Saturday, August 30, 2008


Things you may not have known about Me

10 years ago I was: working at Covered Bridge, finalizing my wedding plans, and taking care of my newborn Brett

Five things I did today: 1. cleaned 2. watched a parade 3. went to Ryan's birthday party 4. bought a bottle of wine at the Winefest 5. got a black eye from my kids giving me a group hug :-)

Snack I enjoy: hot pepper cheese cubes with Ritz crackers

Things I would do if a Millionaire: quit my current job and have a daughter. A month long vacation with the kids would be nice too!

Places I have lived: Not many- Batesville, IN and Sunman, IN

Just a few pics from the 5 things I did today:

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Okay- just a few words! :-) Hard to believe that the boys have been in school for 2 weeks all ready!!! Here they are on the first day-- don't they look so happy to be going back???

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


It's so weird that the Olymics is over! Maybe I can finally get some sleep this week. I stayed up wayyyyy too late watching swimming, gymnastics, beach volleyball and track and field.

My favorite memory of the games had to be Michael Phelps. Of course it was awesome to watch something no one had ever watched before but the night he went for his 8th gold was a night I hope I don't ever forget. Brett decided to sleep in my bed with me. (Something I only let him do about 3 times a year) As we sat up and watched Michael swim about half way through the race, Brett says "mom, this is so exciting!". After he won, we cheered and cheered! Brett wouldn't stop talking about it. It was just a special moment. Everytime they would show his mom on TV, I would get tears in my eyes because I can't imiagine how proud she is of her son. The next morning, I watched ESPN and of course, they were talking about Michael and the relationship he has with his mom. His mom said that he was diagnosed with ADD at the age of 7 and she had to put him on Ritalin. But she also kept him involved in swimming because it was the only thing that would keep him focused. Oh I knew there was a reason his "story" captivates me! I know Brett is going to do great things with his life......but I can only hope that we always have that special relationship that only a mom and son can have!!!!

Monday, August 25, 2008

1st football games!!!

Nolan and Brett had their first football games yesterday against the tough Franklin Co. teams. Nolan's team lost 14-8 and Brett's team won 14-0. I am SOOOOO proud of both boys! They did sooo good. Its amazing to see the difference in Nolan in just a year. I can't believe one tiny pill can make that much difference in a kid but it does. ((Say what you want about ADHD-- I'm just glad I got more educated about the disorder!)) His ability to focus alone is amazing!!! Just look at him in this picture (on the left)-- eyeing down the competition-- ready to defend his position. Last year he made one tackle ALL season. Yesterday alone, I think I heard his name 4 or 5 times. I know I heard Brett's more than that. He did amazing as well. He played defensive end during the whole game for the first time. The very first play of the game he had a fumble recovery! He also played center. I still think he's the best center in the league. :-) My sister Melissa came and watched the game. I didn't get to talk to her much because I was busy filming the games. She did next me and said "Brett is really good" which of course made me smile!!! The picture above is one of his many tackles. I can't wait to see what both boys do this season!

Bradley had his first game tonight in Richmond, IN. I am soooo bummed I missed it because of work. They won like 44-0 or something like that. Man I wish I was there!

So after the boys games yesterday, most of the coaches came over to watch "game film". Does anyone else find it disturbing they are watching film on 1st and 2nd graders? Regardless, that's what they did. Watching, rewinding, slow-motion.....they watched it over and over. I guess it's good that they want to improve and be the best. I can respect that. And I should expect that. After all, Jared is missing a day of our 10 year Anniversary trip (and flying down separately) just so he doesn't miss 2 football games. I have yet to come to terms on that one.

Speaking of him.....After getting adoption info in the mail today, I brought up adoption again tonight. It didn't go over well. I didn't bring it up at a good time. He just got home from practice and I should have known better. It just came out. I've been wanting to bring it up for awhile and I have been avoiding it. I guess deep down I knew what his reaction was going to be. Just hoping for a better outcome. Maybe I brought it up because one of my managers talked to me for about an hour today about adoption. She is doing the foster to adopt program and has just started her training. I was excited for her! I just know there is somone out in this world who is counting on me. It's a weird feeling. Can't describe it. Tonight when I go to bed, I will say an extra prayer that God helps me through all these feelings.......

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Saturday, August 23, 2008

So I have been wanting to start blogging for a long time now. FINALLY I am taking the plunge!!!

Yesterday, I took Nolan to the doctor for an ear infection. On my way there I was doing some self-reflecting on where my life is right now. Well-- it started when my car turned over the big milestone-- 100,000 miles!!!! And I started thinking about that car and how many places it has been. It has traveled over 100,000 miles to work, numerous grocery trips, doctor visits, 4-H fairs, Walt Disney World, Cedar Point, shopping, and not to mention the MANY trip to the gas stations. (Is gas ever going to go back down?)

My car, yes it has traveled many miles, but it has alot of life in it left. I can relate. I have been a daughter for 34 years, a mom for 15 years and a wife for almost 10 years. I have done alot in my life but I'm not done yet. I still want to make a difference in a like of a child who doesn't have a chance. I just feel like it my calling to adopt a daughter. I've been saying it for years but I think it's time to pursue this. I can't imiagine my living my life without at least trying. I don't want to have any regrets days, months or even years from now. I hope God leads me to do the right thing.

Other things-- I took Brett and Nolan to see Wall-E today. You know I love Disney but it was just "okay". Or you could say it was "cute". Tomorrow is Brett and Nolan's first football games. I hope everything goes good! Maybe I can post my first pictures then too!

Well, hopefully this blog thing works out! I think it's going to be fun!!!