The video above is for a new show on TLC about couponing. At first I was skeptical but after looking into it I am a believer. I am a stay at home mom so anything that can save me money is a blessing. Extreme couponing here I come!!!

An Amazing Young Woman

Monday, December 6, 2010

Considering Adoption?

Adoption has changed my life in ways I never thought possible.  It feels so wonderful to be a mom and have the family I have always dreamed of. Adoption has become a passion of mine I would like to share with others whether you are a potential adoptive parent or birth mom.

Adoption Answer is a wonderful company bringing Christian families together!  I have started working as an Adoption Coordinator with Adoption Answer.  I would love to have the opportunity to share what the company has to offer prospective adoptive parents and/or birth parents.  If you are considering adoption or know someone who is please contact me for more information. Here are a few reasons to chose Adoption Answer...
  • The Short Wait:  Matched with a birth mom in 1-6 months
  • Commitment to Your Success: We work with you until a successful match is made
  • Competitive Prices
  • Personalized attention:  We are here for you every step of the way
Please visit the website for more information at       

Friday, November 5, 2010

I am a Mommy!

I am sorry I haven't posted anything in a while.  This past month was a whirlwind!!!  
I am so happy to say that my life has officially changed forever.  I am a mommy!!!  Our precious daughter was born on October 27, 2010, weighing 6 pounds and measuring 19 inches long.  She is a beautiful little girl.  We have been blessed and are so grateful to God!  What an expression of love that her birth parents chose!  I will always have love in my heart for them.  Please pray for them as they move on with their lives.     

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Good Reason to Buy a Happy Meal

I read in one of my magazines that every time you purchase a Happy Meal from McDonald's the proceeds support Ronald McDonald House Charities.  I have always been a fan of Happy Meals since I was little now I feel even more inclined to purchase them more often.  By the way, I believe the portion size provided in a Happy Meal use to be the adult portion size many years ago.  Please check out the provided link to Ronald McDonald House Charities to see what services are provided to families with sick children.    

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Our Adoption Fundraiser!

We are excited to announce that we have been chosen to participate in an adoption fundraiser opportunity through Hip Mom Jewelry!  This site offers modern and unique jewelry for moms and dads.  Our fundraiser will be active for the whole month of October.  If you visit the site and purchase any item from the adoption line of jewelry we will receive 30% of the retail price which we will use to help finance our adoption.  Please enter our family code: Hutch1010 on the order page.  Many of the jewelry items would be great birthday or Christmas gifts and some can even be personalized!  Please find the link button to Hip Mom Jewelry at the top right of this blog.  Thank you so much for taking the time to check out the site.  Feel free to share our fundraising endeavor with your friends and family.  God bless you. 

Sunday, September 26, 2010

It's a Match

It is official we met with the birth parents and we have chosen each other!  They are a terrific young couple and are making the ultimate sacrifice for their baby.  They know that they can not provide the life that their baby deserves so they have  chosen to place the baby in our care.  We are very excited!  She is having a girl and is due November 23rd.  What a wonderful Thanksgiving gift!  Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.  Please continue to pray for both the birth parents and us.     

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Adoption Fundraisers

I have found some wonderful sites which offer adoption fundraising opportunities.  We are looking into participating in a couple of them.  Please visit the following sites... 
It is so wonderful to find others who actively support adoption!

Possible Match Situation

We received a phone call from Michelle at Adoption Answer because we were chosen by a birth mother/birth father!  We have agreed to meet this Sunday with this couple to discuss the adoption.  We are excited but reserving a celebration until we meet face to face and have our assurances.  Please pray for us and the birth parents as this will be a life changing choice for all of us.  I will keep you posted regarding our decision.  

Monday, September 20, 2010

Work From Home Jobs

The following link is for an article on regarding legitimate work from home jobs.  I thought it would be helpful for moms who want to stay at home and raise their children but need a source of income.

Dancing Merengue Dog

This video is awesome!  It's makes me want to dance the merengue with my dogs.  I guess I better get busy training them.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Adoption Poem Touchstone Necklace -- Online Store

The following link is for a beautiful necklace with the Adoption Creed printed on it. I think it might be my next purchase.
The Adoption Poem Touchstone Necklace -- Online Store

JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes

Hi all,
The following information comes from my cousin Georges's website  He is a loving husband and father of two terrific kids and has been living with type 1 diabetes for almost twenty years.  If you are interested in participating in the Walk to Cure Diabetes or to make a donation please click on the team web page link.  Thank you.

Walk And Celebrate With Me

TUESDAY, JULY 13, 2010 AT 10:10AM
This year I am participating in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes and I want you to join my team,
This year is a big deal for me because it marks my 20th year of diabetes and the walk is scheduled on the day I was diagnosed back in 1990! 
So immediately following the walk I am going to throw a huge party. A party celebrate fighting diabetes for 20 years and to celebrate all of those PWD's out there who fight every day. It's not about me, it's about us.
There are several people from the Online Community that are going to come out and I hope you can too. Invite your family and friends. You can join the team by going to the team web page.
If you can’t make it to walk or to the party, would you be willing to donate towards my goal? I am hoping to raise $100 for every year I have had diabetes. 
What: JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes & Celebration
When: Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 @ 8:00 AM
Where: Guasti Regional Park in Ontario, California
If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope you can make it!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

I just pulled this info from  I wish I would have seen it earlier.  Please check out the site for more information on understanding breast cancer and getting involved in the cause. Thank you. 

Massage Envy

Massage Envy new logo
Susan G. Komen for the Cure is proud to once again be the beneficiary of Massage for the Cure® in 2010. Massage for the Cure is an annual, one-day event presented by Massage Envy® offering one-hour therapeutic massage sessions for $49 with $15 from each massage being donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. 100% of the funds raised will be given to Komen Affiliates to be used for breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs. Massage for the Cure is a national event, with an expected 620 Massage Envy centers across 42 states participating. This will be the sixth consecutive year Massage Envy has hosted this event - contributing $1.4 million to the fight against breast cancer.

Program Information

Program Active: Massage for the Cure events will be held on September 14, 2010.Massage Envy will begin taking appointments on August 14, 2010.
Product Available for PurchaseMassage Envy locations nationwide or online at
Suggested Retail: $49 per one-hour massage session
Benefit to Komen for the Cure: $15 from every massage purchased
Guaranteed Donation: $250,000 minimum guaranteed donation
Years of Partnership: 6 years

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

For Dog Lovers

I have always been a dog lover and I just found a link from Sean Hannity's website to a site titled  It has a wonderful video featuring the search and rescue dogs at Ground Zero.  It is hard to believe that we are approaching the 9th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on our nation.  Please check out the link as a means to honor the lives lost.  The following will take you directly to the video...

Congratulations Horton Family

My very good friend and her husband just welcomed their first child into their lives yesterday.  Her name is Amelia and she weighs 13lbs., 9oz. and is 19 inches tall.  She is a beautiful little bundle of joy.  I am so happy for them. God bless the Horton family!  

Sunday, September 5, 2010

I Am Your Child

Adoption Update

I want to give an update about our adoption since I haven't written about it yet. On Monday, August 23rd we received a phone call from Michelle at Adoption Answer.  She called to tell us that a birth mom was presented with our profile and she chose us to adopt her baby.  When that phone rang at 9:30 in the morning and Todd said "hello Michelle" my heart dropped.  I was excited because I knew what the call was for.  She gave us background information on the birth mom and after a tearful conversation with Todd we decided to pass on this situation.  I have to say I was not anticipating this situation and all the emotions involved.  Part of me just wants a baby so bad that I will say yes to any situation and the other part of me wants to be as sensible as possible.  I believe we made the right choice but I have a little guilt because I want the birth mom and her baby to be in a safe environment and well taken care of.  I never thought we would say no to a birth mom and I hope our choice didn't hurt her too badly.

We have only been waiting for a couple months to be matched with the right birth mom but it feels like an eternity.  I guess I had this fairy tale situation in my head that our match would happen immediately.  I have good days and bad. Some days I'm really positive and feel that the call will come soon and other days I feel it is never going to happen.  As you know I am a faith filled person but I need your prayers to help me get through this time of waiting.  Thank you for your support.  

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Important Tax Information

Hi all,

I came across these websites and thought I should pass this important information on.  On December 31, 2010 the Bush tax cuts will fully expire unless Congress renews them.  Please check out the following sites and see for yourself.  If these tax cuts expire we should all expect to see a huge increase in our taxes.  I don't know how you all feel but I know I am sick and tired of working so hard just for our government to put their big hand out and expect more and more of my money.  
Please know that my motivation for posting this information is not to sway you either way but to provide information on the topic.  If you agree that the tax cuts should continue please sign the petition found at
Here are some sites to check out...

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Free Downloadable Cookbook

Pampered Chef is offering a free downloadable cookbook with family friendly recipes from Hollywood stars and Mario Batali.  The best part is every time the cookbook is downloaded Pampered Chef will donate one meal to Feeding America!

Just go to through September 30th and scroll down to the bottom left corner for the link.  For more information on Feeding America click on the following link

Trade-In Event at Babies R Us

Hi everyone!

I was flipping through one of my magazines and saw an advertisement from Babies R Us.  They are offering a trade-in event from Aug. 27 - Sept. 19.
During this time frame you can bring in used items such as car seats, strollers, cribs, high chairs, etc. and get 25% off any new item from participating brands. This sounds like a great deal so I wanted to pass it along.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I just wanted to say thank you to all our family and friends for your positive feedback and support.  I'm so excited I have 4 followers!  I promise to try my best to keep this blog interesting and relevant. 

Shortly I will be uploading a music video for a beautiful song about adoption.  It brought me to tears!!!  I hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Steven Curtis Chapman - When Love Takes You In (Concept...

Welcome to my blog!

Well here goes...

I am excited to share our adoption story and my thoughts on being a wife, mother and Christian woman.  I guess I should start by sharing a little background info.  I have been married for over seven years to my best friend, Todd.  We share a wonderful life together and are blessed to have each other.  

We have always wanted to have children and approximately a year ago we started researching adoption.  We spoke with couples who have adopted, met with various companies offering adoption services and finally we found Michelle Dettman from Adoption Answer.  She truly is the answer to our prayers and as of June 12, 2010 we have been contracted with her.  We are now waiting to be matched with a birth mom.

Our journey to become parents has been difficult and emotion filled.  At times the wait is unbearable but we have faith that the path we have chosen is what God has designed for us.  Please pray for us to be strong, patient and faith filled.  Thanks you for sharing this journey with us.

Every good and perfect gift comes from above.  James 1:17  

Our Happy Family