Sunday, May 18, 2008
This post is SO long.  I have two memes to catch up on...
I was tagged by Stefanie to do this meme:

Favorite person (outside of family):  Oh my! How can one answer this without hurting know who you are--you favorite person, you.

Favorite food?  I love food.  My newest favorite food that I just discovered is Thai fried rice with chicken.  It has this grilled flavor to it and it has a Mediterranean flair too.  It is delicious!

Quirks about you?  See the meme many!

How would the person who loves you the most describe you in ten words or less? A direct quote from the houseboy..."Quirky, particular, clean, conscientious, principled, spiritual, oh so Kimmy" 

Any regrets in life?  Not really.  I don't look back too much.  Maybe that we started the adoption process earlier so there would be less of an age gap between my peanuts.

Favorite charity or cause?  Anything that has affected people I love.  We regularly donate for Parkinson's, MS, breast cancer, orphans.

Favorite blog recently?  Oh boy this is tough...for spiritual inspiration I read Bring the rain. This family has recently lost their baby daughter.  Angie (the Mom) writes about her grief and her pain and her faith with such beauty and honesty.
On a lighter note...  for witty humor and fun I have recently discovered Classy Chaos.  

Something you cannot get enough of?  Sleep.

Worst job you ever had?  I think I have liked every job I have had from waitressing and bartending to being a receptionist in a hair salon (college jobs) to being a professor and marriage counselor.  The most challenging and rewarding job though has been being a Mom.

What job would you pay NOT to have?  I could not be a nurse. I cannot clean up bodily fluids.  I gag.

If you could be a fly on the wall, where? I don't think I would want to be.  I am probably better off not hearing things that aren't meant for me to hear.

Favorite Bible verse right now? Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.  The the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ, Jesus. Phil 4:6-7 

Guilty pleasure? Shopping, blogging and chocolate.  Although the hubs just put me on strict "no shopping orders."

Got any confessions? Yes, I am letting Kate watch "Super Why" on PBS while I type this.  Now she is napping and each kid and my husband keeps trying to interrupt me---Bad Mom!

If you had to spend $1000 on yourself, how would you spend it?  Spa day with a favorite friend!  I love relaxing with a friend and as Moms it is something we rarely get to do!

Favorite thing about your house?  Oh this is so tough because I designed it and chose every detail!  I LOVE our wide plank walnut floors and I love our light fixtures.  I lovingly chose each one from all over the place and had them shipped to our builder.  He did not like that.  I also love our crystal doorknobs.  They are very old fashioned.

Least favorite thing about your house?  Our mudroom is tiny.  I know I am lucky to have a mud room but it is a constant mess because it is too small for our family.

One thing you are bad at?  Oh I can name so many.  I cannot draw ANYTHING at all.  I stink at sports.  I can do things like ice skate and ski and gymnastics but do not put me on any "ball" team.  I am the WORST!

One thing you are good at?  I think I am good at marriage/parenting coaching.

If you could change one thing about your circumstances, what?  I wish I knew if a certain move would be good for our family or not.  My hubby likes to move.  I like to stay put.

Who would you like to meet someday? 

What makes you feel sexy?  A night away with my husband.

Who is your real life hero?  I really admire two friends right now who have faced incredible challenges.  One is Lauren who is a wonderful Mom with a son in heaven and she has been such a spiritual inspiration to me.  She and her husband leaned on the Lord so faithfully in their most difficult times.  And the other is a friend (KE) who is dealing with a very serious illness with her son.  They both seem to have incredible strength, faith and wisdom.

What is the hardest part of your job?  Meeting each of my children's needs and having energy left over for anything else.

When are you most relaxed?  When all of the kids are in bed.

What stresses you out?  the unknown, messes, and chaos.

What can you not live without? way too scary to even consider.

Do you agree with the recent article that blogs are authored by narcissists?  No.  I am sure some of them are narcissists but many of us are documenting memories for our kids or finding support from people who are experiencing similar things (caring bridge).  I began mine to share our journey with family members.  I had NO idea anyone else would ever even find it.

Why do you blog?  to preserve all the little moments for my kids.  It is much easier than getting out the scrapbook stuff.  Also, it is a creative outlet for me and I feel like it might be one thing I actually finish in a day.  An extra special reward that I never expected is the understanding, support and friendship I have received from other Moms!

Who are you tagging?
New/newer bloggers-Erin
and Clare

Bloggy friends-Leslie
 and Connie

Bloggers you'd like to get to know better-  Glinda and Sara

Bloggers who you don't think will respond but you hope will-  I am actually changing this to  "Bloggers who I REALLY hope will do this because I love them"---Denise (because she is so busy..and I totally understand if you can't) and Nikki

1. Answer the questions.
2. Link back to who tagged you.
3. Tag 8 bloggers in  the above categories to do the same.

Lisa also tagged me for a meme (like a week ago or more--I am very lame at these). I am supposed to list six unspectacular quirks about myself.  As I have mentioned my quirkiness before...I could do these memes forever.  Even my hubby described me as quirky above.

1. I hate to call people.  It is really a problem.  I will talk on the phone forever but I am awful about dialing a number.  I will procrastinate about placing a call for weeks.  It really is a wonder that I ever accomplish anything.  It does not matter if it is my BFF or the dentist.  I just hate to call people.  My longest and best relationships have been with people who call me.  I really do not know why I am like that. 

2. As a kid, I loved orange sherbet with hot fudge (so weird).

3. I only buy white sheets and white towels for the grown ups in our house.  I love crisp, white sheets.  I must share an incredible shopping tip here.  I found amazingly high quality Sferra sheets at Tuesday morning recently.  I am a bit of a sheet snob but good sheets are very expensive so I was thrilled with my bargain!

4. I go to one hairdresser for my highlights and a different one (at a completely different salon) for my haircuts.

5. I can make a meal out of red hot blues tortilla chips and some stuffed olives (black olives with feta).

6. I am a horrible typist!  I mean the worst.  I hunt and peck and I make tons of errors.  I am a good speller though.  So, when you see my errors they are likely typos and not spelling errors.  I do spell check but if I have added photos, it messes up (reads the codes).

I am supposed to tag 6 people for this.  I tag Tracy, Rachel, Dawn, Christy, Melanie and Heather.  Okay no more memes for me for 6 months!!!!  I am memed out again!

I had a great time with my best friend from college and her four kiddos! Marianne and I stayed up really late watching "27 Dresses" and talking. The kids all played really well together. Kate developed quite a crush on Sam! Here is a collage of her beautiful children!  I really want to brighten up a few of the pictures but I am having trouble importing photos from iphoto to my newly uploaded PSE for Macs.  Help, anyone?

My creation


  1. Oh I loved reading all these interesting things about YOU!!! Thanks for letting us "get to know you better"!!
    Oh..and by the way...My FAVORITE verses of ALL TIME is Phil 4:6-8!!! They are my life verses!
    Have a wonderful week!!!

  2. I absolutely despise making phone calls too! I have been putting one call I really need to make off for well over a month! Maybe tomorrow...

  3. Such fun to read your memes! I am terrible about phone calls. I like it when I get on the phone with friends and I like the feeling of accomplishment when chores/phone calls are done. I just have a hard time getting to it because I know free time is precious or I anticipate that someone will need me and will be tugging at my sleeve.

  4. thats one of my fav verses too. I also detest calling people. Once they call me I am fine and so glad to talk and wish I had called. I am just way quicker to email someone. Mosty because it seems if I do get on the phone, I find myself hiding in a closet to get away from the loud Treasures;)
    Watching Cheaper by the Dozen and seeing Steve Martin get in the closet to talk, looked so familiar!
    I will do this on one of my next posts. Thanks alot, I think...;)
    Hope you have a wonderful week with your Peanuts!

  5. Wow Kim~
    That's a lot of memeing (is that a word?): )
    Wonderful answers.

  6. Orange Sherbert and hot fudge - Kim that sounds GROSS! Marianne's children are beautiful. I love reading your blog and can't wait to see all of the Swales in real life! love you, Staci

  7. How fun you are..... the more I know you the lovlier you become.

  8. I have to take time to read your meme later... I owe Stefanie a reply too... You hate calling people, I am not good at meme's.... Anyway, I LOVE the photos. Especially the one of her oldest daughter. What precious children! So glad you had fun! I want to see that movie! I love "izzy!"

    Looks like you had a great weekend!!!!


  9. I am so glad you joined in on the meme, it was great fun reading all your answers... and I do feel like I know you better :)

  10. I am a bit of a sheet snob, too. I'm glad I'm in such good company =). One of my favorite things about spending the weekend with my Gramma was her sheets. Crisp, cool, and white. I've been hooked ever since. I will spend those extra few bucks for a higher thread count (just don't tell my husband).

    Gin =)

  11. You're too kind! We just have to take things day by day, right! I'm so glad y'all made this move and that you decided to give MOPS a try.

    I'm so blessed to have gotten to know the 5 peanuts!

  12. Your job as a marriage counselor sounds intriguing... my husband and I often think about getting involved in the Pre-Cana program at our church.

    We are also interested in adopting from China... but we don't meet the income requirements. I'm not sure what God has planned for us. Can you recommend any other programs to look into?


  13. Cute post. My husband has put me on a "spending freeze" too! It doesn't really work, though.

  14. Memes are so much fun to read! I could have guessed a few of the things you told us, but others were a surprise. Thanks for sharing!

  15. This was fun to read...I am on no shopping order as well. Trying to save for the trip to China!

    Did you get my email I sent a few weeks ago? I just thought maybe you did not get it...I can resend it if you'd like.


  16. Hi Kim! You crack me up! Love that you go to two different places for your hair...I get my hair cut once, sometimes twice a year if I am lucky. I always forget about it!:)
    So glad to be back!!!


  17. alright, i am the exact same way about calling people. i have tried and tried to figure out why i am like this and i really have NO idea. i always make my husband call people if i can. and thank God for email. i even order pizza online. i am just so tickled that i found someone else with this issue!!

  18. Kim..

    Fun stuff! I LOVE Dreyers Orange Sherbet w/chocolate chips, so I dont think you're too weird :) I think I really have the phone call thing too, now that you addressed it, I kind of see myself!

    I will get to mine soon!!

  19. A night out with my husband makes me feel sexy too!

    Thanks for the linky love.

  20. It was fun reading all the fun and interesting things about you!! What program do you use to make your darling collages? I've tried a couple but they don't load on my blog very big!


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