FABULOUS, FABULOUS LIVES 2005
But let’s start from the beginning. We rang in this year, and my 30th birthday, with a party on New Year’s Eve. A few days later, Mark was back under the knife having the first of two reconstructive surgeries on his leg. He had the second last month – so he started and ended the year on crutches.
In March we completed the process we had started last year to become a certified Foster Home, and began the wait for a child. I continued to work part-time as a Design Associate at Room & Board, but decided it was time to leave in May. I enjoyed my little diversion into Interior Design, but have continued to work with Journeys Counseling as my “real job”, and Mark is still with Rock Harbor Church, running their recovery program.
In the Spring we also took a trip to New York with some friends, and of course, to catch up on our Broadway shows. I was so inspired that I decided to pursue yet another career option that has nothing to do with my expensive graduate degree whose loans I am still paying off. I auditioned for South Coast Rep’s Conservatory, and got admitted into their summer acting program. With such illustrious graduates as Will Ferrell and “that guy from Lois & Clark”, it was an honor to be a part of the program, and also very challenging for this out-of-practice thespian. And let me tell you, since my performance in the final show, the offers have been pouring in. 
And now, for the big news– in July we got THE CALL for a six-month-old baby boy!! We brought Jafta home after traveling a long distance to a foreign land with strange and different cultural practices, but knew he would be the perfect fit for our family. Jafta has been such a blessing to our lives.
We were initially fost/adopt parents, which meant that we were foster parents who would be eligible for adoption. The more we got to know Jafta, the more we were filled with anxiety over the thought of not being able to adopt him. We have truly fallen head over heels for this little boy, and we are excited to tell you that as of December 22nd, he is now legally free for adoption! We are overjoyed. The finalization process will probably take another year, and we would love your prayers that this will go through the court system quickly.
Becoming parents has been such a fun transition for us. We are constantly amazed at Jafta’s emerging personality. His favorite things to do include pulling up on the coffee table, walking around the house holding on to our hands, playing peek-a-boo, and Einsteining. Jafta is also quite the little drummer, so we got him a full-size drum set for his first birthday to encourage his musical abilities.
In October, Mark had his final surgery, and came home from a week’s hospital stay on Halloween, just in time to see Jafta dressed in his bear costume. Taking care of baby with Mark unable to walk again brought on a whole new set of challenges. But we are very happy that this final surgery brings this chapter of our life to a close. We will be spending the holidays with family in Florida, and we are looking forward to a calmer, surgery-free ’06.
Thank you so much for all of your prayers and support over the past few years in our journey to start a family. We are so thankful for a beautiful son, our health, Mark’s full recovery, and amazing family and friends who have carried us through.
Love, Kristen and Mark
 You guessed it! WE GOT TiVO!!!!
 Yep, 30. It’s all a big joke until it happens to you.
 And, unfortunately, on the old blue Lazyboy on loan from
the in-laws for his recovery. That thing WILL be burned in ’06!!
 Since I had run out of things to buy with my discount
 If we were talking in person I would have used “air quotes” here. I think it makes me look cool.
 Ah, sweet discontent of youth . . . sweet occupational angst. It’s cute in your 20’s, but now, not so much. I’m lucky my husband is such a good sport – and so rich!!