Location: Saint Paul

I am 41. I have 9 older brothers and 1 younger one. I count myself very fortunate to have met my wonderful husband when I did. I wish I had been younger, but then he would have been a baby :)

Tuesday, February 06, 2007


Acutally wanted to pop in and write non-baby stuff. KVSC's 50 hour trivia contest is this weekend, and for the second year in a row, we are hosting it. I get so nervous about this time-will we have enough players? Too many? Enough food? Too much? etc....We vowed going into forming this new team that we would do it as long as it worked. If it does not, we know that we can be absorbed by other teams. I have either a sinus infection or an absessed tooth. Either way, I want it fixed by the time Friday comes around. I think we are going to crack the top 20 this year and am actually very excited to play-nervous, but excited. We have a good group of players, and as long as they show up every year, we will host.

Hmmm, but what about next year? I will be devastated if we do not have "Little One" here yet. I guess I will worry about it when the time comes.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Not my best week

As you learned from my last blog, I had torn my cornea. Just as that healed, I was hit by one nasty, mean, rotten cold! And, insult to injury, I had to go to the dentist yesterday. I thought my head was going to explode when I was leaned back in the chair.

On good news, referrals came in. As I wish every month, they did not do as many days as hoped. HOWEVER, L & R got their referral for a most beautiful little girl. I was expecting her to be bald (Like my friend Bill), and in layers, but she has lovely hair and is a peanut-absolutely perfect features. So very happy for them.

We are going to the Chinese dance troup at the O'Shaughnessy in February with friends. Hard to believe they traveled to China 3 years ago to get their little daughter Ava. I told Eric this will prepare us for when we are watching our own little one in her dance recitals :)

Thank you God, for Theraflu Night Time. I am dreaming about it as I type.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! What a strange weekend for us. I had a bit of an accident while shopping-okay, I managed to smack myself in the eye while shopping. It hurt like heck and watered off and on all day, but I did not think much of it. We had friends joining us for the Geardaddies that night and met at our house for dinner first. Actually, Eric was there for dinner, but then went to his work party at Sweeney's, which is just fine because he is not fun to bring to concerts. Jenny, Deb and Shawn and I took a taxi to the Fine Line, which was a smart idea. We all got a bit tipsy, but had a lot of fun. Early, early the next morning, I woke up in excruciating pain. Went into the bathroom and my eye was swollen shut. Waited as long as I could, and finally had to wake my poor husband up. We had to leave a note for my friends, who were staying over, to let them know we were heading to the ER. I had managed to scratch my cornea the day before. Was given eye drops and percoset and went home and crawled into bed. We were supposed to go to what looked like a fabulous party that Leeanne had invited us to, but my eye was still swollen and weepy that night, so we stayed home and watched "Little Miss Sunshine" (very funny quirky movie). Yep, that is how we rang in the new year and my birthday. Sad or what?

Eric has decided that we are going to celebrate my birthday in the summer instead of on New Year's. I think it is a great idea, but in the meantime, I still need to practice hanger safety and not whack myself in the eye anymore. :)

Waiting impatiently for referrals to show up. We should be seeing Leeanne and Ron's new little one tomorrow (Wednesday) and all the other September referrals. It is always the best day of the month.

To a safe, happy and wonderful 2007 to everyone, and a birthday wish for myself to see my little one before I turn yet another year older!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006


We are going to get in the holiday spirit! As Gumby would say, "Merry Christmas, dammit!". The lights and tree are up, the house is decorated, we have friends coming over for Christmas Eve for a traditional Swedish meatball dinner. Life will be good. As fun as this will be, I am actually looking forward to a little later in the week when our friend Al and his wife Jacki will be in town. We have invited the Van Kuelen's to join us. They have two beautiful little girls from China. Mike is on the board of Yinghau Academy. It will be a joy, and perhaps a little hard, to be around those little sweeties.

I just have to write this here, since few others read this, and I am trying to work through it. We were in St. Cloud visiting long-time friends of mine. The do not have children by choice, and I don't think they like them much, except from a distance. They know we are adopting, but I do not get much into it with them (rules, regs, delays, etc...) They are happy for us, but I do not think they realize how much it hurts for the delay to continue. Anyway, I am told a story about a woman who does hair who had an unmarried pregnant client. Long story short, the hair stylest adopted the baby. My friend said, "Yep, just bought him, just like "snap". I mean let's call it what it is, baby buying". Wow. so many feelings, not the energy to put all those words down right now. Will read this tomorrow and see if I feel any better about it.

Crossing fingers for referrals before Christmas for all the folks in September, but especially for Lee and her husband Ron. That's one of my top Christmas wishes this year.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Christmas is upon us

And we have not done a dang thing! Even before Eric, my house was decorated to the hilt, lights on the house, tree in the window, the whole enchilada. Last year, we also did it, but with less snap. This year, I think I am going to have to drag him to get a tree. Maybe it is the lack of snow, but somehow I think it is the lack of a little one, that keeps us from getting excited this year. We have bought the presents for the nieces and nephews and will get those sent out soon. I have some presents bought for Eric, including one that may have him blow a gasket :), but we are going to try and not go overboard with each other this year. (I may have blown that one).

Eric's appointment as Building and Grounds Czar at St. Mary's has turned out to be a much bigger job than either of us anticipated. So much bigger, that I am just plain getting very crabby about it. He has been called there to fix everything-weeknights and weekends he is at the church. Between that and work, he is so busy that I barely see him. I am stuck trying to keep the homefires burning, and let me tell you, it is getting old. Plus, we have not been bums in ages, and that was something we always had so much fun doing. Crossing my fingers that we get this next weekend as one that has us doing a whole lot of nothing together.

Oh, as for an update on the adoption, there is none. Nothing bad, nothing good, really, nothing to say. However, I did get to meet Leeanne for coffee and that was great. Nothing more reassuring than finding out that you are not the only one who thinks the way you do and has the same approach. Might have to make up a secret handshake for the non-evangelical people who are adopting! AND, next month we are going to get to see pictures of her and her husband's little one. How cool is that?

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Hoping for Good news


RQ is saying all sorts of good things about the next batch of referrals. I am so excited by these "rumors", but it seems like everytime there has been good news, it has been followed by "pop the balloon", or as we said in college "bum my high" news. I am going to just hold on and try and believe with all my heart that this is going to be the turn and that referrals will speed up, if only a little bit, and at the worst, just not extend out any longer. As God as my witness (shaking fist at sky), as God is my witness they're not going to lick me.

I guess I am feeling in a dramatic mood today....

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Still (Im)patiently waiting


Hard to believe that this year has past. Is that what hope I am supposed to cling to that if it is another year, I will survive it? Somehow, at this moment, I am not taking comfort from it. Wonderful co-worker stopped by my desk to see how it was going. They started the adoption process about 4 months before us. They were home this time last year from Guatemala with their little girl. This will be their second Christmas with her. Sigh....