Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Sisters!  I am so Thankful for each and every one of you that has helped me get through this journey with my sanity in tact (mostly).

I know I’ve been kind of absent lately….just a lot going on.  But know that I’m thinking of you often and keeping up to date on your stories.

I hope all of you in the US have a wonderful day with your families and friends.  J is out hunting right now and I’m curled up on the couch with Rocky and my coffee, watching “Biggest Loser” til it’s time for the parade to start.

Much love to you all~Dawn


I had planned on writing a post about how “Taste of Homelessness” went and our fun night at the Garth Brooks concert.  However, a call from J just over an hour ago changed my plans.

See, a good friend of J’s was killed in a truck accident this morning.  This is his 2nd friend that’s died in the past month or so and the 3rd in the last couple of years.  And I can’t help but ask, Why?  Why God?  Why these young men?  Why so many that J knows?  I know I won’t get these answers anytime on this earth.  But right now, my heart is just broken for J and for B’s family and friends.

He was one of the sweetest guys I’ve met.  So polite whenever he was with us.  He lived a couple hours away so we didn’t get to see him a lot, but a couple of years ago, we went to a fundraiser for a local charity.  They do a big trivia event every year the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day.  We asked him if he wanted to come and be on our team and man, we would have really sucked if it wouldn’t have been for him.  He was AMAZING at trivia…such a smart guy.  Last Christmas Eve, he came and spent the whole day with us celebrating with J’s side of the family at our house.  The weather turned pretty bad that night and when he left to drive home, I made him promise me if the roads were too bad, he had to turn and come back to spend the night.  It wasn’t a half hour later and he was walking back through our door.  He was like a little brother to J and I just don’t know how he is going to handle this.  Right now, he’s stuck staying at school because they have a basketball game tonight and he can’t let his kids down by not coaching.

RIP B….we are going to miss you more than you will ever know!  Love you!!!

Hibernation and Hallmark

We woke up to the first snow of the season for us.  This totally means I get to go into hibernation and just stay cuddled up on the couch with my soft blanket, my pup, a fire going and Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel, right?!  Haha…I wish!!!  I have, however, had a fairly easy day with only one munchkin here today.  And it’s a good thing to, because as the day has gone on, I’ve just felt more and more punky.  Nothing I can put my finger on but just very little energy and my pain from fibromyalgia has been acting up the 5 or 6 days too.  So annoying!!!

I know I haven’t written much on the ttc front.  If AF is coming, she’ll show up sometime in the next 3-6 days.  Other than that, nothing new with it.

My Sister gave us quite the scare this weekend.  She was at a Mom’s conference she goes to every year with a bunch of ladies from her church.  Saturday morning she started getting a bad headache that turned into shaking, pretty much incoherent, couldn’t stand or talk.  They called an ambulance and she spend the whole day at the hospital.  This has happened before, although not quite as bad due to her lyme’s disease.  There’s a certain medicine they give her when she goes into our hometown hospital and my BIL talked to them on the phone and told them what it was but this hospital wouldn’t give it to her.  Instead, they did a cat scan and a spinal tap, both came back normal.  But now she is stuck dealing with all the side effects of a spinal tap.  And the rest of us are stuck with trying to get her to slow down and rest.  It is not easy, especially when our big event for Family Promise is coming up Friday night.

It’s called “Taste of Homelessness” and we will be sleeping over night in our cars at the county fair grounds.  We’re going to show a couple of movies “The Pursuit of Happiness” and “Over the Hedge”.  We’ll have different soups available to eat, games and music and hopefully raise awareness and lots of donations for Family Promise.  I hope we have a decent amount of people show up.  We always start planning these events a few months in advance and then the outside sources take so long getting back to us that it feels like everything is last minute and we didn’t get enough advertising of the event out.

And then after the event is over Saturday morning, J and I will be headed to Minneapolis for the Garth Brooks concert.  I also made reservations at “The Melting Pot” before the concert.  So excited!!!  Let’s just hope that whatever is making me feel yucky right now goes away by Friday!  Hope all is well with all of you!



I totally forgot to put the card in with the package I sent for the mug exchange.  I had it in there and then I decided I needed one more layer of bubble wrap so I took it out to put the wrap in.  Took off for the post office so I would make it before it closed, got home and there laid the card on the kitchen counter.  So, if you get/have gotten a package with no card in it.  It’s probably from me.  I sent it priority so it should be there by today, tomorrow at the very latest because I sent it out on Friday.  I know, I’m a forgetful dork, lol.

2 Years and Mug Exchange

Yesterday was J and I’s 2nd anniversary and it’s been almost exactly 3 years since we began the ttc journey.  Here are the beautiful gifts he gave me on Sunday:

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J can never wait until the day of to give me presents, lol.  Our first Christmas after we were married, he gave me half my presents before Christmas ever got here!  I gave him the Garth Brooks tickets even though I had to spoil the surprise a couple weeks early.  Last night, we went to a place called Shenanigans in La Crosse.  It’s a sports bar along with arcade games, laser tag, bumper cars, etc.  It was pretty dead in there and the food wasn’t great, but we had a good time competing in Connect 4 (I won), air hockey (he always wins), skee ball (we each won a round), and Pacman (I won).  If you’re counting, I came out on top, lol.  It was a fun night.

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I also wanted to say a Huge “Thank You” to Ashley for my mug and package.  Her website or handle wasn’t included but hopefully she will see this!  I LOVE the Mug!!!!


Orphan Sunday

Yesterday, Nov. 2, was Orphan Sunday.  Our Church is one that participates and had all sorts of tables set up to learn about different ways that we can help orphans.  There were tables for foster care, a couple of adoption agencies (including the one we plan on using), ways to financially support, etc.

Did you know that if just 8% of Christians adopted, there would be no orphans?  And that’s just Christians!  That doesn’t count people that adopt that don’t consider themselves Christian.

As we were sitting, waiting for the sermon to start yesterday, a thought ran through my head.  Why are we spending all this money to try and have our own children, when there are so many out there already that need a loving family?  Now, I know adoption is not for everyone and I’m not trying to make anyone else feel bad about not choosing it.  Everyone is different and everyone needs to do what’s best for them.  However, J and I know it’s something that we can do.  We know it’s something we’ve always wanted to do.  We just didn’t plan on it being because we couldn’t have our own children.

I’m finally at peace with our decision.  I feel like we finally have our answer for this stage in our life.  We are still going in on Wednesday to speak with Dr. Ryan.  We want to make sure we have all the facts in case finances allow us at some point to do more medical treatments.  But at this point in time, we are happy and at peace to move forward with adoption.  I sent an email to our adoption agency this morning asking that we be placed in the January lottery to be able to move forward with the process.

Now I can’t wait for January to get here.  I hope upon hope that we are picked to get started.  If we aren’t, I think we will begin the process of finishing up getting licensed to be foster parents so we can provide respite care on the weekends for other foster parents.  Now all I need is for God to work out the financial aspects and the timing of it all with my daycare kids.  I think in order for all of this to work out, I’m going to have to let go of 1 or 2, but I’m really hoping that God will work it all out and I will lose a couple because of their own circumstances at just the right time.  I don’t WANT to lose any of them or have to let any of them go but because of ages and numbers and licensing, I will probably have to.  This is the biggest thing I’m worried about right now and I just need to give it to God and trust that He will take care of it.