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I am so happy being married and living with my best friend. We adopted our first child, Ari, in 2011 through a domestic adoption and our second, Jude, in 2014.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Party Time!

Yesterday we got together with family and friends to celebrate my niece, Abijah, and the wonderful event of her turning three! She had a great Dora party by the pool! It was a really fun and relaxing time. It was so nice to get to just hang out with everyone for a little bit.

Everyone hanging out and enjoying the pool.

Nana and Ethne swimming around.

Sol enjoying some juice.

Michael and Sol swimming around.

Singing "Happy Birthday" to Abijah.

Showing me how old she is now.

Hair glitter from Mike and I!

And a Minnie Mouse shopping cart!

I can hardly believe that this little girl is three now. When she was first born she had to spend 10 days in the NICU due to her lungs not being fully developed, but you would never be able to guess that about her now! This girl is so spunky and full of life. She is always on the go and is always making me laugh over the craziest, silliest things! She is so much fun and a true joy to be around. I am very blessed to get to be one of her aunts!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

World Cup Madness

I know most of you check this blog for our infertility updates, but we try to make it a point to not let infertility be our lives. Therefore, we usually have a lot of other stuff going on! I plan to, hopefully, blog about all of that extra stuff while also keeping infertility updates on here whenever there's something new to tell. With that being said, onto World Cup Madness... :)

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The hubs loves soccer. Plain and simple. He his very passionate about it and pretty much is always talking about it. Fortunately, pretty much all of his guy friends feel the exact same way! And as for me, well, I love sports because the hubs loves sports!

Last Friday the World Cup kicked off (no pun intended) and made most of the wives in our group of friends "World Cup Widows" for the next month! Last Saturday the US played against England. That was a pretty big and exciting game so we decided we definitely needed to have a party for it! There were even early games (6:00 am & 9:00 am) that some guys came over for! We grilled out all day, ate lots of food, relaxed, and just enjoyed watching soccer with some of our best friends. All together we had 11 adults and 4 children for the day. It was a great time and we were really happy to have everyone over!

Some yummy sauce for the wings!!

The hubs grilling the chicken wings.

Me and the Grill Master!

That would be the hubs and my brother taking the bench off our swing so they could use the frame as a goal while the guys played around outside! haha!

They just crack me up! Boys will be boys and there's just not much you can do to change that. (Not that I'd even want to!) :)

Some of the food line up!

I love baking and, of course, had to make some treats for the day! Here we have Symphony Brownies, Strawberry Cake Balls, and Butterfinger Brownies.

Game watching time!

More game watching! (And no, that flag isn't always hanging off of our fireplace mantle. That was the hubs's touch of decorating for the party! haha!)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

An Infertility Update

The title says it all. It's been a little bit since I've said anything specific about what we're up to right now (in)fertility wise, so here's a quick little update.

A month ago we were told by my doctor that we would most likely never conceive on our own, or through IUI. That left the options of building our family through either IVF or adoption. When I first heard this I had such a strong desire to be pregnant. I wanted to create life myself, feel life growing inside of me, and give birth to that life. I have dreamed of being pregnant since I was a little girl. It's simply what I've always seen myself doing, multiple and multiple times. ;)

However, in this past month I have not been able to get adoption out of my head. Or maybe I should say more accurately, God has put adoption in my head and won't let me stop thinking about it. It's definitely been an interesting month thinking through all of this.

We've always known if we go the adoption route that we would use this agency (don't really want to write out the name so that my blog won't show up when the agency is Googled). I have started talking a little bit with them through email and gotten the initial paperwork to fill out. The only hinderance for now, as I have previously mentioned, is the fact that the hubs no longer has a job past mid-August. We wouldn't be able to get approved financially for this process until there's something concrete in place for when his summer job ends.

So that's where our focus is for now...find another job! He's really interested in doing something with his degree (Broadcast Journalism), so if anyone knows of some radio jobs out there let us know! It's definitely been a struggle to suddenly be so ready to pursue this, but have to wait because of the job situation. Sometimes it's really, really hard to imagine what God is up to when the "getting there" is so difficult right now, but we know and trust that the end result will be amazing!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Wonderful World of Geocaching

Well, the hubs and I have started geocaching and we are having an absolute blast doing it! If you don't know what geocaching is, here's the description from their website: "Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment." Or, for a more casual description, some people have been known to say, "I use multi-million dollar satellites to find tupperware in the woods. What's your hobby?"

My brother and sister-in-law have been doing this for a while now and the hubs and I just started four days ago. We've already found 23 caches. We're just a little bit addicted! haha!

If I haven't said it before, let me say, infertility is stressful. Very, very stressful. If you let it, it can very easily consume your life. In fact, it quite often consumes many marriages. We, however, absolutely refuse to let that happen to us. Infertility is simply a condition we have; it is not who we are. We must keep our relationship and marriage at the forefront of our daily lives, not our infertility. (And here's where this little paragraph ties into geocaching... haha!) That's why all of this has been so nice. It's just been great to spend the time together and find a new hobby that we both enjoy doing.

Okay, enough about all of that. Now here's some fun pictures of geocaching! haha!

Some caches have very interesting containers!

And some have very interesting locations.

And some are very, very small!

Some have what are called "travel bugs" inside of them. We found this one which is racing two others to Longmont, CO. We are heading to New Mexico soon, so we plan on placing it inside of another cache then to get it closer to its destination!

Heading way into the woods for a cache. Mike ended up with two ticks on him after this one and I had one.

Finally found it! Phew!