Apr 29, 2016

Showered with Love

Zeb and I had the opportunity to go to Oregon last week to take an updated family photo with my family.  Several grand children had been added to the family since our last one and because no one was great with child it ended up being a good time to get one done.  We had such a blast playing with our nieces and nephews and getting in some much needed family time.










While we were there my wonderful sisters(-in-law) threw me a foster care shower.  It was so much fun to see the people I grew up with and many who had a large impact for the best on my youth... it takes a village and all... It was a wonderful opportunity to share our decision, answer questions and let people know all about what we've been up to.  I gave Zeb the option to stay and visit (since it was a bit of an unconventional thing we get to make up our own social rules right) and he decided he wasn't too into talking about it for hours on end and so my dad took him out to dinner and a movie instead.

A BIG thank you to Vanessa, Vanessa, Melissa, and my mom for the work they put into making it happen.  Everything was perfect and so well thought out.  I was a bit nervous that I wouldn't have the answer to peoples questions or that I would bore people by giving them way more information that they cared to hear, but it was such a wonderful evening and I loved talking and catching up with everyone.  Here are some pictures from that evening.







Also a HUGE thank you for the gifts we received (and continue to receive almost daily).  It has been such a help in getting us ready for our home study on 5/9/16.  We have only three more tasks to do around the house and then we will be just about ready!  It has been a little bit harder than I thought to prepare for all age groups at once instead of growing our supplies while the children grow too.  One example is that in our home we now have a bedside sleeper for infants, a pack and play for toddlers, and twin bed for kids. a queen bed for guests, and a king bed for us!  (We do NOT have that many bedrooms - not to mention there is only two of us living here right now).  We have a house filling with supplies, toys, kids movies, first aid kits, and love from family, and friends.  These children are so loved and supported already and we don't even know who they are yet!  Not to mention the overwhelming love and support we feel.

Apr 19, 2016

Moving Right Along

Things in the licensing process are moving right along.  We just got word back that our background checks have been completed (they were ran in Utah, Idaho, and Oregon which can sometimes hold things up) and we have finalized a date and time for our home study.  It will officially be taking place on Monday, May 9th.  So we can expect to be fully licensed shortly after that.  We are continuing to get the house ready and are currently working on the kids bedroom and getting that all set up.  It has been so fun to come home from work and find packages at the door.  We get more and more excited as our home fills with children's toys, necessities, and is becoming more and more kid friendly.  Thank you to everyone for your love and support in making this somewhat stressful time much more relaxing and stress free.  We feel so blessed and encouraged by our kind words and thoughtful gifts... THANK YOU!!  


PS; If you are interested in learning more about what we are doing you can visit the Utah Foster Care webpage (http://utahfostercare.org) or ask us any questions and we will be happy to fill you in - we are a pretty open book!

Apr 11, 2016

So.... What's next?

Each weekend we work on a project so we can be ready for our home study which will be sometime in May.  A few weekends ago we got locks for our garage cabinets and sorted through everything to ensure all hazardous items were now behind lock and key.  This past weekend all bookcases were bolted to the walls.  We have a whole check list we are working our way through.

Zeb and I have decided to wet our feet in the foster care program and to see how well our broken hearts handle the intricacies of it by starting out as respite care givers.  This means that once we are licensed we will look after children for anywhere from 1 night to 1 week while their foster parents are taking care of family emergencies or even just needing a break.  Pretty much any need that might arise where the children need a short term, safe place to stay.  This is where we will likely get children that might not be in our requested age range or sibling groups for a relatively short space of time.

One of the reasons for this is that it will give us the opportunity to better answer the questions we will be asked but don't yet have answers to, such as:  would you like a boy or girl, would you take a sibling group of two or more, what behaviors can you work with and which ones can you not tolerate, and many many others.  It will also help us to gain a deeper understanding of how the system works and what kind of support we might need to help us be as successful as possible.  We hope to someday adopt through the State of Utah and this is a perfect starting place for us.

It has been so wonderful to feel an outpouring of love and support as we start down this path and prepare for parenthood (and our foster/adoption license). Please continue to pray for us that we can make the best decisions and see what the path that is right for our family.  Thanks everyone!!

Mar 27, 2016

Our Family.... an update

Family and Friends, we are so glad you stopped by our blog!  You probably have a few questions about what’s going on in our life and what we’ve been up to since we have been missing in action on the blog for the past few years.  Let's start with the basics:  We have purchased a town home in Herriman Utah where we currently live.  It is about 30 minutes from the SLC airport.  We are loving having our own place and thoroughly enjoying living outside of Utah County.  We are both working; Zeb in the mortgage industry and Lisa in the accounting/finance industry.  We have a beautiful, shy cat named Ramona, but you can call her Honey Bear.

     We have tried for a few years to start our family but it just hasn't been working out for us.  In 2014 I had surgery and our doctor was confident we would be pregnant in just a few months.  However when that didn’t happen it was time to start seeing the specialist's specialist.  After many, many tests it was determined that as a couple Zeb and I would never be able to have biological children on our own and if we wanted them it would be possible, but would require some pretty intense infertility treatments (ICSI).  We have taken our time coming to terms with that news and adjusting to the fact that the life we dreamed of and planned for might not be the path our life will actually take.  We have started to dream new dreams and adjust our plans and have come to some conclusions about what we would like our future family to be and how we would like to get there.  We are happy and excited to share that news with our family and friends!




     We have many options available to us to start our family and we have decided that for our first child we would like to pursue adoption through the state of Utah.  This means that we will obtain the same license that foster families receive.  We have finished taking 32 hours of training through the state and are about get our first aid and CPR certification.  The next step on our journey will be to complete a home study and then we will be ready to foster-to-adopt, or adopt a waiting child.  We are so excited to take these next few steps to finish our license and are so ready to get going and start our family.  We know that for many people this is the path less traveled and we are honestly thrilled to be on it.  We are happy to answer any questions you might have.  We do understand that it is all quite fascinating and interesting and we feel blessed to be learning about and participating in this path!

     We will continue to update this blog as much as possible about where we are at in the process and are so grateful for your love and support as we build our family.  My mom has put together a registry for us on Amazon if you would like to help us prepare our home for the upcoming home study Link Here.  We are so grateful for the love and support we have felt as we have made this decision.

We'll keep in touch,
Lisa & Zeb








May 26, 2015

Utah Valley University Graduation

In May Zeb walked at UVU's graduation.  I was so proud of him!  After a few set backs and a lot of hard work he was finally graduating!!!  What a relief.  We had so many plans of things we wanted to do with our life but were stuck while we waited


















for school to finished and here it was!  We had a fun graduation party with family and friends and had a blast celebrating!


May 18, 2015

Picking up where we left off

I took a break from blogging.  It was a nice, much needed break.  I think I didn't have much to talk about, and the things that were important to me at the time were likely not important to anyone else.  So there's that.  But we've had a beautiful life lately and I'd like to fill you in on it.  Since I'm an accountant I live my life in "quarters" so.... here are a few fun picutres from Q1 2014.  We had been having a lot of fun with family and friends.  We even took a spring trip break to Vegas to get away from the cold of Utah and cross some things off our bucket list.  We knew school would end for Zeb but sometimes it just seemed like that day would never come so our trip to Vegas was a great break from homework and the stresses of life.  Our favorite parts were visiting the grand canyon and eating at Chef Ramsey's stake house.  I still dream of the Mac & Cheese that I had there.... amazing!

Ringing in the new year... probably somewhere around 9 pm.  I"m not a night owl!

Have you ever seen a happier kid???

Zeb teaching his nephew how to fly the angry birds blimp

Sisters!!!

For Valentine's day we went to see Brian Regan at the Energy Solutions Arena

Standing on the Hoover Dam

Dinner at Chef Ramsey's - Steak

Anyone else love Pawn Stars??  It was fun to look around and watch them film

The nicest couple took this picture who were road tripping back home from picking up their newly adopted son.  It was great chatting with them

I've been thinking I need a selfie stick lately!  But I'd probably be too embarrassed to use it, either way I meet a lot of nice people while asking them to take our picture - it's a great way to break the ice and make new friends.  I'm keeping up with my photography hobby - and I think my pictures have improved a lot over the last year.  While I catch you up on our going on's see if you can see the improvement too!

Feb 27, 2014

Privacy

I haven't been around much lately.  Truthfully I don't have much to say :)  But I am writing a blog still, it's just a private blog.  This year my new years resolution was to write my life history.  I decided to do it on a private blog because I know there are services that can print you blog into a book for you and that seemed like the easiest option.  I've been reading through old journals and scrapping my memory for evens that really mattered in my life and have stuck with me.

Now don't get too excited - you don't get to read it!  Maybe once I'm dead and gone someday....... But I might share bits and pieces of it with you if I feel they are compelling and aren't too embarrassing!  Here's how it starts though:



In the words of my parents:

"On April 20, 1984 Lisa raced into the world and into our lives.  She has always been on the go, just the way she started life.  Lisa was anxious to get here so the labor moved much quicker than expected and we ended up racing across Salt Lake, running red lights and darting between traffic to get to the hospital.  In the great hurry, Reed even forgot where the hospital was.  Finally there at the hospital, we raced through the hallways and minutes later she was laying in our arms gently crying as a new born baby."

I don't remember much of my childhood.  It's not that I've blocked it our per say, I've just taken living in the moment to a whole new level.  This year my new years resolution was to write my life history up to this point (2014) so I could take a hard look at the things that have helped shape and mold me into the woman I am today.  I'm pretty proud of who I am, and I don't want to forget the events that helped get me there.  Now back to my parents side of the story:

"Since then Lisa has always been moving, dancing , talking or making things better.  From the first twirl in her Dad's arms Lisa has been in love with dancing.  She would ask her dad over and over again to dance with her.  Swing dancing or waltzing she spent most of her time in the air.  When he wore out she started taking lessons, only now with her feet firmly on the ground.  Her wonderful rhythm and sense of grace were always evident and she shone in the many dance recitals we attended.  Often she was selected to be the focal point of the dance group and frequently in the audience we would hear comments of how cute she was.  All the early dance experiences helped prepare Lisa for her High School passion, the dance team.  She was especially excited when all the dads were invited to dance with their daughters at a High School football game.  I'm sure it won't be the last time she and her dad dance together."

I'm grateful that my parents wrote down these memories.  This excerpt is from my young women's "high school" graduation party before leaving for my first year of College in utah.  So I have some stories to tell to catch you up to speed.

Lets get started....

Dec 6, 2013

December?!?! What the.....

I've written this posts two times now and for some reason they haven't shown up on the blog yet!  But I'm still here, still alive and doing pretty well.  Winter hit us hard last week and we've had 5 days below 20 degrees now.  brrr..... I hate the cold.  But I know I'll make it through this winter because we're only 2 weeks away from the winter solstace!!  Maybe I'll throw a party to celebrate the days getting longer again....

Tomorrow we're decorating ginger bread houses in this joint - I couldn't be more excited!!!  I got quite the assortment of candies at WINCO tonight and remembered how much I love that place!  It was way better than grocery shopping at Walmart, and believe it or not, quite a bit cheaper as well!  I'm a believer now and you should be to - check it out, it's totally worth the drive!

Sep 25, 2013

creepy crawly things

oh... Hi there.  You're still checking back in here.  That's good to know!  Thanks!

The other night I had the most vivid dream I have EVER had.  I was laying in bed sleeping (in my dream) and as I rolled over I took my pillow with me.  That's when I saw it scurry from it's now exposed spot on my bed back under the warmth of my pillow.  A thick brown spider.  I lept from my bed, only to be held back by the sea of blankets that entrapped me.  When I was finally free and standing next to my bed I started the processes of ensuring my safety: shaking my hair out and stripping my clothes off.  I grabbed a light and started scowering the blankets for where the furry creature had gone.  I couldn't find it anywhere.  Somewhere during my striptease and shaking out of my hair I became aware that Zeb was telling me "It's OK, you're OK.  It's OK, you're OK."  As I searched our bed, I couldn't find the spider anywhere and Zeb was asking me what I was looking for.  I got back into bed, my heart beating out my chest and continued to itch all over for the next long while as I drifted back off into dreamland.  I must have given Zeb a heart attack because I didn't fully wake up and realize my sleep "walking/stripping" and scouring of the sheets was all in a deep dream state until the next morning.  My story of what happened and Zeb's version were quite different leading me to believe, there might not have actually been a spider in my bed.

But then again, I do have a tiny bug bite on the top of my left hand.... so really, who even knows?

I guess that black widow I found near our garage a few weeks ago had a greater effect on me than I originally understood.

Aug 15, 2013

Cha-Ching!

After only 1 week I sold my first item in my Etsy shop!  Wahoo!!!  I was pretty excited to see the email stating I was officially up and running as a business woman.  I took the profits and headed straight to fabric store to purchase the fabric for my next sheet set.  I have them created, photographed and up for sale at the shop.  I think they are adorable.  I also have purchased the fabric for my first "set" (crib skirt, and sheets - I've decided to stay away from bumpers, too controversial right now) which I am creating right now and will post as soon as it's ready for sale.  Any ideas on nursery themes for my future sets?  Also, I have the colors are coordinated and am thinking of a name for the set - I'll post the colors for input tomorrow :)

I really am having so much fun!  I hope it keeps taking off in the right direction so I can buy some more fabric soon!  Thanks for all the support and spreading of the word, it means so much to me!

Here are the new items up for sale:



(Don't I have great taste in fabrics!)

I am also working on my shop banner and graphics....  I'll post them once they are completed.

Jul 29, 2013

For Vanessa

Here is the picture I promised you ages ago!  Sorry it took so long....



Too bad Scott's in the way ;)  J/K!!

Jul 28, 2013

Happy Birthday Kelly

While we were in Oregon we got the chance to celebrate my brother's birthday party.... it was really a lot of fun and Melissa cooked us the most yummy dinner!  Happy Birthday Kelly!  I'm so glad we were able to be there for your fun day: