Today has been a day of baking. And memories.
Yesterday afternoon, I noticed that my remaining bananas were pretty brown. My THREE remaining bananas. Well we all know what to do with THREE rotten bananas, right?
I made Banana Bread! As I pulled out my trusty banana bread recipe, I had to laugh. This recipe card has seen better days. I was trying to remember WHEN exactly I had received this recipe. It took some time but I am proud to say that I actually remembered!! :-) This recipe was given to me 14 years ago at my bridal shower, from my good friend Christen. Christen and I have been friends since high school when we dated 2 brothers. (She married the one brother. I on the other hand was dumped, and met Rick shortly thereafter.) Christen and I ended up being college roommates and after college even taught in the same school. Our lives have paralleled in SO many ways....marriage, jobs, babies, etc., etc., etc. Anyway...Christen, I thought you'd get a kick out of the fact that I still have that recipe card and use it whenever I've got 3 rotten bananas.
As I pulled the banana bread out of the oven, I was reminded how I used to always make an extra loaf for my brother, Kenny. Banana bread is one of his favorites. Kenny now lives a few hours away and this made me miss him. So Kenny, this is your official IOU for a loaf of b-bread the next time you're in town. Miss you, bro! :)
I also decided to make a batch of homemade beef jerky. I've gotta say...I've gotten pretty darn good at the whole jerky business! Lol!! Whenever I make a batch of jerky, I am always reminded of my "low carb" days. And whenever I think back to my low carb days, I remember that this is the time when my mom and I became so close. Mom and I have always had a great relationship, but it was during this time, about 4 years ago, that she and I became VERY close. Like talk on the phone for 3 hours a day/every day close. Yes, I know. It's pretty unbelievable. Although we don't talk EVERY day anymore, (we do text daily however) we usually talk at least a few times a week, and yes, we can talk it up for 3 hours at a time! I'm so grateful for our close relationship Mom. You're awfully cool! :)
My good friend and fellow surro Jesse called this afternoon wanting to chat about a few things surrogacy. She's just been matched with her IF's from Prague! Pretty cool, right?! She has a blog too! If you don't follow it already...you should. She has been given the gift of words and has a killer sense of humor! I heart Jesse! Anyway, as we were chatting, I whipped out my HUGE folder containing all of my surrogacy paperwork, manuals, contracts, medical records, etc. It is a VERY large folder, but don't you fear...it's very well organized. ;) After we got off the phone, I started looking through that folder. It has the profile I received of George and Farid along with some of the very early on communications I had with both Circle, and the guys. It brought back so many memories looking through the folder. I can still remember exactly what I was feeling when I first looked at that profile. It was neat to go back and look through things now that I know them so much better! Back then, I had such fond feelings for them, but now....now things are so different. Their twins are growing in me!!!! It made me ever so grateful....yet again....that I am on this journey...with them! Farid and George, I couldn't have asked for better people. You guys are truly amazing!!