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Friday, January 25, 2019

Food

We are foodies. Over the last couple days I have posted a couple questions on Instagram about food preferences. Salads and Buttercream.

I love a good salad full of all kinds of stuff. This salad had ham, mushrooms, and beets, among other things. Do you like beets? I do!


For Panda's birthday we got one of those cupcakes turned cake things. There is a small mountain of buttercream between each cupcake. Oh my gosh. I do like a good bit of buttercream, but this was sooo much. What is your favorite kind of frosting? 

Friday, January 11, 2019

The Aquarium

We have an awesome aquarium just 5 minutes from our house and last fall we got a membership, for the second year. Panda loves to feed the Manta Rays and Sting Rays and the sharks. I love to feed the birds. Last week my brother-in-law had a day off so Panda and I went with my sister, her son, and her husband. We had a great time. I love that we have a membership so we never feel the need to stay long. We can always come back.

 Panda and his cousin climbing on the turtle statue.
 Feeding the parakeets. He is getting much braver and really enjoys holding the food by himself.
Cute little things!

Monday, January 7, 2019

Regular like days

I have to admit, this trying to share our lives with you is not easy for me. That is for a couple of reasons. I have to remember what we did/are doing. So much of it is just the daily little things which are hard because I'm not sure if they are interesting or not. And there are times that I feel that it is more important to be doing what I am doing, rather than documenting it for sharing.

Our holidays were good. We kept them low key and enjoyed much time with family. Things are back to our normal routine. Panda has pre-school on Tuesday and Thursdays and he is loving it.

This last Saturday we decided to have a family day out. We had a ramen lunch, which is fun when we do it at home because we each like different flavors.

Then we went to see Mary Poppins returns. It was so cute. I loved it. Panda struggled a little to stay still, and had to go to the bathroom 3 times, but he sure danced along with all the numbers. He has always loved music and movement.

We felt it stayed true to the spirit of the original and I can't wait to add it to my library of DVDs.

What do you like to do on Saturdays?


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Yummy...

I have been trying to listen to my body more when I eat. Turns out my body wants whole, fresh foods. With calorific dressing. Such a yummy lunch today. Left over steak, tomatoes from my garden, romaine lettuce and this yummy, delicious dressing to top it all. Intuitive eating never tasted better!

What do you like to eat? Have a favorite meal?






Thursday, September 27, 2018

My Naaman Moment




In 2 Kings in the Old Testament, Naaman, who is a Captain of the guard for the soldiers of Syria has a situation. He has leprosy. He has a problem he needs fixed. His wife's KIDNAPPED servant suggests they appeal to the Prophet Elisha, the spiritual leader of the ENEMY.

Catch those words? One could easily understand if there was animosity there. But there wasn't too much because Naaman followed the suggestion. The King of Syria wrote to the King of Israel and Naaman took a massive entourage to visit Elisha. Elisha sent a servant out with directions. The directions were simple. Wash in the Jordan River 7 times. Naaman was kind torqued off that the Prophet would not come out to meet him himself, and insulted that the "fix" was easy.

Then enters the smart servant. He says "Why not give it a try. What harm could it do?" So he did. And he was healed. Naaman must have had some amount of faith, or at least a desire to believe in order for that to have worked.


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Here is how it applied to me. Recently someone, who has succeeded where I wish to succeed, gave me a piece of advice. A simple piece of advice. Publish more to my blog and focus more on us on my social media accounts rather that stressing adoption every single post. I thought "who are you to tell me what to do. You're young, you don't know what it's like to wait.." Wait. She doesn't know what it's like to wait. Maybe I should listen.

I say I am willing to sacrifice, I claim I want it more than anything. I profess my deep desires. Which are all true. But what am willing to SHOW the Lord I am willing to do? How much good is it to say "I know I spend too much time on my phone and not being a great mom, but I will be better when we get another one." It's like when my son asks for a tootsie roll. I tell him no because he hit me. He says "I won't do it ever again." and expects he will still get the treat. I believe the Lord said faith precedes the miracle, not the other way around.

When we adopted Panda we had been struggling, then I remember a distinct shift in my heart. Things started to fall into place. We didn't know that's what it was until after we adopted. I have been striving for that same shift of feeling. But I'm not there yet. You can't manufacture a change of heart. It has to be real.

I'm not going to announce drastic monumental changes to my life in this effort. But I am going to listen to the whisperings that say "What can it hurt to try?" I'm going to try and ask myself if my actions show faith or simply expect rewards. But the best thing is when I succeed, it doesn't necessarily mean we will end with a baby girl, like I want. But no matter what, I will end up better in my faith and my ability to listen to the spirit. My relationship with My Heavenly Father and my Savior will increase.

So again, I ask, "What can it hurt to try?"

Saturday, April 7, 2018

T-shirts!

What's better than a comfy t-shirt? Nothing! Unless that comfy t-shirt happens to help a friend. We just launched the "Lucky Little Panda Shop"! We have these super cute shirts!

My very talented cousin Hannah designed these shirts for us. I am so lucky! I can't wait to have one of each for myself.




Aren't they cute!!!

Our shop is here. Come around and shop. Then share!! Each t-shirt gets us $10 closer to our adoption.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A piece of our puzzle


Many people ask "How is the adoption coming along?" The real answer is it is not a process. The application is a process, and we are approved. He have a valid home-study and we are ready to adopt. There will be lots of waiting and then






Something will happen. That's the way it was for our little Panda. One day we were childless, the next day we were parents. It was wonderful!!


We have been just personally sharing and asking friends to look out for us and keep us in their prayers. This week we took another step. We are working with an agency. Children's Service Society of Utah has many expectant women considering adoption and, after praying, we feel this is a good move for us. However, agency adoptions are more expensive than private. 

This is where you all come in. So many people have expressed a desire to be of some help. Now you can!

For a donation of $20 we will put your name on a beautiful walnut puzzle my brother is cutting for us! (It will be bigger than this - 324 pieces or more if people donate more!)



When you "buy" your piece your name will be hand lettered by my talented sister and this puzzle will be framed and hung in our home. We will always have the reminder of the amazing friends who have helped us. 



Your reward? A happy conscience. And possibly a Lifetime table and chairs!!
For each person who donates you will be entered into a raffle to win this:


 
Or this:



Each valued at $200 or more! (I know a guy.)


FYI/Disclaimer:
*The raffle entries are for local pick up only. We cannot ship to you, but you are welcome to come visit us. 
*Each person gets only one entry, regardless of how many puzzle pieces you buy. This also means if you buy all 324 pieces, you are guaranteed to win one of them. Because your name will be the only one in the raffle.
*One person cannot win both. Each person is limited to one prize. But we can hook you up if you'd like to buy one of these sets for yourself.

One more thing I need from you: Share the life out of this post!! Share! Share! Share!

Love and prayers and puzzles are going to get us there, I just know it!  

To donate, simply click on the "Donate" button at the top of the right column. Or Here!