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First Fall Apple Pie (topped with streusel!)



I've had a pie crust sitting in my refrigerator, waiting to be used. It's been a long while since I've made an apple pie, but it is AudioDad's favorite dessert- I almost made him one for his birthday instead of the chocolate buttermilk sheet cake. I found a recipe online for a streusel topped… Continue

Added by Janice on September 21, 2009 at 8:43pm — No Comments

MATCHED!!! for gestational surrogacy journey #1

Surrogacy has been a part of my life since 2006 when I first started researching and reading stories about surrogacy. With my first journey, everything went so quickly and I was stunned at how fast I matched, contracted and cycled with my IP's. We did everything in almost 4 months and then became pregnant with Kyle and 9 months later that was it. The journey was fine and everything is good, but it never felt like a personal journey, more on the business side of things.



After Kyle was… Continue

Added by Bethany Jones on September 21, 2009 at 6:08pm — 1 Comment

Equality

There was a tv show on today that I was able to catch while the kids slept called "Gay Marriage and the people stopping it:" or something to that affect. It was a recap of the Prop 8 situation in California and the other battles in other states. I watched closely, reading signs that people had made. Watching those in support of Prop 8 with their young children standing out yelling that God hates fags.



I don't understand how people's hearts can be so full of hate. They claim they are… Continue

Added by Bethany Jones on September 21, 2009 at 6:08pm — 1 Comment

Living only for this moment

Living only for this moment





Hearing this today in a song by Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood (love will always win), made me stop and I had to blog.



If we want it we have to go through it

fight for love and the world tries to break us down



these are two lines of lyrics from the song. And how true these words are. If we want something we have to go through it. I take this as, if we want love, we have to give love. We have to go through what love… Continue

Added by Bethany Jones on September 21, 2009 at 6:07pm — No Comments

Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in thy sight.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in thy sight.



One year ago my life was so very different. I can't believe in just 12 months how much a person's life can be changed forever.



From the wisdom of my BFF, my heart opened and my soul grew. I now realize that life doesn't have to be painful. There doesn't have to be hurtful words and angry exchanges. There doesn't have to be drama every day. I can do and be whatever I want to be without… Continue

Added by Bethany Jones on September 21, 2009 at 6:07pm — No Comments

Imagine

I haven't heard this song in ages and it was on the radio tonight and wow did it really make me think!



here is the video by the way:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okd3hLlvvLw



here are the lyrics:

Imagine there's no heaven

It's easy if you try

No hell below us

Above us only sky

Imagine all the people

Living for today...



Imagine there's no countries

It isn't hard to do

Nothing to kill or die for

And no religion… Continue

Added by Bethany Jones on September 21, 2009 at 6:06pm — No Comments

Written by a Surrogate, (not me)

Written by a surrogate (NOT ME):



For those of you wondering if the money is good.

In the last year of cycling I have:



given myself over 100 shots in my stomach



had DH give me around 100 shots in my butt



had a reaction to the PIO resulting in huge, red, itchy yet painful welts on both sides of my butt



been through menopause 4 times



been on the birth control pill 4 times



gained 23 pounds



bought 4 sets of… Continue

Added by Bethany Jones on September 21, 2009 at 6:04pm — No Comments

The movie Baby Mama

I have to write this post today to say something that is on my mind.



When you go to the movies, watch them at home or even online, please remember that things you see in movies most of the time—IS FAKE. Meaning, unless the words DOCUMENTARY or based on a true story——the rest is make believe, fiction, fake, just something to watch.



I rented Baby Mama. And let me point out somethings to all of you who think that the events that happened in that movie is what actually happens… Continue

Added by Bethany Jones on September 21, 2009 at 6:04pm — No Comments

Winds of Change, posted originally back in July

he winds have changed. I can feel it, smell it. Summer is in full swing and yet things don't really feel like summer. The air hasn't been as humid as years past. And when it does get humid, it never seems to last. Temps haven't really been above the high 90's which to me, seems different. Last year we spent every waking minute we could at the pool. This year, not so much. We struggle to get there when it is warm enough only due to financial reasons or due to my work schedule. The kids love the… Continue

Added by Bethany Jones on September 21, 2009 at 6:02pm — No Comments

Freedom

Sometimes life passes us so quickly that we don't have time to stop and realize that the choices that we make really do affect who we are as a person. We rush to work, school, parties and family events. We rush to pay bills, buy fun toys and raise our children. We are constantly pushing ourselves to the next level. When our kids are babies we say I can't wait for them to walk and talk. When they are toddlers we say how we can't wait for them to be preschoolers so they can do certain things.… Continue

Added by Bethany Jones on September 21, 2009 at 6:01pm — No Comments

The Children, posted back in May from my first blog

This past week a man raped and killed a three year old girl about 60 miles from our home. When I first heard about it I about threw up. The more I read about it, the more angry I get. This family took in a man, illegal from Mexico and because he had no home, they opened it up to him. They said they felt it was the Christian thing to do. The way the media tells it, he left the home after a couple of weeks. But just a few days ago, he slipped into her bedroom window and in front of her five year… Continue

Added by Bethany Jones on September 21, 2009 at 5:59pm — No Comments

The Past

In the world today, people look around them and constantly find something that either upsets them, makes them nervous or even terrifies them. We as a race are constantly always looking over our shoulders, looking out for the next bad thing to happen to us. We rarely stop to just live our lives. We are so busy living that we forget to LIVE. I have even begun to realize that myself tends to do the very same thing. I get so caught up in the mess of life, bills to pay, the next event coming up,… Continue

Added by Bethany Jones on September 21, 2009 at 5:49pm — No Comments

Codependent No MORE

Codependency is something that I recently learned about this year. Up until this January, I had absolutely no idea what codependent meant, let alone that it would probably change the rest of my life as I had known it. My entire life has been somewhat of a drama pot. Everything was always happening, people always fighting, most of the time they were petty little things that I couldn't understand why people got so worked up about, but growing up you don't question what adults do. I watched slowly… Continue

Added by Bethany Jones on September 21, 2009 at 5:24pm — No Comments

Drama and the problems it creates

So i haven't posted on here in a while. First and foremost I am happy to say that Iowa finally grew a pair and decided to allow gay marriage. I am SO PROUD to be an Iowan. We kicked California's ass and beat them too it. I am happy to say that today in Iowa you can legally love whomever you choose and that is a HUGE step in the advancement of the gay movement. I just hope that stupid people don't crash the occasion by bringing their bible thumping jesus freak crap. And then now Vermont has done… Continue

Added by Bethany Jones on September 21, 2009 at 5:22pm — No Comments

Drinking Socially accepted?

Why do people think that it is socially acceptable to sit around at a bar and drink till they are stupid, but that when someone chooses not to partake and induldge in alcoholic beverages, they seem to think that they are the crazy ones?

Since 2001, I have lost count of the people that I have known that have lost their lives due to alcohol. Between suicide and car accidents, these young people lost their lives because they chose to drink and make choices while they were impaired. And not… Continue

Added by Bethany Jones on September 21, 2009 at 5:21pm — No Comments

Why is it?

Why is it so difficult?

This post is going to be dedicated to a question that has many sides of it. Why is it so difficult...? You can finish the sentence in SOOO many different ways. I am going to go through a few of the ones that I have...then you can comment and add any that you have to make this a little fun post.

Why is it so difficult for people to use their blinker? SERIOUSLY! It drives me crazy. Maybe the auto makers should just stop making that on the cars and save all that… Continue

Added by Bethany Jones on September 21, 2009 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Relationships

Everyone in the world has one goal. To find that special someone to love and spend the rest of your life with. But do you really think that there is one person especially sent to be with you? I always thought that marriage was sacred. That once two people took the vows that was it. End of story. But now I wonder.....what if the person you chose isn't the one for you? What do you do? Do you stick it out for family reasons? Do you stay because you think you have to? Do you admit when you are… Continue

Added by Bethany Jones on September 21, 2009 at 5:10pm — No Comments

Rant abou t Religion

The year is 2009. One hundred years ago people believed that by now there would be flying cars, robots running around doing all of our work and much more. But you look around today and you see no flying vehicles. If you look closely, you see that things haven't really changed that much since 1909. Sure we have the internet and cell phones and instead of making thousands of dollars a year, rich people now make millions. You aren't cool unless you wear 100 dollar jeans or drive a 40,000 dollar… Continue

Added by Bethany Jones on September 21, 2009 at 4:52pm — No Comments

I never realized....

how hard being a parent really is. When you are growing up and you tell your parents, I will never do that to my kid...almost 99% of the time...you are lying to yourself. You find yourself doing the same things to your kids as your parents did to you. It sucks...cause it isn't fun. But now I have that much more respect for my parents. It takes alot to raise children these days. Protecting them from all the evil in the world. Trying to show them right from wrong. Teach them about life and death,… Continue

Added by Bethany Jones on September 21, 2009 at 2:46pm — No Comments

Mel Group

that would be fun - will have to search it out, see if it's been done!

Added by Melanie A on September 21, 2009 at 1:44pm — No Comments

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