Saturday, May 31, 2008

Cruisin'

and loving every minute of it....




Shawn & I have collectively lost over 40 pounds since the beginning of March. That's so much fun to type. We've titled our "get fit" journey as "getting back to us".

Life's stresses and pressures over the last several years had taken a toll on us and we just weren't taking as good of care of ourselves as we should have. I thought we were looking AND feeling just terribly...old. Shawn is former 3rd degree black belt instructor and I'm a former college tennis player and instructor, so we both love being physically active. We are so happy...no, I need a better word...ELATED to get moving again and to feel like our "normal" selves.

So now we are both at the weight we were when we first met 9 years ago and have set a "college weight" goal, which we should hit around July. It's been a blast and I'm seeking out new ways to exercise, thus the fab new cruiser. Isn't it pinkalicious?

If you haven't tried http://www.thedailyplate.com/, I highly encourage you to give this free web site a chance. It's a great way to track your fitness & food intake. We are never hungry and have had so much fun using this site as a guide. My extended family also started using this site and have lost a lot of weight as well. Congrats Mom, Dad, Rich and Rachel...you look fabulous!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Home




More pictures of our fantastic, fun vacation to Watercolor, Florida....

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Hug them a little tighter...


One of orphan's and adoption's biggest advocates, Steven Curtis Chapman suffered an unimaginable loss of his daughter Maria. I'm so late to post on this, but my heart is broken for their family. One of my most favorite songs of his recently has been "Cinderella" (posted on the side bar), it's meaning now is even more poignant. Please pray for this family as they heal and support Maria's Miracle Fund , in memory of Maria.


"Cinderella" by Steven Curtis Chapman
lyrics below...

She spins and she sways
To whatever song plays
Without a care in the world
And I'm sitting here wearing
The weight of the world on my shoulders

It's been a long day
And there's still work to do
She's pulling at me
Saying "Dad, I need you

There's a ball at the castle
And I've been invited
And I need to practice my dancing
Oh, please, Daddy, please?"

So I danced with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
'Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oh, I danced with Cinderella
I don't wanna miss even one song
'Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she'll be gone...

She says he's a nice guy and I'd be impressed
She wants to know if I approve of her dress
She says, "Dad, the prom is just one week away
And I need to practice my dancing
Oh, please, Daddy, please?"

So I danced with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
'Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oh, I danced with Cinderella
I don't want to miss even one song
'Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she'll be gone

She will be gone

Well, she came home today with a ring on her hand
Just glowing and telling us all they had planned
She says, "Dad, the wedding's still six months away
But I need to practice my dancing
Oh, please, Daddy, please?"

So I danced with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
'Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oh, I danced with Cinderella
I don't want to miss even one song
'Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she'll be gone


Thursday, May 15, 2008

Off to the Beach

Another year of beautiful pictures of the beach and my baby girl coming soon...a recap of last year's wonderful trip is below.









Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

I celebrated the day with my beautiful mom. I'm just so proud of her and the things she has accomplished in her life. She has such a humble servant's heart, gracious spirit--coupled with a witty, friendly personality and too many talents to list. I am very lucky to call her my mom and friend. She's taught me so much about life and has been there every step of the way taking care of us. We love you!




Happy Mother's day to all the mom's out there as well as the mom's to be!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

2nd Year Gotcha Celebration

On that unforgettable May 8th in 2006, I held our precious daughter in my arms for the first time. Just the thought of that entire China trip makes me get all teary-eyed. It was a realization of a long-time dream coming to life, coupled with the nervousness of being a first-time mommy no where near the comforts of home. More than anything it was seeing the absolute miracle of God's love & his plan...and how this beautiful little baby with so much personality and determination on the other side of the world was without a doubt meant to be in our family. What an amazing experience it was.

View this montage created at One True Media
Our Journey to Leah









A week and some change later, we were reunited with Shawn for our official family day..again, the thought of THAT gets me all teary-eyed too. So to celebrate...we've had cake, sang made up "Gotcha day" songs, got presents, gone to the playground (lots) and even went to see the Backyardigan's Live!...and the highlight of our "Forever Family" festivities...we will celebrate two years of being together on a beach in beloved Destin next week. Why celebrate such a wonderful occasion in our lives on just one day?

Words aren't big enough to describe how much I love my family.
I am so blessed.

















Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Showing Off A New Do

Okay..I know I'm totally partial and hopefully among friends that feel the same way...but how cute is she with this new haircut? :)