Wednesday, February 27, 2008

She's a DOG person!

Okay...those of you that checked to see how our home study, session #1, went today were probably suprised to see that I had not posted as promised. Well....long story...but our appointment was moved to today at 6 pm. Just another BUMP on this windy, uncertain, mountain road called adoption highway. Wes and I met our social worker in Falls Church at 6pm to discuss "our home." My fears were not waranted because this meeting was GREAT! She was so kind and really gave US the chance to ask questions. Not only that, but we found out that she is a dog person! Whew. When we left, Wes said to me, "God really wanted us there tonite." And I think he was right. My heart changed about a few issues as we were talking to her and she eased many of my fears that come with adoption in general, but especially with domesitc adoption. I've pondered...Will we meet the birhtmother? What will she think? How open will our adoption be? What if the birthmom or dad wants the baby back after we are home? And many, many more... Our social worker was the perfect fit for us and I think we chose the right agency, too.

This week is an emotional rollercoaster for us in so many ways. I will elaborate more on this over the weekend. But changes are comin' our way!

Friday, February 22, 2008

The Latest

No real news to report, but hopefully I will have something to report in after next Tuesday. We go for our first homestudy interview with our social worker Tuesday afternoon. I am feeling oh so anxious about this meeting and praying the God will calm my heart and ease my fears. He provided me with a great resource last nite. Sara Hagerty and I met for tea and shared our experiences with adoption so far. Her kind words helped ease my fears a little. I also called Aunt Linda and she was able to shed additional light on the homestudy interview. She said that is was not half as awful as she imagined it to be. I hope our story will be similar! In the mean time, Wes and I continue to read our baby books and adoption books to see if we can learn how to be good adoptive parents.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Life with Four Legged Children...

Wes created this photo montage for me for Valentine's Day. I'm not an emotional kind of girl... but I started to feel a tear or two watching this video. All of you canine moms and dads will appreciate this one! Enjoy our pups...may they make your life a little wonderful today :)

It's a Date!

WOOHOO! We finally got a phone call... after waiting (for what seems like years...even though it has only been 5 weeks) to hear back from our agency. Our social worker contacted us today and said she would try to get in all four of our home visits as quickly as possible. It looks like we will travel to Barker on Februaury 26th for our FIRST of four homestudy interviews. Please pray that the weather cooperates with us and that all goes well! We are really excited to have one more piece of the puzzle to look forward to...and hopefully, we will be on "the list" of prospective parents within a month or two! So...we press along!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Wes and Diana Day

On February 10, 2008 Wes and I will celebrate our 12th year together. Wes “officially” asked me out at the Valentine’s Dance in 1996 and we have been together ever since that night of our freshman year of high school. CRAZY! I thought I would write a special little something to celebrate our many years together, on what we have termed “Wes and Diana Day.” Wes may be a little embarrassed by this PDA, but I am going to post it anyway. So, here are the qualities that I love in Wes and the things he does that are so wonderful…


I love you because…

You make me laugh until my sides hurt and my cheeks ache.
You cuddle with our puppies and make each one feel loved.
You go outside and feed the horses on the cold days just so I can get a little more sleep.
You are determined.
You enjoy riding in the fields with me.
You go “packin’” with me and the pups.
You rescue injured and helpless animals.
You love your family.
You love me.
You did not think twice about spending $ to save Sawyer.
You are so cute when you play with babies and little kiddos.
You are quick witted.
You know how to relax.
You are spontaneous.
You are cute.
You are compassionate.
You are spiritual.
You are grounded.
You are confident.
You love Jesus.
You kiss my cheeks.
You rub my back when it hurts.
You tickle my neck.
You are manly enough to clean the house (including the toilets :).
You are athletic.
You ran a marathon with me!
You make me feel so special.
You are wonderful.
You are the love of my life.

Happy Wes and Diana Day, Sweets! I love you with all my heart!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Cheaters Never Win

We celebrated Wes' Birthday with a little Super Bowl Party. None of our teams were playing, but we all wanted the Giants to win simply because the Patriots are cheaters. How unfair! Granted, other NFL teams are guilty of the same, but the Patriots were caught and if they would have won, what a terrible message to send to young people across the U.S.

Both Wes and my Mom were born on Febraury 3rd. We also went out to dinner with my family on Saturday to celebrate Mom's birthday. Happy Birthday to two very special people!

I've posted a few pics of our party.

Bryden and I were not too into the game. We enjoyed playing with the dogs more :)
Bryden found the little metal dishes that came from Granny's house. Granny always said she left the on her coffee table because kids couldn't break them but they could play and fidget with them and they make a lot of noise. Obviously, she knew what she was talking about. Bryden loved them :) Thanks, Granny. We were thinking about you and missing you last nite. I posted this picture for all of the Kemper cousins to see them and remember Granny a little bit :)
Wes had TWO cakes. We have plenty of leftovers if anyone is interested. I hope his wish comes true. I bet I know what he wished...