We were the closest family possible. Our world was turned upside down on 05/03/09 when my best friend, the person I love most next only to our children, my sister Trina was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. Her body gave out on her on 01/09/10 but she will ALWAYS be a part of our daily life and will continue to be in my posts. I started my blog to chronicle our daughter's international adoption from Guatemala and have continued to use it as a journal.

What you will find is my family trying to adapt to our new lives that were handed to us.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Happy Birthday Valentina!!!!

Seven years ago today we got "the call"!

It was about 4pm and I'd had a rough day of waiting to get the call. Sissy had taken me on a Target run to take my mind off things and I had broken down in the middle of the toy aisle, all the emotions, the waiting, the not knowing, just getting to me.

After our Target and Lowes run (you can look up the whole post, I just can't go through it and link it) I came home and there was a voicemail from our agency waiting for us.

It was the call.

Valentina, you have made our lives. Not just made our lives better, more complete, happier. You have MADE our lives. You are so much more than a little girl, you are a confidante to Asa. You are my equal, you are Beya's special girl, you were TT's favorite  spoiled niece, you are Daddy's princess, you are Papa's soul, you are Josh's Vali.

You are a daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and all around special girl.

We love you Valentina.

Happy Birthday.

Olympic Overload

The last time the Winter Olympics happened was a month after sissy died. It was the perfect escape for mom and me. We became obSESSED with them. Trina was a big Olympic fan. She always wanted to be an Olympian. Every two years we would leave our lives behind and become immersed in sports that we had never heard of nor cared about before. Every two years we happen upon some random sport that we never thought we'd give two shits about and it becomes our latest obsession. Last Winter Olympics it was women's curling. This year? Hockey. We are loving our hockey. Mom and I even got up early this morning to watch the US Mens game. I can't wait for the next Womens (Women's? Which is it Jen?) game.

After the Olympics we have our trial re-trial to get into. In March the penalty phase re-trial of the murderer of Travis Alexander takes place. I'm just hoping that they have an online feed of it. JUSTICE FOR TRAVIS!!!!!

Next up?


We are all so stoked to watch soccer 24/7 for a month. Last World Cup Asa correctly predicted all but two games. He said from the beginning that Spain was going to win. Who won the World Cup? Spain. Asa doesn't just guess, he studies who is injured, who is starting, who is sitting out etc.... I wanted so badly to be able to take him to a game this year but that isn't going to happen. Maybe in another four years.

Until then we are still on Olympic Overload.