Hello again!

September 4, 2008 at 9:32 pm | Posted in family | Leave a comment

Ok.  So I have been gone for a very long time.  Very good reason.  I started to get sick and couldn’t get on the computer.  Made me very ill.  In fact, just knowing that the computer was in the corner of the room made me ill.  To actually get on the computer made me throw up.  (Sorry if you were trying to eat.)  Why was I so sick?  Well, the most amazing thing happened.  After 11 years, I was finally pregnant again!!!!

July 28 was my due date.  We were so excited.  I actually found out at only 2 1/2 weeks pregnant because I went in for a regular annual well woman visit.  I was terrified!  Terrified?  Yes.  After 11 years of nothing with the exception of 3 miscarriages I was terrified.  I just couldn’t go through another loss.  This time, however, I had a good feeling.  The other times, I always felt something was wrong.  At 6 weeks on the dot, I started to get sick.  It was awful but it was great!  The first 2 miscarriages were at 7 weeks and I never got sick.  The 3rd was at 4 weeks and I never got sick.  This time I got sick (and boy did I get sick).  Just like with my first daughter.

I wish I could have blogged all about the pregnancy but I just couldn’t.  First I was sick.  Then, I felt guilty because I had just been blogging about not getting pregnant, the girls at work that were pregnant (both of which turned out fine and they have adorable little ones.  The one has a girl who is 1 1/2 and the other quit work right after and now has a little 13 month old boy.  The other 2 who thought they were pregnant weren’t.  The one with the scary boyfriend…well, let’s see.  She did eventually get pregnant, got married, they are doing much better, thank heaven.  Then, tragically at 16 weeks, she found out that the baby had died at 13 weeks.  A knot in the cord.

Back on subject, I felt guilty because I had read so many wonderful blogs where you all were talking about IVF and other methods and having no luck or just having to go through the whole ordeal.  Having just started my blog and been talking about our troubles to just have them disappear felt so disrespectful for me to do to anyone else.  So now here I am.  Back again.  Still a novice at this whole blogging thing. 

At work, after the one girl left, our boss hired another young pregnant girl.  I laughed at him and asked why, didn’t he already have enough hormonally challenged women working there already?  Hated her to begin with but not because she was pregnant (and too young and unmarried and….you get the idea).  It wasn’t because of that.  She was a pain in the ass!  “Oh, I can’t do that, I’m pregnant” about everything.  My boss was itching to tell her that I was pregnant (I wasn’t telling anyone because of what we had been through and the other girl (and now this one as well) were milking it for all they were worth.  Finally at 7 months I couldn’t hide it anymore.  (I’m only 5 feet tall and a little over 100 pounds so how big a shirt could I wear and still get away with it anyway?)  I told my boss go ahead.  Well, this new girl started in on “I can’t do that, I’m pregnant”.  Shawn (my boss) said “Look, Lisa is pregnant, high risk, 15 years older than you and look at all that she does every day.  Get your ass in gear and work!”  She just responded “Oh really! She’s pregnant, too?”  That mostly put an end to all her garbage though.  Anyway, just before we both had our babies (who are only 18 days apart) we finally became friends.  She has no family.  She was in foster care from the age of 6 and was moved from home to home so much that she never really bonded with any of them and she hasn’t seen her mom or dad since.  After all that, she has become one of our very good friends.  Even texts my brother-in-law who is single and lives in the midwest (we live in the southwest) and they have never even met.  He just saw a picture of her from our 1 year old daughter’s birthday and saw her in it.  I think he sort of fell in love.  Too cute.

Anyway, so our original due date was July 28.  I kept saying, “nope going to be born July 27 and I think it is a girl”.  At 6 weeks I went to the OB for the first time and she did an ultrasound and I saw the heart beating.  I sobbed!!  (The second miscarriage happened because the heart never started beating.)  At that time, the OB gave me a due date of July 31 based on the size of the baby.   So, then I started saying “July 27 and it IS a girl”.  People who knew me thought I was crazy.  By spring I was saying “July 27 – Girl with dark hair”.  My best friend is now getting freaked out.  (I had told her how many times I have said things like that and they have happened exactly like I said but that is another whole long story.)

The last week of July last year, my Grandma had a heart attack on Sunday morning.  Sunday night, I though for sure we were going to have that baby.  Then the contractions stopped.  All week at work I was having contractions.  7 minutes apart.  I took great delight (shame on me) in freaking out our customers and my best friend who is our cashier.  She was timing the contractions. 

On Thursday, I had no choice but to move some very heavy tables by myself at work while having contractions of course.  By this time, I was not worried about moving them.  I knew the baby was going to come in the next 24 hours.  I went to bed and contractions were 7 minutes apart.  At 3 am they were 5 minutes apart.  I got absoutely no sleep whatsoever.  Way too excited.  My husband got up and went to work in the morning.  I asked him where he was going.  “To work.”  What?!? my mind screamed, I am in labor here, helloooo!  Anyone in there?  “I’m in labor.”  “Call me when it is time to go.”  Again, WHAT?!?  Was he kidding me?  He came home around 10:30.  We went to 3 stores to walk around, and came home and napped in between each because I was exhausted.  We went out for lunch and stopped at the cloth diaper place, Yes, we are using cloth diapers.  The owner asked me how much longer.  I told her I was currently in labor.  Her dad was there and I think if he could have had a baby, he would have right there, right then.  He was a little freaked out. LOL

After our first birth, which was scary and a very long story, we decided to make this one different.  I thought that if all births were like that one, the human race would have died out a very long time ago.  So I researched (which I love to do) and came up with the Bradley Method.  We attended all 12 classes and we were ready to go.  My doctor (one of them – there are about 3 there) kept saying that he figured I’d probably need a c-section (again, another long story).  I was determined not to go C.  So, we really concentrated on Bradley. 

We got to the hospital and I could no longer talk during contractions.  My parents met us there.  (When our oldest was born we still lived in the midwest and they were out here so they did not get to see her birth, which, again, was scary.  We almost lost her.)  My water broke about an hour after getting to the hospital (we left home when contractions were 3 minutes apart).  I had about 7 good strong contractions.  I wanted to use the restroom.  The nurse checked me first and said “no way, you are not having this baby on the toilet!”  She called the OB in and he said “it’s too soon.”  “Oh yeah?  Look.”  So, he looked and said “Ok, Lisa, push.”  I said, “I’m only pushing twice”.  Why I said that I’ll never know.  I was in labor, what can I say.  So, I pushed twice and out came our beautiful little girl.  Who, by the way, was born on 7-27-2007, weighed 7 lbs, 2 ozs, with 2 pushes after 7 contractions (getting the them here?, she is also the 2nd baby and 2nd girl), and has dark hair. 

She is now 13 months old and the joy of our lives.  She is such a little comedienne.  She is definitely the comic relief in our home.  She thinks her sister walks on water (and most of the time, the feeling is mutual, I’m pretty sure).

So that pretty much catches you up to speed on our lives.  Sorry this is so long.  There are lots more stuff but that is the most important, exciting stuff.  My in-laws came for 10 days when baby was 8 weeks old. We had a great time.  My grandma has had 2 more minor heartattacks (can they ever really be minor?). My dad had both his knees replaced at the same time this summer.  My brother got engaged and moved to San Antonio and is getting married on our Grandparents’ 60th Anniversary.  I guess that is a great legacy. Our oldest became a teenager and our baby turned 1!  Wow!  Crazy year.  Now, my other best friend is getting married next October and I have the honor of being her matron of honor.  I am exhausted.  Are you?  Add to that the fact that I really want to go back to college and get a PhD in Holistic Health and …….. really wow.  Just gotta find the funds.

Well, gotta give the baby a bath and get her ready for bed and take a shower myself and rinse out the hair color.

Love to all and talk to you soon.  Hopefully.

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It’s in the Water!

November 29, 2006 at 10:58 am | Posted in adoption, children, family, friends, People | Leave a comment

Everyone who has ever dealt with miscarriages and infertility knows that when someone you know gets pregnant, it feels like a smack in the face or a punch in the gut.  You also know, if you have read my other blogs, that 2 girls at work are pregnant.  2 way too young to be having children girls. 

Now we work retail (meaning not a big paycheck at all) and while it is a national company, we only have 12 employees in our store.  3 are men.  Yesterday, I found out that 2 more girls think they are pregnant as well.  Both are a little older than the 2 that are, they are in their mid 20’s.  However, (several others at work are saying this and I agree) these 2 should not be having kids.  One is literally very unstable emotionally in addition to financially.  Her boyfriend rarely holds a job and she goes from nice to very scary in .01 seconds.  Our boss has even told her that she is unstable.  Also, she hates kids and has sworn she never wants any.  Ever!  Her family history of emotionally unstable people is quite strong as well.  What I am saying is that everyone who knows this girl is really scared of her reproducing.  Whether she raises the baby or not. 

 The second one…ugh.  Ok, she and her boyfriend have only been back together a few months.  Her family hates him.  Her sister wouldn’t even allow him to come to her wedding in October.  I have seen him once and he is scary.  He recently lost his job. Before they got back together, she was living with another guy (we’re talking less than 3 months ago), and even after she got back together with the boyfriend, she and the other guy were still secretly talking, texting, and meeting each other.  The current boyfriend had an order of protection out against her until after they got back together.  He had to go to court a few weeks after she moved back in with him to have it removed.  This is just the tip of the iceberg with them.  They think they are having a baby. 

These 2 instances scare me more than the 2 kids that are pregnant.  At least the kids are in more stable relationships (they have been with their boyfriends for 3 years each) with guys who actually keep their jobs and are not emotionally unstable or dating guys who are emotionally unstable.  The first girl that thinks she is pregnant (the one who is really scary) quite often is homeless and living in her truck.  Why?  Because she doesn’t make much money and her boyfriend can’t keep a job.  Not that I am saying anything against her because of that but that is no way to raise a baby.

Ok, so if you were doing the math, 12 employees, 3 are men, 2 are pregnant, 2 think they are.  That leaves 5 people not pregnant.  Now the joke at work is of course…”It’s in the water!”  My boss keeps saying that from now on whenever she hires someone new she will not be doing a drug test but she will be doing pregnancy tests and may even start doing them randomly for those of us already at work.  Everyone thinks this is pretty funny, but, with miscarriages and infertility in my life, I am just not laughing. 

Ok, so I got this off my chest.  I guess I will stop here for now.  Until next time kiddos…….

Happy Thanksgiving

November 22, 2006 at 11:42 am | Posted in adoption, children, family, friends, People | 1 Comment

Just a note to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. I hope everyone gets to spend time with loved ones and have a wonderful meal. Eat way too much turkey, have that extra piece of pie that you don’t need (you know you want it), and give someone you care about an extra hug. (There is plenty of time for losing that extra turkey and pie in January! See my web site Oasis Life Science!) Maybe call someone you haven’t talked to in a while just to tell lthem you are thinking of them.

Have a blessed and safe Thanksgiving.

Until the next time we talk…..

Holiday Shopping

November 15, 2006 at 12:10 pm | Posted in adoption, animals, children, family, friends, People, shopping | Leave a comment

Ok, Ok. I know I said I wouldn’t do commercials very often but here goes another one. Please bear with me. The holidays are coming. Big surprise there, huh. I mean T-Day is a week from tomorrow, if we can believe that. This year flew by. I know we say that every year, but it just seems to go faster and faster. Anyway……

With the holidays upon us, we are all fighting with ourselves trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our lists. Well, let me tell you….you know from previous posts (if you have read them) of mine that I have 2 websites aside from here and that all the money I earn from those sites are going completely into our adoption fund to bring home a baby from China. Our daughter is 11 and an only child, only grandchild on one side, and only great-grandchild on one side (both grandparents and great-grandmother that she is the only one for live within 5 miles) and the only niece/nephew for my brother (who lives only 2 hours away). Now I know you are thinking she is spoiled. Probably. Most likely. But she is a wonderful child but very lonely. She wants siblings, and everyone mentioned above wants more kids in the family (including, of course, us). My brother is not likely to have any. I don’t think he wants any. But I am getting sidetracked here….nothing new….sorry…

Back to the original plan for this post.

Avon (which I have been selling for 13 years now) has some wonderful gifts for the whole family. Some really cute holiday decorations, too. And even some pamper yourself kind of things. You should really go to my site and do some or all of your christmas shopping there. It will be sent directly to you. We have things for everyone. Moms, Dads, kids, family, neighbors, friends, everyone. Several year (when we lived in Illinois especially) I would make up a gift basket for our letter carrier. I would put a travel mug, a couple bags of tea, some Avon hand cream, lip balm and bubble bath in it. They always seemed to enjoy that because they were getting cold air all day long, so their hands and lips got chapped a lot. So try having an Avon kind of Christmas this year, and reward yourself for your brilliant idea (you can even claim it as your own and I won’t mind) with a new perfume, piece of jewelry or your favorite lipstick. Go on…you know you want to make Christmas easier this year…. There is a link on the side of my blog page that will take you directly to my Avon site.

So, you have decided to battle the crowds and shop anyway. Well, my other site might do you some good. It is called Oasis Life Sciences. Now this stuff is amazing. It is called Ageless Living. This company spent billions of dollars figuring out how and why we age. They put their knowledge on this subject into use and discovered how to slow down or even stop this process. (Taking this next part directly from my Oasis book…)  Importantly, the Oasis research team would not be content with a kitchen sink formula, but rather worked to create an advanced superfood that incorporated the latest research on a number of fronts:  1) It had to incorporate the latest scientific advances in nutrient bioavailability; 2) It had to overcome nutritional gaps in the typical American diet for the critical cell-renewal  building blocks of calcium, EFA’s, protein, antioxidants and fiber;  3) It had to be a great tasting liquid to appeal to children and the elderly alike; and 4) It had to be convenient to take in order to become a staple in the diet.  Let me tell you, they succeeded.

They have made several products. Something for every age. In fact, they say “Be better at every age”. From small children up to….any age.

The one that my husband and I use is called Ageless Xtra. It is for those of us 30 and up. (There is another for those 50 and up and still another for the younger set, plus lots of other great products.) It promotes vital energy, supports mental clarity and focus, helps manage stress, and promotes joint comfort and flexibility. (I just took that right off the bottle.) It tastes like cranberry juice. You only take 3 ounces twice a day. It gives a lot of people like a caffeine high but actually more “smooth” with focus and without the drop because there is no caffeine in it. (It is not recommended for pregnant mommies though.) It is really awesome. My husband says he gets a lot more accomplished at work. I don’t get the extra energy, but I do sleep better at night. That is just one of the products. There are many. There is stuff for losing weight, stuff for your pets to keep their age progression at bay. You name it. There are even recipes for several of the products. Some products taste like veggie juice. Some recipes make smoothies, some make dips for chips or veggies.

You really ought to check it out. Great for all those New Year’s Resolutions. This year you just might keep them with Oasis. Again the products will be shipped directly to you. Try ’em. You’ll like ’em. (There is also a direct link to my Oasis site listed in the side column.)

Many doctors swear by it. Several pro athletes as well. In fact, looking at one of my books there is an article about Alonzo Mitz and Derrick Fenner, both former pro footballers who use and love Oasis products. Derrick Fenner was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 1989, then went on to the Cincinnati Bengals for 3 years, then the Oakland Raiders for 4. Derrick says he is 245 pounds, his playing weight, and he has the same muscle strenth he had before thanks to Oasis. He also says that he is sharing the products with his wife and son and that is the greatest statement of his faith in them. In Derrick’s words, “I wouldn’t put my family on these products unless I could believe in them. Bottom line? I’ve seen them work.” (All of the information directly about Derrick came straight from my Oasis book.) Need more? How about Erin Diegel a pro golfer, or Tara Lynn Carrillo a personal trainer turned fitness pro? Now you know you just have to check this stuff out even if you have never heard of these pro athletes.

The best part is you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home. Unless or course you love to battle crowds, find parking and then have to walk 2 miles before you even get to the mall, battle more crowds, I have seen people on the news even get into fights over products on the shelves, etc., etc., etc. Let’s not even talk about the weather for those of you who don’t live where it is warm and beautiful like Phoenix. If you are determined to do all this, then I just can’t help you but for you people I will be praying throughout the season. For your safety as well as your sanity. God help you.

So, if none of the incentives about Avon or Oasis grab you, maybe my reasons (listed above) for having these two sites will. Please help us to earn the money to adopt our baby. We can support another child, but coming up with roughly $20 – $25 grand to accomplish this goal is a huge mountain. So, please find it in your hearts to check out our sites, buy some gifts or something for yourself and pass on these websites to everyone you know. You will be greatly blessed by helping others, you’ll look great!, and you will always be in our thoughts and prayers as the wonderful friends who made our family a little bigger, a lot happier, and gave an orphan baby a new life.

Ok, I think I am done with my commercial. Thank you for bearing with me and for all your help and prayers. Hopefully soon I will start having some exciting updates for you all. We wish every one a safe, and wonderful holiday season.

May God bless every one of you.

Until next time….

Baby Blankets and Birds

November 14, 2006 at 2:16 pm | Posted in animals, family, friends | Leave a comment

Hi all! This weekend I am hosting, yes hosting, a baby shower for a very good friend of mine. Any one of you going through fertility problems knows how hard this is going to be. I am hosting with a mutual friend (whom I like but she is one of those friends that you can only take so much of because after about 30 seconds she gets on your nerves! but somehow you are friends anyway). The point of this isn’t really about the shower. Really. Although, the mutual friend and the pregnant friend decided that we could organize, invite, plan, and throw this shower in 2 weeks time. I begged for 3 or 4 weeks but I was outvoted. Now I am scrambling! ARGH!!!!

Anyway, I have been crocheting my fingers to the bone! I am trying to get a baby blanket done before the shower. I just started it on Saturday. Working like a fiend except when I am on line or working. I crochet while homeschooling our daughter. I crochet while watching tv (like I ever get a chance to do that!). I’ll be crocheting while waiting for my Grandma tomorrow while she is in her doctor appointment that I have the priviledge of driving her to.

Yesterday, while working on the blanket I had help from 3 of our cockatiels. (We have 5 ‘tiels all together.) Today it was our Blue Fronted Amazon. That is right. In addition to trying to have another baby in one way or another, we have pets. Lots of them. We have adopted most of them. Mainly because people know we have one (of whatever) and they know someone who has one that needs a new home.

So, here I was trying to crochet and the cockatiels thought I needed help pulling the yarn out of the skein. Today, the Amazon thought I wasn’t doing it right so she had to help me use the crochet hook. Well, you know, it is red, shiny, metal, and impossible to chew up therefore, one must try harder over and over. Very intriguing. Of course, you have to be a bird to understand this logic or at least live with one.

Well, back to the whole baby shower thing. I have to be at work at 5 AM on Sunday, work until at least 1 and I probably won’t take a break just so I can finish. Then go to the mutual friend’s house for the shower at 3 (20 minutes away). Then go out to dinner with my boss and the rest of our managers at 8 PM. Boss is paying. Dinner is a celebration and thank you from
her. Nice.

I dread Sunday simply because everything is on the same flipping day. I am going to be very exhausted and very crabby. My poor husband and daughter. Then Monday it is back to work as usual. Homeschool during the day and work at 3. I am tired already thinking of it.

Besides all the work, is the emotional BS of dealing with a baby shower. Depressing. I am extremely happy for my friend and excited for her (her due date is Christmas eve) but …well…you all know what I mean.

I guess I’d better get ready for work now. I have to leave in just a few minutes and I am far behind already. Behinder and Behinder every day.

Have a great time until we meet again……

Damn Deer

November 11, 2006 at 5:25 am | Posted in animals, family | 1 Comment

My parents went off to Nebraska last weekend to visit with my grandparents. Grandpa’s birthday, Grandma’s birthday and their anniversary (64 years of bliss-thank you very much) are all in just an 18 day time span.

Anyway, I got an email from my mom this morning. Yesterday they had all gone on a day trip. On the way back a deer jumped out and hit the car. Busted up my mom’s nice car, broke the mirror and they have to get a new radiator before they can even make the trip back here to Phoenix next week. Perfect.

My grandparents live in a town that my great, great grandfather (a traveling preacher that started many midwestern towns eons ago by building churches in the middle of nowhere) founded. Now, this town is so small that when the (count ’em all now) 1 policeman in town goes home for lunch or the end of the day, he puts a closed sign on the police station. Now that is a little town! So how far (with a busted radiator) do you think they are going to have to drive to have the radiator fixed?

Mom said no one was hurt (thank you, God). Not even the DAMN DEER! Now, does that seem fair? I mean I certainly would never wish the deer any pain for his stupidity. I am sure he is sitting at home right now complaining about the Damn Car that hit me and the people aren’t even hurt. With his dear deer fawning (puns intended) all over him. However, it isn’t like you can make the deer pay for any damages. Now the insurance company has to get involved and raise the premiums. Like I said. Not fair.

Anyway, all, we are off to go to dinner. Have a great weekend until next time……

Hello!

November 11, 2006 at 4:54 am | Posted in adoption, children, family, shopping | 1 Comment

Hello everyone! So nice to meet you all. This is the first time I have ever done a blog, so forgive me. It won’t be terribly exciting yet but give me time.

My name is Lisa. I have been married to my wonderful husband, Mike, for 15+ years. That I think is very amazing these days! We have a beautiful 11 year old daughter named MacKenzie.

We have been trying for years to have another child. MacKenzie has been begging for a sibling since she could talk. Nothing except miscarriages and disappointments. We have decided to adopt. I have dreamed of adopting a child from China for more that 20 years. So that is our plan. However, money is the big deal. We can afford to support another child but to come up with the thousands upon thousands of dollars for the adoption is unrealistic. Adoption starts at roughly $20,000 for those of you who have never checked it out. China is actually much less expensive than several other countries. Russia is closer to $30,000. Anyway…here we are trying to come up with more money. It is hard!

Have you ever tried saving money? Just when you think you are making progress, the air conditioner dies. In August, in Phoenix. Not pretty! (It was 20 years old anyway.) Then you have to make not 1 but 2 emergency trips across the country by plane. Those last minute plan tickets aren’t cheap you know. (Especially when there are 3 of you.) Then the family vehicle needs a tune up. By this time, you are afraid to take it in for fear of what may be found. Or God only knows what else comes up. I am sure you all know what I mean.

To get on with things….we have a couple of websites to help earn money for our adoption. The first is an Avon website. I have been selling Avon for 13 years. My website is http://www.yourAVON.com/lisapearson. Check is out. You can order from the site and it will be sent directly to you.

The second is a phenomenal company that I have just recently joined. To get started telling you about this a little history first. When we first started looking into the possibility of adoption, we also were looking into financing. There isn’t much out there for adoption. There are grants, but you have to already be in the process before you can apply for them. You aren’t guaranteed to get the grant and you could hope for (and need) $5000 and get $300. Most of the process of adoption is time sensitive, therefore if you don’t get the money…..you have to start all over. Next, you could borrow money from your retirement. Will it ever get paid back? Probably not. Then you can never afford to retire. Cash out life insurance policies. Not on your life! You never know what is going to happen or when. Max out your credit cards. Not going to happen either. You get the idea. Tough world out there for this need. You could get a loan for the money but who needs another payment? So, I started researching other ideas. This is how I met Ken.

Ken has been doing direct marketing for years and has been very high up in the companies he has done. Knows lots of people that have also been high up in different companies doing exactly what he does. Very nice man. Anyway, he had a company (with a few of these high up friends) and had just come home with his internationally adopted daughter. He wanted to help others achieve their dream. He created websites for people, linked to his and everything that sold on your site, he gave you a nice commission. Well, after almost a year with Ken, products just weren’t selling as well as everyone had hoped. They were too common. So Ken, and his friends went looking for another company to join. That brings us to Oasis Life Sciences.

Sorry, I guess that was a little more than a little history.

So, Oasis Life Sciences….well, I guess you’ll just have to check it out. It is so well explained on the web site that I can’t do it any justice. I will say that is about Ageless Living.  Try my site for that at http://www.supportpearson.com. When you order from the site it will also be shipped directly to you.

With any luck, I’ll be able to start updating everyone on the progress of our adoption. Right now we are just trying to get the money together. Hopefully we will be able to jump that hurdle and soon.

I have set up links directly to my other two sites, of course, in my sidebar.  Let me know what you think.

Sorry for pretty much just giving you a big commercial. That was not my intention. It is just our family’s major dream at this point and something we happen to be quite passionate about right now. I don’t plan on making commercials and informercials very often here so please bear with me.

Most of my logs will hopefully be much more interesting and more about family, etc. Check back soon. I’ll post more at another time. I am just getting the hang of this right now.

Have a great one until next time……

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