Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Psssst. Spread the word:


Need some clarity first? Check out Deborah's post HERE.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Won't be Indiana Sweet Corn but...

we're hoping our three rows grow knee high BEFORE the 4th of July!

Friday, March 27, 2009

{Ahem} Isn't this supposed to be an ADOPTION blog?

There; now it's out there. Someone had to say it sooner or later. So I said it. Yes, this started as strictly an adoption blog. Over time it's evolved into a whatever-is-going-on-in-the-Murray-world kind of blog. Not the least of which is, of course, our adoption.

This week we sent what we hope is the last of our documents to be apostilled. Once we get these documents back from Tallahassee we will overnight them to our agency for review and they'll be sent to join the rest of our dossier in Colombia. God willing (and I am praying and praying that He wills it!) we will get this all done before Easter. I'm sure that business will shut down for Holy Week, that's just one of the cool things about Colombia, but I am hopeful that once our paperwork is there it will be a quick process to get it translated and submitted to ICBF. Then it's all prayer and waiting for God to make it happen.

[and in case you noticed but were too nice to mention it -- I HAVE noticed that I am typo-crazy tonight. Sorry about that. I guess my brain is toast. I have tried to fix the ones I have come across. The ones that slipped thru are there for your red-penned pleasure!]

'Tis the Season

The Lenten season, that is. While I am posting this a little late since we are nearing the end of Lent it doesn't change the fact that Lent is the start of my favorite time of the liturgical year. I know that may sound weird to some people but, as a baby Catholic, I find both a sense of peace in Lent and a reminder of the most beautiful things imaginable. True, Lent is a time of penitence and reflection on our sins but, for me, it's also always been about deepening my understanding and learning more about my faith. A great friend of mine once said that most people consider what they're going to "give up" for Lent in sacrifice and penitence but another, equally valid, practice would be to concentrate on adding more of what we are lacking -- prayer time, acts of charity, whatever the case may be. I took that to heart and have made it my Lenten ritual to add in prayer time and time to learn more about the Catholic faith.

This year, with the help of The Beauty of Grace Calendar of Indulgences from the Catholic Company I am learning about partial and plenary indulgences. To be honest, I don't think I had ever heard of partial and plenary indulgences before and there is A LOT more information to absorb here than I expected, especially when you consider this is a calendar - typically used to note doctors appointments, scheduled events, and planting dates! This, as with most everything, just shows that there is SO MUCH MORE for me to learn. I'm looking forward to finding some other resources to supplement the information on the calendar and I am processing the information as quickly as I can. In the meantime, there is the beautiful artwork and the functionality of the calendar itself to keep me going back!


This one's on the zucchini plant that I left in a container and have sitting on a stepping stone in the garden (ran out of room to actually get it into the ground) but I have new beautiful yellow blooms on two more of the zucchini plants that are growing IN the garden too! How exciting it is to see such progress from something that started as a seed I bought on a whim when Walgreens had seed packets on sale 3/$1.00!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Meanwhile, back at the ranch...

Here's a not-so-great shot of our small~ish (about 15' x 15') garden. You can see the garden, but you can't see the plants that are trying so hard to survive the transplant from their happy little egg cartons. Come on veggies, repeat after me: "I think I can! I think I can!"

More pictures to come -- we're planting corn and sunflowers at the other end of the yard and California Poppies to make a pretty border of lovely orange around the outside of the garden. Yeah, I'm loving this gardening stuff now...check back with me in May when the thermometer begins making it's trek from tolerable to it's so hot I can't stand to LOOK outside, let alone GO outside to work in the garden...

So what ARE these moles I keep whacking?

We had to get new medical letters and FBI clearances (expired), the new homestudy and an updated psychological clearance letter (to reflect our desire to adopt a child with Down syndrome not a sibling group), and correct a couple of forms created by us.

As of right now, we are making some good progress. We have the new medical letter; I typed it up for the doctor and then had him sign it for us when I went in for my annual physical -- two birds + one stone = bonus! We have sent our fingerprints to the FBI for the updated clearances and are waiting for them to come back in the mail. Our psychological clearance letter was done in record time, thanks to the incredibly helpful doctor and her terrific assistant, so we are waiting for the apostilled copy to get back to us from the Secretary of State. And our Social Worker is finishing up on the homestudy right now.

I am getting so excited to be getting close to being done with the paperchase. I just can't WAIT to get all our stuff back down to Colombia so we can get matched with our child. I keep reminding myself that "patience is a virtue" and that God's got the timeline all planned out. Still, on my way between appointments today I mentioned to Him that I would really love to get all these papers in the hands of our agency within the next couple of weeks. I said, "I know You can make that happen, Lord, if You will it. Do You? No, You don't have to tell me. I am just leaving it to You and if You will it to be done by then it will be." (Yep, that's just how it went too.)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Mary, Mary?

I don't have the final picture yet to post but we had a busy, busy weekend transplanting all the little seedlings from our first germination from their respective egg cartons to our quickly transformed (if up until now poorly maintained) back yard.

Here's the before shot of said yard:

After one hard day's work with lots of help from the world's best Mom and Sister (THANK YOU GUYS AGAIN!!!)

Day two actually planting the little buggers:

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Just Whacking Moles over here

PHOTO CREDIT: sa_ku_ra

A couple of weeks ago my status update on Facebook read "Jenn clears one hurdle and three more pop up like Whack-A-Mole." This little blurb was commentary directed at the last dangling threads of our adoption paperwork. We have again reached the last few steps and I feel like I'm stuck in a never-ending game of Whack-a-Mole, with a little twist. See, we ARE making progress (whacking moles, get it now?) but every mole we whack takes a little bit of time and with every day that passes something that was once completed and checked off our list expires or becomes outdated or needs to be corrected so we've had to get some things re-done. No big deal, in the grand scheme of things, but it lends itself perfectly to my Whack-a-Mole analogy -- and, if you're my friend on facebook, rest assured that I do not care in the slightest that I'm beating this analogy to DEATH {how's the pun?}; if you're not, why not? Anyway, today I just kept swinging and swinging and got a lot of things moving and I'm praying for the paperwork to run smoothly and get back to me quickly so we can again get to the point of having our paperwork in Colombia and we can get back to the business of waiting to be matched with our child. God willing, that will be SOON!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

My GREEN THUMB(nail) must be growing...

{Tee hee}
Well, they aren't silver bells or cockle shells, but our veggies seem to be growing pretty well:

green peppers


SquashSalad blend


and the "late bloomers" (or late germinators, as it were...), cucumbers and onions.

And if I weren't already thought a little crazy we planted MORE this weekend!

Sunflowers, watermelon, dill, cilantro, sweet basil and more cucumbers.