Tuesday, January 20, 2015


So we've been leading a pretty boring life lately...

The hubs and I have started a few new meal traditions that we're wanting to carry over to when we get our kids. Part of my New Year's resolution was to be consistent with meal planning and stick to it.  We're doing three speciality nights a week: Sunday Supper, Meatless Monday & Movie Night on Fridays!

Sunday Supper is probably my favorite.  We've been cooking healthier meals throughout the week, but Sunday supper is more about comfort foods.  So far, we've done Beef Burgundy, Country Fried Steak, and Roasted Pork Tenderloin.  Sunday suppers are all about savoring and enjoying the meal; they begin with more in depth prep and work in the kitchen than weeknight meals, and I try to include a homemade dessert as well.  For this meal, we sit at the dining room table (sorry, TV trays!) and turn on some music.  This is meal for conversation, for taking our time, for family.

Meatless Monday is a little less exciting.  It's pretty self explanatory; we cook a meal that has no meat at all.  It's a tiny bit of an adjustment, but you really don't miss having meat in your food.  Having a meatless meal one night a week is better for your body, the environment, and your wallet! If you follow me on Pinterest, my recipes for these meals will be on my "Healthy Eating/Living" board.

Prep for Mushroom & Kale Risotto

Our other "themed" night is on Fridays.  Once we get our kid(s), this will become family movie night. Now, we're getting takeout Chinese and watching a couple of movies.  I learned my lesson on hashtagging my pictures with "chinese". Don't do it.  Just don't. 

I know once we have children and we're running all over the place, planning dinners will be way harder.  I think we can all do it though.  If you're struggling with this, try to commit to at least one night a week of having a home cooked meal around the table.  It's good for the soul. 

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Where are we now?

So where are we now?

It's been a while since I've blogged.  Somewhere along the way, I fell off the wagon into Lazy Town, and lost my motivation.  However, I now have a few days at work where my hours have shifted, so I get some time in the morning to come in and write!

Our adoption process is slowly trudging along.  When I last blogged, we had finished our classes and had had our first home visit.  Here is where things came to an annoying halt.  We were waiting on our final home visit in order to have any progress whatsoever.  Unfortunately, this visit got delayed numerous times.  That high that we had achieved by finishing classes was slowly sinking to a low.  I know that no matter how much time goes by, we are going to be matched with the child that's meant for us.  It's just depressing when you're having to wait on other things and people to fall into place in order to get there.

We finally ended up being scheduled for December 30th, and it actually happened!  Both visits were a breeze.  We were asked more in depth questions on some of the bigger issues they needed clarification on, and she checked a few more things in the house.  So now we wait.  Our social worker will write up our profile, which has to be approved by the DHR director.  Then it will be sent to the state department to be approved by them, and THEN we can move forward.  Patience is definitely the learning lesson here.

On an exciting note, while we have been waiting, several other adoptive families are either meeting their children or are about to travel to get paperwork done.  While I have pretty much given up on any good coming from Facebook, it is such a blessing to be able to get on there and see the progress that other families are making.  The call to adopt is not for everyone, but we can all come together and support and rejoice with families that are led to do so.

The first link is a family that are in China right now picking up their new daughter, and the second is a family that is about to embark on their second adoption from Ukraine! Please be in prayer for both of these families and their exciting journeys!
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