Saturday, July 28, 2007

I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, July 23, 2007

Doggy Date

Peter Peterson
Wrigley Jennings

Peter got to meet his friend Wrigley this weekend. Peter loves this little guy! They wear each other out and of course we like getting to see K.J. and Mike. It was a great distraction from a weekend of working on papers. Which I am still working on- almost done!

Getting these two to pose for a picture was pretty much impossible. Just like toddlers. And yes- Wrigley is chewing Peter's head. All puppies love to chew on him cause he just lies there like a fool!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Colorado and California

Well I won't try to write all about the past 10 days. We have seen a voluptuous amount of family and friends.

Looking back- We got to enjoy a great weekend in Colorado with the Keyser Crew and Company. Celebrating Jeff and Amy and hanging out with parents "to be" Lisa and Joel. Quick trip, but got to see all our Colorado peeps- lots of fun!

Home for 3 days, then out to Santa Barbara. Ben (Jon's long time childhood friend and next door neighbor) got married. I going to go out on a limb and say it was the most beautiful wedding I have been to location wise. Anywhere in Santa Barbara would be up for that nomination. However, this wedding was on the Shelton's Property, up in the hills of Montecito. Imagine national park site turned hippy compound- You have to see it to really understand. This is the place Ben and his entire family have called home for many many years . Here are just a FEW of my pics trying to capture the weekend. I am not even going to begin writing about it, I don't have time. I will just say it was renewing, inspiring, fun, and busy! I highly encourage checking out the professional photos.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

This is what we do to celebrate America- Parades and Fire

Well we have had an interesting day. Started off with the Des Plaines Parade where we represented Children's Hope. I am not going to lie, Jon sort of got suckered in on this one! It was a fun morning though. Really great to meet so many adopted kids and families, and again so confirming of the work I am doing. I do love it!
Peter was a star and quite a good sport! I think he may be the new mascot. We were very proud of his parade performance. He was very tolerant of many small children, lots of noise, and hung out for about 4 hours in Chicago humidity. OK, he's not a real child....but we don't have one, so we can be proud of our dog.......I know..we're goofs! BUT everyone LOVED him!

Then Jon felt sick........ then I felt sick...... (hmm... Oh well!) Here's to hoping that was a fluke as we are going out of town tomorrow......(P.S. posts will be slow for a bit!)

Then at about 9:30 p.m. we took a walk and were delighted to find we actually didn't miss out on fireworks. Turns out our local park has an "underground" display of its own. I must admit, at times I said we're leaving right now before we catch fire and die. But then again, I was intrigued, and it was actually quite a good display. Much more fun to watch than any city fireworks show. Probably because it was devious and we were amazed by the mass quantity of people that had gathered to show off what they had bought out of state. Apparently, we discovered a local tradition on accident! I kid you not, the bleachers were full! We sat for about 45 minutes amazed at how people get away with such illegal things in mass quantity- no one stopped it. I insisted we leave after we had seen a bit of a show in order to spare our arms, legs, and liability

Tuesday, July 3, 2007


This past weekend we got to meet two wonderful little new additions to the world! I have to say God reveals himself very clearly through the process of creating human life. To think about a child being "knit" together for 9 months, and then appearing, it is mind boggling- and awesome!