November 2007

Lists…are a wonderful thing.  My mom used to tell me to make a list, and I never did.  I hated the thought of writing a list.



The list of things that I am thankful for is WAY long…

– I am thankful for family and friends the most.  The older I get the more important relationships are.  Having fun, is being with loved ones now.  It doesn’t matter what we are doing or where we are, as long as we are together, being real…that is what is important.

– I am thankful for the opportunities there are to keep the bills paid and food in the fridge.  I am thankful that even though things don’t go as planned…it is still ok.  There is a reason, or if there doesn’t seem to be a reason, we know that we need to move forward on to other things. 

“If you are focused on the past, you can’t see what lies ahead”

There are plenty of things of things to be dissapointed about, but what is the point of focusing on them?

– I am thankful that life is an adventure and each day is a new day to accomplish …STUFF!!!

– I am thankful that we are free to live with out guilt or regret.  (Romans 8:2)

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and remember all the things we have to be thankful for long past today.


We would like to introduce you to Autumn Teresa.  She was born 11/16/2007 at 5:52pm.

20.5 inches and 7 pounds 2 ounces

Congratulations Michelle, Ken, Marisa and Ethan!!!!



The other night we had our friends and family adoption awareness class…it was a huge success!!!

Of all the people that showed up, 75% or so were our friends and family.  Thank you all for your support and taking the time to be there with us!

I also want to say that the Herdegens did a wonderful job…you guys really stepped up to the plate and hit a home run.

As we move forward the love from all of you will be a huge blessing. This has been and will continue to be an adventure… thanks for being a part of it with us.


It is freezing in our house!  The blasted furnace got mad and stopped working.

 The cool thing about newer technology is that the machines are self diagnosing and can “talk” to us to tell us what is wrong with them.  My furnace has a little red led that flashes sequences to talk.  Short blinks followed by long blinks to give a “code”.


…and I really don’t have much to post. 

With the slower market, I have been thinking out side of the box on how to provide…so I picked up some hours at my old job to keep the bread on the table while the out of the box ideas mature and grow. 

I must admit it has been very hard going back…not just a pride thing, but the freedom that it has killed.  I now work about 60 hours a week…40 or so at QLI and 20 or so keeping up the real estate end. 

I sat down and figured out what this really looks like: