Sunday, December 14, 2008


1. I was a foster child for 3 weeks. I went by the name "Christmas Rose"
2. When my family came to bring me home I wore a green sleeper that was too big. It was a terrible snowstorm that night... I sat in the front seat in my mom's arms.
3. I lived in Ohio
4. When I was in Kindergarten I was in the newspaper.
5. I lived in Bountiful, Utah until I was 9
6. I spent many hours in my Grandma B's beauty shop.
7. My older brother gave me my first black eye due to walking on stilts... Guess he was not very good.
8. My parents fostered a infant when I was 4 or 5. His name was Kevin. He had CF... He was biracial. I loved him. When he left our home is the first time I remember seeing my mom cry.
9. I was given my second black eye by our second foster child... The TV didn't work.... guess my eye was to fix it. My parents never fostered again.
10. My dear sister died when I was 6. I miss her more and more each day.
11. I was baptized by my dad when I was 8.
12. I have lived in Zionsville, Indiana
13. I have taken years and years of voice training.
14. I have an adopted brother whom I love dearly. I pray for him daily.
15. We moved back to Utah the summer before my 7th grade year. My brother went on his mission that year... 7th grade was the worst year of my life!
16. Shawn married my best friend Carol when I was in 10th grade... No we were not best friends then but we have become more and more sisters as the years pass by.
17. I LOVED the social scene of High School.
18. I went to Snow College
19. I served a Mission in Los Angeles for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
20. With help from the Internet I met and married the man of my dreams.
21. My dad performed a beautiful marriage ceremony in Paradise Arizona for Marc-a-Roni and I.
22. Marc and I were sealed in the Mesa Arizona temple.
23. After 14 hours of hard labor I had an emergency c-section. The result was a BEAUTIFUL daughter we named Jordan Rae. The Rae came from my mother. But you will find me calling her Jordie.
24. Marc-a-Roni and I bought our first home in Kearney.
25. We were blessed with a Beautiful son 17 months after Jordie... We named him after 2 men I love dearly... Isaac Marc
26. I have owned a Mini-Van... which I LOVED
27. I have watched ER since the first season
28. 21 months after Isaac Ammon joined the RitterB's on earth!
29. Marc-a-Roni and I bought our 2nd home which was much larger
30. I have had a tummy tuck... and other unmentionables... although I hear I showed a few of you while under the influence! Sorry for the visual!
31. I have been to Disney World over 7 times and cant wait for more!
32. I have mourned a failed adoption
33. I have found joy in adopting our Son Noah Thomas.
34. I have started a blog
35. I have found "JOY IN THIS JOURNEY"

It was my birthday on Friday.... I am 35 and so happy!


KC Mom said...

I'm so happy that you are happy. I think the best birthday present for you was Noah. I'm so glad for the day you were born too. Happy Belated Birthday!

Shauna said...

Happy Birthday!!!

The Wehrmeister's said...

I'm happy you were born, because you bring me Diet Pepsi when I want it.

miranda said...

Happy Birthday!!

Amber said...

Happy Late Birthday! Sounds Like it was a great one!

Anonymous said...

Happy Happy Birthday!!!

Natalie said...

Happy Birthday Kiera! Happiness is a gift, and I am grateful you have it. You are also a gift to many others! We love you!! Miss you!!

Anonymous said...

Wow Kiera, I loved reading this!! You have such a neat story. Happy birthday!! You are such an inspiration to me!

Sam Ransom said...

Awesome List!!! Happy Happy Birthday! (A few days late) I'm so happy for all that is finally happening. I'm so happy that you got finalized! And soon he will be sealed to you forever!! What more could you ask for? Too great!!

Catherine said...

Happy birthday again! It was so fun to share your special day with you. Hope you have a fantastic trip to Africa

Robin and Don said...

You go girl!

Breona said...

quite an acomplishment! happy birthday!