“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Sunday, August 24, 2014


We spent the morning with friends - first breakfast at the airport caffe, followed by some green-orange gathering, and ending with some playtime at the toddler playground. Orrin amazed us all by climbing up the wall and sitting in the window sill. Less surprising was his cat-like inability to get back down on his own. Only moments of climbing up, he looked around and then called, "MOMMA"!

Sunday, June 22, 2014


 It's official! 

YESTERDAY we finally had our day in court for the twins' adoption.
All four kids are adopted and...
it's time to CELEBRATE!

We threw a cowboy party at the MacDonald Ranch. Horseback rides, a petting zoo, friends, food, fun...
Family came in from out of state.
We are so thankful and we have so much to celebrate!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Fall Festival at North Ridge Community Church

We didn't make any plans for Halloween - no costumes, no trick or treating - but the weather has finally cooled off enough that it's fun to be outside again and when I realized that North Ridge was hosting a Fall Festival, I decided to take the kids out for a few hours of Fall fun!

 In retrospect, it might have been a bad idea to let the kids eat cotton candy so close to bedtime!

 The kids went as "Kids-on-their-way-to-bed". They were thrilled to be wearing "costumes" and I was thrilled to send them quickly to bed when we got home!

The kids enjoyed face painting, games, bounce houses, a train ride, and just being out past their bedtimes! The fun continued at home when they got to give Daddy the rundown on all the excitement he had missed (poor guy had to work). 

Monday, October 28, 2013

First Fire of the Season

It's not exactly a traditional fire.
I have been craving that Fall feeling, but it's still too hot to light a real fire.
The kids didn't care - they were pretty excited about our 'candle' fire.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Memories of a day that has Forever Changed Our Lives.

Today I'm thinking back and remembering the feelings of that very first day that I held our tiny preemie twins - that panicky, excited, curious, dreadful feeling that I experienced at the hospital, just over a year ago, when the nurses (with very little instruction or preperation) handed over to me not one, but two, tiny, preemie babies and sent me on home.  Mike and I had never intended to have babies... EVER! Not naturally, not through foster care (we specified age 2 and older), and certainly not by adoption! We were totally unprepared!

Here we are, a year later, and so completely in love with our tiny, adorable, silly one year olds!

What an adventure this year has been!