Your life is not lying in wait in the future like a wild animal or some ominous destiny. Nor is it hidden in the heavens, like a paradise or promise. Nor is it shut up in the cave or the prison of your past. It is here and now; it is what you live and what you do. At the heart of being; at the heart of the present; at the heart of everything – in the great current of life, of reality.
Andre Comte-Sponville

Monday, August 30, 2010


Brenna was AWESOME as the Red Queen in the Wonderland play!!! I am in awe of my daughter - she truly amazes me!!! This is a little girl who only five years ago would not let me out of her sight! She was very shy, and uncomfortable in big crowds!! There were many times when I had to drive from park to park to find one that wasn't too crowded for her! She hated being left at preschool, and would beg and cry all the way there to stay home. She wouldn't stay at friends' birthday parties unless I stayed with her - in fact, she made us leave one birthday party because there were so many kids, and she was just too overwhelmed!

I was told, many times, that I coddled her too much, and that I should force her to do things on her own even if she wasn't comfortable, but I NEVER listened - I went with my gut. And my gut told me that she wouldn't be like this forever - my gut told me that when she was ready she would go out on her own more. Sure enough, around the age of 7, she started taking baby steps toward being more independent, and today, at almost 10 years old, she has taken leaps - GIANT leaps - in her life! It's so great to see how much confidence she has in herself!! When Brenna is on that stage there is NO trace of that nervous, shy girl she was not so long ago. She is joy to watch, and I can't wait for her next performance!!!!!

Great job, Brennie!! We are so proud of you!!

The Wonderland All-Star Cast!

Brenna - the Red Queen, and Connor - the White Knight

Brenna in make-up

Brenna w/ the directors, Monica and Ashley

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


It's been six years since we arrived home w/ our Aubree! Sometimes, it feels like a lifetime ago that we left our home in the U.S. to travel, so far away, to an unknown place - Ukraine. It was an exciting, and scary, time for us. We had to leave our precious Brenna (three years old, at the time) home w/ family while we traveled. Although we knew she was in good hands it was so hard for Dave and I to be separated from her, as we had never been away from her for more than one night, up to that point. I'll never forget pulling away from our house while she stood in the front yard waving good-bye - Dave and I had a total breakdown in the car...we wailed like babies! My poor dad (who was driving us to the airport) probably thought we were crazy. We were gone for 17 days - it was brutal for us being away from Brenna, but, of course, it was worth it because we found Aubree!!!!

Aubree completed our family. We struggled with infertility for three years trying to have a second child, and it was such a hard time for us, but Aubree was the beautiful miracle that came at the end of that struggle. It turned out that adoption was the answer for us, and I'm so glad we followed our hearts because we are so lucky to have Aubree.

We love you, Aubbie!!!!!

Aubree - this picture was taken just minutes after seeing her for the first time!
From Aubree - Home 6 Years

Aubree - today at 7 years old!
From Aubree - Home 6 Years