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Life is an adventure!

Beliebers might just be a way to describe a mass of frenzied Justin Bieber fans but in my house this morning, I witnessed a true condition known as Bieber Fever: Panicked teenage girls controlling every computer and cell phone available to purchase pre-sale concert tickets.

It started with the mandatory membership to the Justin Bieber Fan Club.  Twenty-six dollars earned a three month membership, a JB cap, and the right to purchase pre-sale tickets.  I was having flashbacks to the Hannah Montana fiasco that got us center stage and about 20 stories up!  Nonetheless, I stood in the background, monitoring the situation and offering my credit card assistance when it was warranted.

I have been down this road before.  As a parent, it has been my pleasure to help make my kids dreams a reality, within reason.  What is reasonable?  Good question and very debatable if you ask my husband.  Camping, hiking, Warp Tours, and scouting for the best rollercoaster experience was best left to the boys in the house.  Those requests usually fell on Dad, and that wasn’t such a bad thing. Or was it?

Not that I am keeping score, but I have driven a car full of nine-year-old girls dressed in princess fashion and singing Hollaback Girl at the top of their lungs to a bowling alley for a birthday party.  I have coached U8 and U10 girls’ soccer teams and experienced firsthand the frustration of cartwheels, singing, and ballet moves on the field.  I have been to a Hannah Montana concert, survived all the High School Musical movies complete with a house full of screaming girls (Zac Effron-need I say more?), and I have been to every midnight showing of the Twilight Saga, which was 12 hours minimum each time.  Now, with JB concert tickets in hand, I will be spending a January weekend in Nashville with a group of screaming girls and I can’t wait!!

Breaking Dawn Midnight Release

I wouldn’t trade one minute of it and I would never take it for granted.  These are the days I cherish the most.  So, when my son came to us with the dream of going to Japan for a year, our response was NO WAY.  That was four years ago. I never thought I’d be saying this, especially after losing our eldest son so unexpectedly, but Benjamin will be departing for Japan on August 22nd for eleven months as a Foreign Exchange Student. The hardest thing to do in life isn’t holding on—it’s letting go.

There is a family in China that is doing the same, and it is my hope that we can give their daughter a fun, loving, and rewarding experience as a new member of our family. In August, just before the start of the school year, Shunshun (Linda) will move into Benjamin’s empty bedroom.  What was once looking like a long, quiet winter in our home, will now be filled with new experiences for her and for us.  My husband, not wanting to be outnumbered by the females, was reluctant.  But when we received our first e-mail from Shunshun, our hearts were suddenly full of love for this girl.  Here is what she wrote:

Dear Michael and Karen

First, thanks for your reception. When I received the message, it was one of the happiest moments throughout my life that suddenly light my heart. I am so amazing to realize that I will enjoy a wonderful year with you, my dear mum and dad.

Actually, I am the only children in my family. As a result, I am really looking forward to having a brother or sister.  So, I get you, Benjamin and Savannah. I am sure we will have a good time.

My parents and I appreciate you again.

Yours Linda

May 17, 2012

P.S.    Can you send me your family photo?

And here is the photo she sent.


It should be an interesting year and I hope to share every funny, heartwarming story with you.  Who knows, maybe there’s a Shunshun in my writing future.  Life is an adventure, as my dear friend Nancy says, so I say– go out and live it!

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I’ll try anything at least once.

Okay, let’s keep it real here.  I’m not talking about climbing Mt. Everest, or swimming with sharks (though dolphins would be fun), or even jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. I’m talking about a new skill, hobby, or career.  Something that gets you out of bed in the morning, besides the alarm… or the sharp claws of your cat kneading biscuits on your chest.

When my husband and I bought our first house, we decided to remodel ourselves.  My skill level went about as far as picture hanging but that didn’t stop me.  Oh, no!  I painted, tiled, re-painted, built an elevated platform in the floor for the media room (a fancy word for the nightmare of cords and video game systems in the basement), tore it down a year later, re-painted, did some fancy wood work down the hall, replaced the treads on the staircase… you get the point.

I have always been able to crochet.  I’ve made scarves, hats, blankets, rugs, and pillows.  This winter, I decided to take my skills to a whole new level.  So naturally, I taught myself to knit.  When my daughter’s best friend asked for a pair of ballet shorts, I eagerly accepted the challenge.  That’s when I found out I suck at knitting. Needless to say, she’s still waiting for those!

So, when my book reader of a daughter was twelve and “reading” me out of house and home (Kindle hadn’t been born yet), I decided to write her a story, which brings me to my favorite attempt at trying something new.  Wait for it… I wrote a novel!  What is the name of it?  I thought you’d never ask.  The title of my first novel is Magestic Dreams.  Did you catch that?  I said first. **giggles** Of course I couldn’t stop there.  I was having so much fun creating this fictional world of characters that when I finished the first book, I was sad.  I became so attached to these characters, they were like family members and I had to know what happened next so…Trilogy!

For those of you out there waiting for the second book, * cue the cricket sounds* — well, anyway, I’m more than halfway there.  And for those of you who know me on a more personal level, when I said “family members” a second ago, I didn’t mean you.  No, you are not a character in my books.

Getting back to the topic of this blog, you know, about trying something new, don’t be afraid to.  You just might find something you’re good at doing.  At the very least, you’ll have a story to tell.

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