February 10, 2012

This is for real.

A friend of mine just came home to discover this in her mailbox:

Some men just know how to speak straight to a woman's heart.

Happy Pre-Valentine's Day Everyone!


February 9, 2012

A Great Night

After posting the "I'm missing Abiella really, really bad" post, I took a shower, got dressed, and went out to the Wade Bowen show at Exit/In.  I haven't had that kind of fun in a while. The place was packed, tons of friends were there, and there was nothing on to do on the agenda excpet listen to great music, get loud, and hang with amazing people. 

It was also pretty cool to look around my group of friends and see 3 people who had written some of the songs Wade was performing. I'm so proud of my friends.

During the encore Wade got Sean on stage to sing a song they wrote together called, "Beat me Down."   It was insane.  I swear, watching the 2 of them perform together with the amazing Jessica Murray is almost too much for my heart to take.  It's just too dang good.


To add to the night (or at that point, early morning), we went out to a diner and had greasy amazing wonderful breakfast food. 

As I crawled into bed at 2 am I thought, "Dang.  That was fun."  Seriously fun. 

Thanks Nashville for an amazing night.  I needed it!


February 8, 2012

Lists make everything better.

I miss Abiella. A lot. A whole lot. At the very least, this waiting time has been challenging. But many days, “challenging” is the nicest way to put what’s going on in my heart. It’s difficult and hard and sometimes it feels like I’ve just been punched in the gut and I'm left grasping for air.

Point is, I miss her. I wish she was home. I want to know what she’s doing, what’s new, what she’s learning… but as my good friend JMW told me today, “You’ll have so many 'firsts'… regardless of what she’s doing now, they’ll be 'firsts' for you… and then as she grows you’ll be there for the rest.” True words Jessica, True words. Thanks for the wisdom, friend!

As everyone made resolutions for the New Year I struggled. My year is so up in the air, I felt silly making  big goals that may or may not be important to me once Abiella's home. Soo… I did something else. I made a list of things to do before Abiella gets here. Perhaps this will redirect my focus and put a little pep in my step when I feel like I’m floundering.

So without further ado, here’s my list:

1) Complete another Sunrise Series.
2) Make working out a daily habit. For real this time.
3) Print and frame our photos from Africa.
4) Get Abiella’s scrapbook up-to-date
5) Get MaeMae’s etsy shop up and running.
6) Spend a day hiking with Sean.
7) Start playing my guitar again.
8) Purge our things and get rid of the stuff we don’t use or need.
9) Revamp the budget and get on a better “system.”
10) Schedule and go to all annual doctor’s appointments.
11) Learn how to sew, starting with pillows.
12) Plant a garden in the Spring.
13) Deep clean my house using THIS list.
14) Mail at least two pieces of random “snail mail” a week.
15) Find a community adoption group.
16) Find a group for parents with kids with special needs.
17) Write a book… okay, maybe just begin one. :)  Topics anyone?
18) Learn how to make at least one traditional Ghanaian meal.

I’ll keep you posted on what I do! I’m really excited!

mae mae

February 7, 2012

Remember this?

In honor of last night's Super Bowl, I figured I'd post my all-time favorite Super Bowl Halftime Show...

~Happy Monday~