Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Approaching a New Year

As I reflect back on the year, 2011, I am amazed at just how much has changed and happened in our lives. Since I haven't written a blog post for awhile I figured I'd write a short post on the happenings of our 2011. For the sake of time and ease of readability, I'll post them in bullets.
  • Last year at this time Tim was once again without a job. He was able to find a short term resolution and the Lord provided as He always has and does.
  • Tim started a new job with a different company in January. This allowed him to be home everyday and thus helping with my sanity. ;)
  • We started seriously thinking about moving south. We had a strong feeling that we did not belong where we were and God was moving our hearts to a different area of the country but to where?!
  • My dear aunt, Pamela Posternack, passed away. She fought a battle with breast cancer courageously and with determination for several years. Her moments before death were remarkable for all who were with her in those precious last moments of her incredible life. It was a true testimony of God's realness. I was not there but I was told by those who were that is was something they will never forget. I was also told that if you had previously doubted our Savior's existence that you could not after witnessing what they witnessed in that hospital room. Truly incredible!
  • My mom and stepfather took a trip to North Carolina to go to a Nascar race. On the way there they stopped in Chattanooga, TN. My mom went to a women's conference and ended up befriending the lady who sat next to her. The lady invited them to attend their church that coming Sunday. My mom and stepfather did decide to go to her church on Sunday and were asked out to lunch by a couple there. Once they got talking over lunch they discovered that their daughter and my parent's daughter (me) went to church together in Illinois. My mom told the man that her son-in-law (Tim) just started trucking. The man gave my mom his phone number just in case Tim wanted to contact him in regards to trucking (this man is a truck driver also- has been for years and years). Mom told us the story and this got Tim and I thinking about Chattanooga. We also discovered we already knew some people living in that area. Small world.
  • Tim and I decided to take a trip to the Chattanooga area and see if we liked it. We flew in the beginning of April. We stayed at the house of the couple who took my parents out for lunch when they had visited the area. We were very grateful for their warm hospitality (we still are!). Over those few days we had a wonderful time of fellowship with some very dear people. It was so refreshing! Tim and I hated leaving but we had 4 boys we needed to get back to.
  • Tim discovered there was a job opening with the trucking company he was working for in Chattanooga. We prayed about it and decided we wanted to try and see if he could get it. He told the Chattanooga terminal manager that he would like to transfer and he was told he may not be able to because another man wanted the position (he had been with the company longer than Tim). We pretty much decided it probably wasn't God's will. Shortly after, we received word that the man could not take the job at this time and that is was Tim's if he wanted it.
  • We took a trip to Chattanooga once again to find a rental home. It looked bleak but we ended up finding a small home in a beautiful, safe area the day we were leaving (almost literally on our way home). We discovered that this town has the best school district in Hamilton county. This was a huge answer to prayer since Tim and I had been debating about putting our kids in public school. We were going to homeschool again if the school district we lived in was not decent. This was our answer and we felt an extreme peace about making this huge change in our boys' education.
  • We came home and quickly start working on finding a tenant for our home. It took a few weeks but eventually we found tenants we felt comfortable with- 3 mature, female, medical students. So far, we have had no problems and they seem to be taking care of our home just as well as we would (if not better).
  • We packed up and headed out the same day my brother came home from Iraq. God worked it out so I was able to see him before we headed south. The timing really was incredible!
  • We fought rain the whole way down but we made it safely the next day. (The rain was a blessing in disguise since we soon found out the ac in the car had not been working.)
  • We got a hotel room since it was too wet and rainy to unpack the truck. The following day we were able to move in.
  • A month and a half later we discovered we would be adding a new addition to our family. We were a little apprehensive but extremely happy. I started to battle extreme nausea and fatigue. I was kind of a big wimp about it since I had never experienced this with my other pregnancies. My gut was telling me it was because it was a girl but I tried not to let myself believe it.
  • The boys start public school for the first time! It took Jonathan a few months to adjust but he finally got used to things and now both the boys are doing amazingly well. I could not be happier with our decision to send them to school. Their education is very advanced and they are doing things that they wouldn't have been able to do if they were still being homeschooled. They have greatly excelled in almost all areas! Jonathan has been writing books and reading has become a new passion of his. He has also been improving in his math skills and has done several book reports, ect. Austin's reading has improved greatly and he is getting almost near perfect grades. Austin's 1st grade class just did a project on Australia. They had to research the country every night for a week and answer various questions about the country. The stuff the class did for this project was way beyond 1st grade level but they did it anyway! I was extremely,extremely impressed!
  • Tim started a new job with a different trucking company once again. This job has been a good move. The pay is better and the benefits are amazing! He originally had to be gone for 5 out of 7 days but that only lasted a month (thank goodness!). He has been on a velocity run now for a few months. He goes to Nashville every night, works the dock for a few hours and then comes back to Chattanooga. This has been great since we are able to see him every day. Life is so much easier when daddy comes home every day!
  • We went in for a free ultrasound given to me by a friend. We discovered we will be adding a GIRL to our family. I was a bit unsure since I was only 16 1/2 weeks along but it was later confirmed not only once but two times via ultrasound.
  • My dear grandmother passed away. I was unable to attend her funeral due to lack of finances but my family was still in my thoughts in prayers and I was there in spirit.
  • We took a trip back to Illinois in November. We had Thanksgiving with family and had a fabulous time! We hope to take another trip up this Summer.
  • My great Aunt Cleone passed away. It happened quickly and I think it took a lot of us by surprise (it did me anyway). She was a dear woman who loved the Lord greatly. She will be missed but we are so thankful she is free from pain and suffering. She is now in the presence of the Lord!

Well, I pretty much think that sums up our year. Our year has been one of great changes but it has been good. We have had days of sadness but also days of great joy. God has blessed us beyond what we deserve. We have developed many new friendships recently and we desire that those friendships will only deepen as time goes one. We are very confident that we are where God wants us and we couldn't be happier. We have been attending a wonderful church with wonderful people. We just wish we lived closer (it's 70 miles round trip). We hope to move from our mountain home after school is done. We need to be closer to everything/everyone! So yes, this year has been pretty crazy/great! We are hoping that 2012 will be just as wonderful. We know it will not be free of trials and hardships but among them will be blessings and good times too. We hope your year was a great one too...we wish you many blessings in the year 2012! ( I wish I had some pics to share but my camera is broken and we still have to fix it. Hopefully it will be fixed before baby comes!)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

25 1/2 weeks

25 1/2 weeks- taken Sunday. (I really need to get my camera fixed!!!!)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Update on Baby Girl

I figured I should get on here and blog...something. I always have thoughts running through my head but I don't always have the easiest time putting them all into writing. I am just not gifted that way. Nothing really earth shattering has happened so there's not a whole lot to post about. I had my 20 weeks scan a couple weeks ago and everything seemed fine. I didn't care for the tech I had. She was quick and didn't communicate anything me the whole time. I had to read what she was writing on the screen to even get an idea of what she was looking at. She seemed uninterested, unexcited, annoyed and cranky that she even had to be giving me an ultrasound. Like I was a nuisance or something. Which is sad, since we are paying for that ultrasound! I never had a good tech with my last pregnancy either. I don't understand why it's so hard for people to just be friendly! I hate when I feel like I am just a number/another patient and not an actual person. Anyway, a week before that I had my first appointment with my midwife. She seemed nice enough. Maybe a little nervous or shy? Which was surprising to me but she seemed fine. The nurses were very kind though. I appreciated that. They were also the first ones to NOT make me take a gestational diabetes test on my first appointment. With my last three pregnancies they have made me take the test when I told them the size of my babies. Even after telling them I have never tested positive for diabetes. Oh well, I'm not one to argue so I always agree to it. No big deal...I know it's going to come back fine (and it always has!). I have my next appointment next week. I am afraid of how much weight I will have gained between my visits. I tend to gain around 5 pounds a month. I hate it but it seems to be out of my control. I just gain a lot of weight when I'm pregnant...usually about 40-55 pounds. It's insane! Thankfully, it doesn't take me too long to lose it. Within a month I usually only have about 10 pounds to go. Within 2-3 months I'm usually 3-5 pounds from pre-pregnancy weight. I hope it will be the same way this time too. I can't afford to have the extra pounds stay! In fact, I would like to be more fit than I was when I got pregnant with this baby. Anyway, that's a whole other post for another day. I will post some pictures of my most recent ultrasound. Sadly, we didn't get a whole lot of really good shots. Once again, the tech didn't seem to care or take the time to even try to get me any good pictures. Go figure...
Girl!

Foot

The front of her stomach and face.
You can see her ribs, arms and part of her head. (This one is from my 17 week scan at the clinic)



Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Feeding a Large Family on a Budget?

Ok...so we finally implemented a budget for our family. It something I have been putting off and avoiding. I will admit, it was not a fin thing to do BUT now I know exactly how much we have and where it is supposed to be going. Kind of cramps my style but I now know we will have enough money to cover all our expenses and that does relieve some of my stress. Anyway, I have been trying my hardest to find cheap, creative, delicious meals. I have been finding my recipes online and making a detailed list before grocery shopping every week. I still end up spending at least $140 every week! It's sickening to me since I know families our size that are living on $100 a week for groceries. Now granted, this usually does include all our paper products, toiletries, ect. Still though, the less I spend on food, the more I would have for paying off bills or saving. I have been wanting to join Costco because I think that would help us save a little but we are waiting to have the extra $$ for the membership fee. I also only do meat about 2x's a week and make a lot of things from scratch. I thought I'd give you an example of what we eat for dinner.
Here was this weeks menu:
Saturday: Mac N' Cheese and hot dogs (not the healthiest but it was requested by all my boys)
Sunday: Beef and broccoli with rice
Monday: Rice and bean burritos and salad
Tuesday: Sausage, biscuits and gravy (once again, not healthy but so cheap and easy!)
Wednesday: Beef and noodles and a salad
Thursday: Cream of mushroom soup and homemade bread/rolls
Friday: Rice and bean casserole
Saturday: Harvest party =)

Our breakfast consists of either bagels, cold cereal or apples with p.butter. I'll sometimes do baked oatmeal or pancakes but that is a special treat and doesn't happen very often. Especially since we wake up early and usually only have 30 minutes before leaving to take the kids to school. Lunches are usually p.butter and honey sandwiches, chips and fruit or veggies. I almost always run out of breakfast and lunch foods...drives me crazy! Yet, we have a budget and I would panic if we went over it. I'm strange like that. Anyway, if you could share with me what you do to keep your food costs down that would be really helpful! I will take any suggestions!

Also- I am thinking of doing video vlogs soon...I can't stand my voice on camera but oh well, it still might be fun! ;) I also thought of chronicling my pregnancy with videos, ect. We'll see...now that I am getting my energy back maybe I'll be more motivated to get it done?!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Extra Money

It seems we never have enough of it (extra money, that is). I feel my place is at home BUT I also feel like I need to contribute financially some how...some way. I have been racking my brain trying to figure out exactly how I can do that. I know how to sew BUT I really do not want to sew diaper bags, ect. to sell. It takes the fun out of it and honestly, diaper bags can be a pain to make. If something goes wrong then it really goes wrong. Clothes are even worse. You have fittings, ect. to worry about and it's just ick. I almost feel like you can't get your moneys worth out of it. No one would pay me what I would ask if I did it full time. Sewing takes a lot of time and concentration. I guess now with my two older boys in school it would be easier for me to fit it into my schedule but I'm just not sure if I decided to go that route what I would even want to sew. It would have to be something that is easy to cut out and put together but very desirable to customers too. I see some of the products offered by some stay-at-home moms and I am intimidated. Wow, there are some talented moms out there! I do have an embroidery machine so I could personalize things. I could maybe do a package of burp rags, hats and slipper shoes? Something along those lines....maybe even put it all in a homemade bag? Hmm....just trying to figure something out. Since my energy is coming back I have found that I am itching to do something! Tim and I sat down and did our budget (thank you, Dave Ramsey) Monday and we are tight...so,so tight and even just a little money would help us out tremendously! I need suggestions, ideas, motivation and encouragement! I do not have the option of working outside the home right now (especially with baby joining us soon) and so my only option would be to find something at home that I could do. If you have any ideas...at all...let me know! I consider anything...well, almost anything! ;)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I See PINK in My Near Future!

As I am sure you saw from the below post...we are having a GIRL!!!! We couldn't be more excited about this little answer to our prayers. Tim has been praying with the boys before bed for over a year for a little sister for them. It looks like the Lord has heard and answered our prayer with a YES! My friend and I went to our local pregnancy center ( we have a mutual friend who works there) and I was able to have a free ultrasound done. My friend (the ultrasound tech) is not an expert at gender prediction (she was trained on measurements, ect. but not predicting gender) and was a little nervous about saying what baby was...hence the hesitation on her part. She did a fabulous job though and got some very good shots between baby girl's legs. I have become quite the pro at seeing boy parts and I know I did NOT see any boy parts on this baby. We were obsessed with seeing the 'lines' (which we did see). I still will not rest easy until I can confirm again that she is ,indeed, really a girl. I did come home and compare her 'between the legs' shots with online ultrasound photos of baby girls and they were identical. So, yes, I am pretty positive we have our girl. Upon discovering this I have been on the search for girl names. Boy names have always come alot easier for me and so this has been a bit more difficult than my previous pregnancies. I think Tim and I have decided not to share the names we have chosen just to limit the negative input. It seems Tim and I must like weird names because no on seems to like them very much. Oh well, they will get used to it after awhile.

On a ever-so-slightly different note...this pregnancy is so completely different than my boys' pregnancies were. I am carrying much wider (in my stomach) than the boys. My belly with them stuck straight out and was more basketball in shape. I also gained a little more quickly in my legs with my boys where as with baby girl I am gaining on my sides (aka love handles...which I have never had until now). I showed quicker with my boys and I felt overall pretty good while pregnant with the boys. With this baby I have felt AWFUL! I can truly sympathize with pregnant women who get sick now. My complexion is also very bad right now. With the boys it had cleared up by this point. It's definitely true with me that gender makes a difference in my pregnancies.

Anyway, sorry to bore you with another baby post. I would love to take and post pictures more often BUT my camera's card reader is broken and we don't have the finances, at this point, to get it fixed. Once we do, I will be snapping pictures like crazy! My boys have grown and changed so much in the last few months and I feel like I am missing it all!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011

15 1/2 weeks...

I'm not gonna lie...I am dying to know what the gender of this baby is! It's even harder now since I know if we took a peek 'inside' we would be able to see. I would actually be surprised if it's another boy BUT I am not positive it's not. The only reasons why I think it could be a girl are because...
1.) I was much bigger at this point with all my boys.
2.) I can still wear my regular jeans (always stopped wearing regular pants by 10-11 weeks with my others).
3.) I am carrying much higher and wider with this pregnancy.
4.) I was SICK with this pregnancy and I still gag and get nauseous sometimes. I didn't even gag with my last couple pregnancies and felt great! Not so much with this one...ick.
5.) The baby's heart rate is is super fast and not slow and steady like my others were (minus Noah's).
6.) We prayed for over a year for a baby girl.
7.) I can not think of any boy's names this time!
8.) I keep calling the baby 'she' without even realizing what I am saying.
9.) I had a dream it was a girl BUT I did have a dream that it was a boy too...so who knows?!
10.) My husband keeps saying he thinks it's a girl.
Anyway, these are a 'few' reasons why I think it may be a girl this time BUT we will gladly accept and take a boy too! I have told myself over and over that I will not be one of those women who cry when they find out they're having the opposite gender of what they had wanted. Ultimately, God will give us what he thinks is best for our family and we will rejoice for the addition to our family....no matter the gender!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

We're Growing

12 1/2 weeks...

(My camera is broken right now. I have had to resort to my video camera.)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Too Long...

I have totally failed at this whole blogging thing again. I guess I could blame it all on the many HUGE changes in our life BUT I won't. The fact is this, I have been lazy, unmotivated and uninspired. The thought of blogging just hasn't appealed to me. It's just another thing to think about, another thing to do and frankly, blogging (or writing) takes too much brain power for me most days. Usually by the end of the day, I am done thinking. I like to zone out in my 'spare' time. Zoning out does not include blogging. Therefor blogging has been pushed to the back burner and forgotten about. Of course, many things have happened in the months since I have blogged. It will probably take several posts to write all about our many changes. Some very, big changes and some small but many, many changes! I will get to all that eventually. Right now, I don't even know where to start or how to start. Sigh. Well, I have to start somewhere so I guess I'll start by telling you that we moved 700 miles south in June. Tim and I had always wanted to move south somewhere, someday but we didn't know where or when. Through many different circumstances and opportunities that presented themselves to us we chose to move to Tennessee. We took it step by step and asked God's guidance for every decision we made. God made it clear to us in many ways that this was the place where He wanted us. I was pretty sad to leave our house behind (we are renting it out) but I knew I'd be happier going where God wanted us. We moved the 17th of June and drove the 700 miles in two days. It was an experience but we made it to our new, temporary home safe and sound. Things went pretty smoothly with the move. Yes, it was stressful BUT we saw God's hand in it all and He provided and guided us in a way you would only believe if you experienced it yourself. We have been settling into our new home/area quite nicely and we are excited about the friendships that God has already given us. The boys are in school now. We came to this decision after many, many months of prayer. There are many reason why we decided to go this route but I won't get into all of them right now. The boys seem to be doing great and I am pleased with the academic level of the school they are in. It's even higher than when we were homeschooling. They are also learning skills that I did not have the capability or time to teach them. I am not saying we will never homeschool again. I am only saying that for this year I needed the break. Only God knew that I would need it this year more than ever too because He has decided to bless us with another child. Yes, it's true, we found out in July that we are expecting again. (Phew! Glad I got that move done first!) Tim, the boys and I have been praying for a little girl for over a year now so our prayer and desire is for a precious, little, girl baby BUT we will gladly accept another boy if God so chooses to give us another. We are anxious for his/her arrival...due around March 22nd! So thankful for the opportunity to be a mother again and to raise another child for His honor and glory! Well, I have lots to do (including feeding the boys and taking a nap) so I will end this post here. I have more to share so I will try to post again soon!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lost in a Sea of Green

('Glimpse' of the flower girl dress...)
I am here...just busy sewing. I am doing bridesmaid dresses for a wedding in May and I have been trying to get them 'mostly' done by this coming Saturday. The bride is having her bridal shower and all the bridesmaids will be in town at the same time. I am seizing the opportunity and getting all their final fittings done at the same time. I have not had enough time to sit and write a blog post due to the increase in all my sewing projects. I used to think that I wouldn't like to 'have' to sew for people but now that I have several projects to do I am rather enjoying it. I have gotten into quite the routine. I cut out projects during nap time and then sew after the kids go to bed (usually between 8:30-10:30). I am able to accomplish a lot within those two hours. I can usually put a whole dress together in that amount of time. I am getting a lot more accomplished than I thought possible. Anyway, after I am finished with the dresses I have several diaper bags order to complete and a few other small projects. It's been keeping my mind and hands busy and my moral up to have something to do. I am kind of hoping the projects keep coming. Need me to sew you something? ;-)



Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Things That Make Me Smile

Warm, cozy slippers and pink, striped pajama pants...

My beautiful baby sister...

A bowl of bright,green fruit sitting on the table...

Happy boys doing school...

Contentment


It's amazing...just how content one can be...when they 'choose' to be...content. I remember not too long ago how I struggled with this very thing. About a year or so ago I was struggling with my role as mother and wife. I felt I was above this simple role and that I was meant for something more. I was falling into the trap that the world has set. The lie that being a mother and wife is not enough. That ,as a woman, I have the right to be happy. I had the right to be something 'important'. That being a full time mother was something that only the uneducated and lazy women do. I didn't realize just how important my role as wife and mother was or how much being home will and has impacted my children's lives. My being home and giving my full attention and time to my boys is telling them that they are important. That they are worth the investment. That they are worth my sacrifice and selflessness. Since embracing my role I have become quite content, happy and satisfied with my job as wife and mother. I have opened new eyes to the importance of my existence and have seen the benefits of my constant presence in my boys' lives. I have changed my attitude and it has changed my overall happiness. I now find great fulfillment in cleaning, cooking, baking, doing the laundry, teaching my children daily and being my children's constant source of comfort and love. I still have my days but they are fewer and farther between. I have turned my focus on the blessings in my life and have tried to keep a positive attitude about the negatives in my life. I do have to say that the more I see the positive the less I see the negative. Yes, life is not always a bed of roses and I know the hard times are not over but when I keep a positive outlook those hard times aren't as despairing as they could be. I also know that I will always struggle with my human desire to be more....accomplish more...make a name for myself and have an 'identity'. For now though some dreams, goals and desires of mine will have to wait. My kids are more important. They need me, they need my attention and time. They are only kids for a short time. I will have plenty of time to fulfill those dreams of mine...when they are grown and gone....fulfilling their dreams.

(I do not judge anyone that has to work outside the home. Just because I don't doesn't mean that it's for everyone. Everyone has different circumstances, ect. impacting their decision to stay home or work.)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Waiting...

Patience has never been something I was blessed with. Yes, I must admit I may have a bit more than some people. I do have four boys after all! In the grand scheme of life though I was not blessed with a large amount of it. I remember, as a child, sitting in Sunday school listening to my teacher tell the story of Jacob and how he wanted to marry Rachel. He was willing to work seven years in order to have her. I was in awe that someone would be that patient in order to marry someone they loved. I was then even more awed when he was given Leah (Rachel's older sister) after his 7 years were up. He once again agreed to work 7 more years to get Rachel. Talk about dedication and patience...wow! Fourteen years of waiting and working for the woman he loved! Anyway, I remember thinking there is NO way I could wait that long. Of course, I was a child so seven years seemed like an eternity to me! Now, seven years is still a long time but not quite as long as it seemed then. Anyway, the point is this...I am not very patient! The funny thing about this is that God has consistently been putting things in our life that has caused us to be patient and wait on Him. This is not easy for me. I know God knows my weakness and He has been trying to teach me for years now. He has caused me to wait many times. I have been 23 days late with having a baby. I have had 24+ hour labors. We have gone 1-2 months without paychecks. We have been un-employed for 6 months at a time. We have lived in a camper trailer for 8 months. We have lived in a basement apartment for 5 years. We struggled with a failing business for years. We've had a baby with failure to thrive and did not receive answers as to why he did not grow. (We never did get a reason as to why he had the problems he did. He was just healed...I think God performed a miracle. The doctors are still baffled to this day.) We have a son with Aspergers. My husband has had to make several job changes and even a complete career change. We have lived our married life waiting, trusting and leaning on God. We are constantly looking to Him for answers to our questions and for guidance for our next steps, choices and paths we take. We have found ourselves once again in 'limbo'. Waiting for Him to tell us what we should do. We are unsettled with some current circumstances yet so many things need to take place before we make another move. Things need to happen but only God can make them happen. We don't know what we should do and how we should go about doing it. We need answers and once again are turning to God to give them to us. We do not want to make hasty decisions and be out of God's will. We only want what he wants....but what does he want? This is the question we have been asking Him a lot lately. Lord, show us what to do...we are willing and able. We only need the green light. I know sometimes God's path for our lives is not the path we would've chosen. My husband would have never chosen to be a truck driver (he was a custom woodworker). We would have never chosen to have a son with Aspergers (that child has been an incredible source of joy to us). Our life has taken so many twists and turns it's unbelievable. Yet, I see God's hand in it all. He has been there every step of the way. He has held our hands through out it all. He has heard our prayers and given us the desires of our hearts. Now though, we find ourselves at a spot where we are left trusting in Him again. He will give us an answer...in His time. Until then...we will keep praying, trusting and waiting. We are being given a lesson in patience...again.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

20 Things

I saw this on a couple of my friends' blogs and I thought it looked like fun. Plus, since I do not have much else to post about I thought I would do this just so I could post something!

20 Things I do NOT miss:
1. Braces
2. Puberty and the hormones that go with it
3. Dating- especially because we had supervised dating
4. Mom's Saturday cleaning days
5. Goulash
6. White bean soup (blach!)
7. Early bedtime
8. Culottes!
9. The 90's and the frumpy clothing fashions
10. Being poor....oh, wait...we still are! ;-)
11. Being in the hospital with a sick baby
12. Drama...oh wait, that still happens too... =/
13. Being in our own business
14. Living in a camper trailer for 8 months (even though the mice sure loved living there!)
15. Swollen feet (due to pregnancy)
16. Watching my father struggle for every breath he took
17. Being so sunburned my whole face blisters
18. Tent camping (especially in the rain)
19. The aftermath of getting wisdom teeth extracted
20. Dial up internet

20 things I DO miss:
1. My dad
2. My Grandfather
3. My Aunt Pam (yes, she passed. I will write about it soon.)
4. Not having to worry about bills, finances, ect.
5. Spending a week at a time with my cousins
6. Camping and tromping through the woods for HOURS
7. Crawdad fishing with my cousins
8. Late Sunday nights at my house with our best friends 'line dancing'
9. Sleepovers
10. Delivering a baby and getting to know a new little person
11. Pregnancy and the excitement that surrounds such an awesome experience
12. A newborn baby and the way they smell and melt right into you when you hold them
13. Vacations
14. Late night talks with my sisters
15. Eating whatever/whenever and never gaining a pound
16. Being a size 2-4
17. SUMMER!
18. Swimming in a creek at family reunions with my cousins
19. Water balloon fights!!!!
20. Picking strawberries from our garden when I was a kid

(I realize that almost all the things I miss involve my childhood. Fortunately, I had a wonderful childhood. Thanks to God and my wonderful parents!)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

We Survived

I have had allot going on in my life and have been wanting to blog about some of it. I just don't know how to explain it all in words. So, I have avoided blogging until I can sort everything out in my head. So much on my mind, so much to think about and so much to pray about. So many things I want to write but no way of knowing how to put things delicately. So I will leave you with these pictures of our recent blizzard. It so insane that my sister ,who lives 60 miles south of us, had thundersnow! We might have had some too but Tim and I were watching a movie and might not have heard it. Anyway, we got quite a bit of snow. It came up to about Grant's chest/neck. It took Tim a couple of hours to get our driveway cleared of it all! It was just crazy...I don't think I have ever experienced something like it before! By the way, I am So ready for Spring! All this snow is for the birds!



Check this video out! We live about 80 miles west of Chicago. This gives you a pretty good idea of just how much snow we got! Just crazy...


Saturday, January 29, 2011

There is...

...a woman.
A woman who is a mom.
A mom that birthed ten, beautiful children.
A mom that kissed those children when they were hurting, sick, healthy and happy.
A mom who loved to cook. A mom who cooked with love.
A mom who encouraged her children to make the right decisions and be all they could be.
A mom who sat on the sidelines cheering her children on during a sports game.
A mom who covered up her exhaustion and pain so she could still be a mom without her children worrying.
A mom who would rather care for others instead of being cared for.
A mom who inspired and uplifted her children.
A mom who created children who wanted to be just like her.
There is a woman...a woman who is a daughter.
A daughter that loved and adored her parents.
A daughter who took in her ailing father during his last days.
A daughter who thought first of her parents then herself.
A daughter who always put family first.
There is a woman....a woman who is a sister.
A sister that loved and adored her older siblings.
A sister to share clothes with.
A sister to confide in.
A sister to cry with.
A sister to laugh with.
A sister to fight with.
A sister who is also a friend.
There is a woman...this woman is an aunt.
This woman is my aunt.
There is a woman...this woman has cancer.
This woman has been given a short time to live.
This woman is leaving us with wonderful memories of her.
This woman is amazing.
This woman is strong.
This woman has lived a full life.
This woman has left her mark on this world.
This woman will always be loved and will never be forgotten.
My beautiful Aunt Pam (second from the left) with three of her daughters.
(Please keep her family in your prayers.)
I love you Aunt Pam!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Grant's favorite thing to do (hands down) is EAT!
This seat (pictured below) is his favorite seat in the house.
When he is put in this seat it means he is going to be eating in the near future.
So, he gets very excited when we tell him to climb up into his favorite seat.
Yep, my baby likes his food.
He loves bananas, pasta, peanut butter sandwiches, cereal....
...apples, oranges, carrots, tacos, fish, chicken, enchiladas....
...grapes, corn, mashed potatoes, meatloaf, rice, casseroles, cucumbers...
...well, and basically anything else put in front of him...
...because you see, my baby boy loves FOOD!


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Boys Drink Tea Too

When you have a fever and sore throat hot tea is a must!
A perfect cup of tea (in my humble opinion) is first made with water heated in a kettle.
And then a 'Bedtime Stories' tea bag is added to the hot water.
Let it steep for a few minutes.
Add a generous amount of honey.
And let the steaming liquid sooth your sore, aching throat.
My boys like to sip theirs like little, old ladies. ;-)

New Therapy


Hi, my name is Sarah.

I am a young mother to four, high-energy boys.
My husband is a truck driver who just recently started a new job. He is now working third shift BUT he is now home everyday. Yay, for more husband time!
I am busy...but I am also slightly lazy. Mostly due to being a very low-stress, laid back kind of person.
I like my down time.
I get stressed since my boys are so high-energy. So, I need therapy.
I have decided I will try and write down more of my thoughts, daily struggles and/or victories!
I want to share more of my dreams, desires, goals or just write down something funny my kids told me that day.
I have some silly boys.
I am going to try to blog at least three times a week.
I am fore-warning you though.
I am random.
I am not a writer.
I may have grammatical errors more often than not.
I am just a mom.
A mom who needs therapy.
Cheap therapy.
So blogging is going to be this mom's outlet.
You can choose to read....or you can choose not too.
Doesn't really matter to me since this is just an outlet and I am doing this for my sanity. That's all.
Some days I may write a lot and some days it may only be a sentence...a word...or a picture. I don't know...depends on my mood, my thoughts or the circumstances in my life.
I need no outside reassurance...just a place to write down what's going on in my head.
So go ahead and read...if you want to...but just remember, I have warned you!