2010… Hello There! I am happy and excited to see you. I think you and I will be great friends. 2009.. though you were not the worst year, you were far from a great year. At the end there you really made a go of it and I thank you for that.
So here it is, a new year is just about here! With that, a return by your truly. A new and improved blog layout. And, if you didn’t notice, I have changed the blog title a bit. I did it for several reasons. Mostly because I just don’t feel like “Baby Steps” really defines my journey anymore. I hope nobody minds.
Hard to believe that in one month it will be 4 years since I decided to hop on the path of single motherhood. FOUR YEARS…. I remember Feb of 2006 so clearly. I remember the day I decided to make a change in my life and walk towards the place that would make me happy… truly happy. WOW… four years. 2010 marks the beginning of a new journey for me. I am so excited, anxious, worried, scared, happy and hopeful. Most of all I am ready. I pulled out the paperwork and filled out one large package. Then there was a second and I have started that even bigger package. I have written a check and will be writing a few more and that is when the journey will really starts. Those checks will seal my commitment and push me forward. YIKES!! I am still working hard to save and make extra money. The photography stuff helped a little. The problem was that I only charged 1/2 price on prints during the past few months to draw in clients and build my portfolio so I didn’t make a whole lot of money there and I basically did the sitting for free…. But I made some and that was the point. Starting January 1st my prices are back to “normal” and I will hopefully keep getting some business and making extra money. And if you readers want to make me more popular… become a fan of my photography business on FaceBook! The name is T*M*Fotography (no asterisk or space in between the letters).
To make some more moola I am going through the house and selling items that are not needed. Like pregnancy books and things like baby swings and jumparoo’s. I mean the youngest baby I would get would be close to a year and an infant bouncer isn’t going to be helpful so why not sell it and make a few bucks right? On THAT note, I have 6 yes SIX totally almost new Pregnancy books. I never made it past 9 weeks so after that point the books haven’t been cracked open! I will sell them all for $40 and that includes shipping. Any takers????
I have decided on an agency and a country. The agency contact J is the sweetest person ever. I think she will be the perfect person to hand hold me through this experience. Not to mention she has been through it herself so she knows the ups and downs. The country is Kazakhstan. That image on the right is the flag of Kazakhstan. The home study agency has also been picked and the contact there is equally as loving and helpful. I called several agencies for the home study and it just clicked with this place.
The past few months have been good. I kept very busy with photography and have really built my portfolio up. I have lost 35 pounds (yeah me) and have 45 more to go to reach my goal and fit in that big ass storage bin o’ fancy clothes in my closet that I have not worn in 4 or 5 years. I didn’t really lose anything during December but I didn’t gain anything either. I have been in indulging in the holidays(Fudge anyone!?) and savoring every minute of it. I have also really enjoyed my family. I have spent a lot of time laughing and playing. My mother had knee replacement at the beginning of December and I have spent some time hanging out with her in her room while she heals.
Tonight is NYE and the plan is simple. I will go check on my mom this afternoon and then out to dinner with the family. At midnight I will toast the new year in with some champagne, my sister and BIL (if they stay awake). The rest of the long weekend….. well hang out and do a lot of nothing. Sunday I do have to go into the office for a bit. My boss has been gone for 2 weeks and we have a big meeting on Tuesday so we are going to visit Sunday for a few hours to catch up and strategize.
So, now you all have the 411. I plan on being back and blogging now in 2010. I hope you all join me and I hope maybe some new readers who are in or have gone through the adoption process will join me 🙂 Have a wonderful New Years Everyone!!!!