"No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow." ~Lin Yutang

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Fun in the sun

June was spent moving in!  Lots of hard and seemed to be endless hard work.  It still seems like their is no end to the work, but it's getting to be not as hard.  Kinda like exercise.
We are starting to enjoy the summer this month!  We had 2 weeks of VBS.  2 kids went to both weeks, but binkles and jones were graciously invited to attend kids camp for one of the weeks.  They had a great time and survived very well without their parents.  It was a different experience, especially for jones. 
If I were labeling this summer, it would be the summer of salvation.  The four kids between age 4-9 began to understand the gift of salvation this summer!  
We've gone swimming twice and got the hot tub set up this afternoon.  My kids are starting to get up and by get dressed, they take that as "get your swimsuit on". Especially buttercup.  She doesn't even have to be told.  She just knows that the fun clothes to replace Jammie's with are swimsuits.  Plus she has a good handful of them, they are bright and fun, and they are easy for her to put on by herself!  
This month we also started our open house dinner parties.  It's fun to have friends.  It's also fun to eat together.  It's also super duper fun to own our house.  So we are joining all of those!!!  If you haven't come yet, we're excited for you!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Home sweet home

We have painted, built fence, purchased big items, filled the house, planted flowers, filled the yard, ran into problems, pulled out a pond, de-flowered a garden, fixed lots of sprinkler problems, killed some weeds, and the end result: made a home!!!
It has been HARD WORK!!!  But, now I can finally say it was worth it.  We have a few straggling boxes that are having a hard time finding a home, but for the most part, we are home.  
The neighborhood has been better than expected.  The next door neighbors have been overly friendly and helpful.  The wildlife park -behind us- serves lunch for free every weekday!  I saved 50% on car registration by living in a different town!  The perks just keep adding up!!!!
There's a girl across the street who it jones and binkles age.  The park FILLS with kids at lunch time.  Wolfe got into the k-12 school I was praying for.  Things are looking good for us here.  Please continue to keep us in prayers as we haven't had the healthiest season this past month.  Thanks for all the help and support we've received.  Our friends and family are by far the best of the best!!!

Monday, May 12, 2014

closing day!!!!

a new chapter in our life:
we own a home!

we signed the papers today and by 5pm we should be moving some boxes over to the new home. 

what's next: 
  1. we have to build a fence. 
  2. since we have nearly a month to move, we will remove wall paper and paint this house up.
  3. we need an over-the-range microwave.
  4. we need a new dining table.  one that we all fit around. 
  5. we need to weed the garden and personalize the landscaping!!!!!!!!!!!  i am SUPER excited about this to-do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. we need a lawn mower!  i mean, the cutting machine.  i have some laborers that can push the thing...
  7. we want a new bbq grill, but it's not a necessity.
yikes.  that sounds like a lot, doesn't it?  i am super excited right now though, so i'm going to overlook the expenses that are glaring me in the face with that short list! 

in the future, we want to:
  1. cover the back patio.
  2. extend the shop and build a tree/playhouse on it. 
*sigh*  oh boy i am S.T.O.K.E.D.  thank you, Lord, for this blessing!!!

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 Cor. 10:31

Sunday, May 4, 2014


giminy cricket, it's been a long time since i updated you on the home search. 
that house that God was lining all up for us... the one that i dreamed about for many months...  it dropped through.  it must not have been God's will for us and i had guarded my heart enought that it wasn't shattered.  but i won't lie and say it didn't take a bruise or two because of it.  :( 
last month, we found a home.  this one isn't miraculous or anything... it just seems to be right and so we're moving forward.  i am trusting in God to protect us and provide us in a wonderful environment.  i hope that we are able to witness to those that He places around us.  we should be moved in by the end of the month.
please keep us in your prayers.  we have to build a fence around it and do a lot of painting. 
"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 Cor. 10:31

Friday, April 25, 2014

spa night out

otter pop is doing his annual jui-jitsu tournament tomorrow.  he called me mid-day and said, "i need a sauna tonight.  find me a sauna."  so... i made us a date.  i found this amazing relaxing atmosphere spa.  i didn't realize how much i liked it until i spotted the scripture on the wall as we were leaving.  i love that! 
anyway, that wasn't really the best part though. 
we got a private room with a really nice hot tub, sauna, shower, and cooling bed.  each room had light music playing and dimming lights with a realistic glow-in-the-dark heavens painted on the ceiling.  the hot tub was awesome.  the sauna was my favorite type.  it was a dry sauna with a water dipper in there to create steam as well.  it was awesome.  we both really loved it. 
we came to find out that the owner is an old acquaintance of otter pop's. 
if you're local and interested, i'll gladly share the info.

 "Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart..." Prov. 27:9

Saturday, March 29, 2014

what happened to the last year? doTERRA.

hello!  what's going on???

we are finishing off a nice week of spring break.  the kids are all home from school and we've had perfect spring weather.  the week started out with sunny skies and picnic-y weather, followed by nice sunny days with a brisk feel to them... the kind of days where you head out with a light coat and after playing for a short while the coat comes off.  yesterday and today were spring showers pouring down all day long.  i can see the plants all soaking it up and loving every minute of it.  it's not too cold... just perfect for the rainy spring day.  i love spring!

at the beginning of last year i was introduced to the idea of using essential oils for healing and health purposes.  i thought it might be a hoax, or maybe not a hoax but maybe a scam... so i dove into research on the validity of essential oils.  i also dove into research on what's the going rate of essential oils, which is the best company, etc.  i was introduced to essential oils by a couple that used doTERRA's essential oils.  i did a ton of research on that specific company. 
by march, we had sampled several different oils and seen results.  so, we decided to dive into not only the oils and using them, but the company -doTERRA- too.  i haven't regretted it since.  it took me about half a year to start making enough money to pay for oils every month.  now after a year, it's growing and growing.  the business is fun, full of integrity, and it's real... so it's not like i have to be a high pitched salesman.  i don't sell the oils.  i just teach people about the oils.  it is awesome.

so, if you don't know about doTERRA or essential oils, now you know someone who does.  ask me.  please let me tell you all about what they've done for our family and our life!!!

"Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart..." Prov. 27:9

Sunday, January 12, 2014

hormones and uniqueness

i've been doing some light research on hormones recently.  i have a good passion for women's health, pregnancy, and... babies.  and a minor passion for health in general. 
what happened last month is that i had a miscarriage.  after the miscarriage i had some major hormonal issues.  my moods were swinging as far forward as they were backward and then would twist up and hang as far right as possible and then swing back as far left as possible.  it has been an "exciting" ride.  no one likes it.  no one and that especially includes me.  
so i started lightly researching hormones.
what i first came across -which what i probably already knew deep down, but appreciated it being stressed in the teaching i was listening to, is that HORMONES ARE UNIQUE TO EVERYONE individually.  it's kinda a duh thing if you think about it, but it probably isn't stressed in teaching as much as it should.  kinda like all health things...  we are each unique.  no one is the same as anyone else.  and that includes identical someones. 
when i was looking into and learning about fertility awareness, the same thing was stressed because that is what awareness is all about.  i love it.  our bodies are unique.  dr's would like to know what everyone's base everything is (temp, blood pressure, weight, blood stuff, hormone stuff, etc.) but the truth is, unless it's their own body or a research body that they record and chart daily... they have to just go off the "average" number that's given to them as the acceptable answer.
too bad that we are SO unique, that the average can be extremely high for some, and extremely low for others.  and yes, i'm using extreme on purpose.  it's true.  some people are WAY OFF average, but that's them and they're still alive and well. 

anyway, i guess i have a lot to say.  i'll most likely say more later, but this is all the time i have today.  or right now, at least.  :)

happy birthday to my eldest blond kid yesterday.  she's 9 now.  that's just one year off from double digits.  i'll take it.  i love her!

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 Cor. 10:31