Thursday, July 15, 2010

29 Months & Counting...

I just realized, yesterday was our 29th month TTC... my how the time flies...

Friday, July 9, 2010

I Don't Know What to Name This Post...

Well... as far as TTC goes... I am still experiencing cramps. I am currently on CD13. I have not had a positive OPK, in fact they keep fluctuating, some days they are darker and some days they are lighter. This is not amusing. I really am very puzzled because I have never experienced this before in my life...

On the brighter side -
Yesterday I picked up the mail and received a few letters from my mortgage co. I hadn't paid this months mortgage yet, since we had overspent on the AMEX last month... (I don't recommend this to anyone)
Sooo I didn't know what to expect from these letters... Well...
-Letter 1) We applied all your overpayments for escrow taxes to your July payment. Your next payment due is August 1st
-Letter 2) We still had $11.00 left over so heres a check.
-Letter 3) Your property taxes went down so this means your mortgage payment did too!!! Your monthly mortgage is now..... drumroll...... $991.38!!! Wow!!! Thats cheaper than my Mother-In-Laws old Jaguar Payments!!! LOL
haha well those words aren't exactly what was on the letters but I thought I'd cut out the 50 paragraphs that explain what happened...

Have a wonderful weekend everybody!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

More cramping...

So I still have cramping... Waaaay less than the last two days but still there. I don't know what it could possibly be.. but oh well I guess...

I have a trip planned to Hawaii at the very end of this month into August. I'm excited for it!!! I cant wait to be in a place where I can truly just "hang loose". I think I'll check out the real estate & job opps. there while I'm at it!!! Why not right? Richie and I would love to move to either Texas or Hawaii, and we have said that if we did, we would definitely have to wait till I finish Nursing school... Soooo I guess we can start checking it out right?!?! hehe! So exciting!!!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

4th of July

Worst 4th of July ever!

Though I don't know why I expected anything good to happen. It never does, not with my family.

UFC - Uterus Fighting Championship that is...

I'm about to punch my baby makin parts right in the eyes!!! I'm cramping like AF is about to come, yet AF came last Sunday.... HEEEELLLLOOOOO??!?!?!?!?!?!
I'm thinking I wanna smash my ovaries into an oblivion. Make them wish they NEVER stepped foot into MY arena!!!
So I'm on CD 8 and the cramping is too late for AF and way too early for O.
Yes I did take and OPK and an HPT and both were a B F NNNNNNN!!!

Anyways, Happy 4th of July Everybody!!!!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Cry me a river....

So last night, Fox News could have thought there was a mass murder in my bedroom last night from the way I was crying... I just had one of those nights where you, you know... "let it all out".

I cried at the kitchen sink, at the computer, in my bed, in my bathroom... Screaming, asking God to please hold me... I've been asking and begging Him to comfort me, but I feel like he hasn't returned the call. I know He is there, and listening, and I know he has a wonderful plan for me... But sometimes I need Him to put His plan aside and just take a minute to hug me or something... anything... I need Him.

Anyways, after that long night crying, it is 11:44am and my eyes are still swollen half way shut.

Sometimes I feel like this will never end...

I am so grateful for my TMP sisters, you gals are the only ones who understand... I could not have lasted this long TTC without you. *hugs*

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Dear Lord,

I am in need of a few miracles...

In Jesus' name... Amen

Monday, June 21, 2010

Golly Ge Willickers Batman!!!

Ok, I definitely do NOT think I'm pregnant BUT man I better be or these boobies are getting punched in the face! My boobies have been hurting since Tuesday which I think I O'ed on Monday or Tuesday... so I guess its just pms or something... Gaaaahhhh I'm so taking you out boobies!!!

A New Hope

So after probably the best news I've heard all my life... My wonderful & dear friend Amy just got her BFP!!! After 2 years and 7 days & combating PCOS, Amy and Mike are finally pregnant! Here is a link to their blog if you wanna check it out, although I don't think they have written their announcement on the blog yet.
You might be wondering why I'm so inspired by this... Well to put it into simple terms, in order to get pregnant, you must ovulate... lol... Amy "never" ovulated... or so the Dr's thought hehe.
I now am reminded that, in Christ, nothing is impossible. He is always with us!

I now have this overwhelming feeling that God is with me, and He has the most amazing plan I could never imagine. I love Jesus!!!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Jawbone Canyon

This weekend Richie and all of his Jawbone peeps went down to Jawbone Canyon for some off-roading. I had decided to stay back since We would leave Friday afternoon and I would have to return Saturday evening, and I didn't feel like taking the 2 and 1/2 - 3 hour drive just for 24 hours...
Well... Friday night after Richie arrived in Jawbone and everyone else too, I receive a phone call from him at TEN THIRTY PM!!!!
Richie: "Hey!!! Get in the car and drive down! Everyones here, all the ladies and dogs too!!!"
Liz: "huh??? its 10:30pm!!! I just took my benedryl too... I'm falling asleep... I don't wanna drive out there just to drive back..."
Richie: "Just load up the dogs and drive out here!"
Liz: (*scratching her head* wondering if he heard me just a second ago) "huh???"
Richie: "C'mon, we would drive 2 hours to your moms in the middle of the night, why not drive here"
Liz: (*thinking*, did it take 2 hours to get to my moms??? no I think it took an hour and a half/ does it take 2 hours to get to jawbone or does it take 2 1/2 -3 hours?) "Oh geeze... okay ill be there in a few..."
"hhhhhhhhhhhh" that was me sighing...

So I drove down to Jawbone Canyon! Maggie, Elton, Richie and I had a wonderful time off roading. Unfortunately we didn't take any pics cus we never pul out our phones in the dirt. (no reception in the camp spot, only on the main road). Maggie had a good time for her first trip! I layed a blanket on the floor boards of the Rhino, and she loved laying down there, Elton as usual had to sit on my lap with his face tucked into my armpit to block the wind from his face! He's sooooo cute!!!

I had tears in my eyes to see that my father-in-law's pic is still up in the store with everyones well wishes on it! It's been 3 years since he passed and I didn't know if it would still be up, so that was nice to see.

Here's a link to the Jawbone Canyon Store if you wanna see what Jawbone is all about:

I love this place! Its like a home away form home, just because when your there, everyone else there, even if you don't know them, seems to be like family. You see someone having troubles with their bike on a trail you put their bike in the back of the Rhino and you drive them back to their camp. You run out of gas and some stranger stops to give you some from his can. You have a spill on some hill and someone in the nearest camp runs up to help you get your bike up! I love-love-love the people there, not to mention the B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L scenery. Ahhh to die for!!!
Anyways, have a wonderful Memorial Day everybody!!! Thank you to all the men and women out there that have dedicated their lives to give me the freedom to drive down to Jawbone whenever I want!!!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Urologist said...

We have nothing to worry about!!! :)
He said according to these results, Richie has PLENTY of swimmers to get me PG! He also is having Richie re-test because Quest Diagnostics is NO BUENO!!! (not good for my non-mex speaking friends) He says they suck big time at SA's...

So here is Richies plan:
- Take male fertility vitamins
- New SA at male fertility clinic
- 2-4weeks later... another SA at male fertility clinic
- Go back to Urologist to plan the next step
- Eat healthier, though I don't think he will do due to his Taco Bell obsession :(

Here is my plan:
- Monday, May 31st, start my new diet & workout every morning
- Tuesday, June 1st, I will meet with my Dr ("...Dr. Longnecker is true OG..." - Richie McKinnon) to get a referral to whoever can start checking me out for fertility

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Urologist Appointment is tomorrow morning!!!

Ok girls! Richie has his Urologist appointment tomorrow morning at 8:30AM!!! I can't wait to go, because I've pretty much gotten positive feedback from everyone who has seen his SA report, including my Dr!!! So, please everybody say a few prayers our way!!! I'll keep y'all posted!

Monday, May 24, 2010

SA Results Breakdown

So here they are:
I posted the pics of the report cus I didn't want to sound more confusing than the report does. If anybody can shed some light on this, please let me know. If you need to see a better image of them, I think you can just click on the pic and it will bring it up on photobucket. Thanks for all your help.

Saturday, May 22, 2010


This is me screaming and letting off some needed screams... Cover your ears peeps.

Friday, May 21, 2010


So.... Yesterday DH had an SA done... The results:
-Blood in semen
-Low count
-The few sperm he had are all deformed...
-No chances of getting pregnant...
... The end

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Coming Clean With Infertility...

Well for those of you who do not know, Richie and I have been trying to conceive "TTC" for 2 years and 3 months now... During the last 27 months, I have been told some hurtful, things that to the unsuspecting person, isn't hurtful. The purpose of this blog entry is to really help ME... I am hoping that if you read this blog, you will be familiar with what I am going through and not say some offensive stuff to me or my husband. Today on Facebook I was given the most hurtful comment that I could support, then on top of this, the friend went on to post on his facebook an even more hurtful stab in the cervix... I cannot blame him or anyone who has said hurtful things because most of the time, you mean well, but I feel if you haven't gone through Infertility or have been through it with a loved one, then you need to read this...

This article was posted by my amazing friend Amy, whom fond the article on

Infertility Etiquette

I found this posted on and thought it was awesome...just reposting it for my fellow IF ladies..

Infertility Etiquette

By Vita Alligood

Chances are, you know someone who is struggling with infertility. More than five million people of childbearing age in the United States experience infertility. Yet, as a society, we are woefully uninformed about how to best provide emotional support for our loved ones during this painful time.

Infertility is, indeed, a very painful struggle. The pain is similar to the grief over losing a loved one, but it is unique because it is a recurring grief. When a loved one dies, he isn’t coming back. There is no hope that he will come back from the dead. You must work through the stages of grief, accept that you will never see this person again, and move on with your life.

The grief of infertility is not so cut and dry. Infertile people grieve the loss of the baby that they may never know. They grieve the loss of that baby who would have had mommy’s nose and daddy’s eyes. But, each month, there is the hope that maybe that baby will be conceived after all. No matter how hard they try to prepare themselves for bad news, they still hope that this month will be different. Then, the bad news comes again, and the grief washes over the infertile couple anew. This process happens month after month, year after year. It is like having a deep cut that keeps getting opened right when it starts to heal.

As the couple moves into infertility treatments, the pain increases while the bank account depletes. Most infertility treatments involve using hormones, which alter the user’s moods. (That statement is like calling a lion a cat-my husband would tell you that the side effect is insanity!) The tests are invasive and embarrassing to both parties, and you feel like the doctor has taken over your bedroom. And for all of this discomfort, you pay a lot of money. Infertility treatments are expensive, and most insurance companies do not cover the costs. So, in addition to the pain of not conceiving a baby each month, the couple pays out anywhere from $300 to five figures (10's of thousands of dollars), depending upon the treatment used.

A couple will eventually resolve the infertility problem in one of three ways:
They will eventually conceive a baby.
They will stop the infertility treatments and choose to live without children.
They will find an alternative way to parent, such as by adopting a child or becoming a foster parent.

Reaching a resolution can take years, so your infertile loved ones need your emotional support during this journey. Most people don’t know what to say, so they wind up saying the wrong thing, which only makes the journey so much harder for their loved ones. Knowing what not to say is half of the battle to providing support.

Don’t Tell Them to Relax

Everyone knows someone who had trouble conceiving but then finally became pregnant once she “relaxed.” Couples who are able to conceive after a few months of “relaxing” are not infertile. By definition, a couple is not diagnosed as “infertile” until they have tried unsuccessfully to become pregnant for a full year. In fact, most infertility specialists will not treat a couple for infertility until they have tried to become pregnant for a year. This year weeds out the people who aren’t infertile but just need to “relax.” Those that remain are truly infertile.

Comments such as “just relax” or “try going on a cruise” create even more stress for the infertile couple, particularly the woman. The woman feels like she is doing something wrong when, in fact, there is a good chance that there is a physical problem preventing her from becoming pregnant.

These comments can also reach the point of absurdity. As a couple, my husband and I underwent two surgeries, numerous inseminations, hormone treatments, and four years of poking and prodding by doctors. Yet, people still continued to say things like, “If you just relaxed on a cruise . . .” Infertility is a diagnosable medical problem that must be treated by a doctor, and even with treatment, many couples will NEVER successfully conceive a child. Relaxation itself does not cure medical infertility.

Don’t Minimize the Problem

Failure to conceive a baby is a very painful journey. Infertile couples are surrounded by families with children. These couples watch their friends give birth to two or three children, and they watch those children grow while the couple goes home to the silence of an empty house. These couples see all of the joy that a child brings into someone’s life, and they feel the emptiness of not being able to experience the same joy.

Comments like, “Just enjoy being able to sleep late . . . .travel . . etc.,” do not offer comfort. Instead, these comments make infertile people feel like you are minimizing their pain. You wouldn’t tell somebody whose parent just died to be thankful that he no longer has to buy Father’s Day or Mother’s Day cards. Losing that one obligation doesn’t even begin to compensate for the incredible loss of losing a parent. In the same vein, being able to sleep late or travel does not provide comfort to somebody who desperately wants a child.

Don’t Say There Are Worse Things That Could Happen

Along the same lines, don’t tell your friend that there are worse things that she could be going through. Who is the final authority on what is the “worst” thing that could happen to someone? Is it going through a divorce? Watching a loved one die? Getting raped? Losing a job?
Different people react to different life experiences in different ways. To someone who has trained his whole life for the Olympics, the “worst” thing might be experiencing an injury the week before the event. To someone who has walked away from her career to become a stay-at-home wife for 40 years, watching her husband leave her for a younger woman might be the “worst” thing. And, to a woman whose sole goal in life has been to love and nurture a child, infertility may indeed be the “worst” thing that could happen.

People wouldn’t dream of telling someone whose parent just died, “It could be worse: both of your parents could be dead.” Such a comment would be considered cruel rather than comforting. In the same vein, don’t tell your friend that she could be going through worse things than infertility.

Don’t Say They Aren’t Meant to Be Parents

One of the cruelest things anyone ever said to me is, “Maybe God doesn’t intend for you to be a mother.” How incredibly insensitive to imply that I would be such a bad mother that God felt the need to divinely sterilize me. If God were in the business of divinely sterilizing women, don’t you think he would prevent the pregnancies that end in abortions? Or wouldn’t he sterilize the women who wind up neglecting and abusing their children? Even if you aren’t religious, the “maybe it’s not meant to be” comments are not comforting. Infertility is a medical condition, not a punishment from God or Mother Nature.

Don’t Ask Why They Aren’t Trying IVF

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a method in which the woman harvests multiple eggs, which are then combined with the man’s sperm in a petri dish. This is the method that can produce multiple births. People frequently ask, “Why don’t you just try IVF?” in the same casual tone they would use to ask, “Why don’t you try shopping at another store?”

There are many reasons why a couple would choose not to pursue this option. Here are a few of them.

IVF is Expensive with Low Odds
One cycle of IVF is very expensive. With all of the hype in the news, many people assume that IVF is a sure thing when, in fact, the odds of success for each cycle are low. Most couples cannot afford to try for one month, much less for multiple times. Considering that it also costs a significant amount of money to adopt a baby, many couples opt for the “sure thing” rather then risking their money on much lower odds.

IVF is Physically Taxing
Undergoing IVF treatments is very rigorous. The woman must inject shots into her thigh daily to cause her ovaries to superovulate. The drugs used are very taxing on the woman, and they can cause her to be become extremely emotional.

IVF Raises Ethical Issues
Ironically, couples who undergo IVF to become parents may have to selectively abort one or more fetuses if multiple eggs are fertilized. Many couples cannot bring themselves to abort a baby when they have worked so hard to become parents. If the couple chooses not to selectively abort, they run the risk of multiple births.

Don’t Offer Unsolicited Opinions If They Are Trying IVF
On the flip side of the coin, don’t offer unsolicited advice to your friends who do choose to try IVF. For many couples, IVF is the only way they will ever give birth to a baby. This is a huge decision for them to make, for all of the reasons I outlined above.

If the couple has resolved any ethical issues, don’t muddy the waters. IVF is a gray area in many ethical circles, and many of our moral leaders don’t yet know how to answer the ethical questions that have arisen from this new technology. If the couple has resolved these issues already, you only make it harder by raising the ethical questions again. Respect their decision, and offer your support. If you can’t offer your support due to ethical differences of opinion, then say nothing.

A couple who chooses the IVF route has a hard, expensive road ahead, and they need your support more than ever. The hormones are no cakewalk, and the financial cost is enormous. Your friend would not be going this route if there were an easier way, and the fact that she is willing to endure so much is further proof of how much she truly wants to parent a child. The hormones will make her more emotional, so offer her your support and keep your questions to yourself.

Don’t Play Doctor

Once your infertile friends are under a doctor’s care, the doctor will run them through numerous tests to determine why they aren’t able to conceive. There a numerous reasons that a couple may not be able to conceive. Here are a few of them:
Blocked fallopian tubes
Low hormone levels
Low “normal form” sperm count
Low progesterone level
Low sperm count
Low sperm motility
Thin uterine walls

Infertility is a complicated problem to diagnose, and reading an article or book on infertility will not make you an “expert” on the subject. Let your friends work with their doctor to diagnose and treat the problem. Your friends probably already know more about the causes and solutions of infertility than you will ever know.

You may feel like you are being helpful by reading up on infertility, and there is nothing wrong with learning more about the subject. The problem comes when you try to “play doctor” with your friends. They already have a doctor with years of experience in diagnosing and treating the problem. They need to work with and trust their doctor to treat the problem. You only complicate the issue when you throw out other ideas that you have read about. The doctor knows more about the causes and solutions; let your friends work with their doctor to solve the problem.

Don’t Be Crude

It is appalling that I even have to include this paragraph, but some of you need to hear this-Don’t make crude jokes about your friend’s vulnerable position. Crude comments like “I’ll donate the sperm” or “Make sure the doctor uses your sperm for the insemination” are not funny, and they only irritate your friends.

Don’t Complain About Your Pregnancy

This message is for pregnant women-Just being around you is painful for your infertile friends. Seeing your belly grow is a constant reminder of what your infertile friend cannot have. Unless an infertile women plans to spend her life in a cave, she has to find a way to interact with pregnant women. However, there are things you can do as her friend to make it easier.

The number one rule is DON’T COMPLAIN ABOUT YOUR PREGNANCY. I understand from my friends that, when you are pregnant, your hormones are going crazy and you experience a lot of discomfort, such as queasiness, stretch marks, and fatigue. You have every right to vent about the discomforts to any one else in your life, but don’t put your infertile friend in the position of comforting you.

Your infertile friend would give anything to experience the discomforts you are enduring because those discomforts come from a baby growing inside of you. When I heard a pregnant woman complain about morning sickness, I would think, “I’d gladly throw up for nine straight months if it meant I could have a baby.” When a pregnant woman would complain about her weight gain, I would think, “I would cut off my arm if I could be in your shoes.”

I managed to go to baby showers and hospitals to welcome my friends’ new babies, but it was hard. Without exception, it was hard. Stay sensitive to your infertile friend’s emotions, and give her the leeway that she needs to be happy for you while she cries for herself. If she can’t bring herself to hold your new baby, give her time. She isn’t rejecting you or your new baby; she is just trying to work her way through her pain to show sincere joy for you. The fact that she is willing to endure such pain in order to celebrate your new baby with you speaks volumes about how much your friendship means to her.

Don’t Treat Them Like They Are Ignorant

For some reason, some people seem to think that infertility causes a person to become unrealistic about the responsibilities of parenthood. I don’t follow the logic, but several people told me that I wouldn’t ache for a baby so much if I appreciated how much responsibility was involved in parenting.

Let’s face it-no one can fully appreciate the responsibilities involved in parenting until they are, themselves, parents. That is true whether you successfully conceived after one month or after 10 years. The length of time you spend waiting for that baby does not factor in to your appreciation of responsibility. If anything, people who have been trying to become pregnant longer have had more time to think about those responsibilities. They have also probably been around lots of babies as their friends started their families.

Perhaps part of what fuels this perception is that infertile couples have a longer time to “dream” about what being a parent will be like. Like every other couple, we have our fantasies-my child will sleep through the night, would never have a tantrum in public, and will always eat his vegetables. Let us have our fantasies. Those fantasies are some of the few parent-to-be perks that we have-let us have them. You can give us your knowing looks when we discover the truth later.

Don’t Gossip About Your Friend’s Condition

Infertility treatments are very private and embarrassing, which is why many couples choose to undergo these treatments in secret. Men especially are very sensitive to letting people know about infertility testing, such as sperm counts. Gossiping about infertility is not usually done in a malicious manner. The gossipers are usually well-meaning people who are only trying to find out more about infertility so they can help their loved ones.

Regardless of why you are sharing this information with someone else, it hurts and embarrasses your friend to find out that Madge the bank teller knows what your husband’s sperm count is and when your next period is expected. Infertility is something that should be kept as private as your friend wants to keep it. Respect your friend’s privacy, and don’t share any information that your friend hasn’t authorized.

Don’t Push Adoption (Yet)

Adoption is a wonderful way for infertile people to become parents. (As an adoptive parent, I can fully vouch for this!!) However, the couple needs to work through many issues before they will be ready to make an adoption decision. Before they can make the decision to love a “stranger’s baby,” they must first grieve the loss of that baby with Daddy’s eyes and Mommy’s nose.

Adoption social workers recognize the importance of the grieving process. When my husband and I went for our initial adoption interview, we expected the first question to be, “Why do you want to adopt a baby?” Instead, the question was, “Have you grieved the loss of your biological child yet?” Our social worker emphasized how important it is to shut one door before you open another.

You do, indeed, need to grieve this loss before you are ready to start the adoption process. The adoption process is very long and expensive, and it is not an easy road. So, the couple needs to be very sure that they can let go of the hope of a biological child and that they can love an adopted baby. This takes time, and some couples are never able to reach this point. If your friend cannot love a baby that isn’t her “own,” then adoption isn’t the right decision for her, and it is certainly not what is best for the baby.

Mentioning adoption in passing can be a comfort to some couples. (The only words that ever offered me comfort were from my sister, who said, “Whether through pregnancy or adoption, you will be a mother one day.”) However, “pushing” the issue can frustrate your friend. So, mention the idea in passing if it seems appropriate, and then drop it. When your friend is ready to talk about adoption, she will raise the issue herself.

So, what can you say to your infertile friends? Unless you say “I am giving you this baby,” there is nothing you can say that will erase their pain. So, take that pressure off of yourself. It isn’t your job to erase their pain, but there is a lot you can do to lesson the load. Here are a few ideas.

Let Them Know That You Care

The best thing you can do is let your infertile friends know that you care. Send them cards. Let them cry on your shoulder. If they are religious, let them know you are praying for them. Offer the same support you would offer a friend who has lost a loved one. Just knowing they can count on you to be there for them lightens the load and lets them know that they aren’t going through this alone.

Remember Them on Mother’s Day

With all of the activity on Mother’s Day, people tend to forget about women who cannot become mothers. Mother’s Day is an incredibly painful time for infertile women. You cannot get away from it-There are ads on the TV, posters at the stores, church sermons devoted to celebrating motherhood, and all of the plans for celebrating with your own mother and mother-in-law.

Mother’s Day is an important celebration and one that I relish now that I am a mother. However, it was very painful while I was waiting for my baby. Remember your infertile friends on Mother’s Day, and send them a card to let them know you are thinking of them. They will appreciate knowing that you haven’t “forgotten” them.

Support Their Decision to Stop Treatments

No couple can endure infertility treatments forever. At some point, they will stop. This is an agonizing decision to make, and it involves even more grief. Even if the couple chooses to adopt a baby, they must still first grieve the loss of that baby who would have had mommy’s nose and daddy’s eyes.

Once the couple has made the decision to stop treatments, support their decision. Don’t encourage them to try again, and don’t discourage them from adopting, if that is their choice. Once the couple has reached resolution (whether to live without children, adopt a child, or become foster parents), they can finally put that chapter of their lives behind them. Don’t try to open that chapter again

Your Invitation...

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To help us spread the hope during:

National Infertility Awareness Week
April 24th-May1st

The honor of your presence is humbly requested by the infertile Twitter community...
On Monday April 26th, please join us, on Twitter, in trying to get#infertility to be a trending topic by adding #infertility to the end of all of your tweets.
The more you tweet the topic #infertility, the better chance we have of spreading the hope.
Together, we can help bring more awareness to what was once a very taboo subject.
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Hi everybody, and welcome! I'm not too good at this, but you'll see why I've started a blog in future posts...
Well my name is Elizabeth (Liz), and my husbands name is Richard (Richie). We have been married now for 3 years and 9 months. We own a condo in Chino Hills, CA and are owned by our 2 pugs, Elton and Maggie. We are born again Christians and put God at the top of out marriage, which I KNOW is the reason why we have such a great marriage. Richie is a contractor for the company that his parents started in 1978. Since his father's passing, Richie has been running System 1 Acoustics, and has done a fine job at it might I add... I am a stay at home wife for now, while I am in school preparing to get into a LVN program. We love God, family/friends, music, the LA Kings, and anything to do with home improvement/decorating. Well this is all I have for now, I hope you all enjoy and come back after reading the reason for this blog in my next posting... If not... Oh well...