Wednesday, March 6, 2013


Grace by Laura Story .  That says everything.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Invitation shock

My Kait was invited to her first non-family birthday party!!!  It’s an exciting day.  The thing that makes it even more wonderful is that this is for a girl that isn’t in Kaitlyn’s class and doesn’t even go to our church!  We went to another church for a few months when we first moved here.  I made friends with a girl who’s sister I graduated with.  Anyway, this gals brother-in-law is severely Autistic and she has made a point to check up with me every now and again.  She e-mailed a week or so ago and asked if she could invite Kaitlyn to her daughters 7th birthday.  I was so taken aback.  I can’t get over the thoughtfulness.  To include a child simply because you know it is difficult for her to make friends.  Things like this just make me smile.  Perhaps we will have real friends after all!!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Someone asked me the other day if I blogged anymore.  I have to admit I’m kind of off the whole blog thing.  But, if I admit that, I have to admit also that I kind of feel a bit dead inside- creatively that is.  One would think that I, being a creative personality, would do more in that department.  My home would be filled with things I've made, my children would have lists of activities we've done together.  I’d be a perfect room-mother right?  Organized, creative, job-free.  WRONG!!  I’m just too tired I guess.  But then I’m dead.  Creativity gives me life, an outlet, but right now I feel so creativeless!!  My creative brain says “make the valentines for your kids classes” my logical brain says “take a nap.”  I hear, “it’s just your season of life right now”.  I know that, but it doesn't make me feel any better about what I am not doing.  Pinterest is incredible.. Love the ideas, cringe at the time (and sometimes money) involved,  But the whole of the matter is that I am a personality that needs, not just likes, but actually NEEDS to create.  Something, at some point in time.  I’m working on it…… but today I’m going to take a nap!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

One year

It's hard for me to believe that one year ago today we were anxiously awaiting word on the closing for our house.  It has been a crazy year.  We got the keys for our house on December 5, 2011.  Then the work started.  Walls being torn down, electrical and plumbing work being fixed, carpeting removed and replaced, flooring removed and replaced.  Walls built back into new places.  This house has seen a complete transformation.  It was wonderful to be able to decorate this week for our first Christmas here.  Last year it still felt like we were in transition. Being able to live with my mom was a huge blessing, but it did make the Christmas holiday seem kind of lost in a way.  We were so busy working it passed with very little celebration.  We moved into our house on January 28, 2012.  By that time Kaitlyn was in school and we were not happy with her placement.  I learned how to truly fight the system. In May Joey was born and summer was a blur of diapers, feedings and giggles.  School started in August and I felt like my head may actually get a chance to slow down.  Then I blinked and Thanksgiving took center stage. And now here we are, preparing again for Christmas.  

We celebrate the tradition of Advent, so our Christmas celebration is the entire month of December.  Monday I start my own personal Advent study and the following Sunday we start our family study.  For any Christian that doesn't incorporate Advent into their Christmas tradition, it is an amazing thing to do.  The four weeks before Christmas is a study into the reason for Christ.  We celebrate Hope on week one, Peace on week two, Joy week three and Love week four.  Hope looks into the expectation of Christ by looking at prophetic passages as well as looking to His second coming.  Peace celebrates the peace we can have because of Christ, Joy the incredible ability we have to be joyous in everything because of Christ and Love celebrates the love God showed toward us by sending Christ to die in our place.  In the center of our wreath is the eternity candle, symbolizing the everlasting life we can have because of Christ.  It really is a fantastic tradition, and one I hope my kids will carry on with their children.  

So that is that... a full, busy, crazy but joyous year.  So many things to be thankful for.  I am VERY thankful to be home after 10 years.  I have loved each and every place we have lived for a different reason, but I think I can truly say that this is, by far, my favorite place!!  What a holiday season this will be!!!

Monday, October 29, 2012

IEP's and nerves

Not quite sure why I always get butterflies in my stomach when I have an IEP (Individualized Education Program) meeting.  Seriously, these things should be commonplace.  I have at least 2 every year!!  Still, those annoying little flying guys enter my system.  I think it has to do with feeling like I might mess up and ruin everything for Kaitlyn.  We've come such a long way, my biggest fear is failing her.  Letting her quit before she's at her fullest potential.  I want her to be the best she can be... cliche I know, but it's the truth.  I don't care so much if that's 3rd grade or a Ph.D. I just want her to be her best.  I want her to know that God loves her.. that we love her.. just the way she is.  It's hard to let go of those goals and expectations we all have for our kids.  I still cry when I realize something just isn't coming.  It's hard to see her struggle.  Andrea is at the point of completely passing her.  She just finished the first grading period of Kindergarten and is already passed Kaitlyn in reading and writing and some math.  Kaitlyn is starting to realize she's different.  She told Andrea the other day "I don't have to because I'm special".  Wow... where does that stop!  True, she is special, but that doesn't mean she doesn't have to do whatever... (this was in regard to cleaning up or something like that)!!  Hard days are ahead.  I had the "Don't expect so much out of your sister" talk with Andrea again the other day.  *sigh*  these are the rough things I really don't want to deal with!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Laughter is the best medicine

Especially the laughter of children!  My kids are rolling on the floor ready to pee their pants watching this video.  Not sure what’s so funny about it, but I laugh at them laughing!  

Saturday, September 22, 2012

A crazy week

So since I’m so awful at actually logging in to my blog and typing something there, I’ve started a blog file in Word.  Perhaps sometimes my posts will seem a bit rugged or scatterbrained, I assure you, that’s just me.  My brain doesn’t think in a straight line. 

My washing machine decided to stop working last weekend.  It would fill itself up with water and just stop.  Quite annoying.  I discovered this little annoyance when I tried to wash a load of diapers.  Needless to say, it stunk.  Sat there all day Sunday and most of Monday.  Tried to spin it out on Tuesday (only then because I forgot about it Sunday afternoon!)  and it still wouldn’t work.  Because it’s an HE front loader I couldn’t open the door either.  What to do.  Phil was home on Wednesday (sick unfortunately) and he was able to take a look at it.  After much prodding and internet searching we discovered that there is a removable panel on the front of the washer.  Who knew.. and behind said panel is a wonderful little filter that sits just before the water pump.  This is great because it apparently catches the socks that my washer eats.. and the nails, and pennies and countless other things.  Gross nasty socks.. had that washer for 7 years and never knew that filter was there.  Who knows how long that sock has been there.  From the looks of it, quite some time.  But my washer is fixed, and working beautifully.  I have rewashed everything, and socks will be in a garment bag from this day forth!

My excitement for the week came last night in a wonderful little e-mail titled “Congratulations”.  First thought in my head…. SPAM!!  But alas, it wasn’t!!  I had entered a drawing on one of the blogs I follow.. The Pleated Poppy .. for a gift certificate to a wonderful little Etsy shop called The Throne of Grace.  I can’t say that I never win anything, because I have several times, but each and every time it catches me totally off guard.  I was so excited last night I was talking during movie night.. a big no-no in our house!!  So I’m excited to see what I ordered.  They sell these really cool prayer journals.  That’s what I decided to order, I’m excited to start using it!

Last Saturday Phil and I got a date night.  We started trading kids with some friends.  Once a month we or they get a date night.  Last month was their turn, so we took their kids for an evening.  This month was our turn.  We had quite a fun time.  We dropped the littles off and headed to Big Lots.  Sound weird?  It was a challenge.. we each had $10 to spend and we had to find something as a gift for the other.  Not just anything, it had to mean something, and we had to be able to tell what it meant.  It’s harder than it sounds!  I originally considered doing it at the dollar store with just $1 for each of us.  I gave Phil the power of how much was spent and where we spent it.  After that excursion we headed to a local park and had our packed picnic dinner.  A French baguette, dipping oil, fruit, veggies and cheese.  People don’t have picnics like that much anymore!  The last families I have seen having a picnic have KFC or burgers!!  So anyhow, while we ate I had printed a list of “Pillow Talk” questions.  Things like “Who do you admire?” and “What is something you would like to do before you die?”.   Our date rule (a while standing) is that there is not to be any talk of kids, finances or home improvements.  Those are things we can talk about every other night of the month.  The only problem with that rule is it often leads to a lot of chewing and starring.  Then we leave our date night feeling like we spent no time together at all.  A list of topics or questions helps immensely!  So after we chatted a while we gave our gifts.  They were rather silly, but quite touching.  Smiles all around.  Then we went for a walk.  The park we were at has nice trails along the Chagrin River.  We saw an 8 point buck just yards away.  Got some wonderful pictures of him.  Then we headed to Starbucks for dessert.  Any time we’re at Starbucks we do our best to come up with a million dollar idea… we have yet to succeed.  I can’t believe we haven’t come up with anything yet.  I saw something ridiculous just this morning being sold on TV….a pump for your drink container.  Seriously, like a pump on a lotion bottle.  You screw it into your gallon of milk and your kid can pump the milk into their own cereal in the morning without spilling all over the table.  If that kind of stuff sells WHY haven’t we made our million yet?!?!?  Oh well, perhaps next trip we will come up with something equally stupid. 

Well.. I have posted.  Check that off the list for today :-P 
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