Sunday, November 22, 2009

I'm Grateful For Adoption

Although I have been blessed with two pregnancies and the resulting two boys from those pregnancies, I have many family and friends who have benefited from the miracle that is adoption. I really cannot say enough good things about birth mothers who give such a precious and priceless gift. On December 12th, my sister, Jenny, is hosting a boutique with vendors from all over the state and a couple a very special vendors with all their proceeds going to Hope For Adoptive Families. Please check out the blog and consider attending.

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And while you're doing that, please check out my friend Emily's family blog. She and her husband, Ben, and their sweet little boy want very much to add to their family. If you know anyone who is looking to offer a baby for adoption, please encourage them to consider the Lee family. Emily is one of the sweetest women I know. She is so talented and giving. When decorating my current house, I thought a lot about her beautiful home. And when we were packing up and moving from Chandler, she was so thoughtful to offer to watch Israel so I could pack. And her husband is my home town of Tempe, AZ. Which is pretty much the best compliment I give!

The Lee Family

Hugs & Kisses from Charmaine

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I'm Always Grateful for Photoshop

And today, in addition to being grateful for Photoshop, I am also grateful for textures and layers - because they're just fun.
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Hugs & Kisses from Charmaine

Monday, November 09, 2009

Today I'm Grateful For Allrecipes

and curry. I really like curry - and Allrecipes. I use it a lot. And the user comments are a great resource. Tonight I made this for dinner. It was yummy. I've been trying to find the perfect curry recipe. Tonight's was Indian curry. I really want Thai curry. I've got friend at church who served a mission in Thailand. She makes good curry. I want The Spice's Chicken Yellow Curry. That is the best curry I've ever had. But it's a little too expensive to get everyday. I really want their Chicken Pad Thai too. But that's another post for another day. Anyhow, I'll try curry again in another week or so and see if I can get a more Thai-like dish.

Hugs & Kisses from Charmaine

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Today I'm Grateful For Google

I got me one of these. It's pretty freakin' amazing. And I'm grateful for Randal. (He got it for me.)

Hugs & Kisses from Charmaine

Friday, November 06, 2009

Aww... Shoot

I forgot to post last night. Yesterday I had a hard time trying to find something to be thankful for. Terrible, right? Well, I am thankful for this lady's post this morning. I love her 52 Questions series of posts.

Hugs & Kisses from Charmaine

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Today I'm Grateful For:

1. Roaster Chickens
Make dinner so much easier.
2. Freecycle
So many generous people and the opportunity to drive through the Iowa countryside.
3. Wade Robson
Any one else watch So You Think You Can Dance?

Hugs & Kisses from Charmaine

Monday, November 02, 2009

Gratitude

Well, it's November and it's time for a few weeks of gratitude inspired posts. I had every intention of starting on the first day of the month. Oh well. Today was an excellent day to start.

You may need a little history to understand the deep appreciation I have for today. My husband - Randal - has some serious back problems. I don't think I've ever mentioned that on my blog. He has had chronic back pain for almost our whole marriage. It has gotten significantly worse over the last 2 1/2 years though. Unless you've lived with chronic pain (7+ on the pain scale on average) or lived with and taken care of someone with chronic pain you probably don't understand how much it affects every day life. Here's just a glimpse of what Randal has had to go through just this year (so far). He's had 22 doctor visits, 2 x-rays, 2 MRIs, 3 months of chiropractic therapy, 4 months of physical therapy, 4 spinal injections, and 12 different medications. And he's still in pain. Most people we associate with at work or church know about this particular burden, even if they don't know the specifics or extent. Everyone has their burden to bear, this just happens to be ours.

And here's the other stuff you need to know. Our church has this really great program called Home Teaching. Men are paired up and asked to visit in the homes of 2 or 3 specific families every month - they check up on them, see if they need anything and also give them a spiritual message. We recently got a new Home Teacher.

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Hugs & Kisses from Charmaine

PS - We told him we didn't need anything - he's just that wonderful!