Thursday, February 24, 2011


A few nights ago during house church, a friend saw a book about adoption on our [wobbly] coffee table. She asked if we were going to adopt, and we answered affirmatively. The way she asked it, though, made it seem so much more real. We've been married for over a year and are in steady jobs. We're not ready to have/adopt children yet, but we're in the stage of life where everyone around us is doing that. Thinking about adopting makes me so excited and a little nervous for our future. I don't want to go into that process without knowing the intricacies of being adoptive parents.

I love reading blogs of people who have adopted. It inspires me and opens my eyes to a reality that is as yet unknown to me.

I saw this video on a blog that I read. I think it would be really amazing for this woman to get a show on Oprah's network about adoption, from a personal and passionate perspective.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day

I am not a big fan of Valentine's Day. I don't care about it at all until everyone around me is receiving flowers and big displays of affection - which David and I aren't really into. But this year I resolved not to care at all. And then I came home from work to an amazing letter from my husband... All the Valentine's love I could ever need!

One of my kids (I don't play favorites...), D, told me today - "Mrs. Elise, your hair looks really pretty today. I am going to go to the store and buy my mom some flowers and I am going to buy you a pretty purple princess dress". I'll take it! 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The attempt to write a blog that I would want to read.

We had some friends over the other night, and one of them asked me if I wrote a blog. I said yes... but that it wasn't necessarily the kind of blog that I would want to read. I am a self-proclaimed blog-addict, and my favorite blogs are the ones with poetic, inspirational language and creative pictures. My blog doesn't exactly have either of those... So I'm including pictures this time. 

 So... It's 0 degrees today. Much warmer than yesterday, when it got down to -13 degrees. It reminds me of living in Canada... We definitely don't get that low in Colorado very often! This picture was taken out our living room window. It's my car, sitting in the sun that's not doing much more than lighting our way. Warm the earth, sun. Warm our earth! We're cold!

One of the things that I realize I miss about summer is riding my bike to work. Such a good way to start out the day... My poor bike is sitting on the back patio, probably frozen.

 One of the best things about this freezing cold is that I can wear flannel - at least until I have to leave for work. Thank you, Samuel, for this hand-me-down flannel shirt! 

 This morning, my rare free morning, I ventured out in the cold to the thrift store. Maybe, I thought, I'll find a treasure. Or maybe two. I found, instead, six treasures for the low, low price of $29.56! I bought these two shirts - they're the same shirt in different colors. I'm pretty excited about them. 

Last, but not least... House church. We had a tiny group last night because of the cold, but I can't wait to jump back into our discussion of this book.

 It's already such a good book... I think we're all connecting with it, and it's helped people be more open and honest in house church. I love it. Thanks, Dani, for letting us borrow it and giving it your glowing recommendation!