MS_PERCEPTION's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MS%5FPERCEPTION MS_PERCEPTION's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Beyond Help? Not when You're a LIME!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954430 Now, I've been on SP for several years and have been a variety of teams, but one of my current teams - The Biggest Loser Lovely Limes - have been absolutely instrumental in keeping me here on SP and reminding me that someone out there cares about me not giving up on my journey to better health. <BR> The leaders have consistently contacted me to encourage me, remind me to stay on track and let me know they are thinking about me and praying for me! That has meant more than I can say. My fello... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 11:57:04 EST Back on the Wagon (AGAIN) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952399 Yeah, so the wagon had been dragging me for a while. I was not making good choices….drinking pop almost everyday, pretty much indulging in whatever sounded good, and barely managing to maintain the pathetic weight I'd allowed myself to get back up to. <BR> <BR> The past week I've gotten my act together and I've been getting my activity level up, tracking my food 5 of the last 7 days, staying in my calories allotment, and drinking more water. I'm not saying I've got it all together, but I... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 21:17:50 EST What's New and Not http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910532 NEW: <BR> -I have been hoarse for almost a month. At first it was like a really minor cold, then just a hoarse voice, then a full-blown cold and now it is nothing more than a hoarse voice and at it's most minimal state so far. <BR> -I have this weird thing right now where even though I'm hungry, I can't eat more than a little bit or I feel like I've totally gorged and am stuffed to the point of discomfort. You would think this would help to keep my calories down and thus lead to weight loss... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:51:11 EST Can I Forgive Myself for the Past? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901913 Can I forgive myself for the past? How will it affect my successful journey to better health? <BR> <BR> Oh man, as I blog this for a BL challenge, I really have to reflect on where I've been and where I'm going. <BR> In 2009, I reached my goal weight and was able to maintain it for a year or so, but the weight slowly crept back on. I am now back near my highest weight. HOW did I let this happen? WHY would I do this to myself after all that hard work?! Forgive myself?! UGH. I want to sm... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 20:50:54 EST Can Someone Please Come and Clean My House?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900696 Things have continued to keep me hopping here in the land of 6 kids. Laundry is a DAILY must-do, the grocery budget has grown tremendously as I still try to master making the appropriate size meals for our larger brood, and we're officially in birthday season here, so special treats for school and other activities are thrown in the mix. Can someone please come clean my house?! I can't seem to carve out the time to do it justice. <BR> <BR> Oh well, in other news, I participated by phone in... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:50:54 EST Quick Praise/Share/Vent Session http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892803 Yesterday was eventful. <BR> <BR> I teleconferenced in to the placement hearing for my 2 youngest foster kids. None of us knew why the judge called a court hearing rather than accepting the paperwork "as is," so I was unsure what to expect. Apparently, birth father had some objection to a placement in the past (maybe when the oldest of their kids was placed with us a month ago?) so I guess it was to have everyone come to court and say there were no objections which is exactly what happen... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 12:19:05 EST Spring 2015 Challenge Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891199 My top 3 goals for the Spring challenge are: <BR> <BR> 1. Exercise a minimum of 100 min/wk <BR> <BR> This one seems pretty wimpy at first glance, I know. The thing is, I need to not feel discouraged if I'm only getting 20 minutes every weekday. 20 min of ST can get me a good basic workout and same with cardio. I have to take into consideration my time limitations right now and work with where I am, so this would be an excellent habit forming amount for me. When I get this going, I kno... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 15:21:34 EST More Kids…Less Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886144 Don't be deceived - I'm DEFINITELY not saying having more kids is less work…read on to find out what I REALLY mean. <BR> <BR> So, we've had our foster son for about 2 1/2 weeks now and he has settled in beautifully. He gets along well with my birth kids and has gotten used to our family "ways" pretty quickly. That is a HUGE blessing and didn't come easily at first! <BR> <BR> Since he was doing so well, his worker decided it was time to have his 2 younger siblings come for the weekend this... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 10:17:52 EST Valentine Get-A-Way/Business Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874382 DH has a work conference out of town and I came with him, leaving our kids in the care of my wonderful MIL for a few days. We are calling this our Valentine get-a-way. Since we are bringing home our foster son Friday, we'll have less opportunity for date nights since he cannot be left in the care of anyone who is not licensed as a respite provider by the state. <BR> <BR> So, we're enjoying this as a little bit of couple time…when DH is not in workshops and meetings, of course. Which means... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 09:32:16 EST Successful Weekend Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872159 Okay, so having an energetic 7 year old boy in the house is exhausting! LOL The visit with D this weekend went fantastically well. He liked to help with everything…chores, supper, laundry, anything. I'd no more say, "Who can help me with…?" and he yell, "Me!" It was pretty cute. He needs LOTS of attention and stimulation, but he's a doll and the kids were all HUGE helpers playing different games with him, showing him their rooms, all sorts of things. He was so at ease here, you wouldn'... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 23:17:37 EST Upcoming Weekend Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868953 So, here is the update I've been meaning to write since the weekend. <BR> <BR> We went down for the world's most awkward meeting and it all actually went rather smoothly. D was pretty closed off during the meeting since he was obviously overwhelmed with having everyone there…the birth parents most of all, I honestly think. Anyway, the 2 younger siblings, J & W were adorable and sweet and just rolled with it all. It was our first time meeting them, but they were very easy to visit with. ... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 21:02:07 EST So Easily Distracted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868796 Oh man, I have gotten very little "work" done today for my part-time customer service work-at-home job because I have so much I want to get done, I can't sit down and plug away at the tedious work. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> On the upside, I've gotten most of my to-do list done today. Organized my hall closet including the games, blankets, etc. Also got to the library and bank, took in recycling, and some other small random things. <BR> <BR> Today is a net WIN. When time permits later, ... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 16:13:30 EST Putting Forth Effort http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865848 Some musings from recent events… <BR> <BR> As we prepare for D to come here, it strikes the amount of effort we must expend to transition him here -- Paperwork, Requesting school records, locating and scheduling appropriate services for him, organizing our schedule around this move, coordinating schedules & plans with current foster family/CPS worker/our worker, MANY hours driving back and forth (4.5 hours one way), etc. ALL because we want what's best for him: a safe, loving home to grow ... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:51:49 EST Met D Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862551 So we found out Thursday (as my previous blog mentioned) that the judge--after much deliberation--granted the change of placement for D (our soon-to-be foster son) to come live with us! <BR> <BR> That meant we made plans to go down this weekend and meet him. It was just DH and I, so we turned it into a date weekend kind of. We went out to eat, sat quietly enjoying the hot tub last night, tried out a church near D's present foster home, ate out again, and then FINALLY met him. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 22:39:49 EST We Find Out Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856609 We got an e-mail a couple days ago letting us know the Change of Placement hearing for the oldest little boy (of the sibling group of 3) we want to foster/adopt is this coming Thursday, the 22nd. That's when the judge decides if she'll let him move all the way up here. Everyone is on board but this judge apparently can be very difficult to work with. We continue to pray that God's best is done and we'll go with that. <BR> <BR> We've already set up a visit to meet him on the 25th in antici... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 18:36:13 EST Changes Here and There http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847502 It occurs to me that lately my blogs have included little information on my health and lots of information on other aspects of life. Not a bad thing, but I am trying to have some balance here. <BR> <BR> I resolved this year NOT to burden myself with "New Years Resolutions" but to think of things I would like to work on throughout the year to be more the person God intends for me to be. <BR> <BR> For my physical health: I am easing back into regular exercise with daily walking to my Leslie... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 10:14:30 EST An Important Phone Call http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841928 On Monday, while in the IKEA parking lot, ready to go into the store for the first time, my cell phone rang. It was our adoption worker, so we all hung out in the car for a few minutes so I could take the call in relative quiet. She proceeded to tell me that through an unexpected set of circumstances, they are seriously considering placing the oldest child of the sibling group we are hoping to foster then adopt, in our home in the next few weeks. <BR> This is major news because we weren't... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 11:42:45 EST Getting Ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836855 Oh, if only thinking about things would make them get done! <BR> I've been meaning to sort through and make sure I bought an even amount of gifts for my kids and double check that I have a gift for everyone else I was supposed to buy for…Ummm, yeah. Still haven't done it. The downside of buying and wrapping early. Time to get it done. Today is the day. Got to get ready so that when Christmas Eve/Christmas arrives its can be focused on the birth of Our Savior, not frantic searching or str... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:24:14 EST Snow Much Fun to be in NW Wisconsin!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814880 LOL…I couldn't help myself. I've spent hours shoving the last couple days due to our first snow of the season deciding to be a downfall of over a foot! My back is not in love with me right now but the driveway is done! Hallelujah! <BR> On the upside, the last 2 days have been snow days for the kids due to road conditions and snow, so we've had tons of fun (and not so fun while shoveling) family time! <BR> <BR> My wonderful son is now getting around without his crutches which is mind boggl... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 12:04:01 EST A Broken Leg and More http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802018 Well, I have little time so I'll type fast and tell what I can… <BR> <BR> My son broke his tibia and fibula (both bones of the lower leg) at football practice almost 2 weeks ago and for the first week, it took over our lives. We spent the first few days in the hospital with him and then the the first few days at home were time consuming since he was unable to do much on his own. Now he's come a tremendous way toward resuming normal daily life, though still not using his leg much at all. O... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:34:20 EST Keeping Busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789808 Adoption: There is literally NOTHING to tell on this front. We continue to submit our home study and have not heard back from any submissions recently. <BR> <BR> Kids: My kids are often on the go. The oldest is still in football and, while I enjoy watching him play, he's not a starter, so it's not as fun to watch him ride the bench. Thankfully he disclosed to DH and I that he plans to switch back to cross country next fall. Otherwise, he's made a really decent transition back to public... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:39:41 EST Latest Adventures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767044 Well, some of you already know, but I decided to become an Independent Thirty-One Consultant. I'm pretty excited about it because I get to let people know about Thirty-One products who've never heard of it before and the more I get to share, the more I get to earn. It's a win-win! <BR> <BR> I'm actually pretty new to the products, but I already love what I have and can't wait to earn more. They make it incredibly appealing to be a hostess or consultant, that's for sure! I'm having an o... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:52:28 EST Wish I Had Less to Tell http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759591 I'm going to keep this relatively brief but want to vent and update a bit… <BR> <BR> We were all ready to head to church this past Sunday. My DH goes out to the van and it's dead. Nothing, not even a click. We tried not to stress about it, pushed it out of the way and loaded into our other vehicle and went to church. We were supposed to take the van on our little camping trip this week but when we got home from church and tried to jump the van, it was DEAD. Long story short, we unpacked... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:38:59 EST We Shall See... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755639 We had our child presentation meeting for the 2 boys we're being considered for as adoptive parents and it went well. No word yet on whether it's gonna happen. The boys have a fair amount of needs and we want to make sure we are the right fit for them. We are feeling good about it but want to see how the boys feel about it and what their team thinks. <BR> <BR> The meeting wasn't the smoothest thing in the world…first off the team coming on behalf of the boys had 6 PEOPLE come (not includi... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 09:27:18 EST Proud Mama of 2 Drama Queens http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742332 My beautiful daughters were in a play at school this past weekend with a company that comes in and helps schools put together summer plays. My girls did an EXCELLENT job and made me laugh and enjoy the show. I couldn't be prouder of their talent! Now if we could keep their drama limited to the stage, I'd be in great shape! LOL <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1771205265.jpg"> <BR> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:39:44 EST Looking Forward to... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736314 ..making progress. <BR> <BR> I have gotten my food more under control most days but it is still not what it should be. I'm more maintaining than anything. That'd be great if that was my aim, but it's not. I'll keep plugging away and baby stepping back to more exercise and better food choices. <BR> <BR> Also, we finally got the meeting scheduled for the Child Presentation for the 2 siblings we're being considered for. It's several weeks out still but at least we finally got a date on the... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:00:27 EST Impatient http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734731 That's me. Mayor of Impatientville. <BR> <BR> I've been battling a mild cough and lost voice for 2 1/2 weeks with no improvement in sight. Of course, I haven't exactly been resting and trying to recuperate like I know I should. I'm Soooooo done with this. It's now just wearing me down. I don't really feel sick so it's more annoying than anything, but my throat is actually starting to hurt from the strain of talking in a whisper and trying to be hearable. Oh sure, I could try not talk... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 17:18:52 EST Taking it All in Stride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729159 So long story short, we did NOT get placement of the little guy we met about last week. It turns out they went with the other family who has no kids in the home and they felt it would be better for the little guy to get all the attention for a while. <BR> <BR> We were disappointed but not too much so since we're ultimately confident God has this all in hand. When our worker called with the news, she also had some potentially good news. The set of 2 boys we had been interested in previou... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:02:42 EST Presentation Meeting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726703 Today was the meeting between us, our worker and the child's worker. It went well. We got additional information, asked our questions and they said they'll let us know which family they're going to go with by Monday afternoon. <BR> <BR> DH and I decided we would accept the placement if they choose us. The child's "stuff" is stuff we feel we can deal with within our home. So now we wait. Only a few more days, though. I'll definitely keep everyone posted. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:31:11 EST Never Simple http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715578 So this is a quick update to my most recent update… <BR> <BR> Turns out there is one other family also meeting with the child's worker for the individual child. We suspected that, but now have it confirmed from our worker. Regardless, our worker has cautioned us to not submit our home study for any other children until we see how this one plays out. She also recommended we not set up the meeting with the other childrens' worker until this first meeting has taken place also. <BR> <BR> Thi... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:06:45 EST When it Rains, it Pours http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714387 Just a quick, but exciting update… <BR> <BR> Our worker informed us today through a few different messages that we are being seriously considered for 2 different children/siblings. One is a boy who's from our same region of the state and one is a sibling group of 2 boys who live in the southern part of the state. We set up our meeting with the worker for the single boy first (since she contacted our worker first) and then we'll go forward from there. <BR> <BR> This is pretty huge since ... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 17:32:47 EST Take Me Out to the Ballgame! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711170 My sweet hubby took DS and I to a MLB game last night. Our team, the Milwaukee Brewers were playing at the MN Twins and since we live MUCH closer to the Twins ball field, we didn't have to make it into an overnight trip or anything. Here are my DS and DH after the game. Still smiling despite the Brewer loss. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l19973091.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm so blessed to have these 2 handsome men in my life! We had a really good time and as we drove in... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 09:44:08 EST Almost (Unofficially) Summer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700633 First a quick update: The Ladies' Night went very well. 4 other leaders and myself were there and had great food and conversation, lots of laughs and some serious time to know each other better. I was blessed. No new news in the adoption realm. Same stuff and all is well. My weight has stabilized and while I'm up from where I was, I am feeling much less stress and ready to focus more attention on food planning and other healthy habits after this weekend. Now... <BR> <BR> I love spring... Thu, 22 May 2014 09:44:35 EST Lady Leaders Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696248 Tonight I'm hosting a Ladies Night for the female Youth Group Small Group Leaders from church. It's a dessert and fellowship time. I'm excited because I've never done anything like this before and think it will be fun and a good way to get to know the ladies better. <BR> <BR> I'm pulling out the good china and crystal too! I hope it's a blessing to the women who diligently serve the sometimes challenging teens in our church and community with such grace and perseverance. <BR> <BR> I am... Fri, 16 May 2014 09:07:05 EST Trying to Keep it Together http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695006 Man, you know that feeling like you can't keep up or that you don't have enough hours in your day to get everything done you want or need to? <BR> <BR> That's all me right now! <BR> <BR> I have been totally failing at keeping my food under control. I have NO desire to exercise (though I'm still doing it most days). If I get one area of my house clean, the rest looks like a mess. I'm tired and usually sore. I'm sick of my job and my boss being so high strung. BLAH! <BR> <BR> Just had ... Wed, 14 May 2014 14:42:00 EST The Results Are In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682277 The MA tournament yesterday went alright. Both DS and I got two 2nd place finishes and had a good time. It was an interesting combination of women I faced for both competitions. There were 2 other ladies doing forms…both yellow/gold belts but very good with their forms, so I was fine with my 2nd place finish there. <BR> With sparring, there were 3 brown belts and 1 lady who was actually in the 20-29 age group who was a blue belt but she sparred with us since she was the only one in her ... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 10:30:31 EST My First Tournament (in a LONG time) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681160 I'm kinda excited. Tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon is a karate tournament that DS and I are participating in. I have to say, doing this as a 37 year old woman has a bit of an intimidation factor for me. Thankfully, that doesn't scare me away from it, but I see as something to conquer. Maybe I'm not that young anymore and I have more aches and bruises preparing for this tournament than younger people might, but I'm proud of myself for taking on the challenge. <BR> <BR> My son and I are both c... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 19:42:11 EST All in His Hands http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679535 Okay, well I have an update on our possible adoption match sooner than expected. Apparently, all our prayer warrior friends did their job. God answered and we are thankful. <BR> <BR> I got a message from our social worker today that we are no longer being considered for placement for the kids I'd mentioned earlier this week. Our worker, Stephanie, wanted to know if we wanted her to follow up with it and see how things go at the matching meeting next week and we confidently told her it's... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:44:58 EST Finally…a Response http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677933 Yesterday we got some cool news. We're being considered as a possible match for some kids for adoption. They sent us additional info and wanted to know if we we're still interested. We are, but have some questions/reservations since the kids have been through a lot (all the kids in foster care have, though). The matching meeting is the beginning of May, so we'll find out after that if we were chosen for the kids. That's when we can ask all of our questions and decide if we want to proceed... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:20:32 EST Not Much to Tell - Adoption Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660956 I've had a couple friends ask, so here's a quick update on the adoption stuff. <BR> <BR> We've submitted our home study 13 times in the past couple months. Nothing has come as a result yet. We've found out that a few of them now have pending placements which makes me very happy that those kids have prospective homes. With some kids, we ended up finding out that they were likely not a good fit for our family due to their extensive needs. So, we just keep looking and trusting that in God's... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:48:28 EST Paying for Gymnastics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653607 Okay, so, my daughters were both in gymnastics for a while. Then my older daughter decided it wasn't going to be her thing, but my younger daughter stuck with it. That was over a year ago. In the meantime my youngest has made some real progress with her skills and all. At the beginning of this year, she was invited to join pre-team. As the name implies, it's the level before they are invited to join the competition team. <BR> Pre-team is a little more expensive than all the levels pri... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 00:05:20 EST Scrapbook Weekend Highlights http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649989 Over the weekend, I went to another scrapbooking retreat. It was wonderful even though I didn't really know anyone there very well. There were a couple gals I know a bit from other retreats, so I visited some with them throughout the weekend. I got some good pages done and was able to get more photos organized as well, but my one of my highlights came when I WASN'T scrapbooking. <BR> <BR> I had signed up for a 15 minute massage from a lady who comes and does them throughout the day on Sat... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:25:04 EST Cold...Go AWAY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641333 Thought this was a funny title because it means 2 different things to me, both of which I mean WHOLE-heartedly! <BR> <BR> First I have this annoying cold that is so weird. I don't think I've ever sneezed this much with a cold before. It's crazy. My poor son that I homeschool has pretty much grown tired of the "bless you"s since they been so over used. I've tried a couple OTC medicines but have come to the conclusion that this will just have to play out. That's just as well. I'm not a f... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 11:47:31 EST Patience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639624 The Bible study I'm hosting in my home this winter is one focused on the fruit of the Spirit. In other words, what our lives look like when we allow God's Holy Spirit to rule in our lives. <BR> "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness,faithfulness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." Galatians 5:22 <BR> This week were looking at patience; the difference between patience with people and patience with circumstances. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 14:59:37 EST Learning and Preparing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631760 Today I was blessed to have a great sit down chat with my friend from church. She's kind of my adoption resource since she and her husband adopted a sibling group from foster care 10 years ago and they are raising those kids and dealing with the challenges that come with children with a trauma background. <BR> She's such a precious and HONEST woman who has spoken really frankly with me about what the future holds being an adoptive parent. She's shared with me great wisdom that she's gained ... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 16:09:29 EST Another Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623161 Just another quick update on the adoption stuff... <BR> <BR> While on vacation, we got an e-mail from our social worker that she's taken a new position in the agency so she will not be dealing directly with families anymore. We've been assigned a new social worker. We were bummed since we really liked our worker, but we're praying this new one is as good or better (hard to imagine). I think Jason and I met her once before at a training and she seemed fine (if we're even thinking of the ri... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 13:45:51 EST New Trophy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622660 Just had to take a moment and point out that I'm FINALLY at a new trophy. I hated the trophy at the previous level, so I'm happy to see a pretty new one on my page! <BR> <BR> It's the simple things that bring me joy! LOL Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:20:09 EST Most Successful (improved) Vacation Award goes to... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621584 me on our trip to Mexico!!! Yay!!! <BR> <BR> While I was trying to set my standards high for the trip and may have fallen a bit short, I can still say proudly that I went on a 6 day cruise plus travel to and from New Orleans by car and only gained about 2 pounds. For me, that is simply remarkable. <BR> First of all, I never ate to the point of feeling stuffed. That is a BIG deal with all the food constantly available. <BR> Secondly, I ate very thoughtfully for the first half of the trip... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:17:58 EST We're Approved!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604655 I don't have a lot of time for a lengthy blog here but I just got word this afternoon from our social worker that our Home Study was approved today! PRAISE GOD! <BR> <em>334</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> She's going to be getting us more info about how to respond to any profiles we're interested in when they come through, but now we'll actually GET info about kids who are coming into the system. It's SO exciting even though nothing actually happens yet. LOL Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:43:10 EST I Meant to Blog More Often http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602478 I had some cool stuff to share, but just forgot or didn't have sufficient time to blog about it, but I've got time now... <BR> <BR> On Thursday of last week, I tested for and earned my green belt in Bushido (the style of martial arts I do). I felt good about how I did and hope to work it into my schedule to go to the dojo twice a week instead of just once now. It'll start taking longer to earn belts, so I could use the extra practice, plus it's good, fun exercise! <BR> <BR> Also, I measur... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:25:01 EST