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Adopting in Ashburn

What began in France moved to Washington, DC and then the suburbs. Let the adventures in Ashburn continue.

Thursday, March 26, 2009


When Roosevelt said that "we have nothing to fear except fear itself," he was right. I was so scared last night. I was petrified. And all my fears, my distrust, my lack of faith ... it was pointless. Because although it was bound to be unpleasant, following the path I knew I was supposed to take was worth it.

And it went better than I could have ever imagined.

It's going to be a bumpy road for awhile, but I've got great company and as much support as a girl could ever need. Including from the big guy she was so afraid of listening too.

Thanks for your prayers.

Love always,


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Wednesday, March 25, 2009


A couple weeks ago on Facebook my status was that I was trying to figure out how to discern between my internal monologue and the voice of God.

God has never really spoken to me in one of those booming voices or appeared in the form of Morgan Freeman or Alanis Morrisette. But, I've always felt the comfort of his messages to me in my soul.

Now, I am either fighting the message or I'm not hearing it right. It's the perfect time of year to find a place to just go and sit with the blessed sacrament and yet I fear it won't help or that I'm shouting over it or that I'm generally just unhappy with the content of the message.

Writing this out, it certainly seems that way. How do you make yourself feel better about God's plan for you if you don't really like it? I don't expect to understand it, but I never thought I'd feel bad about part of it.

Sigh. Reflections, thoughts, prayers, ideas welcome.

Love always,


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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Outlook on Life

I'm behind in my letter writing and will have to make it up, but right now I have very little time (how surprising!). I should be able to share more tonight. In the mean time, I'd like to share a quote from Jim Henson that exemplifies my outlook on life.
"When I was young, my ambition was to one of the people who made a difference in this world. My hope is still to leave the world a little bit better for my having been here.

It's a wonderful life and I love it."
Love always,



Friday, March 13, 2009

If nothing else...

...work is certainly giving me the type of cardiac workout I usually associate with running 3 miles.



On a Florida blacktop in late July.

(If you've never lived there, think: 110% humidity before the afternoon storms roll in to block out the 100 degree sunshine.)

Thank goodness it's Friday.

Love always,


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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Grocery Shopping

I went "real" grocery shopping tonight for the first time in probably two months. I've been surviving on trips to Costco (limited selection) and random pop-ins to grab one item or another from the smaller groceries near my house.

I'm not sure why, but grocery shopping is usually really serene for me. I like the idea that I'm pre-planning. That I'm controlling my diet with my purchases. That I'm managing my budget. Or maybe I just like food.

This is an incredibly lame self-reflection, but it is true, and it is what's on my mind right now.

I like grocery shopping.

Now if only I could remember to go more often. :)

Love always,


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Monday, March 09, 2009

Comme Amelie, Mais Avec Les Singes!

Just found this through a friend from USC (who writes a fashion blog for those of us who are a little less inclined to be fashionable on a regular basis)...

Once upon a time... from Capucha on Vimeo.

Totally adorable. Un jour j'espere que j'ai l'opportunite d'ecoute mon petit Martin (et Paul!) recit un histoire comme ca.

En plus, j'adore les singes.

Love always,


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Saturday, March 07, 2009

Of Yard Work and Bagpipes

(To the tune of "Mysterious Fathoms Below" from the Little Mermaid)

Oh this is a tale
Of a glory-filled girl
Who spent this nice day at home.

Out in the yard
With a spade and a saw
She cleared up those weeds with a hoe.

(Instrumental: "Heave-ho")

While this was occurring
Her roommie was stirring
The makings of wheat bread, oh dough!

Bagpipes were playing
On King Street parading
For St. Patty's, early, I know!

Fantastical daytime, it's so!

I just felt moved to write a little tuneage to describe today. If I'm really going to reflect on my self for this Lenten promise, I might as well relay it in the way I seem to think.

Yes, I often make up little ditties in my head.

Yes, I occasionally sing them aloud.

I agree, you wouldn't want to be in my head. :)

Love always,


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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Inaugural Events Photoblog

So, yes, it was a million, trillion years ago (um, January), but I wanted to show you some of the pictures from the South Carolina State Inaugural Ball. Mind you, I still haven't had my disposable camera developed (and then scanned in) but Hillary was kind enough to take some pictures of me after I got back to Lorien's house.

This is me absolutely cracking up because they asked me to take a serious picture. (Not possible.)

Unfortunately, none of the other (moderately serious) pictures of me came out too well (note: take them BEFORE the event next time). However, this one was worth showing you:

This shot was taken for posterity, but posted for Marco - since he spent the whole time we were shoe shopping trying to convince me to wear sneakers with the dress. I didn't wear them to the ball, but as soon as I met Hillary at the Metro, I changed for the walk. Much more comfortable than the strappy sandals.

The next morning, we headed out to the Mall for an amazing historical event.

We got incredibly lucky the whole morning and had no issues with getting into our special ticketed area (since the crowd broke through the barricades just as we got to them). It was a shockingly good view and surprisingly not cold (might have had to do with being completely surrounded by people).

Lots of love and thanks to Hillary, Lorien, and Rachel, without whom I wouldn't have had such a great inaugural experience. It was definitely a great time to be in DC!

I'll post again when I have more pictures!

Love always,


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3 Cubic Feet

The three cubic feet of clean laundry at the foot of my bed is put away. I changed my sheets so they are no longer germy with sickness. My stuff isn't strewn about the dining room table anymore and all of the flower stems and random compostables have been thrown in the soil bucket in the backyard. My bills are paid for the month and I have groceries in the fridge.

There's something about accomplishing a number of household chores all at once that makes me want to keep working on stuff.

Love always,


P.S. - Sorry about the delay (as this is yesterday's letter). No matter how important my other life tasks are, I've got to stay on top of this Lenten promise!

P.P.S. - A ma famille francaise, je vous embrasse et vous me manquez. Passe une bonne journee!

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Reasons Why My Roommate is Awesome

As part of my self-reflection, I'm taking a moment today to mark the fantastic qualities of my roommate, without whom I would not be as happy.
  1. She's an incredible listener. She knows my quirks and is happy to let me vent basically whenever I need to.
  2. She's an absolute perfectionist. Although this is a characteristic that can be overwhelming, in Rachel it just helps her be more predictable. If she's doing something, you can count on her to do it until it is done right.
  3. She's thoughtful. Not much of a milk drinker, she always checks with me to make sure there is enough if she's at the grocery store.
  4. She's communicative. As a communications person, I appreciate someone who is so willing to make an effort to communicate about everything. Even when we disagree, she's more than willing to explain her whole side of the situation in a rationale way, which helps us from hurting each others' feelings as often as possible.
  5. She gets me.
So to my dearest roommate, thank you for being you. I'm happy to have you to come home to and hang out with in the evenings. Even when we just sit in the same room and do our own things, I feel better when you're around. And I know that even though we sometimes disappoint each other or get on each others nerves (I swear, I really am going to finish cleaning out the fridge and clearing off the dining room table), that at the end of the day, we'll always be friends.

MF, I heart you.

Love always,

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Monday, March 02, 2009

Snow Day

Above: The birds' nest in the front yard seemed a likely place for snow to stick.

It snowed a bunch last night (well, a bunch for here). Therefore, luckily, the 2 hour delay for the federal government made my half sick/half work-from-home day less of an issue. My head cold from Friday hasn't really gone away, but I am feeling quite a bit better after resting today.

This weekend was a bit of a whirlwind. I played volleyball on Saturday, which was good because it helped push my cold away and bad because my muscles were tired (though miraculously not sore). We played a really cool rotation that allowed me to play right side in the front row and middle and left in the back row. Quite fun.

Afterwards, we had dinner (homemade lasagna) at Erin's boyfriend's Matty's house (where we had met to carpool). After a round or so of Apples to Apples (love that game), I went home. My date arrived just when I did (I haven't asked name permission yet, so forgive the generalness) and we read Harry Potter for awhile (as he's never read or seen them) and then watched Return to Me and ate the leftover cheesecake.

Church choir on Sunday was rough, as my throat was pretty sore. I vegged out afterwards, before my date from Saturday and I went to see Doubt at Lorien's theater. We went to dinner at her place afterwards for delicious steak, mashed potatoes and broccoli. Super yummy and a great end to the weekend.

Below are some more pictures from today's snow.

The patio had the only spots in the yard not covered in snow.

I love how there are indents where the paving stones are for walking. Also, the piles of snow on top of the buckets shows that we got a good three inches at least.

Hope you all had a good day too!

Love always, ~Heather

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