Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Elijah and our family are very blessed by having amazing respite and habilitation help on an almost daily basis. I'm pretty sure I would have gone crazy by now without their help. Jason Kishpaugh and Kari Smith have been our main help. Jason even went on vacation summer 2007 to Yellowstone for a family reunion. It was probably our best vacation since Elijah was born! You know, sometimes it's okay to ask for help. That's I've learned anyway.

Sunday, September 28, 2008


When you apply for adoption, you are at the mercy of others. You have to jump through hoops, and supply whatever is asked of you. You also have to market yourselves as the best family there is, so that a birthmother will want to choose you. It sounds kind of cold, but it isn't, really. It is, however, a lot of work! Of course, once you have that beautiful little baby in your arms..., well nothing else really matters! I thought these pictures from our last adoption plee would be kind of fun to share. Some of the pics are kind of small. These are 8 X 10 sheets that we scanned in after I slaved over these to send off. Of course, if you click on the pic, it'll enlarge, and you can see better. Again, I have to say....I have some pretty cute kiddos!! Check out Hal, too!





























This is Elijah's room. There are Cars stickers on the road that he can and does move around. I was going to paint the ceiling with sky and clouds but then thought "why?". So I didn't. the pictures don't really do justice to the colors, but oh well. He sure seems to enjoy it. Now I just need to figure out how to add railroad tracks and find Thomas stickers!! Then he'd be in heaven!





Okay, so some of you know I do this kind of stuff, but I wanted to share the mural and custom painting I like to do. This is hugely fun for me. A little off the wall, but who cares? It's my house!!

Our dogs, Sadie and Cloey.

This little puff ball is Janna's little Yorkie pup. She's cute, but very untrained, if you know what I mean!! But I can report that she is an amazing little summer! That's right. She fell into the pool, and proceeded to just swim across it. She swim's like a little wind up toy. She is looking pretty scruffy now. Not quite so cute and fluffy. She loves to get into dried up weeds, which really tangle up in her fur. She really is sweet, though.

This is our Beagle, Sadie. She is a pretty good dog, and really puts up with Cloey very well, even though Cloey likes to jump on Sadie and bite at her ears. Cloey's favorite place is in Sadie's kennel. But Sadie just puts up with her. She probably even kind of likes her! I can report that Sadie can also swim. No, she didn't fall in, she got pushed in! And she doesn't paddle like a wind up toy. Instead, more like a fat beagle swimming for you life!! Poor Sadie!

Friday, September 26, 2008

I love this picture! Look how sweet my little babies are! This was taken Summer 2001, before Elijah joined the party! We were living in Albuquerque then, but here we were at a Hanson family reunion in Provo, Utah.
Here's a picture of Hal and I from about 1987. Still no children, but getting closer!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

It is especially fun to do costumes when your daughter is one of the leads. This is our oldest daughter, Janna (in turquoise). She played Sarah, spunky and feisty!

"Bless your beautiful hide!" I couldn't find a picture with Adam's coon skin cap on. The kids in the play would randomly run off with it and wear it. They all loved it. I eventually had to hide it!
The girls seemed particularly grateful for my effort. A lot of them wanted to buy the costumes afterward.
This was from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. This was by far my biggest, single undertaking. Dress clothes for 7 brothers, Adam trapper outfit, dresses, petticoats, pantaloons, pinafores, and dress jackets for 7 brides. Plus Millies nightgown, and then preparing and helping the chorus for the costumes. Wow!
I love to make costumes. Yes, I enjoy sewing, but that's not why. I love the idea of performing, but am not really talented in that way. My kids love to perform, but for me . . . I don't know, I'm just not a good as I would like. So instead, I make costumes. Then, when I see people perform in them, It's as if I'm on stage. My talent can then be properly displayed! Here are some of the costumes I've made.

This is my first blog!! I decided to do this so we can share with family and friends pictures and experiences. My hope is to go back and cover the past and the present experiences we are having. This is our family! this was taken June '07 in Yellowstone. We had a Garth Hanson family reunion, and just had an amazing time together. And Yellowstone as gorgeous. Hal and I had been there years ago before we had children, but it's even better when you can share it with your kids!