Friday, May 28, 2010

Adoption

I'm currently reading "The Adoption Decision: 15 Things You Want to Know Before Adopting" by Laura Christianson, and it's got me thinking about adoption, specifically international adoption as more of a realistic possibility for us. I've been doing some online research and the process of adopting a child from China costs about 10-15 thousand dollars.

We're set to move again in approximately 2 years, at which point I will be finished with my Bachelors degree and hopefully working at my first real "career" job. Once at that job, I will start aggressively paying my school loans. I can conservatively estimate my future salary to be about 25,000 a year. If I put 1/2 of that toward my school loans, I can have them paid in roughly 3-4 years (I'm guesstimating because of interest). I'll divide the other half of my check into spending money and savings. Of course we'll continue to live on Heath's check almost exclusively, exactly like we do now. Keeping in mind the more I save, the faster I'll meet my child will be a great motivator! :) I figure that we can be financially prepared in a little over a year. That's assuming of course that we don't have any money saved before I start working, which hopefully we will.

As for Heath, the military offers 21 days of paid "adoption leave"--which, by the way is more than they offer if you give birth to a child, how crazy is that???--plus a 2000$ grant to help with expenses. So, that makes things a lot more possible, both financially and with timing.

***Note: I need to say that while an adoption can be costly, you're not paying for the child you're paying for the services. So please, don't ever ask someone how much their child "costed" them. They will be offended.***

To sum up, if all goes according to planned, we could have our second child in approximately 3-4 years. That means depending on the age of our child, she could be born in the next year or two--who knows, maybe she's out there somewhere right now! How exciting is that?!

So, if anyone out there is reading this, please be praying for my baby. I know God knows who she is and when she will come into this world, and when we will get to meet her. I know it's still at least 3 years before I can eve start the process it takes to call her my child, and chances are she doesn't even exist yet, but I can't help myself. :) Plus, I figure the more prayers she gets, the better.

The link for the CCAA (China Center of Adoption Affairs):
http://www.china-ccaa.org/frames/index_unlogin_en.jsp

"The Adoption Decision" author Laura Christianson's website:
http://www.laurachristianson.com/laura/

Delicious.


Though this isn't my blogging purpose, I've got to share this. My dinner tonight was amazing. I haven't done much in the way of cooking since shortly after we moved to Louisiana. I just haven't had much time. I'm in school full time, and that combined with just the regular everyday stuff of keeping the house clean, playing pirates, dragons, baseball, or trains, and getting dinner on the table in a timely manner has prevented me from being any sort of good cook. I used to cook all the time when we lived in California (my favorite spot to live so far), but food--believe it or not--was cheaper and I had more time to spend in the kitchen, not to mention a way more efficient kitchen.

Tonight, I had some good (albeit frozen) salmon thawing in the fridge so I figured, "What the heck, why not go all out? I've got the time, and the ingredients, not to mention a killer (thanks Brittany) dessert lined up afterward." So I did. I marinated the salmon with one of those packets (garlic, wine and herb flavored) from the store and a little bit of orange and lemon juice. I sauteed some onion, garlic, and green beans. I steamed some broccoli. Last I made some corn bread with what should be an illegal amount of honey, because, you know, honey makes anything better. While that was all finishing up, I made, from scratch some s'mores brownies. Seriously, they're better than camping. Oh, and to top it off, I made some homemade lemonade, which was also amazing.

You know how some nights it's like there are cooking angels in your kitchen with you, helping you keep everything from burning? Well, tonight I was my night to cook with angels. :) It all turned out perfect.


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Brand New

After typing, deleting, and retyping a new "intro" to my blog at least a half dozen times, I've decided I'm just going to jump right in there. I won't delete this one. Seriously, I won't...

First off, lets tackle how I feel about the word "blog." Maybe I'm just older than I'd like to admit, or maybe I'm just as technologically challenged as I willingly admit, but the word "blog" almost feels dirty to me. Is there a stigma attached to those of you, wait, those of us who are "bloggers"? Haha, I guess it all depends on what you blog about. So, from here on out, I'm removing the word "blog" from the dirty word category in my brain.

Now that that's out of the way, I suppose I should define what this non-dirty-word-affiliated blog is about. It seriously is just my thoughts and ideas about anything: school, the future, family, friends, faith, love, and anything else that comes up. It's a diary, a journal, a to do list, and scratch paper all in one. It will, above all, be honest. I can't guarantee that it'll always be G rated, but I'll do my best. Lets get started. :)