I grew up in the Midwest in a yard surrounded by trees. A few pile of leaves doesn't bother me much. When I was a teenager, it took me six hours by myself to rake up our front yard. This doesn't include transporting all the leaves away. This was before we had MP3 players and cell phones. We had a cassette player plugged into the garage that I cranked up to full blast (I lived in the middle of nowhere) and went to work. My cats were helpers so I might have gotten distracted a little bit while throwing them into the piles. The air was crisp, and I had to wear a sweater and gloves. As you can see, raking leaves wasn't such a bad memory. It's a reminder of autumn-- crisp air, cloudy skies, and mystery.
|I found fall in Southern California!|
North Dakota Trip
We visit our home state of North Dakota this summer. My parents' 50th wedding anniversary is this week. September is a busy time for my family so we decided to go back earlier to celebrate with everyone. My brothers and I planned a lovely gathering at a hotel in Fargo. It was the immediate family, along with one of my many uncles who was their best man. It was a great time to connect with everyone, especially my nieces and nephews. It's one of the hardest things about being away, but technology helps fill in that space.
|Red River cutting between Grand Forks, ND and East Grand Forks, MN|
|Joey showing his costume to his Grammy|
Spending time with friends and family at CoreCon--
in and out of Spider-Man and Spider-Gwen costumes
And another reason why I was looking forward to being back in San Diego is we spent the last two weeks celebrating and talking to people about adoption. Joey and I put in our birth mother letter to a local facilitator and we were thrilled that we were able to share the news with the people that we love in person.
Joey and I have talked about adoption since the topic of having children came up. Joey's mother and uncle were adopted, and it made sense for us to grow our family this way. When things aligned in that direction, it was natural for us to make the decision. We're fortunate that we found someone in San Diego to help us fulfill this dream of ours, and has done so for many families in the San Diego area. There is no doubt in my mind when I think about everything that we were lead to this city, and this place, to find our child. We're waiting to be matched with a birth mother (or parents) and not sure how long it will take. However, we're up for what life brings us!
|Our announcement we shared with friends and family|