Amy . . .

What would you like to know? I am fun, but crazy. I have a most perfect husband, and 2 cats named Samson and Delilah. We are presently working on adopting a little girl from China and have a separate blog for that. I am a Christian and am working on a better relationship with him. I live in the Atlanta area and love sharing stories with people. I am also a pediatric nurse and I love it! I love to talk and meet new people and I love Disney Cruising

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Looking for suggestions

One of my goals for 2007 is to read 50 biographies. Its a high number but I am going to try. Do you have a recommendation?

Also, scroll down and tell me what makes me you happy!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Thursday 13

Thirteen Things about Amy

13 of my favorite romantic songs

1…. I Could Not Ask For More by Edwin McCain. this was our wedding song

2. I will be Here by Steven Curtis Chapman. I realize that everyone has this in their wedding but the words are so sweet and pure

3.Faithfully by Journey. I have always loved this song

5.Here and Now by Luther Vandross

6.Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion. Once again, another wedding song

7.Take My Breath Away. I honestly like the Jessica Simpson version, but the original is the best

8.Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden

9.Dont Want to Miss a Thing by Aeromsith

10.Love of my Life by Michael W Smith and Jim Brickman

11.Come What May from the Moulin Rouge Soundtrack

12. I do cherish you by Mark wills and/or 98 degrees

13. If you could see what I see by Geoff Moore

I realize that some of these are cheesy but hey, its my list!

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Here is a Question for you!

Do you ever had days where you are just happy? Just really happy! I am in a happy mood and I am tired. You see I only got 4 hours of sleep which usually makes me sleepy and grumpy, but not today.
I am blessed
I am happy
I am loved
Lucy makes me smile. Somtimes we wonder why she is a bit crazy, but she does make me smile.
I look forward to my dates with my hubby.
I enjoy just watching tv with my hubby.
I love talking about the future, going to China, hanging out with friends, and other vacations.
I love sunny, cold days.
I love it when my Michael puts really cool cds in the cd player for me to sleep to.
I love the fact that even if I dont see my friends for months, they still love me and treasure our friendship.
My nieces and nephews make me smile.

So I ask you, what makes you smile?

Wordless Wednesday

1. Can you guess where this is?

2.Lucy found a new friend ! Peek a boo

3.Another Williamsburg trip photo!

Monday, January 29, 2007

Its Monday morning, the beginning of the workweek. Today I have many many random thoughts but I guess I will think about them a bit before posting them. I hope you all had a good week. I must brag on my husband. As most of you know, he is diabetic. He has done so well lately. His blood sugar has been better than is been in a long time. So, I just wanted to say to him...I love you my Michael, and I am very proud of him..Go tell him congrats over at his blog and you can also read about his funny story of the week.Who knows? Perhaps someone out there is also a diabetic and can offer more words.

On another note, there is a great blog conversation over at Stevens website regarding church, worship and the way bring people into the church..You know, praise music, U2...Interested? Check it out here

Sunday, January 28, 2007

quick question

I have heard there are things you can add to your blog to see where people find your link ..Can anyone help?

Have a good day! and it looks like Chicago Hope won the poll! I am definitely surprised!

Saturday, January 27, 2007

the poll continues

Once again I am surpised by the weekly poll. I like surprises. I didnt expect to see Chicago Hope in the lead!!!

Friday, January 26, 2007

FYI to those who have been reading. Miss Catie who is now in heaven, has a little sister to watch here on earth. Mom just delivered Miss Isabelle (Izzy) Claire this afternoon. They named her after Miss Caties oncologist.

if you like 80s music

I love hubbys post today..He has started Friday Flashbacks, using a theme for older videos. Check out this weeks at Michaels site!

Good stuff, Michael

Weekly Poll

What has been your favorite medical or hospital show and why?
Greys Anatomy
St Elsewhere
Chicago Hope free polls

Friday Feast

Friday, January 26, 2007
Feast One Hundred & Twenty Eight
If you could take lessons to learn any musical instrument, which would you want to learn?
I really want to relearn piano.Its been a long time but I miss playing Christmas music

Have you ever mistaken a person for someone else?
Oh heck yeah. I love to embarass myself that way

On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being highest, how well do you keep secrets?
I think I am pretty good, giving myself a 7 or 8..SOme of my friends think I have a big mouth giving me 3 or 4

Main Course
What's the closest you've ever been to a dangerous animal?
See hubby picture here on wordless wednesday. I lioness cam running at us at Animal Kingdom. We were protected but I didnt see a fence or anything. Definitely got the heart rate up..Loved it

When was the last time you lost your patience?
Every time I drive in Atlanta. Seriously, the interstates are pretty bad. I havent lost it at work which is good.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Thank you

So, I went to the dr to get those elevated white blood counts checked. As a nurse and after talking to doctors at work, I knew the chances of it being anything were slim. I called to verify my appt, and they answered North Atlanta Cancer center, may I help you? Fear began and I don't know why. Perhaps its the funeral this week, other patients but the C word scared the crap out of me.

I get there early to see the dr. I see patients waiting..Older patients. Younger patients. Bald patients. I hear their stories. I know what their plans are for the day. Chemo, bone scans, new treatment. I am alone. (not to worry, Michael would have been there. He needed his sleep and I wanted to go alone). I hear them. I see them. The faces of cancer. This horrific disease has affected each person around me.

I go into the office. I glance at the chemo chairs. They give me a pamphlet on YOUR CANCER! I'm thinking, do they know something I don't. I get weigh..Now that was fun, I tell you. I got blood drawn. A lot of blood drawn. I am sent to the exam room, where I wait alone and my mind wonders. Not for long thank God, but it indeed wonders. Am I ready for a surprise? What if there is a lab that was drawn that I don't know about and my Dr didn't want to tell me.

Well, my new Dr came in and said "You are a keeper. I'm sure seeing Cancer everywhere scared you" you are fine and your WBC has already returned to normal. Seriously. She rocks. She came and just told me. On a scale of 1-10, she said she is worried about a 0..She said, come back in 3 months and we will recheck and then release you to a doctor. She is setting me up with a nutritionist there so that's good.

Oh yeah, because I had to wait, I had to pay an extra dollar in parking. They took a check for 4 bucks from me..

Poll below

If I were to close the poll today, the majority of the voters chose TLC as the one cable station they could live with if they could only choose 1 station. I had no idea so many people watched the baby story! Go ahead, vote away Thurday 13ers

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Thursday 13

Thirteen Things about Amy

Thirteen Healthy foods my online friends have recommended. Please feel free to add more
1. small handful of almonds
2. tilapia with lemon on it
3. fresh veggies and fruit (lots of them)
4. cheddar flavor rice cakes
5. pretzels
6. light or fat free ice cream
7. 100 calorie bags of popcorn
8. homemade chicken salad (she gave the recipe)
9. handful of defrosted frozen shrimp
10.special k breakfast bar
11.ricotta desserts from SB diet (i agree, i love these)
12.water (who would have thought)
13.frozen meals with added veggies
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I cant believe CNN and TLC are tied on the poll below..

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Wordless Wednesdays

These are a few pics from our trip last weekend home to celebrate our birthdays. We actually spend our birthday at Animal Kingdom. The children you see are our nieces and nephews!
The sexy dude would be my hubby, Michael!
Dont forget the poll a few posts below!


Besides my wedding and the birth/adoption of our future children, yesterday was the most beautiful experience I have encountered and I am blessed to have been a part of it. Catie, whom you can read about here, was a funny, lively little girl that literally touched millions of lives. I asked permission to share her site with you, so please visit!


Sunday, January 21, 2007

the week ahead

2 things
1) I was able to take off a few hours and will go to the funeral. Leaving work at 430am and hoping to make it to Savannah by all after running home to change!. Pray, its going to be a rough day. Im expecting it to be a full church. Her precious life will be celebrated tomorrow. What an awesome, beautiful experience this has been for me. To be a part of a journey like this is like nothing I have experienced. Miss Priss will be remembered.

2) I am quite happy Mr Peyton is going to the bowl. Okay I dont know football. In fact I learned tonight that the quarterback is not on the field the whole game. Something about defense and offense. I need to learn. I am kind of excited about this game. Perhaps its the commercials because it certainly isnt about halftime. I think Jennifer Hudson should sing the National Anthem.

Thats all. I am off the next 4 days so hopefully I will get a lot of things done. I will let you know

Saturday, January 20, 2007


IF you only had one channel to watch the rest of your life, what channel would it be and for what shows?
FOOD TV free polls

Friday Flashback

If you like old videos, check out hubbys Friday Flashback each week. CLick here to visit! He rocks!

Tim McGraw - My Little Girl

Thursday night, Caties mom said this song kept running through her head..In honor of sweet sweet Catie!

Thanks for the notes

Thanks for your notes and encouragement. I feel guilty. This has been a beautiful experience and journey with this family. I am one of many nurses, doctors, techs, and other people who have laughed and cried with this family. I am not special because of what I do. Every one of us has a heart and feelings. I am blessed because I have the job that I dreamed about as a child. It took me a while to get here, but its sooo worth it. this week has either led to never ever get into oncology nursing or to just jump in and make it my passion. We will see where this leads. I feel guilty because as sad as I have been, the grief that this family is going through is far more than I can imagine. Next Saturday, my patients mom will give birth to her second child. I ask you to pray for them Monday at 11am and also next Saturday if you can. I am presently working on getting someone to cover part of my shift on Sunday so that I may attend the funeral in Savannah on Monday morning.

My blogging friends are awesome!

This ends the serious note..

On the less serious note, why did the AMerican Idol girl use my word? Fluffy ? Dude, you cant take my word! Bummer

Friday, January 19, 2007

Hurt Heart/warning you might cry

My heart hurts. This evening, I was able to spend a few minutes with my sweet patient and her family. They had so much support but I am glad I was able to spend a few minutes with them. I left in tears. I knew this night would change the dynamics of this family forever. I will cherish every word I heard in that room. We talked about memories and other nurses in the hospital

Early Early this morning, the ICU nurses called me to tell me my sweet sweet patient passed away.

I almost got angry. Truly angry. Never has death angered me but it almost got me. My sweet sweet patient whom I met 3 years ago met Jesus tonight. Her parents had to leave and spend their first night away from her. Oh how I pray they found rest. Mom is having baby number 2 in just 9 days. My sweet patient never got to meet her new brother or sister.

As you can tell, I have been emotional about this. As a pediatric nurse, I have never had to face the loss of a patient while at work. I am probably still in shock as I am still expecting to see this family every few months for a treatment. It hit me that this was final. As I said goodbye to this family, it was a door closing. For 3 years, I have looked forward to visiting this patient and seeing how well she was doing. There won't be anymore visits.

I spent time with the ICU nurses who cared for her before and after death as well as her doctor and the chaplain. As horrible as losing her is, it truly was a beautiful moment and I would have been devastated if I had missed tonight. This family was faithful, they were prayer warriors. They loved everyone. Cancer sucks! Brain tumors suck! Enough said.

Rarely do I share stories from work. Rarely do I get close to a family like I have over the past 3 years. Please pray for this family. Pray for comfort and joy as they plan the funeral of one daughter and prepare for the birth of a new child in just a few days.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Fridays Feast

Feast One Hundred & Twenty Seven

Which television shows do you just refuse to miss?
hmmm.. Now that the new season has started, it is American Idol. I still watch every episode of ER as well

Who did you last speak to on the telephone?
My husband and another nurse in the hospital

How many pillows do you keep on your bed?
4 (2 for me and 2 for hubby)

Main Course
Name one addition to your computer (software, hardware, etc.) that you'd love to have.
if we had a laptop for downstairs, i would love to have an extra keyboard. for upstairs, i would love to have a working fax/copy machine..we have one, but havent gotten to work

What is your favorite foreign food? yummy, I love Chinese, Mexican and Italian..I would prefer Italian I guess!!!!

New pictures up at the adoption blog found here


Please pray for my special family and their sweet sweet Catie. They have made a very difficult decision tonight and Catie will be meeting Jesus tonight.

Pray for her mom and dad. Mom is scheduled to deliver her second child in 10 days. I do not know how they are getting through all of this this. My mind can not fathom the emotions they are dealing with. This will be on my mind for a long time. This family has given me a new look on nursing and the families I interact with.

Pray say a prayer for this family who has impacted my life and my career more than they will ever know!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

I have gotten to know some really cool people through this whole blogging thing. I just thought you would like to know!

I am working today and tomorrow and this weekend and then I have 4 days off in a row next weekend. I am hoping to get drs appts out of the way and really want to get the whole house clean plus visit some friends.

what about you? whats going on..

oh yeah, since I am really trying to diet, tell me your favorite diet recipes or snack foods or anything that may help me in this journey.

You all rock!

Thursday 13

Thirteen Things about Amy

13 things/events regaring the Amy/Michael birthday weekend in Florida
1…. We spent our birthday (Monday) at Animal Kingdom in Disney World
2. Our birthday dinner was at Giovannis and included ourselves, Michaels brother Tim and Mery and baby basil and Michaels Aunt Tina and her family
3.Saturday night the Pentz family ate at Shells in Edgewater
4.Friday night Michael and I had Publix subs and watched a few episodes of Greys Anatomy on my parents huge TV. We are working on Season 2
5.Saturday, my sis and I went garage saling and I found a few new cookbooks
6.Monday night after dinner, we had ice cream at Bruesters with friends April and Charles, and big girl Rachel
6.Sunday, we left Edgewater and had lunch with Todd and Jan and learned a lot more about them.. We had a great time.
7.After lunch Sunday, we went to the park with Tim, Mery and Basil and watched him at the playground and then had a yummy dinner
8.Monday, we had a birthday breakfast at Perkins, and I won a cookie by catching a spelling mistake.. It was funny!
9.We had pictures taken with Disney characters at Animal Kingdom!
10. We had Golden Corral for lunch on the way back
11.We really enjoyed hanging out with family and cant wait to go back again!
12.We went to Cracker Barrel for breakfast on the way there.
13. As much as it sounds like I destroyed my diet, I actually did okay. I am still not drinking soda and made some good decisions..I did cut back, so I wasnt that bad except for my Turtle Sunday Monday night but hey, it was my birthday!

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please say a prayer

PLease pray for miss catie and miss aubrey..These are 2 of my most special patients and families and they are dealing with soo much right now. I cant tell you whats going on with them, but pray. Pray now..

Wordless Wednesday

This is a picture from our birthday at Animal Kingdome Monday..Its Michael with 2 new friends..Michael is also participating in Wordless Wednesday..Please stop by and say hello

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

We are home

We are back. We had a most perfect trip home and details and pics to follow tomorrow. Until then, visit michael at for a sneak peak at the pics!!!!

Saturday, January 13, 2007

weekend away

We are in Florida and everyone is resting before we go to dinner..Last night, Michael had I watched a few episodes of Greys Anatomy Season 2 while having a picnic of Publix subs. This morning, Kelly (sister) and I went to a few garage sales before picking up Owen and Seth and heading out again. Mom and dad got home a few hours ago and we are going to dinner with the entire family.

Tomorrow, we are having lunch with friends and heading to Gatorland with Michaels mom, his brother and his family.

Monday will be Animal Kingdom and then we will head home on Tuesday.

It feels good to be home with family!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

bragging on hubby

I was the last to know, but my hubby was published in the Vent, which is a part of the Atlanta newspaper...Yeah..hes been trying for a while..He is also posting his Friday Flashback videos.

Also, scroll down and participate in this weeks poll!

See hubbys blog here

Fridays Feast

Friday, January 12, 2007
Feast One Hundred & Twenty Six
What comes to mind when you see the color orange?
Honestly a football team (perhaps the Hurricanes?) and I dont even watch football
and pumpkins

Did you ever get in trouble while you were in school? If so, what was it for?
One time..9th grade. I refused to use the weights during PE because I didnt want to look stupid in front of people. I got my first detention...

Which topping(s) make up your perfect pizza?
Recently its been this Hawaiian Barbeque thing with Pineapples..Other than that, pepperoni and black olives

Main Course
Do you believe in UFOs/aliens/etc.? Why or why not?
No because the only thing above me is my Heavely Father

What color is your bedspread/comforter/quilt?
uhm, im still in the dark blue, green and maroon era

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Thursday 13

Thirteen Things about AMy

Thursday 13
13 memories of family vacations as a child

1. Christmas in Oklahoma. It snowed and we heard the reindeer on the roof. OH yeah, Cousin Billy stepped on a nail, but I did not care.
2. Maryland- going into the LL Bean place. I have never bought anything from here, but it was cool being here.
3. Our hotel/cabin in Maine. It was the fall and it was awesome
4. Weekend trip to Williamsburg and DC when we lived in Virginia. Dad wanted to teach us soooo much.
5. A week at Disney World. We stayed outside the park. I was in 8th grade. It rocked.
6. My first cruise in 5th grade. We went with another family. Adventures in Babysitting were playing on board. The theatre was small…It was cool
7. London England. This was in college but it was still awesome. I was able to see Phantom and a play called The Lady in Black…Spent 21st bday here
8. Oregon- went whale watching and saw the Red Wood Forest
9. Las Vegas/Grand Canyon- The GC is spectacular...enough said.
10. Yearly trips to see grandparents in FL while we lived in SC. We had picnic lunches and fast bathroom breaks.
11. Visiting family in Alabama for thanksgiving..It was cool
12. Hilton Head. I was very little and dad had work here a lot. Very neat place
13. Ashville, NC and seeing the Biltmore House.

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Check out the fun poll a few posts down!I will be doing a new poll each week!
New updates at the adoption blog at

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Just because I love you

My wonderful hubby brought flowers to my work before I got there. What a nice way to start my shift..Read his story here!!!! ALso, Make sure you tell him how totally awesome that was..I love surprises! and we are going out of town on Friday..Life is lovely


and take my poll 2 posts below. Imm going to do one of those weekly i think

Wordless Wednesday

There are pictures of from trip in October to Colonial Williamsburg.We had a blast!

New Poll

What was your favorite 80s show?
Family Ties
Punky Brewster
Growing Pains
The Cosby Show
Golden Girls
The Wonder Year
Married With CHildren
Perfect Strangers
Magnum PI
Night Court
Designing Women
Hill Street Blues
Full House ( i thought this was 90s)
the A Team
Who's the Boss?
La Law
Saved by the bell
St Elsewhere
Mr Belvedere
Head of the Class
Charles in CHarge
Miami VIce
Life Goes On free polls


Hmmm..Just got back from the gym and I promised Miss Lucy a quick walk before my nap time. Work schedule is odd this week as I am working every other day.Our big stressor is still the weekend schedule and what we are going to do.ugh

We have friends, family to visit and I want to try to find something fun to do to celebrate our birthdays..We will see. I have a couple ideas.

Work was good on Sunday night. There was a patient (it wasnt my patient, i dont know the patient) that was scheduled for surgery Monday morning early. I am not sure why this is bothering me. I dont know her or her family. You see, she has a brain tumor, a pretty big one. It was the fact that 20-30 people showed up prior to her being wheeled in to pray for her and her family and to offer support.

Thats what I want! No, not majot surgery or pain for any member of my family. But church support that loves you unconditionally and is there for you. I want to be a part of a group that does that. Church today has been stereotyped. I have helped in that stereotype. For many years, the adults always told me "the church is not the builiding, but the people in it". I finally understand that and I want that.

Pray that we find it.
Pray for the sweet patient, the drs and that family that needs support
Pray for another sweet patient of mine who is going through a rough time right now

I hope you are all doing well!

Oh yeah, on the new year resolution front:
1) I am eating better. Last night we had chicken with feta and lemon, risotto and fresh broccoli
2)Michaels morning blood sugars have been really good
3)I have been able to go to the gym almost every week
4)and those 100 calorie snack bag things rock! NOw there is a Reeces bag that I tried but because it is so addictive, I cant have anymore
5)Our floor at work is hosting a game called "The Biggest Loser" to help us with our goals..I am excited about it. Free extra help

Thats all for now!

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Sunday night

I had my first Friday/Saturday weekend off in a long time and I have another one coming up. Work is busy is okay.

Michael and I went to church today. We visited the church we visited Christmas Eve. Honestly and I hope no one takes this the wrong way, I was a bit disappointed. Perhaps its because I honestly expected this to be be our home church, a place where our family would be welcomed for years..It isn't. I was hoping to see the family who invited us, but we learned during the service they were back at the hospital. Interesting enough, they were gone when I got to work day.. We will look for another church again, but I rarely have a Sunday when I am not coming straight home and sleeping.

there isnt too much going on. Michael and I will head to Florida to see family and celebrate our birthdays (yes we share the same birthday). I have been exercising and eating a bit better and I havent had soda since the first..Yeah me!

Thats really all..Will post more when I am more awake.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Hey, the video is back up as well as a new post on the adoption blog. CLick here!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

whats going on

Ok, so whats going on. I have an appt with the hemotologist (blood dr) next week to go over my slightly elevated WBC's (mine are 11 and normal is 5-10). On a scale of 1-10, my nervous level is about a 3 I guess. But there is much more going on. I cleaned the fridge today..My hubby put up some more cool 80s videos as you can see here, Lucy the bassett hound is a big goober and I have Friday and Saturday nights off this week. SO far, 16 people have revoted on the name at the adoption website, which you can find here, and I still cant find time for anything..its pretty bad!

But, I am positive and I have exercised and eaten ok for the past 2 days. As you remember, I need to lose at least 50 pounds prior to China accepting our dossier!

So, click on the websites, vote on a name or suggest a new one and say hello to hubby!

He rocks!

Fridays Feast

Feast One Hundred & Twenty-Five
Which celebrity (or celebrities) do you think will make headlines this year?
who do I think or who do I want? Im sure Justin Timberlake will be around and I think MIchael Jackson will come on back. I hope Rosie and the Donald go away

They say that good things come in small packages? What is something little that you think is great?
newborn babies..they are so fun to watch

Name a song that makes you want to dance.
Seriously, I should not answer this but I do like Sexy Back

Main Course
What is your favorite font?
Uhm..dont know . I like anything big and bold

If you were to write a do-it-yourself article, what would it be about?
I would write an article on how to be nice to your coworkers. Im not creative at this at all as you can see

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Just a regular entry from me

Well, I feel like I haven't had a regular post in a while. We got back a little while ago from Trivia with Jeff and the lovely Val. We would have placed first but we missed the question regarding what state has the most people on death row. It was a 1 in 4 shot as it was multiple choice.
Lets see, whats going on?

I am thinking about having a blog design. I found someone to redesign this site and it would really be cool. I have also found someone to personalize the adoption site, which you can find here. IF you visit that blog, make sure you vote on a name and leave a name in the comments if come up with a new one. We have a long way to go, but just looking to pass some time away.

Michael is best and treated me well and is still having some vision problems..He participated in Thursday Thirteen this week so please visit him over here and drop him a note if you will.

We are headed to Florida next week to spend time with family and celebrate our birthdays..Yes, we indeed have the same birthday.Just one of the many cool things about us!

Working tomorrow and then 2 days off. Hope to go to church on Sunday..Visiting a new one!

Please dont forget to add your diet/weight loss tips a few posts down


Thursday 13

Thirteen Things about Amy

13 diagnosis or conditions I take care of as a pediatric neuro nurse
To clarify, I work on the Craniofacial/Neurology Floor. We are the biggest floor in the hospital and we get a little bit of everything
1.Brain tumors
4.Cleft lip/Cleft palate
5.Spinal Cord deformities
9.Failure to Thrive
11.Shaken Baby Syndrome
12.Skull Fractures (please dont put your baby seat on the table, ever)
13.Shunt Malfunctions/Revisions

I really could not think of anything this late at night but this is just a bit of what I deal with 3 or 4 nights a week and I love it!

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hmmmm..question for ya

Hey guys! Last night, we saw Night at the Museum and I really liked it but then we went to eat and realized Michael left his wallet there..Went back and got the wallet, all cash gone but his cards and license were there, so thats awesome! Hes got some very cool old school videosup if you like 80s

I am starting my weight loss program today and wanted to know if you have any suggestions. Im looking for things like, healthy snacks, fun exercise, any hints would be great..

Also, the name vote is up again over at It will be a while before we head over to China, but this is a fun thing to do while we wait..

Wordless Wednesday

As I take down the tree today (its my first day off in 4) I chose some ornaments to share with you!

In order they are
1) An ornament Michael made with his nana years ago, before she passed away. This will always be special to him
2)Our First Christmas together. bought on our honeymoon

3)Cracker Barrel. We hit this place almost every drive home!!(to florida)
4)Diet Coke- we are diet coke and Coke zero drinkers..Bought this at Lake Lanier with Val and Jeff..I have had so many comments on this. PLease give credit to hubby over at as he is the one that found it

Monday, January 01, 2007

2006 questions

1. What did you do in 2006 that you’d never done before?
Started the adoption process, had a 5th anniversary

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions,
and will you make more for next year?
-yes, I gave up Chik Fil A lemonade, and baked potatoes..woohoo
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
-there are always new babies..Rebekah, Mindy, one of Michaels friends, perhaps more.Will update tomorrow

4. Did anyone close to you die?
A special patient passed away before Christmas

5. What countries did you visit?
None but went to Key West and Grand Caymen via a cruise

6. What would you like to have in 2007
that you lacked in 2006?

new laptop for Michael and better eating habits ..more time

7. What dates from 2006 will remain etched
upon your memory, and why?
- nephews first birthdays, friends wedding in Tn, deciding to adopt . Why? Adoption will be a life changing event. Watching our friends exchange vows and seeing old friends was just wonderful and needed.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
working on the house and starting the adoption process

9. What was your biggest failure?
-honestly, budgeting, eating habits

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
nope..not that I remember . Now that I I think about . 3 nights ago after getting barfed on and poopyed on, I ran to get cleaned up and took a fall. You didnt see me so I can tell you this., My left knee is the proof

11. What was the best thing you bought?
we spent money on the house at the beginning of the year . I will have to talk to Michael about this..Hopefully he will fill this out as well.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
-not sure.. My hubby has been a wonderful, romantic dude

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
I am not sure I want to answer that. There has been one staff member who says things that I am offended by but that's all .Plus there are a few celebrities that have shocked me

14. Where did most of your money go?
- I'm not sure. Hubby can tell me..Adoption expenses

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The entire adoption process also this whole blogging thing..its pretty addictive.

16. What song will always remind you of 2006?
- Had a Bad Day..I hate that song..its so overplayed . The Frey's How to Save a Life as it was used for the Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta telethon and another song that I cant remember that was really played on Star94 a lot. Illl come back to that

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? happier
c) richer or poorer? neither

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
- Saved more money, spend quality time with hubby

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
- Spending money and watching tv..i love blogging but geesh if I walked as much as typed, i would not have a weight problem

20. How did you spend Christmas?
- Michael's family

21. Did you fall in love in 2006?
been in love since 2000

23. What was your favorite TV program?
- usually ER or American Idol
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t
hate this time last year?
I don't think I hate anyone

25. What was the best book you read?
Karen Kingsbury Firstborn Series

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?

27. What did you want and get?
I'm tired of wanting things. I had a Christmas list, and it was taken care of

28. What did you want and not get?
I would have liked to have been logged into China but realistically there was not time

I don't think I saw many..2005 has The Chronicles of Narnia and I loved that

30. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
31 and I was in Florida with Michael

31. What one thing would have made your year
immeasurably more satisfying?

- to be self disciplined

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?

32. What kept you sane?
Friends family and heavenly father

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
-Nick Lachey..sorry I'm on team Nick

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
- Nothing. I am completely politically ignorant and if I write something here, I will get it wrong
36. Who did you miss?
my family and friends

37. Who was the best new person you met?
new friends at work

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006.
2006 was my self awareness year. I cant tell you how much i learned about myself..I'm shocked

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Not sure if I can name any lyrics that some up my year but here are the lyrics to my favorite song of 2006. Its just an awesome worship song and just great to sing anywhere

Chris Tomlin Song:
How great is our god Album:
Arriving [" Arriving " CD] The splendor of a King, clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice All the earth rejoice He wraps himself in Light,
and darkness tries to hide And trembles at His voice Trembles at His voice
How great is our God, sing with me How great is our God, and all will see How great, how great is our God
Age to age He stands And time is in His hands Beginning and the end Beginning and the end
The Godhead Three in One Father Spirit Son The Lion and the Lamb The Lion and the Lamb Name above all names
Worthy of our praise My heart will sing How great is our God How great is our God, sing with me How great is our God, and all will see How great, how great is our God

2006 in review

Well, it really started in 2005 when we went to the Steven Curtis Chapman/Mercy Me Christmas Concert.
2006 was a great year. We had talked about international adoption but never really talked about until this year.
What has happened? We have done some improvements on the house, including built in shelves and getting new flooring and have really enjoyed getting new furniture. It was a year of dreams and imagination.
March-my first trip to the Ga aquarium
In April, we got in touch with an old college friend Jeff, and have enjoyed his company since. IT was the month, we heard of the lovely Val. Who new we would be hanging out with both of them in 2006 in Atlanta?
May- The Pentz family Disney Cruise. By far the best Pentz vacation yet. We had a blast and it was here, that my heart great for Chinese adoption. We met Reece and Marissa and I am happy to say we will see them on Friday. This cruise was just an awesome experience.
June- trip home to celebrate Owens first bday
July- trip home for Basils first Bday
September- Our first First Friday to meet other people who are adopting..
In October, we applied with our adoption agency.
In October, we celebrated our 5th anniversary by heading back to Williamsburg,Va where we honeymooned. We even stayed at the same facility. It was truly romantic and I can not wait to go again. Im so glad we did a day trip to DC!
During this trip, we were approved for our adoption and went to orientation 2 weeks later!
Also, in October, we headed to Tn for the wedding of the year, of Jeff and Val. Not only did we witness the lovely Vals, but we saw all kinds of old friends..It was awesome.
November included our homestudy and lots of thinking. Thanksgiving included myself, Michael, Peter and Gary.
December-Christmas time..Enough said..Saw Christmas lights, went to the Michael W Smith Concert, enjoyed some time off and had a Christmas party at our home.

Well, that's it..2006 was eventful. 5 years with Michael so far as been wonderful?
I am blessed beyond belief and I don't deserve all the things God has given me. What about you?

What will 2007 bring? I have no idea. I hope to be logged in to the China system and begin the long wait. I hope to be more of an encourager to Michael and others. I hope that I think of others far more than I think of myself. I want to be happy. I want to be joyful. I want to make others happy.. We will see.
Dont forget to check out our adoption blog here for updates.!!!!
Thanks for all of your prayers and well wishes!