Getting to Know Christi

Christi is a very dominant, strong-willed person.  She likes things to be in perfect condition and likes structure.  She shows a strong front, but behind this front she is a soft, caring person who is very sensitive.  She doesn’t like to fail, and works hard to accomplish any challenge thrown at her.  Her soft spot has to do with children and animals; she will fight tooth and nail to protect them.  Often times you will find Christi being serious, but she can be very goofy, too.  There is usually not a dull moment when Christi is around.  She can be very creative and adventurous, too.

Some of her many interest include the following:

  • Trains
  • Old Cars
  • Elephants
  • Favorite Colors are Yellow and Purple
  • Favorite Flowers are Sunflowers and Daisies
  • Music (Mainly Christian, Country, Classical and Instrumental)
  • Movies (Christian, Romance, Suspense and Comedy)
  • Reading (Suspense/Mystery, Romance and Christian Romance)
  • Road Trips/Scenic Drives
  • Board Games/Card Games/ Puzzles
  • Sports (Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Baseball)
  • Cleaning/Organizing/Decorating
  • Cooking/Baking
  • Coloring in her Adult Coloring Book
  • Arts/Crafts
  • Animals (Especially Cats, Elephants, Rodents/Small Animals)
  • Watching TV Shows (Heartland, Law & Order SVU, Chicago PD, Chicago Med, Chicago Justice, Everybody Loves Raymond, King of Queens, Friends, Gilmore Girls, One Tree Hill, Dawson’s Creek, Reba, Last Man Standing, Pretty Little Liars, etc.)
  • Looking to get back into Playing the Cello and the Flute
  • Favorite Seasons are Fall and Spring
  • Favorite Holidays are Christmas and Easter
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So Many Children in the World

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Not sure if you know, but there is a website online where you can view the profile of children that are available for adoption called http://www.adoptuskids.org.  There are pages upon pages of children that are looking for a loving and forever home; it’s a bit heartbreaking.  All these children want is to have parents who will care for them and keep them safe. I check this website randomly to see who is added or who has been removed (I’m assuming they have been adopted, so hooray for them!).  I seriously cannot help but to fall in love with all these children! I wish I had unlimited funds and a home large enough to adopt every single one of them. I know that sounds a tad bit crazy, but my heart turns to mush and full of so much compassion seeing all these children.  Reading each child’s profile and questioning if they could “fit in” with us and our lifestyle.  While reading every single profile, I smile when I find a child that would be perfect for us.  The simple mention of LEGOs, and I imagine Jason building LEGO sets with the children.  Or when the profile mentions the children want a home with cats; I smile because we have four kitties that these children can love on.  I am reminded by a Bible verse, Matthew 19:14, “Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Even though I know we cannot give all these children a home, I know that they are in God’s hands.  Jesus has his arms around these children. I truly believe that there are children out there that would absolutely perfect for us.  I cannot wait for the chaotic household, where we are chasing after our children, telling them to get their homework done, to clean up their rooms, to stop picking on each other, to eat their food, to do their chores, etc.  I’m sure I will complain and change my tone once we are in those situations, but for now, I look forward to those days.  I also look forward to the cuddles, the sweet hugs, and comforting them if they get an owwie or are simply having a bad day.

On Saturday, we spent a couple of hours with our friends and their four children enjoying lunch and walking around the mall.  Children are children and of course will act out, but I loved how great our friends are with parenting.  They know how to handle their children in a calm matter and tend to know exactly what their children need (at least that’s how it looks to me).  I couldn’t help but smile while watching different situations that would arise; imagining how Jason and I would handle those situations.  I’m very grateful that we have plenty of friends and relatives with children around us, and that we will have plenty of opportunities to ask for advice from them.

As for the rest of our weekend…not much fun took place. We took care of things around the house such as mowing the lawn, laundry, tidying up, and then we did our weekly grocery shopping trip. We live such exciting lives! Haha It was nice to take a break from planning for our fundraising event, and just have some quiet down time before our lives get insanely busy the next couple months.  It was getting to the point where I would wake up from my sleep with anxiety about everything that needs to get done.  Whew! Just need to take a deep breath and breathe.

Until next time. xoxo

We Finally Have Our Kitchen Back

From:  Monday, March 27, 2017

What a busy weekend!  As you may remember from a previous post, our kitchen became a huge mess and basically not usable due to all the donations we have been receiving.  We finally finished taking everything into the basement, just in time to receive even more donations. We decided to do a deep clean of the main floor of our home and it looks awesome. I sat up a play room for our cats (more so for our kitten), and had Jason spend time in there entertaining the cats so they wouldn’t be in the way while I was cleaning.  Cleaning with cats (especially the kitten) can get frustrating.  I’m sure it can be compared to trying to clean with children around.  I clean up all the cat toys/items, the kitten comes and spreads everything out again.  I try to sweep the floors, the kitten decides to lay in my dirt pile. I try to clean the bathroom, the kitten walks around on my freshly cleaned surfaces. There’s a lot of, “no don’t touch that, no don’t eat that, go play with your toys, you’re driving me crazy, etc.” In the end the house did get clean, so that’s a plus.  Maybe it’s just me, but having a clean and organized home is very refreshing.  I like knowing where everything is and having empty surfaces throughout our home.  I absolutely hate clutter, and yes, I know I have to get over this especially when we have children in our home.  Something for me to work on, I guess.  As it turns out, we did not get to finish going through our items to sell and we did not begin pricing any of the donated items yet.

Besides cleaning most of the weekend, we had our friends and their two children come over for dinner and hangout for a little while.  It was entertaining to see how much energy the children have and watching how our friends parent their children.   We have a challenging road ahead of us as far as parenting goes, but I’m honestly very excited for this challenge.

Sunday morning we had a great church service.  We enjoy listening to our pastor preach.  He’s really good at using the Bible and showing how the Bible relates to us in today’s world.  Yesterdays sermon was about “Doubting Thomas”, and about learning to trust in God and stop doubting and fearing things.  We could definitely relate to the fearing things.  Adopting is a huge step for us and we are scared of what lies ahead for us on this journey.  Will we be able to raise enough funds to adopt? Will we be good parents? Is this truly God’s plan for us? Will having children ruin our relationship/friendship with each other? Will we be able to give our children a good life? The list goes on and on.  After church we met with our pastor to kind of talk things over about the rummage/fundraiser and about our fears.  Talking and praying helped ease our minds a little bit and we know we need to focus on praying more about this new adventure.

This week we will continue with sorting/gathering items for the rummage.  This coming weekend we get to have a little get away for Jason’s last dartball tournament for the season.  It should be a fun time hanging out with the rest of the team and also just having some fun time away from home for a couple days.

God’s blessings to you all. Have a great week!

One Week Down, Many Weeks to Go

From: Friday, March 24, 2017

Last week was a big week for us. We decided to officially announce to our friends and family our plans to adopt and start a family of our own. We were surprised by all the positive feedback, prayers and offers to help us in any way we may need.

Jason and I have decided to host a fundraising/rummage sale event this summer to hopefully help raise some funds for our adoption.  It is so crazy how expensive adoption is, but we are very determined to follow through with this new adventure.  I have been busy spending my time looking up individuals that run their own small businesses (i.e. Scentsy, Tupperware, Norwex, etc.), asking for either a raffle donation basket and/or for them to set up a table and fundraise that way.  Also, we plan to have a 50-50 raffle and a bake sale.  We even asked our nieces if they would like to set up a lemonade stand and offered for them to keep half the profit. Figured this could be a good learning experience for them, too. Needless to say, but this should hopefully be a big event.  We are so lucky that a friend of ours has offered to help us with the planning process.

We have already been blessed with donations from Christi’s boss and a few of our friends.  This is a small example of the donations we have received, and actually a lot has been donated even after this picture was taken.  I had the fun job last night of carrying all these bags and boxes down the stairs into our basement so it will be easier for us to start pricing the items. I had to have gone up and down the stairs at least 25 times, if not more.  After so many trips, my legs were throbbing so I called it a day and stuffed the remaining items into our kitchen.  Haha Guess what I get to continue doing this weekend. You guessed it; continue moving the rest of the bags down into the basement.

Another thing we asked our friends/family was to have folks write letter of recommendations for us so we are ready for when we meet with an agency.  It has been wonderful reading the kind words everyone has to say.  We are overwhelmed with all the love and support we have been receiving, and we’re only a week in on this journey!

I talked to our pastor last week about the possibility of us using our churches gymnasium for our fundraiser/rummage sale.  He said he would bring it up in the next meeting and let me know.  We received great news that we have received the approval!  What a relief. Our pastor said that he has to talk to a couple more people and then get back to us about available dates.  Now we just need to set a date and continue with the planning.

Our weekend will be filled with lots of pricing of the items we have received already.  Plus, continuing to go through our own personal items to create piles of things we can sell.  Honestly it is so freeing going through our entire home decluttering and re-organizing. I highly recommend everyone to do this throughout the year.

I guess that’s all the updates I have for today. Have a great weekend everyone!