. - Austin, TX

Adoption Angels, Inc. - San Antonio, TX

Adoption Covenant - Lubbock, TX

Thursday, July 2, 2009

BEST NEWS EVER!!!

I just got the most amazing news from our #1 choice in adoption agencies!! They accepted our preliminary application!!! This means WE ARE IN!!!! There is a very small chance that it could be rejected but only if they find out we lied on the prelim app (which we didn't). I was crying when I got off the phone, and my hope and dream of being a mom was restored. Brandt was like, "What's wrong?" I told him our great news, and we hugged for a long time. It really was one of the happiest moments of my life. I'd say it was equivalent to getting a + on a pregnancy test!! Oh my gosh! I'm so excited and giddy and just relieved.

Thank you so much to all of you who have been praying for us!! It helped!

Next step: Orientation - Friday, August 14th (That seems so far away!!)

I'm sitting on cloud nine right now.