These are the thoughts of a Texas transplant in West Michigan who makes his living as a newspaper reporter by evening, and a struggling novelist by day.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


it's been a hectic time at the house. we got a call earlier this past week that the papers from the state were in and all of our papers were in, so the adoption case worker said she can do a home visit.

it is exciting and also brought home the reality of it all. i mean, we know we've wanted to do this for a long time and have been slowly working toward it, but now that we've got a home visit, it all came home with a jolt. it became real as some friends have said.

it's certainly a great thing. if all goes well here, we'll have another visit some time soon and then hopefully get our stamp of approval for adoption. then it really begins.

it was the best news we've had in awhile. certainly spring break vacation was crappy and contributed to much discontent. we discovered in the process of pulling out drywall that we have carpenter ants in the insulation. it postponed a project that should have taken a day or so. so that meant calling an esxterminator. now the ant problem is in check. the day after the discovery of the ants, our computer acquired a virus. that really set up back. having to possibly pay nearly half of the cost of a new computer to get the old one fixed didn't sit well with me. so after we mulled it over, we bought a new one (a year earlier than planned). i'm reallky pissed off at the jerks who deliberately invent viruses and cause harm to innocent computer users. and then the big one. on good friday linda called and gave me bad news. our cousin had killed himself the night before. he'd shot himself at his home. well that put an end to the spring break and sealed it with a stamp of sadness. it was unexpected. i feel for his parents.

so i must keep thinks in check and remember and be grateful for the things and people in my live. something we tend to overlook the good for the bad and focus on it until the bad invelopes us and makes us bitter. peace and love.