Friday, July 31, 2009

Love you Ingrid Michaelson

Today was such a GREAT day!

Scott and I and about maybe 20 other people got to see Ingrid Michaelson and Oh was it sweet. I was maybe 5 feet from her and I loved every minute of it. Thanks to 101.9 "The End" for the invite. You guys rock!

I'll post some awesome pics I got and two of the songs she sang...ENJOY!!

Ingrid waving hello to me while she was video-taping us...I got her photo as well. Such a nice person.

Ingrid giving us her bio.

Ingrid, Me, Scott

For Lyssie Lou...she had a little freak out she was so excited!

Ingrid Michaelson waving goodbye to Scott and I. How cool is that??

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

What a beautiful girl...

Lyssie Lou is growing up!

Monday, July 27, 2009

A Giveaway!

I just wanted to say that there are so many cool people in this world. I wish I could meet every one of them. I recently met one of these great people. Her name is Circe. Her sister-in-law is a wonderful artist and is having a fun giveaway. Visit her at Come Fly Over My Cuckoo Nest and enter to win.

Happy Belated Pioneer Day!

Just Us

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


I am so tired, so very very tired of waiting for my girl. I know there are many of you out there that have waited longer than I have and my hat is off to you, but I am slipping. Scott and I have disscussed for months now how we just have to hang on, we are over the hump and on the downslope now, but I don't know if I can hang on much longer.

Everyone that asks how long now doesn't know it and doesn't mean it, but they open the raw wound in my heart and then I am left to stitch it back together again. When people say Wow that is a long time..I feel like saying "I know it, it's a lifetime, it's MY lifetime." I am trying to live a normal my life with nothing held back but that is just a pretense. I wonder "Am I living my real life?" "the one I am supposed to live?"

I smile through the pain, the thoughts of years gone by and years yet to come haunt my dreams. Sometimes I wonder if I should just give up and stop waiting. Maybe I wasn't meant to be a mother...

Next month marks 3 years and I will stop counting the days of my life as they pass me by. It's too difficult, too painful. If she is meant to be, and I am meant to be her mother she will come.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Weekend in Idaho Falls

We had a family reunion and a celebration of an 80 year old birthday over the weekend. Here are some of the photos.

Me and the Birthday Boy. What a character!

Idaho Falls Temple

A beautiful girl


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

What was I thinking?

I completely and totally forgot that it was July now. That means it was my 35th month LID not my 34th!!! I am so happy and now on cloud nine. Not like it means less of a wait, but hooray for us 35 months down!!!!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Another LID down!

Happy 34th month LID to us! We made it this we're in it for the long haul!!!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

My heart is full...but it still aches

Last night we were lucky enough to attend a BBQ filled with some of my favortie people. Local adopters and some good out of town friends. I will post the pictures and stories later, but I snapped one photo that touched our hearts and here it is.

Someday soon Lyssie Lou, it won't be a dream any more and it will

be your sister you will be holding.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Updates from Camp Hiawatha...

Just kidding, the camp isn't really named fact I don't know the name of the camp. I just know where it is. Anyhoo, Scott was up at the camp for a day and overnight to help oversee some of those giggly girls and he got some great photos. Here are a few:

Lyssie zipping through the forest.

Waking up with new friends is always fun!

Maxin' and relaxin'

Beautiful wildlife all around.

Looks like she's having a blast! Can't wait for her to come home and fill us in with all the fun activities she was able to do.

Monday, July 6, 2009

A weekend of events

Well we had a very event filled weekend and although the camera was clicking away I thought I'd only post a few great ones.

First on friday night was a send-off party for our good friend Devin, who is going to Afganistan for a year. Here is a picture of he and Scott.

Second on Sunday was my niece Avery's 3rd birthday...isn't she just so sweet!

Third, we sent Lyssie Lou off to her 1st girls camp today. Man time flies!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Orphanges it right!

Orphanage investigated, officials punished over baby adoption scandal in SW China 2009-07-03 21:15:53

GUIYANG, July 3 (Xinhua) -- A joint work team including family planning, civil affairs, police and disciplinary officials are investigating a scandal in which babies were sent overseas from southwest China's Guizhou Province for adoption, an official told Xinhua Friday.
Yang Jiesheng, deputy secretary general of the Qiandongnan Prefecture government and deputy head of the work team, said that the public orphanage in Zhenyuan County was suspected of violating rules in accepting so-called abandoned babies.
Orphanages are supposed to take in abandoned babies after someone declares the finding of an abandoned baby and the declaration is confirmed by police. In the Zhenyuan case, at least three babies were taken away from the homes of their relatives or even their own parents.
The orphanage has taken in 81 abandoned babies since June 1995,of which 60 were adopted by foreign families, said Han Hui, deputy secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) committee in Qiandongnan Prefecture.
The orphanage was awarded 3,000 U.S. dollars for each child placed with a foreign family.
Meanwhile, six local party and government officials have been punished this week for their roles in the scandal, Han said.
Wang Daohua, former assistant head of Jiaoxi Township, Zhenyuan County and now head of the work committee of departments under the CPC Zhenyuan county committee, was dismissed from post for "direct liability," Han said.
The township's deputy head Tian Rongbao, the head of the township's family planning office Tian Shiwu and family planning official Shi Guangying were demoted, she said.
The township's former party chief Pan Jianguo received a serious warning and the then government head Wu Changqing received a demerit for "leadership responsibility."
Han said the prefectural Party disciplinary commission received a report in February that three babies were missing in Jiaoxi Township.
Initial investigation showed that Jiaoxi family planning officials sent three baby girls from different families, whose parents violated the nation's family planning rules in the pursuit of a male heir, to the county's orphanage in 2004. Two girls were then sent overseas for adoption in 2006 and the other in 2007.
The families could have been fined thousands of U.S. dollars for having an extra child, which is an unbearable burden for many families in the impoverished Guizhou Province.
In rural China, families are allowed to have a second baby if the first is a girl. However, some families keep on having babies until the birth of a boy.
One of three baby girls was the third child in the family of Li Zeji. Li had two girls before her and one girl and one boy after her.
Li would not pay the fine of 40,000 yuan (5,865 U.S. dollars) brought forth by the birth of the girl, so he sent her to his cousin when the baby was 36 days old in March 2004, according to media reports.
Li's cousin told local family planning officials, who found the girl at his home, that the girl was abandoned. The girl was then sent by the officials to the orphanage on April 20, 2004 and adopted on Jan. 7, 2007.
The second baby girl went through a similar experience before she was adopted at the age of three on Dec. 10, 2006.
Family planning officials also persuaded a mother to give up a baby, who was then sent to the orphanage and adopted at the age of three in December 2006.
It was not known how much the family planning officials benefited from the adoptions.
Editor: Bi Mingxin
I am so so sad to hear that this has happened. I know that this does not usually happen, but this is one reason why we've all waited so long. I want a legitimate adoption. I don't know what I would think or do to find out that my child had been taken from her home and placed for adoption. Please please pray for China.