Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"Today I will make a Difference"

As I was cleaning out some neglected cupboards I found a poem that I have cherished. I will now post it by my bathroom mirror where I can see it as a reminder. This adoption ( along with a few other things) has been tough on me. I hope this encourages you as well today.

Today I Will Make a Difference
by Max Lucado

Today I will make a difference. I will begin by controlling my thoughts. A person is the product of his thoughts. I want to be happy and hopeful. I refuse to be victimized by my circumstances. I will not let petty inconveniences such as stoplights, long lines and traffic jams be my masters. I will avoid negativism and gossip. Optimism will be my companion, and victory will be my hallmark. Today I will make a difference.

I will be grateful for the twenty-four hours that are before me. Time is a precious commodity. I refuse to allow what little time I have to be contaminated by self-pity, anxiety, or boredom. I will face this day with the joy of a child and the courage of a giant. I will drink each minute as though it is my last. When tomorrow comes, today will be gone forever. While it is here, I will use it for loving and giving. Today I will make a difference.

I will not let past failures haunt me. Even though my life is scarred with mistakes, I refuse to rummage through my trash heap of failures. I will admit them. I will correct them. I will press on. Victoriously. No failure is fatal. It's OK to stumble... I will get up. It's OK to fail... I will rise again. Today I will make a difference.

I will spend time with those I love. My spouse, my children, my family. A man can own the world but be poor for the lack of love. A man can own nothing and yet be wealthy in relationships. Today I will spend at least five minutes with the significant people in my world. Five quality minutes of talking or hugging or thanking or listening. Five undiluted minutes with my mate, children, and friends.

Today I will make a difference.

Even though my life is scarred with mistakes, I refuse to rummage through my trash heap of failure. I will admit them. I will correct them. I will press on.

Blessings on you and your family today.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Yesterday -January 18th- we celebrated 19 years together.

What a ride it has been!!!

God has blessed me with such an amazing man!!

Thank you God!!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

New Member of the Family

We welcomed a new member to our family this weekend. No we did not get a referal. Our daughter bought herself a baby hedgehog. She named her daisy. Our daughter Kelsey has been the most affected by this very slow adoption. She has a super tender heart and just wants her sister home. She has been begging for a hedgehog for some time and we thought it might be a good distraction for her. Daisy is still a little skitish around people but is expected to turn into a very fun pet. Oh what we do for our kids. I never in a million years expected a creature like this in our home. LOL.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Pre-Christmas B.C. visit

This year we went to B.C. the week before Christmas. We went to celebrate Christmas with my family and also celebrate my parent's 50th anniversary which happens in January. These are pictures of 3 of my kids enjoying the mountains. They were real troopers on their day of skiing. They enjoyed every bit of that day. Zach (in the top picture) was in tears on his first run down but didn't want to leave the mountain at the end of the day.
-I am thankful that I have a patient husband who loves to teach the kids a varitey of things. (I am not a skiier)
-I am thankful that the kids could reconnect with their cousins
-I am thankful for the time spent with my parents and siblings
-I am thankful for the beauty that B.C. has to offer ( God has given us so many beautiful things to enjoy)
-I am thankful that we had this time together as a family

NOW back to reality and bring on the referral.