Sunday, July 24, 2016

Quick Garlic-Lime Marinated Pork Chops | Skinnytaste

Quick Garlic-Lime Marinated Pork Chops | Skinnytaste.



ABSOLUTELY LOVE Skinnytaste.com!!  This looks delicious- don't want to lose this recipe!!





"...And in the end... The love you take is equal to the love you make."---The Beatles
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Long, Hot Summers

Our pool liner died over the winter and we chose to NOT replace the liner for a host of reasons. The point is in many summers past it was cooler, rainier, etc. but not this summer! No, it's like the hottest summer I've seen in a while.......go figure, no pool to cool off in.  :(

"...And in the end... The love you take is equal to the love you make." ---The Beatles
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Friday, April 29, 2016

Eeck where did the last 3 years go?!?

This is crazy. I opened this app today and realized it's been almost 3 years! How can that be? What kept me SOOO busy in that time that I couldn't do a quick update. Hmmm let me see, family, friends, work (mostly work)! 

My family is growing - 7 grandchildren now, only 2 in town the rest are spread out in Kansas City and Anchorage! My husband and I have fun trying to keep up with their birthdays and holidays that's for sure. Then there is time with friends. Gone on a few trips with my friends - northern Ohio, ok may not qualify as a trip, Arizona and Hawaii!!  Big fun no matter where we went. 

Then there is work, love my job and my projects but like everyone else they take a great deal of time. Plus I volunteer (probably too much) and that takes even more time. 

Time is precious, it's the one thing we can't get more of. Everyone has a finite bucket and even though I try my best to make the MOST of my time it will run out sometime. 

So 3 years, where has it gone? It's gone to living my life to its fullest, enjoying every minute of every day, loving life and those in mine. 

What about you? 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Wheatgrass -Days 1 through 3

I started drinking a 4 oz glass of low sugar orange juice with a scoop of wheatgrass 3 days ago. I immediately saw benefits by not being so hungry all day and when I ate I made better choices - raw veggies, fruit, hummus, goat cheese. Not craving carbs or sugar. Immediately!!! 

My goal is to have a healthy relationship with food = Healthy eating, weight loss, improved health, increased energy!! I'm on my way. 

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Preparing a Survey: Perception & Involvement in Adoption

I am currently writing survey questions and will be sending out the link to everyone I can asking for participation. My goal is to gather as much information I can about everyone's perception and involvement in adoption. I want to show that almost everyone knows someone that has been adopted or has been affected by adoption in some way, large or small. 

If you are reading this blog, then I would ask you to participate. As soon as the survey is live, I will be posting the link on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and any other place I can think of!! I plan to create a Facebook page that will support the survey, request people to tell their "stories" about adoption and to showcase the survey results.

I'm very excited! This has been in the makings for years. I always knew I would write a book about my experiences but they seem so uneventful and only interesting to me and my family. However, a collection of other experiences is powerful! That's what I want to do - publish a book that is powerful about the truth of adoption.

"...And in the end... The love you take is equal to the love you make." ---The Beatles
Thanks for reading my Heavenly Thoughts

Sunday, December 30, 2012

About To BURST!


Shout It From The Rooftops.

What do you do when you know something that is so BIG that you want to shout it from the rooftops!?!  You SHOUT it!!

I had that happen this holiday season - something that meant so much to me that I wanted to shout it out! Unfortunately, it's all about timing and the time isn't right. One day soon, the shouting will begin :)


Friday, December 28, 2012

What does it "FEEL" like to be adopted?

I have known my entire life that I was adopted. I did not even know what that meant, but it was one of attributes that my Mom felt was important that I identified with - like I am girl, tall, adopted, only-child, live in Cincinnati, smart, wear glasses, have blonde hair, hazel eyes and have a dog, a Mom and a Dad.

My Mom defined adopted as: We picked you out of all of the other children in the world to be our daughter and family. Wow! Out of all the children in the world, I was special and was "chosen". To this day, the concept of "choosing" is VERY important to me. (See my previous blog posts about this topic)

And even though my Mom worked very hard to make me "FEEL" not-adopted, I had it in my DNA that I am adopted. Sometimes when I thought about being adopted, I wondered what my parents were like, did I have siblings, what was going on with them that adoption was the best solution and so many more questions?

Always questions and feelings.  And after all this time, I still have days that I never give it any thought, other days it's all I think about. The feelings run the whole gamete of everything from extremely GREAT to extremely SUCKY. Here's a sample of what I sometimes feel:

  • Rejection, Resentful
  • Acceptance, Loved
  • Hurt, Abandoned
  • Chosen, Selected
  • Empty, Angry
  • Special, Happy
  • Relieved, Alive!!!!!
  • Curious but Afraid
What might have happened if I wasn't adopted? Would I be the same person, strong, goal-oriented, persevere, successful, even alive? Would I have been abused mentally or physically because I was unwanted? We see it often in the news, babies and children that are mistreated because they are unwanted. Wow, I wasn't any of that!!! Thank God!

I  was adopted into an awesome family, a Mother that loved me with all her being. A Father that was lacking but tried - many don't even try. :) 

I am going to work on an adoption project this year. I believe that most of my friends and family have been affected by adoption in some way - I'm not a psychologist or a social worker but I do want to collect people's opinions, experiences, thoughts about adoption and how it has affected them for my research. I will be reaching out to find you for my 2013 Project.

Stay tuned.....more coming soon!


"...And in the end... The love you take is equal to the love you make." ---The Beatles
Thanks for reading my Heavenly Thoughts