What a difference a year makes!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Life really changed for us in 2014 in so many ways:

I changed jobs and finally found the one I love and am thriving in.

We celebrated our first wedding anniversary in August and my husband's birthday as well.

Mom came to stay with us for awhile so she can get the excellent health care provided here in Houston.

We decided a second child was a good idea in October after God dropped her in our path.

We celebrated mom's birthday in November followed by Thanksgiving later that month.

We had a wonderful Christmas together.

We finished the major portion of the immigration process for my husband. Hoping to complete it totally by the end of January.

So much to be thankful for, I am incredibly grateful for all the blessings God has given this year. I have my amazing husband, my wonderful mother, my two sweet fur babies and a job I love. Life is good.


Thursday, December 25, 2014


Our New Baby!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

We weren't planning on a second child, but sometimes life throws you a curve ball so we'd like to introduce you to Lucy, our 12-week old new addition :)

Our sweet almost 8-year-old first child, Peanut, was out on patrol with her daddy when she noticed Lucy who ran into the laundry room. Of course, my wonderful husband could not leave her there so he brought her home and texted me at work to tell me that he had found her. I got home and we both felt that Lucy was meant to be ours. She had clearly been out there for awhile, she had fleas and little patches of fur missing, infectious pus pockets on her stomach, plus her tail was broken. Someone had tried to dock it by tying a rubber band around it most likely. She was emaciated and scared. She cowered when anyone tried to pick her up. 

We took her to the vet, got her examined and started on some meds for hookworms and fleas. She was bathed and now, three weeks into being in her new home and family, she's doing great! She gained two pounds, her skin cleared up, the fleas are gone and she doesn't cower anymore. She knows she's safe and loved!

20 years

Friday, September 26, 2014

20 years ago today, I started classes at the University of Oregon. I was 18. I didn't know then that I would earn four degrees at three universities across 11 years. It was the beginning of a long journey that I didn't know I was on. Just a few days before classes started, I met the woman who would become my best friend, my kindred spirit. Britt had the dorm room down the hall from mine. We lived in the International Dorm and it turned out we were the only two there who were from Oregon. We bonded over cereal and our mutual love of talking about everything and nothing at all. Britt has been by my side for over half my life now, seeing me through marriage, divorce, law school, grad school, moving from Oregon to Houston, and everything in-between. There is nothing that can replace the sound of her voice when I need a pick-me-up, her great advice for all life's troubles, and her shared joy when life goes my way. Thank you for sharing the journey Britt. I love you more than I can say. Here's to 20 years of friendship. I have truly been blessed with you.