Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
“Being nerdy is not fun!” That is a phrase you will never hear from Jared. He claims that blinking lights are interesting, not because they are blinking but because of all the fascinating different ways light can be produced. Incandescents, florescent, LED; they are all entertaining to his geeky personality. This fascination with the small and trivial makes him a great engineer.
One of Devin’s favorite smells is chlorine bleach. She has mastered the art of using the whitening substance without getting it on her clothes. This talent has taken years to develop and several shirts in the process. She feels that learning this skill is a major accomplishment as she can wear anything while cleaning.
Together Jared and Devin have the ability to shine light on all blemishes in the bathroom and have them removed.
Between the two of them they only have 14 siblings. This is much too small of a family. Considering that you only increase your family by 1 with a biological child. We set out to find a better way to grow our family. Adoption seems to be the most efficient means to boost the caliber of our family. With adoption you do not just include a child to the family; there is also an opportunity to add the birth parents as well as their parents and siblings. This ability to multiply, instead of add, was a major contributor to our decision. We love adoption and hope to share the experience with as many people as possible. Please feel free to visit our blog (jndpayne.blogspot.com) or shoot us an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). We love getting to know people and would be more than happy to answer any and all questions you have for us! Thanks so much for taking the time to read about us.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
First off, let me start out by thank you all so incredibly much for the love and support!!! You are all awesome. I'm so blessed so have so many family, friends to help through hard times. Here's somewhat of an update... I've been emailing with a teacher of mine. FABULOUS teacher. Has literally been the best teacher I have EVER had. Genuinely cares about each and every one of the students. I can't "sing" enough praises about this teacher. Anyway~ this teacher has been helpful. I will call first thing Monday morning to make an appointment with the division chair over nursing. I will try to appeal the A & A committee's decision. Once again, I'll keep you all updated. And thank you from the bottom of our hearts for EVERYTHING! Love you all!
So now on to the funner, not so mushy stuff! I decided I'd just blog about the baseball game we went to last Monday. Like I mentioned, the kid that we were there to watch is an 11 yr. old in our ward. We're good friends with his parents. This kids was one of my scouts; now he's Jared's. He played great!!! He hit triple play to lead off the third inning. His team ended up winning by one point! We took him to 7-11 to celebrate (yes, be jealous Mel j/k). Kind of a side note, he said this was his first time going to 7-11 and having a slurpee!! He'd had slushies, but not a slurpee. (I know you're dying of shock Mel). Anyway~ it was a blast. We're so honored to have had that privilege of taking him, watching him play. Here are some pictures from the event.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Yes, we are still alive. It's been quite the last couple of weeks~ hence behind in the blogging. Hopefully I can get back on the ball. So here's what we've been up to.
The week of April 24th my amazing mom was in town! I didn't get to see her much (thanks a lot school!) but we did have a date and went to see the Carl Bach Museum. It was amazing!! Loved having the time with my mom too. Don't get much one on one time with her, so I enjoyed every minute of it. Here are some pictures of when my mom was here.
That weekend we also had a blast spending some time with Jared's side of our family. We started off by a graduation celebration! Jared has a cousin who's husband graduated. Jared's uncle, aunt, and cousins all came in. It was so fun to see them!! Later that night Jared's sister and her family came down. Love seeing them! Oh! Jared got a new toy too! I'll see if he'll blog about it.
On to the next week, the week of May 1st. Sunday I dropped Jared off, and he car pooled up to the airport. He spent most of the week in FL at a work conference. I may be able to get him to do a post on it (yes, two blog post from Jared! YAY!). Anyway~ after I dropped off Jared, I picked up my grandma and we went to a baby blessing. One of my cousin's had a baby first part of February. I then went to my ward and chilled out for the rest of the day. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday were finals. You all ready know how Monday's went (if not, read here). Tues. and Wed. went great. I passed the classes and life is good, in that sense! I pretty much played all that afternoon. Thursday, I got house keeping stuff done and then the real fun started. Thurs. afternoon, I picked up 7 (a kid in the foster care system that we watched all weekend) from school. We had a blast playing until bedtime. Fri., I took 7 to school, went and picked up 15 and 3 (siblings that are also in the foster care system that we watched all weekend. Sorry, if you can't tell I'm using the numbers in their age. Confidentiality reasons). I took the 2 kiddos and we picked up Jared from the airport!!! I was SSSSOOOO good to see him after that horrid week. Unfortunately Jared was wiped out most of Fri. and Sat. from his trip. He played a little bit with me and the 3 kids. We all went to the park, played games, etc. It was different being the parent figure to 3 kids. I loved every min. of it! Can't wait for a permanent placement. Church was fun juggling them. After church, two took naps and we got to play with the third. We then had the foster parents for 15 and 3 over for dinner! Thanks again for everything Heather!!! We then took 7 home, and got her to bed. Her foster parents are friends of ours too. Sorry, no pictures of this week. I had the camera and thought about it, but, once again, confidentiality rules.
So, to end this blog post... here are some random pics.
"Save me Dad! But let me watch"
Anyway~ that is a sum of our last couple of weeks!!! Hope all of yours was great! Love to all!!