Friday, June 27, 2008


This weekend, we will be celebrating the recent nuptuals of Scarlett Pedersen and Hunter Sims. They met at Tulane University in New Orleans, and that's where they got married in May. They are so considerate! They are having a reception in the Northwest for those of us who either couldn't make it down South or, as in the case of the Grants who DID go down South, just want to have twice the fun!

Congratulations, Scarlett and Hunter! May you have many years of happiness! And may you be each others' best friend.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Life is precious
Life is sweet
Goodbye to Aunt Edna
Happy Birthday to Jackay
Welcome Parker in mere days
Let things go when possible
Life is good

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Sparkling eyes
Reading the paper everyday
Blue jacket always
Hot cup of tea
Always observing
Smart as a whip
Loved a good joke
Shoulders humped
Sparkling eyes

We will miss you, Grandma Dorothy.

Friday, June 13, 2008


Houston, we have an egg. Come in for a landing.*
*You've GOT to keep your sense of humor, people!

The doctor's appt went well last night and, yes, we have an egg. One more ride around on this roller coaster. It's like when the roller coaster allllmost comes to a stop. You're ready to get off. You're already thinking about what ride you want to get on next. You say things to your riding buddy like, "That was fun" or "Let's do that again" or "I think I'm gonna be sick". All the while, the ride is slowly coming to a stop. Or so you think. All of a sudden......WOOSH! The carnie decides to put the hammer down and send you flying again. (wait. Did I just compare God to a CARNIE?? Greaaat.) So we're flying now, waiting to see if we'll get pregnant or not. Hang on......WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Monday, June 9, 2008


Boy, I was wiped out on Friday from a confrontation with a coworker, and I can't seem to get out of this funk. I had made a lengthy (& apparently loud) announcement over the intercom, and this guy came to where I was and got in my face about how unprofessional I was for doing so. Mind you, this was for a fundraiser that we'd been having at work for 2 days. I just kind of felt like that saying "No good deed goes unpunished."

The other thing that has me down is this whole baby thing. Greg and I are both ready to give up. I told my friends last night when we got together at Dairy Queen (nothing like drowning sorrows in a hot fudge sundae!) that I would rather give up than have hope because with hope, you're constantly up and down. We have eggs! We're still not pregnant. We have eggs! We're still not pregnant. We have eggs! You get the drift.

On that note, I have yet another ultrasound this Thursday to see if I have eggs. I mean, of course I HOPE I have eggs, but I really hope to be off of this roller coaster one way or another.

Thursday, June 5, 2008


Check out what we're doing today...... too much fun!
2nd annual Community Classifieds Rose Parade

Click on the link and enjoy!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

AHHHHH......THE RECORDING STUDIO (said in a mellow tone)

Me, hamming it up in the studio!

I absolutely LOVED going into the studio this past weekend. Thank you, Amy, for giving me the opportunity! Scott at 57th St. Productions was incredible - so patient & encouraging. The 4 of us (me, Julee, Suzanne, & Amy) had nerves before we got to the studio and he put us all at ease. Actually, it's funny - I wasn't TOO nervous. As we were driving to Monroe (outside of Seattle), I told Suzanne, "I bet I'm gonna cry in the studio." That's who I am - that's what I do. But the crying isn't associated with nerves - it's associated with singing in front of so few people and feeling exposed. Fortunately, Amy MADE us :-) rehearse for several months so I felt really confident with my parts.

Songs we recorded:
  • More than You'll Ever Know - originally recorded by Watermark. All 4 of us sang on this one.

  • I Think of You - an original written by Pastor Bruce Hill of Foothills Foursquare Church in Monroe, WA. Bruce and his wife, Esther, were really supportive of all of us. Thanks for the lemon bars! All 4 of us sang on this song too.

  • Magnifcot (Mary's Song) - an original written by Amy's friend, Dana (sorry, don't know the last name). Duet with Amy and Suzanne. Beautiful, chanty song. Takes you to another world.

  • As the Deer - Traditional hymn. Duet with Amy and Julee. Beautiful harmonies.

  • For Such a Time as This - originally recorded by Crystal Lewis. Amy and I recorded it as a duet. This is a deep, introspective song about taking risk and blowing the doors off of our comfort levels. Scott turned off the lights and lit about 25 tea lights around the studio to set the mood. If he was trying to conjure up emotion (don't worry-he wasn't), he didn't need to - Amy and I kept having to take breaks because our voices were cracking. The first time it happened, Scott said into our headphones like the voice of God, "Kleenex is coming." So sweet!

For Such a Time as This has special meaning to both Amy and I. We have had similar musical journeys and this just seemed like a pinnacle, especially for her. Pinnacle isn't the right word - more like that recording this album was what she was meant to do at this time in her life. After selling her house, quitting her job, & moving to London for a few months to refocus, she came back ready to do this. That was about a year ago and now she's done it. How inspiring!

We thought we might be in the studio Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, but things went more quickly than we anticipated. We were done by Saturday at 4:00. I TOLD Amy I was a one-take wonder! wink wink

I discovered a lot of things about myself.

  • I yearn for the companionship of Christians who are genuine, yet gentle.

  • I am actually a "moving" person. What I mean is, I like to move: stretch, run, leap through the air, tip over the side of an exercise ball, etc. Sitting at a desk all day is becoming increasingly more difficult.

  • I really adore animals. Granted, I was a little scared of the chickens (they came running for me when I went out to my car to get something - I kept TELLING them I wasn't their mother, but they didn't care - they wanted food!) The chihuahua and I got along very well. The cat wasn't so impressed with me, but that's ok. I still took a couple of pictures without him knowing it!

Most of all, I learned that I want to seize the day. Ok, so I've really always known that about myself, but this trip just really drove it home. In fact, Amy and I are talking about some really fun possibilities that I hope to share with you soon! Until my next post, do your own seizing of the day. Explore your passions. Discover what you love. And then take a step to be involved in it.