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.

Friday, February 27, 2009

New Job!

I am finally able to do it. I can now quit my job as an attorney and spend more time with my precious family. Every night for the past few months, I have had to work at home (I have no secretary) in the evenings to keep up with my docket. Miss Scarlett has felt particularly pushed aside for my work. It was not fair to her or me to keep up at this pace.

So, after much discussion and prayer, hubby and I decided that it was time for me to do something else. Something that I would not only enjoy, but that would keep me free in the evenings with my family.

Yesterday, I made my first move to emotional freedom from law. I was offered, and gratefully accepted, a job with a local insurance agency. I cannot begin to explain the relief and joy that floods my heart right now. Last night, as I was working on some of my cases, Miss Scarlett sidled up to me and said, "You never have time for me in the evenings anymore." It broke my heart, but at the same time, I could honestly tell her, "Two more weeks, and I won't have to work evenings anymore!"

Life is all too fleeting when you have a young child at home. Before you know it, you look around and they are going off to school. I don't want to miss a thing by working all the time. I thank God (and Herbie, my new future boss) for the opportunity to really live what is important to me.

May you find what is important to you and live it, whatever it may be. God Bless!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Wanting a cat...

I want a cat. No, I take that back. I NEED a cat. Nothing else will do but to have a small, warm, furry, purry cat curling up beside me. I know, I know. I have hubby...he's warm and kinda furry, but not so small and not so purry. I need a CAT.

So get a cat, you might say. I'd love to, but my spouse says, "Absolutely not!" Even Miss Scarlett says she would like a long as it is small and doesn't scratch too much. I hate to tell her that kittens grow up to be cats.

A week or so ago, hubby and I were talking about what God planned for us. We had been discussing different things, and I had asked hubby, "Have you ever felt like God was telling you something so strongly that there was no doubt?" He said, yeah, he had times like that, and proceeded to relate a time recently where that had happened to him.

(This relates to the story...really!)So, I tell him about a time where the same thing had happened to me. We were finishing up that conversation when I just threw in the following: "By the way, God said we need a cat."

I thought hubby would fall out of his seat. He never saw it coming. (I mean, come on! We've been married almost 15 years...he should know how I work by now, right?) However, he did manage to choke out, "I think you intercepted someone else's message."

So here I am...wanting, needing, about to DIE for a cat. (sigh...)

Friday, February 20, 2009

The List

I am a list maker. I have to have a list every day to make sure that I don't forget all the things I need to do. Some days, my list is quite short. For instance, yesterday's list had pick up husband, prepare brief and go to job interview. It was short and manageable.

Today's list is long. I am feeling the pressure of this list. It lays quietly by me, seemingly mocking me with its length. Some of the items are time-related, which basically means that I can only accomplish certain items at certain times (like going to the post office, having another interview, etc).

The majority of the things to do are simply to discuss things with my husband (which there are quite a few since he just came back from a business trip). Some of them are housekeeping chores. The rest are work related.

Long Live The List!!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Four years ago today

Four years ago today, Miss Scarlett, hubby and I became a family. It seems like so long ago, and yet, seems like yesterday at the same time. I cannot begin to tell how much our lives have changed since we went to China and came home with an angel.

How does one explain such a blessing? For she is definitely a blessing from God (yes, even when she is whining or doing something she oughtn't).

It can't be done. Happy Forever Day, Miss Scarlett. We love you!

And to all those lovely families that traveled with us, we love you, too! Together we all grew our families.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day! My day started with a giggling, squirmy, five-year old snuggling up beside me and shoving a plastic bag at me. She and her daddy had gone shopping yesterday, and she had picked out my gift. I have to say, the girl has good taste. I received a sweet little bear with heart shaped candies.

I bought hubby the movie Fireproof; we hope to watch tonight after someone goes to bed. If you haven't watched it yet, I highly recommend it!

Miss Scarlett received bath goodies from her daddy and me. She adores bath beads, bubble bath, and fizzies. She is such a girlie girl at times.

From our house to yours, may your Valentines Day be spent with those you love most!

Friday, February 13, 2009

I took this photo in Virginia Beach, VA this summer. Explanations are unnecessary, no?

Baffled by Facebook phenom...

Ok, I will come right out and admit it. I don't get the big deal about Facebook. I understand that about a gajillion people use Facebook to keep up with their friends and acquaintances. I have been "poked", sent "gifts" (I got virtual candy today), and "toasted". I've been invited to join all sorts of causes (some really good ones and some that are just plain weird).

How exactly is this better than email, blogging or just picking up the phone? I have spent the last few days totally ignoring my blog to figure out why Facebook has such a fascination for people.

I am trying hard to give it a chance. If someone out there reading this care to impart his or her view on the subject of Facebook, I'd love to read it!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Childhood memories

What are some of your fondest childhood memories? Is it having a story read to you my your Daddy before bedtime? Maybe you remember playing outside in the snow until your hands and feet were numb, then coming indoors for some hot cocoa and roasting your backside in front of a roaring fire.

One of my earliest memories involved going out to eat with my parents. There was a little family restaurant called the Oak Terrace in my hometown. My parents used to go there a lot. The Oak Terrace was well-known for its delicious food and the all-you-could-eat biscuits and honey. The biscuit were passed around on a large tray. I can still see those biscuits in my mind's eye today.

After we finished eating, I would race outside to the family car (a 1964 Renault) and hide in the backseat thinking, "they'll never find me here!" Strangely, each and every time my parents never seemed to be able to find me. I loved popping up after a minute or two and yelling, "Here I am!" They were always surprised and glad.

Another fond memory was pretending to be a pioneer girl like Laura Ingalls. I would gather all the wild onion in our yard and grind it up to make "spinach greens". I would make plates out of tree bark. I'd make my own broom from twigs and pine branches. I spent hours outside make-believing.

I hope my daughter is making some sweet memories herself. She has made some for me to enjoy as I grow older.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Another garden catalog is in!

I received my Burpee Gardening catalog in the mail today. Man, oh, man, am I loving paging through this little treasure trove of gardening goodness! There are certainly some interesting varieties of vegetables out there. How about:

All Blue potatos...these are blue through and through. Yuck! I can't imagine these as french fries!
Moon and Stars watermelon...these are dark green with yellow stars and sometimes a big yellow moon...neat!
EZ Serve lettuce...practically falls in place on the plate!
Fresh Salsa tomato...bruschetta...need I say more?

I can't wait to show the catalog to Miss Scarlett and let her pick out some things to grow. I wonder what she'll pick out?

Ten things about me...

1. I am a Christian.
2. I am a political independent.
3. I am totally addicted to Diet Coke.
4. I love Dancing with the Stars, NCIS, and TLC's What Not to Wear.
5. Fall is my favorite season, follwed by Spring.
6. If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life, it would be bruschetta made with fresh tomatos.
7. I need reading glasses, but often forget to wear them, necessitating those around me to fuss, "Quit squinting and put on your glasses!"
8. I am a published writer...two magazine articles.
9. I am still trying to decide what I want to be when I grow up.
10. I love talk radio.