Tuesday, December 13, 2011

23 Adult Truths

These made me laugh out loud so I thought I would share:

1. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How on earth are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind-of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Light than Kay.

17. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

19. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

22. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.

23. The first testicular guard, the "Cup," was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Lots of updates

July 10th was a big anniversary for our family, Brandon has been home with us for 2 years! He loves singing and dancing and he has started making up stories, his imagination is just amazing. He will turn 3 tomorrow and we had his birthday party last night. He was a bit overwhelmed by all the attention but enjoyed his presents and playing with his friends. I also just signed him up for gymnastics and he starts preschool 2 times per week in September.

July 10 was also a big deal because it was the day I found out I was pregnant (#4)! Shocked but excited at the same time as we had just started trying. Because of my past pregnancy history I started going to get my levels checked right away. Things started off really well but, 2 weeks in, they sort of stopped. I went in for an ultrasound and they could only see an empty sac measuring 5 weeks 2 days but I should have been almost 6 weeks. So, we waited a few days and repeated the u/s but nothing had changed. We were devastated again and I was/am so mad that I have been pregnant 4 times but have only given birth to one healthy baby. The next day I had a D&C (again) and 2 weeks later we found out that, based on the chromosomal analysis, we were pregnant with a baby girl. Yes, I needed to know but I think I knew even before they told us the news. So, now I have 2 baby girls in heaven. Will I ever get to parent one here? No one knows the answer to that but I have to wonder. So, now we wait at least 2 months and then we can start trying. I am really trying to adjust my attitude and just focus on the future, no looking back. It works, most of the time. I have 2 healthy wonderful boys that need my attention, love and care here so I cannot wallow in "what ifs".

And, as most of my readers know, August is a another month of big anniversaries. My baby girl would have turned 5 on August 9th. I cannot believe that it has been 5 years. She would have been starting kindergarten tomorrow so that is really hard for me. I miss her terribly and think about her every day. August 10th was also the 5th anniversary of her passing which is always a hard day that was a little harder this year because Patrick was away at a conference in Florida.

On the baby note, I am now the proud aunt of a super handsome baby boy! My sister gave birth to my first nephew August 11th. Teagan James came into this world very dramatically but he and my sister are doing well now! I head home in 6 days with Mr Ryan to meet him and I cannot wait to snuggle him!

I will post more about B's 3rd birthday in a separate post! Look for that coming soon! I promise.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

It's been a while, sorry!

Wow, it's been a while since I have posted an update on the kids. Sorry, I really need to make more time to document their childhoods, they are growing up so fast!

Brandon is almost 3 (in August) and is so smart, funny, polite and helpful (most of the time)! We are currently trying to potty train him but that's isn't going so well.

Ryan is 15 months old and has really started to talk! He HATES to be told "No" and LOVES to be outside.

Here is a recent video I captured of Brandon "reading" one of his favorite books, "5 Little Monkeys"! Enjoy!

I promise I will be better at updating my blog but, for now, I leave you with the pictures and video and I am going to bed. I need to get some rest before my Curves boot camp at 6am!

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

The ABC's of me!

I am totally stealing this from my blog friend, Jenny!

A. Age: 34 (35 in 12 days)

B. Bed size: Queen

C. Chore you dislike: Emptying the dishwasher, folding clothes

D. Dogs: Not really a dog person

E. Essential start to your day: I get up so early now because my son is a very early morning person. I guess I would have to say my essentials are my comfy couch, the Today show and a good cup of coffee

F. Favorite color: Red

G. Gold or silver: Silver

H. Height: 5'4

I. Instruments you play(ed): Piano

J. Job title: Mom

K. Kids: 1 baby girl in heaven and 2 little boys here with me

L. Live: Nebraska

M. Mom’s name: Florence

N. Nicknames: Jen, Rosen, honey, mommy

O. Overnight hospital stays: Had eye surgery when I was 2.5 and have had 2 c-sections

P. Pet peeves: Clothes/things smelling like cigarette smoke, mean people

Q. Quote from a movie: Because I can't think of another one..."Lieutenant Dan, ice cream!"

R. Righty or lefty: Right

S. Siblings: 1 sister, 2 years younger

T. Time you wake up: Whenever Ry does

U. Underwear: Yes

V. Vegetables you don’t like: Not a huge fan of peas, hate mushrooms, greens, lima beans

W.What makes you run late: My kids

X. X-rays you’ve had: Dental, wrist, back, knee, ankle, foot, HSG

Y. Yummy food you make: Homemade lasagna, sauce and spaghetti noodles (oh and triple chocolate brownies)

Z. Zoo animal favorites: Penguins

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Please pray for an old friend of mine

I have a friend from high school who desperately needs our prayers. K was pregnant with twin girls and not due until April 1st but had to deliver the girls early due to a very bad infection. After the twins were born healthy, K was diagnosed with influenza A which had infected her heart. She had to be transferred to a different hospital and is now on an ECMO machine that is working for her heart and lungs.

Would you please pray for complete healing for her heart and lungs? In addition to the twins just born, K and her husband also have 2 little girls at home. Would you please pray for K's family, especially her husband and the girls?

Thank you so much,

ps- Would you please pass along this prayer request if you have a prayer chain or something similar? She needs a lot of prayers right now.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

An amazing story - Sara Tucholsky

We saw this video at our regional conference and it just brought me to tears.

What an incredible story, these young ladies did this just because it was the right thing to do.


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Tastefully Simple

Did you know that I am a Tastefully Simple consultant? Those who know me best know that I LOVE all of our yummy, easy to prepare products!

I just got home from our regional conference in Kansas City and I am so excited to share all the new Spring/Summer products with you! If you want to party with me just pop me a message! The first week in March is the BEST time to hold a party because you can take advantage of 2 selling seasons. Yes, that's right. For one whole week you can purchase any of our going-away Fall/Winter line AND our brand new Spring/Summer products!

If you want more information about our easy to use, make-you-look-like-a-rock-star-chef products just check out my website (click there or here) or email me at tastefullyjen(at)netzero(dot)net.

I had a blast at our conference but I am tired and going to sleep! Good night and happy shopping!

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Women of Faith

Have any of you ever gone to a Women of Faith conference? If so, you know how absolutely amazingly awesome it is, it's life changing!

I am so excited that the Women of Faith Over the Top conference is coming to Omaha in August! Yes, just an hour away from where I live!

I am going to organized a group of women like I do every year. If you are in the area and would like to join us, contact me! If you don't live near Omaha, you can click here to find a conference near you!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Our Adoption Story

For those who have been around a while I apologize for the repeat. I am linking up with Kelly's Korner and this weeks "Show us your life" is Tell Us Your Adoption Story. So here is mine.

My story starts with my first pregnancy. My baby girl was born back in August 2006. Her name was Madelyn Rose and she was born full-term after a very long labor that resulted in a c-section. Everything went from happy to absolutely devastating the moment she was born. She had very serious birth defects which were the result of a genetic condition called Pfeiffer Syndrome Type II. She was whisked away to the NICU while I was being sewn up. About 3 hours after her birth and a very negative CAT scan of her brain (she had very little brain tissue), Patrick and I made the hardest decision of our lives and removed her from the ventilator. We took her back to our room and held her until she passed away the next morning.

It was a very hard recovery process both mentally and physically and a year later we found out that we were expecting another little one. Around 7 weeks I started spotting and went into my doctor's office "just to be safe". I had an ultrasound and they could see no baby, just a mass of cells. Again the wind was knocked out of me and time just blurred together as we started talking about mutant cells, cancer and a D&C. I had my D&C on Patrick's 29th birthday and waited anxiously for the results. They came back in a couple weeks as a Partial Molar Pregnancy which is where 2 sperm fertilized one egg at exactly the same time. It results in 3 sets of genetic material which is why the cells went crazy. I had to monitor my levels until they went to zero and then we had to wait 6 months from then to try to get pregnant again.

We started trying again for a few months but weren't able to get pregnant and it was starting to take it's toll on me. There wasn't anything wrong with either of us and we were still within the normal time frame for the "average" couple to get pregnant but it was so overwhelming. We started to feel God's call to adopt. We both always knew that we would adopt, we knew before we got married that adoption would be part of our family plan. What we didn't know was the timing of when we would adopt. We thought it would be after we had our biological children, but God had other plans.

So, in September 2009 we submitted our application to adopt a baby from South Korea. We were open to some minor medical conditions so only 6 months later we saw our handsome son's picture for the first time. B was perfectly healthy but had just recently healed from a broken arm so he was considered to have a special need. We just knew he was our son and, after waiting the obligatory 24 hours, we excitedly accepted the referral.

The next few months were filled with a lot of preparation and paperwork and by early July 2009 we knew we were getting close! Early July was also the time where I started to feel a little off. I wasn't sure what was going on so I took a few pregnancy tests and they came back negative. I was a little late but we were trying to NOT get pregnant per the adoption agencies guidelines. The morning of July 9th I awoke early and couldn't get back to sleep. I slipped quietly out of the bedroom and took another pregnancy test. I sort of knew something was going on but was COMPLETELY shocked to see a faint 2nd line. I wish I could say I was overjoyed but my first reaction was fear.

We weren't supposed to get pregnant while in process and our son wasn't home yet, I was worried they wouldn't let us adopt him. I ran downstairs and called my mom in tears. She was overjoyed and I remember telling her that I suspected we would get our long awaited travel call that day. I'm pretty sure I woke P up at that point and told him our news. He was still home at 9:30am when our phone rang and it was our social worker telling us our son, B, would be escorted home to us in 3 days!

Brandon came home on July 10th and our son, Ryan, was born March 8th. They are a little over 18 months apart but arrived into our family only 8 months apart. It has been a wonderfully busy time and I wouldn't trade it for the world. My two little boys are my world and I love them both so much. For those who may be curious, I feel exactly the same about both boys regardless of how they became mine!

What's next for our family? I am not exactly sure. I would love to get pregnant again but would also love to adopt. God hasn't revealed his plan for what's next just yet but I know that, whatever He wants for us, He will provide a way!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I Heart Faces - Innocent Wonder

This is my first time entering a photo in the I Heart Faces challenge. When I saw the theme I immediately thought of this photo.

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Anatomy of a one-sided snowball fight

Take one adorably bundled up 2 year old

Add in a cute 10 month old brother on the inside of the window

A little scheming with Daddy

And a quick snow ball making lesson

Look out Ryan, here it comes!




Good thing there's glass between us!

The final results is one very pleased 2-year old!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Now for something completely different!

I thought I would lighten it up on my blog and just answer some fun questions! So here you go!

Are you a morning or night person?
I am naturally a night person. I would rather be going to bed than getting up at 4am. Since having kids I guess I have become a morning person (Ry likes to get up at 5am)! Can't wait until they are teenagers so we can all sleep in until noon.

Which do you prefer, sweet or salty foods?
I have an enormous sweet tooth! Although there is something to be said for the sweet salty foods like chocolate covered pretzels and the new M&M pretzel things!

Are you a collector of anything?
I'm not a huge collector...the only thing I would say I collect are the JCPenney snow globes they give out on black Friday every year. I have one for every year back to 2001

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I'm not sure if this counts as a superpower but I would love to be able to teleport so I could go home and see my family any time I wanted

What's your favorite color?
I love the color red but I LOVE to wear black

Do you believe in extraterrestrials or life on other planets?
I'm not sure but I am definitely scared if there is

Do you believe in ghosts?
Yes, although Patrick probably just cringed when I wrote that because he doesn't.

Ever been addicted to a video/computer game? Which one(s)?
Right now I love to play scrabble and angry birds. A few years ago I was obsessed with Dance Dance Revolution (and lost a lot of weight doing it) and then after that it was Lego Star Wars and Lego Indiana Jones

You're given 1 million dollars, what do you spend it on?
I would pay off my house, Patrick's car and student loans and buy myself a minivan. Put some money into the kid's college funds and then give some to my family to help them

List 1 thing you wish you could change about yourself
I wish I had more self-confidence and wasn't so hard on myself

Any tattoos or piercings?
Just pierced ears. Although I would love to get my tongue pierced and get a tattoo.

What's the first thing you notice in the opposite sex?
Their teeth

Are you mostly a clean or messy person?
I used to be a clean person but have learned to live in more of a mess since we have kids

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Within 30 minutes of my parents

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Hawaii or Italy

List 5 goals on your life's to-do list
Graduate college (check)
Get married (check)
Have children (check)
Jump out of an airplane (check)
Run a marathon

Name 1 thing you miss about being a kid
Having no adult responsibilities

What's your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon?
Take a nap

If you could have 3 wishes granted, what would they be?
1. To win a huge amount of $ in the lottery
2. That my kids will live a long healthy life and die of old age when they are 100
3. That my husband and I will live a long healthy life and die of old age when we are 100

If you are still with me, thanks! Have a great night!

Saturday, January 15, 2011


**If you are visiting here from Comforted by God, welcome! And a big thanks to Carrie for highlighting my blog on hers. If you haven't read her blog, check it out here. She is a beautiful child of God and an amazing writer. I wish I could write the way she does.**

For some reason Maddie has been on my mind so much lately. I thought I would re-tell her story through pictures, I hope you don't mind. If you want to read her whole story click here.

The beginning: 12/27/05 - We're going to have a baby!

Starting to show! (I have a ton of pregnant belly pics but I will hold back and just post 2)

Almost there (one week before she was born)

In labor - look how excited we were. I'll call this picture the "before"

This is in the NICU - my first time holding her. This is the "after"

Our little peanut on her vent

Daddy holding her for the first time. This one just breaks my heart.

Soon after this picture was taken we removed her from the ventilator and took her back to our room where she lived through the night, saw the dawn of a new day and passed away in my arms only 14 hours after she was born. Again if you want to read the whole story go here.

2 years after we lost Madelyn we began the adoption of our son, B. The story of his adoption starts here.

The day were got the long-awaited travel call that B was coming home we were surprised to find out that I was expecting. R's story starts here.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Designer Blogs

A while ago I won a free blog make over by Designer Blogs (Check them out here). They were so great to work with and I love my blog design! They are having a huge giveaway in celebration of their 2nd anniversary. If you have a blog you should go check them out!

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

God Gave Us So Much by Lisa Tawn Bergren

I recently found out about this awesome program with WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group where, in exchange for an honest review, I get free copies of books! This is my first book review, so I hope I do it well!

The first book I chose is actually 3 books in one...how great is that? God Gave Us So Much by Lisa Tawn Bergren is actually made up of 3 different books: God Gave Us the World, God Gave Us Love and God Gave Us Heaven. I really liked all 3 books, although I think my 2 year old is still a little young for the amount of words and details in each story. In each story a polar bear named Little Cub learns about God during conversations with her mother, grandpa, and father.

In God Gave Us the World, Little Cub learns that God created this great big world full of very different places, cultures, and people. She learns that God is able to do big things and that we should appreciate and take care of the world that God created.

In God Gave Us Love, Little Cub learns that God created us to love one another, even when we don't always want to. Her grandpa teaches her about the different kinds of love that God gives us (between a husband and wife, friends, etc), and that by loving one another we are actually showing just how much God loves us. One of the best parts of this story is the explanation of "faith" her grandpa gives when she questions how we know God loves us when we can't see God.

In God Gave Us Heaven, Little Cub learns from her father about how wonderful heaven will be. Her father uses a bridge (Jesus) metaphor to explain how we get from this world to heaven which is such a neat visual for little kids. This story handles what could be a very tender topic very well and thoughtfully.

In each of these stories, there is room for more details of God and the bible to be added. They are very "open," and do a great job talking about God's creativity and imagination. They don't just tell kids exactly how God is with no room for further discussion. Instead, they invite kids to think for themselves about what God is like. In my opinion that makes them a great starting point for me to talk to my children about God. I cannot wait until my son gets just a little older and can really start to understand this book (again, it is a bit above a 2 year old's comprehension level). This is definitely a book that will stay in our library for a very long time!