Archive for November, 2008

25
Nov
08

Books…

I just thought I would post a couple of books I have read lately that I really enjoyed.

Serve God, Save the Planet: a Christian call to Action by J. Matthew Sleeth

The Total Money Makeover: a Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey

Both were great books.  I just checked them out at the library.

Have a great day!

25
Nov
08

Medical Exams and Homestudy Checklist…

Our homestudy packet is hopefully on a UPS truck headed to Holt International as I write this.  Long story short our medical paperwork didn’t get completed until yesterday (Monday).  So, I left work early and hurried to pick it up and get it to UPS before 5:00. 

Homestudy Packet:

1.  Personal Data Information (these are long answer questions for the social worker)

2.  Financial Statement

3.  Medical Reports-get results and paperwork Nov. 21

4.  Directions and map to our home

5.  Statement of Insurance

6.  Authorization for Release of Information-Employment Verification release

7.  I600A form

8.  Parents in Process Adoption Preparation Classes-scheduled for Dec. 6-7 (our social worker still has not returned any of my calls, keep your fingers crossed these classes work out for us)

As far as we know the I600A doesn’t have to be completed until our social worker comes for our homestudy.  We still have not gotten verification from her on our PIP classes (Dec. 6-7).  Once our homestudy is complete we will send of our Dossier packet.  It is complete all except for the homestudy and I600A form.

Now we wait on our social worker to schedule our actual homestudy.  We are really hoping it is before Christmas, but that may be asking a little too much.  Considering I can’t get a phone call returned I’m guessing she is extremely busy.

Have a wonderful day!

25
Nov
08

Books…

I just thought I would post a couple of books I have read lately that I really enjoyed.

Serve God, Save the Planet: a Christian call to Action by J. Matthew Sleeth

The Total Money Makeover: a Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey

Both were great books.  I just checked them out at the library.

Have a great day!

18
Nov
08

Ash’s bath time…

 

For those of you who have never had the opportunity to be the proud owner’s of a blue heeler….well you just haven’t lived.  This little girl has given us more headaches and laughs than any of our other animals put together.

Her list of catastrophes is endless, but here is a quick rundown of what occured the other evening.

I got home from work and let all three dogs inside as usual.  I started getting stuff around for supper and putting things away from the day.  I kept getting a wiff of something not-so-pleasant.  After searching and searching for what I thought might be an accident in the house (which hasn’t happened in FOREVER) I bent down to pick up my purse that was laying near our blue heeler, Ash.  Eh hem, I found out what the odor was.  She smelled somewhere between a dead animal and animal poo.  I hurried her outside to wait for Randy to get home to deal with her.  She’s techinically his dog by the way!

When he got home he tried to wipe her down (with a wash cloth I (used to) us to wash my face with, it was promptly disposed of after (I threw a fit) he wiped our poo covered dog down with it) to no avail and deteremined a bath was in order. 

And so it begins!

Poor thing!

And finally, when she knows the end is near, she forgives her dad with a kiss.

This did NOT, however, rid her entirely of the smell.  She was definitely more pleasant to be around post bath anyway.

Just remember, when your dog is bad, we probably have one who is worse if that makes you feel any better at all.  Have a great day!

17
Nov
08

Catching up…

I thought I would post some pictures of what we have been up to lately.

The pumpkin soup did not come without casualties.

Notice the pumpkin puree splattered across her back.  heehee 

This is a fun little area by the pool.  We like to sit here in the evenings after we do chores and give our two cats some attention before putting them in the pool house for the night.

Randy throwing corn for our sheep.

We just recently fenced in our pool.  My dad and brother were nice enough to help, along with a friend of our’s not pictured.

The progress.

A gate in progress.

Randy and I after church a couple Sundays ago.

Here is a quick tour of our home.  Where I spend most of my little life… the kitchen.

The next two are of our living room.  Our bad little dog likes to curl up in a ball on the back of this particular chair.  He can see out the windows perfectly and no matter how much we scold him we he continues to perch here when we are not around.

This is our family room.  We like to snuggle up back here with our heater cranked up in the wintertime and relax.

Hope everyone has a wonderful week.

17
Nov
08

Ash’s Bathtime…

For those of you who have never had the opportunity to be the proud owner’s of a blue heeler….well you just haven’t lived.  This little girl has given us more headaches and laughs than any of our other animals put together.

Her list of catastrophes is endless, but here is a quick rundown of what occured the other evening.

I got home from work and let all three dogs inside as usual.  I started getting stuff around for supper and putting things away from the day.  I kept getting a wiff of something not-so-pleasant.  After searching and searching for what I thought might be an accident in the house (which hasn’t happened in FOREVER) I bent down to pick up my purse that was laying near our blue heeler, Ash.  Eh hem, I found out what the odor was.  She smelled somewhere between a dead animal and animal poo.  I hurried her outside to wait for Randy to get home to deal with her.  She’s techinically his dog by the way!

When he got home he tried to wipe her down (with a wash cloth I (used to) us to wash my face with, it was promptly disposed of after (I threw a fit) he wiped our poo covered dog down with it) to no avail and deteremined a bath was in order. 

And so it begins!

Poor thing!

And finally, when she knows the end is near, she forgives her dad with a kiss.

This did NOT, however, rid her entirely of the smell.  She was definitely more pleasant to be around post bath anyway.

Just remember, when your dog is bad, we probably have one who is worse if that makes you feel any better at all.  Have a great day!

17
Nov
08

Catching up…

I thought I would post some pictures of what we have been up to lately.

The pumpkin soup did not come without casualties.

Notice the pumpkin puree splattered across her back.  heehee 

This is a fun little area by the pool.  We like to sit here in the evenings after we do chores and give our two cats some attention before putting them in the pool house for the night.

Randy throwing corn for our sheep.

We just recently fenced in our pool.  My dad and brother were nice enough to help, along with a friend of our’s not pictured.

The progress.

A gate in progress.

Randy and I after church a couple Sundays ago.

Here is a quick tour of our home.  Where I spend most of my little life… the kitchen.

The next two are of our living room.  Our bad little dog likes to curl up in a ball on the back of this particular chair.  He can see out the windows perfectly and no matter how much we scold him we he continues to perch here when we are not around.

This is our family room.  We like to snuggle up back here with our heater cranked up in the wintertime and relax.

Hope everyone has a wonderful week.




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