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“Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be.” – Marsha Petrie Sue

A new day begins on the shore of Lake Superior

The quote above fits our lives perfectly right now. As you can gather from my last post, we take things day by day around here. Some days are great and others are downright brutal. It can be easy to get caught up in the what might have beens during the difficult times, especially when you are parenting children from difficult pasts.

So, let’s talk about beginnings. Today I am beginning something new on the blog. As you will notice on the side of my blog, I’ve decided to join in on the NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) fun. That means I will be posting daily during the month of January and the common theme weaving through my posts will be beginnings. I’m hoping to get the creative juices flowing. I love to write but with life being hectic and hurried, I need some inspiration from time to time. So here we go. I know, I know, I’m already a few days behind. Better late than never, right?!


As I was just sitting down to write this post, something spectacular occurred and it’s too good not to share. Both boys were asleep in bed when I heard it….


My heart thumped heavily in my chest. My mouth gaped open and I sprinted into the boys’ room. My stomach had butterflies. I knew exactly which son had yelled out for me. I picked him up and gently placed him back into the bed he had rolled out of. I rubbed his back as he drifted off to sleep again and I quietly wiped the tears from my eyes.  My heart swelled and I felt the edges of my lips curl into a huge grin.

It was Big Brother.

And it was the first time he has ever called out for me in the night. On January 14th we will celebrate one year together as a family….one year since we stepped off of a plane with a very scared four year-old boy. And tonight something wonderful transpired in our home–something I honestly thought would never happen. I had just decided to get a video monitor to put in the boys’ room since Big Brother never cries out (or even leaves the bed) when he is distressed. I usually sleep in the room with him or check on him every couple of hours. But tonight, I was delighted to find that my son had actually called out for me in his half-conscious sleepy state.

Our little boy is starting to trust….to love…to want us. All the hard work, all the doubt, all the tears triumphs and fears over the past year have led us to this moment. Even as I rocked him and kissed him goodnight at bedtime, he had spontaneously repeated the phrase he’s heard from me no less than 5 million times, “family forever.” He loves to repeat phrases without understanding their meanings, but I think he actually gets this one.

No, I’m sure he gets it.

It is the beginning of something wonderful. I am looking at what can be and it is breathtaking.

I love a good beginning, don’t you?

River’s web

I love morning time in the woods.  This morning was particularly beautiful because there was a dense mist that had set in overnight, giving our backyard a dewy, foggy glow.  It only happens early, so you have to catch it before the sun burns off the moisture.   Since we were all up very early this morning, we decided to take advantage of the scenery and eat breakfast on the back deck. That’s when I noticed this beauty hanging off of our canopy, gently blowing in the breeze:



Ahh…there is nothing better than a cool, dewy morning…




I hope tomorrow morning is this beautiful as well.

The kickoff of NaBloPoMo: Day 1

nablo0809.120x200I’m kind of exhausted today so I’m not sure what to write for the first day of August’s NaBloPoMo (national blog posting month) theme:  Tomorrow.  Why don’t I just give a run down of all the things I hope to accomplish for tomorrow, and all the things I *hope for* for tomorrow.

We’re getting ready to have a big Family Day celebration (1 yr. adoption anniversary) at our house, so we’ve got a lot to do.  I’m going to be making some really neat cakes for the party…it’s gonna be very cool!!  I can’t wait to share them with everyone. Oh, and can you believe it’s been almost one year since we traveled to Vietnam to bring River home?  Amazing.  Man, how our lives have changed since then.  How did I ever live without my little man? I can’t wait to reminisce about our time in Vietnam as our 1 year anniversary approaches. Alright, enough rambling, here’s what I’ve got to get done tomorrow…

things I need to do:

-weed the garden in the front yard

-help hubby wash the back deck

-clean the ENTIRE house (OMG, I’m so behind, my house looks it belongs on an episode of Cops–see Laura, you’re not the only one)!

-prepare some more Chemistry lectures for the fall (sheesh, I’m never going to get done in time…classes start in the end of August)

-leap a tall building in a single bound

…oh, wait….no….that’s superman, not me.  I’m a far cry from anything “super.” I just added that last one in there to make sure you were still reading…but you’re probably not…so I guess I can feel free to say anything….kdioueanvhioIKFDNDFALijfsdl.  Yes, you read that correctly.  OK, moving on.

things I *hope for* for tomorrow:

-I hope that the light bulb for Hudson, our puppy, finally goes on and he pees outside instead of on my bedroom floor.  Seriously. Eww.

-I hope that River will be in a good mood

-I hope that Mothers in Action for Vietnam (MAV) will be blessed with continued support from its generous donors

-I hope that more people will spread the word about MAV…thant means you, yes you…stop what you are doing and blog about this cause!

-I hope that the families in Vietnam we have already helped will feel how much we care for them from across the miles…that they will know they matter to us and that it is our honor to be able to help out

-I hope that soon, very soon, I can have a margarita in my hand and a bowl of chips & salsa in front of me

-I hope the sun will come out tomorrow, tomorrow…because there a chance that it could be really wet and yucky here

-I hope that song gets out of my head before it drives me crazy (it’s a short drive, folks)

-I hope that more people will enter my GIVEAWAY!  If not, the current contenders have some really good odds going on.


Have you heard??  MAV has already reached our first goal…we’ve raised $670 for the two surgeries and over $200 for the mobile clinic.  We still need you help and support. So spread the word and donate if you can.

And to say thank you for allowing me to blog about MAV, check out the post below for my GIVEAWAY.  Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win!!!

A GIVEAWAY to show my gratitude!

A friend is one with whom you are comfortable, to whom you are loyal, through whom you are blessed, and for whom you are grateful.” – William Arthur Ward

I’ve been humbled and blown away by the great response we’ve had for Mothers in Action for Vietnam. Your donations are changing lives.  I am so grateful for all of you who have taken the time to blog about our cause or have given a donation.  I consider those who read this friends, and I want to thank you deeply for your support. I’d also like to take this time to thank two very dear friends by whom all of this is possible, Kerry and Kelly, xoxo.

Now I want to pay that forward by being generous with my readers…my friends. This small purse/clutch was handmade in Vietnam through this organization. It’s made of 100% silk and it’s very lovely. It’s my gift to one lucky reader:



Now, here is what you have to do to enter for a chance to win…leave me a comment and tell me these two things:

1. tell me how you found my blog or why you enjoy reading it

2. if you could raise funds for a cause you are passionate about (any cause in the whole wide world, heck it could even be for you), what would it be and why?

**you can earn an extra entry by posting about this on your blog…once you’ve posted and linked to me, leave another comment on this post to let me know**

Leave a comment and include your answers to these two things.  Only people who answer both will be considered for the drawing. Then I’ll pick a winner randomly on Tuesday, August 4th!  If no one enters my little giveaway, no worries…I’ll just pick a friend to send this to :)

Also be sure to check back tomorrow for the kickoff of NaBloPoMo, which involves the theme “tomorrow,” ironically.  Oh yeah, and if you haven’t already…visit HERE to get in on the action.  Amazing things are happening, don’t you want to be a part of it?!

**I think I will start doing giveaways more often…and for April, Angie and Leah, I have not forgotten you!  Your small gifts are on their way :)

I must be crazy

Truly, I must be.  You see that badge over there on my sidebar (no, not the one I’ve been obsessively posting about–although you should check that one out–but the superman one).  Yep.  I’m crazy.  Not only do I start back to work (almost full time) in August, but I’m going to attempt NaBloPoMo for the entire month of August as well.  Yippee!  That means lots of mindless, random, meaningless ramblings from me.  Aren’t you excited about that?  I know I am.  And yes, two sentences can and will serve as a “real” post.  It’s my blog, so there, I said it.  I’m sure I’ll have a bunch of boring ramblings about teaching freshman chemistry, adventures in updating our homestudy, the one year anniversary of River’s adoption day, a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains and our 8 year wedding anniversary.  Gee, August is a pretty busy month for me.  Maybe I should rethink the whole NaBloPoMo…

Seriously though, if you’ve been hiding out under a rock for the last couple of days, please check out the Mothers in Action for Vietnam button.  Pretty please :)  And you know you want a badge for your blog…so go ahead and grab the code already (see posts below)!  And seriously, why is it so quiet lately? Did I scare everyone away?  I promise I don’t bite.  It’s just that the chirping crickets are starting to get to me…so leave me a comment…what’s on your mind today?

***I also want to thank each and every supporter of Mothers in Action for Vietnam.  We have been humbled and blown away by all of the generous donations…we have received enough to start planning sponsorship of a mobile clinic so stay tuned!***