This is my life...a series of dreams come true on a daily basis. Join me as I run down my dream - maybe you will find your dream in the process.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Leaving it up to God

It is no secret to my family and friends that I am not happy in my current occupation. It is very stressful most days, and some days almost unbearable. My job causes me to come in contact with some of the most delightful, trusting and beautiful children who, through no fault of their own, find themselves torn from everything they've known due to their parents' stupid, immoral and sometimes pure evil decisions. I cannot compartmentalize my life and keep my job separate from home. I just can't. And this is why I want to find another line of work. Totally unrelated to my current occupation.

Therefore, I have been looking on the Internet, searching want ads, etc. to find some other occupation that won't cause me to lost sleep at night. Honestly, if I could have a regular 9-5 job where, when I leave at 5 p.m. and never give it a second thought, I would be in hog heaven. Right now, working at Walmart sounds appealing.

My problem is what to do. And that is when my good friend, Debbie, suggested that I pray that God bring the job He desires for me to me. That makes perfect sense! Why I couldn't see this for myself, I don't know. I guess that is why God says to surround ourselves with Godly counsel.

So, I have been praying that God would bring me the job He knows I want and need. I can't find it on my own without His help. I am leaving up to God to find it for me and make it clear: "Hey! Look here! This is the job! Right here!"

So I am leaving it up to God. Which is what I should have been doing all along.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Cellular Phones

Why does choosing a cell phone have to be so difficult? My cell phone contract just renewed, and as such, I was "allowed" to received a new cell phone for no additional charge. There are just way too many phones to from which to choose!

We have "Smart Phones" that can surf the Internet, send text messages, play MP3s...some even allow you to watch television! Why do we need to be able to do all of this on a phone? I can remember when pagers were popular...lots of doctors had them. Now, pagers are virtually obsolete. Cell phones have taken over the world!

It took me over two weeks to narrow down what I wanted in a cell phone. Basically, I wanted one that I could see the darn numbers on! The displays are usually too small for me to read the incoming call numbers. My old phone had a voice caller i.d. that spoke the number or name of who was calling. I am unsure if the new phone will do this.

In the end, I ended up getting a black cherry Chocolate phone. It looked easy enough to work and had a large display screen. Hopefully, that will translate to a large number display. If not, I suppose I will be guessing who is calling every time the phone rings.

Only time will tell...

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Prioritize Mom!

I bought a new book today. It is called The Busy Mom's Guide to a Happy, Organized Home, by Kathy Peel. She is a self-proclaimed Family Manager and has been on Oprah, HGTV, The Today Show and The Early Show. It has inspired me to become more organized at home so that I can spend more quality time with my family. If it works, it will be well worth the money spent.

Basically, I need to prioritize each area of my life, from food, finances and housework, to relationships, special events and spiritual life. Now, if I can just find the time to prioritize in between all the bill paying, grocery shopping, tub scrubbing and toddler-toting, I will be well on my way to having my life under control.

Or is that just another one of those dreams I am trying to run down?

Jane Austen, anyone?

Ok, I admit it...I am a big fan of Jane Austen...novels and movies. Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy is simply divine! I loved Pride and Prejudice and Emma. I even like the spin-off books by other authors. One of my favorites is Mr. Knightley's Diary by Amanda Grange. It is based on the Jane Austen book, Emma. Basically, it is the diary of the hero, George Knightly, during his courtship of Emma.

One of the weirdest I read was Lost in Austen. It is one of those books that you choose a path to take. You are a character in several Jane Austen novels. You have choices to make throughout. If you choose one path, you go to page 6, for instance, and see what the consequence of your choice is. If you choose another path, you are sent to another page with different consequences. The idea is to get to marry well and for love. I didn't do so well. Good thing I never actually had to live in Austen's day!

Do I wish I had lived back then? Well, yes and no. It appeals to my romantic side with the grand gestures from gentlemen and all. However, the practical side (no indoor plumbing, no Diet Coke!!) says, "No thank you!"

I guess I am a modern, old-fashioned girl!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Summer Olympics-Home Style!

Friday, Miss Scarlett and I, along with some friends, celebrated our own Home-Made Summer Olympics. We had five kids participating...each one picked a country to represent. Miss Scarlett picked China, Sam picked USA, William picked Australia, Andrew picked Russia, and Leah picked France. My friend Karyn had downloaded the Olympic theme songs, as well as the national anthems of each country. We had a full day planned.

We started first with the Olympic parade into the backyard with ribbon streamers and country flags. All of this was done with great pomp and circumstance to the Olympic medley. All the kids received a medal in a sport...discus, relays, croquet, horseshoes, and basketball. Of course, only gold medals were given. Miss Scarlett got her medal in basketball and was quite pleased with herself.

The kids made their own torches and Olympic mascots. We finished up with a big Chinese lunch at a local restaurant where we ate too much. A wonderful time was had by all. We can't wait to do the Home-Made Winter Olympics in two years!


Well, here it first post to my first blog. I hope everyone will bear with me as I learn the ropes of blogging. I chose to blog for several reasons. First, I wanted a place to journal my thoughts and ramblings. I seem to be on the computer more and more, and it just seems natural to place my thoughts here. Second, I wanted a place to journal some of my family's journey to adopt our second child from China. Family and friends are very important to me, and I want them to be able to connect with us when we do get to travel to China! And last, I wanted to blog because, hey, that's what everyone is doing these days!

I welcome and want your comments! My hope is that I can be bold in my writings and learn something about myself (and maybe you) in the process.

Please join me!