Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Elise 1st Birthday

I know it's over 3 months late...but here are some pictures of Elise at 1 year.

Look at this cutie

Hanging out with dad on a Sunday afternoon.
Eating of the cake
Opening of the presents
The famous pig cake.....

When I was 3 or 4 my mom made me a pig cake just like the one pictured above.
For Elise's 1st Birthday I thought it would be neat to make the same cake, only Elise's hippy dad wanted a sugar-free, wheat-free, apple sauce sweetened (essentially taste free) version for his little girl. Up until this point we hadn't given Elise any sugar and we were hoping to continue the trend. The pig decorations were real candy of course, but we took those off before she ate it.
While the cake turned out cute, Elise had a hard time finding anything to eat because the "all natural" cream cheese frosting had hardened into a substance that can only be likened unto concrete. So, needless to say I felt bad that she wasn't able to enjoy her first birthday cake as I had planned.

There is a continuation of this story....stay tuned.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

What We Have Been Up To

The last couple of months have been very busy for us. We have moved to Utah, started working, celebrated holidays, birthdays, Orem City Days, Strawberry Days, spent time as a family and enjoyed the beautiful weather and we have pictures to prove it.

Elise and cousin Emelia
Memorial Day- getting ready to watch the parade.
Elise loves her purse and carries it around on her shoulder, it is so cute.

Memorial Day visiting Uncle Stephen's grave

Hanging out with cousins at the cemetary

Strawberry Days concert in the Park

New shades

Emelia with Great Grandma O

First bath with bubbles (I know my child is deprived)

Cousin Emelia- we love when she comes to visit


Thank you Grandma D. Elise loves her new Nemo bubble machine!

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

The NEW itsaboutlove.org

Today is a happy day!

I think one of the great advantages of the internet is to be able to share important ideas, feelings, and events with family and friends. So, that is why I'm writing this post, to share some of those with you!

10 years ago this August I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Mckenzie. Two days later she was placed with her adoptive family. Adoption, and the process it entails, is very near and dear to my heart. It has been a blessing to me, and has shaped my life in ways that I will always be grateful for. I have so much to be thankful for from my experience with it, and because of that, I love to share my story. I have done many speaking engagements for different agencies over the years. I enjoy talking about what a beautiful and wonderful experience this was for me in the hope that it will help someone else.

We found Mckenzie’s family through LDS Family Services. There are so many there who devote so much of their lives to this process of bringing birth parents and adoptive parents together, and I'm grateful for their help and assistance.

About a year and a half ago I was asked to work on a project with the LDS church and LDS Family Services. They had finally received the go ahead to update the website itaboutlove.org I feel so privileged to have been able to be a part of this miracle. There are so many who worked tirelessly on this project and let me tell you...there are perma-grins that it is finally live.
The site it beautiful, there are so many great resources for birth parents, adoptive couples and anyone just interested in adoption.

One of the greatest things about the new site is that it is real people telling real stories. What you see on the website are not actors, but experiences shared from real birth parents and real adoptive families. I know cause I'm on it. :) You might have to search a little to find me, but here's a hint: What are my options…single parenting…the choice I made.