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A Las Vegas

21 Mar

So Andrew and I took a little trip a few weeks ago.  He talked me into taking an extra 2 days off of work and it was stressful to get ready for, but totally worth the work to spend some quality time with my hubby.

It was pretty cold.  This is us waiting for the Bellagio water show to start (I say “we” even thought the pic is just of me)

We went to a time-share presentation so we could get show tickets to go see Blue Man Group.  Definately the most entertaining and random show I have seen.  3 college boys with too much time on their hands.

It good to get out of town.  I love re-connecting with Andrew when we get the chance in our busy schedule.

“Spaghetti, spaghetti all over the place…

8 Mar

up to my elbows – up to my face…” – one of my favorite poems from Shel Siverstein’s “Where the Sidewalk Ends.”

Spaghetti is what we had.  At my school last Thursday we had a spaghetti dinner fundraiser to help raise money for my student’s Houston trip to NASA.  It was amazing.  A few district big-wigs came to support, teachers voluteered hours of their time and energy to help set up, tear down, organize students.  We had plenty of delicious food and a silent auction.

One teacher at my school donated Diamond Club Angel tickets four rows behind home plate.  Sold for $470 dollars!!  We also had a donor from Schools First Credit Union come and throw down $1,000. 

I was very humbled and blessed by the people who showed up to help.  I could not have pulled the night off on my own.

All together, we raised a little over $3,800 that night.  Once a few promised donations come through, we will have about $15,000 towards our goal of $18,000.  We have a little less than a month to get the rest and I know it will come.  We have one more fundraiser… selling raffle tickets to win a Carnival Cruise.

God has been incredibly faithful.  When we started this process I was so discouraged by the amount of people who told me “this sounds like something you should have started a year ago.”  I KNOW!!  But, my God owns a cattle on a thousand hills.  Its all His and I have simply asked that He give us a little =) 

He is once more proving Himself as a God who can do what seems impossible.

Turning 30… little late on the posting

7 Mar

My birthday was actually in January, but here goes nothing..

No more 20 something.  I am officially what I used to think was old.  When people ask me if I have kids, and then ask how old I am, its been a while since I have heard “oh, you still have time”

But…. I like it.  30 is good. 

(Buying a new dress, pedicure, and gettin fancy to celebrate helps too)

My parents even drove 4 hours to help celebrate.

Good friends…

A little dance party with the Wii…..

I feel good.  Ah, 30.

Prego Journey Update #…..

6 Mar

Not sure which number update this is.  I know its been a while so here is my update:

Andrew and I are still not pregnant…surprise!  (its not really a surprise, I just wanted to fancy that up a bit).  I stopped going to Kaiser.  It was making me crazy.  I hated every second.  There is nothing wrong with me or my husband (or at least nothing that the docs could find) so why was I putting myself through all that?  If there was something wrong that needed fixing, I might feel differently. 

So, I have been doing the natural thing to try to figure out how to maximize pregnancy.. taking my temperature, charting stuff, taking supplements.. all that jazz. 

In January, Andrew heard from God.  In a service at church Andrew specifically heard God say, “you can take care of my children by adopting.”  That same day, with not knowledge of any conversation between Andrew and I, a friend called and said that while I was leading worship, God gave her a picture of me with 2 kids on my hips.  These kids were not my biological children, but she could see that there was so much joy in me.  (Now I don’t know about the 2 kids thing, but whatever).

So… Andrew and I have decided to adopt.  Locally through Foster-to-Adopt.  We have filled out our paperwork but have yet to turn it in.  We are moving forward slowly.  We are requesting a baby at the age of 1 year or younger.  Gender, race..no preference.

There is so much in the details that are out of our control.  Where is the child coming from?  How long will we have to wait?  What if we get all ready for a baby and the biological parent changes their mind?  What if we get presented with siblings? What if.. what if… what if…?

God, please be in the details we can’t control.  Please guide us and perfectly choose for our family the child you would have added to our lives.  In the mean time, protect that child from abuse.  Prepare our own hearts for a life change and protect our hearts while we wait.

Source of my business

21 Feb

The title is supposed to say busy-ness, not business, but I don’t know how to differentiate between the two. 

Anyway.  The reason why my car is the last one to leave work most days:

I am planning a trip to take 22 students from my school to NASA.  We are going to the Jonson Space Center in Houston, TX. 

Its been pretty tough.  Not only is planning for the trip a part-time job in and of itself, but I definately feel the emotional pressure and stress of taking people’s money and promising the trip of a lifetime to a group of 8th graders (some of whom have never been out of Southern CA) and knowing that I still can’t actually guarentee any such thing.

We have to raise $17,300 to make the trip a reality or we don’t go.  So far we have about half and we have a month left to get all our funds in.

We are hosting a spaghetti dinner night and silent auction at my school and then the students are going to sell raffle tickets to which the grand prize is $500 toward any Carnival Cruise. 

I am praying hard. I know God owns the cattle on a thousand hills and can do anything.  I am asking Him to do this too.

Would you please pray for us?

Sunday Set

19 Feb

Tomorrow I am leading worship at Sandals morning services.  I am excited about our set.. but I gotta say… nervous about one of them because getting the words….yikes.

Here it is:  Our God, Cannons, None But Jesus, Everything, and Stronger.

Have you figured out which one lyrically stumps me?  Its the one you can never get either… Everything.  I love that song, but, really Tim?  (Hughes, I mean.  He wrote the song) =)

I have never lead this song before.  Always left it to someone else to memorize the words.  Here it is:

“God in my living, there in my breathing, God in my waking, God in my sleeping, God in my resting, there in my working, God in my thinking, God in my speaking….. God in my hoping, there in my dreaming, God in my watching, God in my waiting, God in my laughing, there in my weeping, God in my hurting, God in my healing…”

Yeah, I think I might have a cheat sheet tomorrow.

With all joking aside, I love how this song seems to encompass so many parts of life.  For me, I love how it seems to cover all the emotions of our infertility journey.

I got to meet Tim Hughes last year and thank him for writing this song.  It is a gift…. but it still takes a bit to memorize =)

My sad days

17 Feb

Here is what my days look like lately.

Yes, that is my car.. the last one in the parking lot at the end of the school day. 

This is what things look like nowadays when I leave work.  Many times I am the last one there. Its just a little bit depressing.

Lots going on at work.

Have you seen this?

16 Feb

I have seen this a few times in my life but never in California.

This was in the airport in Oklahoma: a revolving toilet protector.

No need to put a seat cover down, just press a button and the old plastic goes into the machine while new plastic rolls out.

I still take other precautions because this is just odd to me and to me seems unreliable. 

Nonetheless, I think its funny.

Home Sick

15 Feb

Finally updating my blog…. cause I actually have some time. 

It takes getting the flu to make me sit on the couch long enough to make this happen.  I took today off of work and also taking tomorrow to rest.  I have a hard time taking 2 days off of work. 

I know its been a long time since my last post but this is me, starting to catch up.  More posts will follow.

Busy Week

9 Dec

Yep, its been a busy week.  One of those when you have something going on every night, then something planned for the weekend, church commitment Sunday, then start it all over again.

You know the drill:  work, after work meetings, more meetings, band practices (multiple), small group, church events….

all good stuff…. just busy.

Hard to get out of bed today.  Kept thinking it should be Friday already.  Its not.

Wondering when I will have time for Christmas shopping.  I know I’ll squeeze it in.  I always do.

Are you a last minute Christmas shopper or are you one of those that finishes before December?