"Once our eyes are opened, we cannot pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act." Proverbs 24:12

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Friday, August 15, 2008


Isn't that just about the sweetest face you've ever seen?
(Click on the picture for a closeup of those heart-melting eyes,
which by the way are one blue and one brown.)

Here he is, folks! For those of you who know what an obsessive all-things-Kiefer Sutherland nut I am, I bet you never thought that my dream of having Kiefer all mine would ever come true, huh?

I know we're waiting to see where God leads us as to another adoption in our lives, so for the meantime, we've jumped the gun and added this loving little boy as a family member. Our new addition is a male dapple dachshund, whom I fell in love with the minute I laid eyes on him. So, what a more appropriate name to give him than Kiefer!

He's a bundle of fun and loves the kids and his new Mama and Daddy. AJ seems to love him a bit too much at times, but is quickly learning (after several daily timeouts and a few nips) that he has to be gentle with the doggy. He's only been with us a week and I can already tell this is gonna be one spoiled boy!
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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

No, I haven't abandoned my blog.

That's the question I've gotten on a couple of emails. So sorry everyone for being such a bad blogger. We've been back from our vacation for almost 2 weeks now. But, I have barely had a moment to sit and gather thoughts, much less be able to put them down on the blog.

So much to say that has happened since we've been home. Here are some highlights of what's coming up and what I've missed blogging about (but hope to!): My birthday, My precious nephew, Seth's, first birthday, school starting next week, a part time job at home, an upcoming surgery (mine!), an adorable new addition to our family, a give-away that I've been meaning to do forever and so much more! Please don't give up on me! Pretty soon the craziness of summer will be over and it will just be back to AJ and myself hanging out during the day, which means I will have lots more free time.

I feel terrible that I've been so out of the loop from my bloggy friends lives. I know several of you are getting ready to travel in the next week or two and some are just days away from hearing about your travels. And of course, I sure do miss seeing those families with their sweeties already home and reading all about their antics. I WILL CATCH UP....before it's too late. I'm definitely going through withdrawls.

Now, I want to end with the finale to our trip which was visiting downtown Annapolis. We had the pleasure of meeting with an old friend and her walking-encyclopedia of a hubby for dinner. Thank you so much Susan and George! We had an awesome night! It was great to sit down with grown-ups for a delicious dinner and just relax and laugh.

Annapolis is a city so full of history! We were truly captivated by George's knowledge and stories behind the many sights we saw. I also enjoyed walking through the campus of St. John's college, where a dear friend attended many moons ago. Scott, of course being a Navy man, was most enthused about visitng (although barely because of time constraints) the Naval Academy.

The next morning we boarded the plane back to Florida to find our little munchkins thrilled with excitement that Mama and Daddy were home. Needless to say, we were more than elated to have them back in our arms, as I'm sure my Mom and sister were. Anna Grace and Kai did great the entire time. To our surprise, it was little AJ who had a very rough time. My poor baby missed his Mama immensely!

We are all back full swing into our normal lives and although spending 10 days with my sweetie alone was wonderful, THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME and we're glad to be back!

Enjoy the pics and I promise to be a much better blogger in the future!

Susan and I at the WWII Memorial.
The streets of downtown Annapolis.
Yummy! Scott and I were filled in all about this Annapolis landmark that
specializes in naming dishes after the State's Governors.
We had super-delicious shakes here to finish off the evening.

Ummm...sorry honey, I don't think we'll be lookin' at one of those for many years!

Reading the plaques at the memorial.
View of the entire WWII Memorial.
I love my Navy man!

Our gracious hosts.
Strolling through St. John's college.

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