Monday, January 16, 2012


What I need to mention about my day is that is actually started about 12:45 am. My sweet little 13 month old lady woke up. I changed her diaper and was all set up all snuggly in my bed to give her a bottle. What I got in return was A LOT of regurgitation! Yes, she threw up all over herself and me. So after getting us as cleaned up as you can with a Huggies wipe, I started a load of laundry. Back to sleep only to get awoken periodically to the little 2 year old coughing and the 6 year old waking up twice due to weird dreams.

Ah, the beauty of motherhood.........


By Unknown Author

My days are days of small affairs,
Of trifling worries, little cares,
A lunch to pack, a tea to make,
A room to sweep, a pie to bake,
A hurt to less, a tear to dry,
A head to brush, a bow to tie,
A face to wash, a rent to mend,
A meal to plan, a fuss to end,
A hungry husband to be fed,
A sleep child to put to bed.
I, who'd hoped someday to gain
Success, perhaps a bit of fame,
Must give my life to small affairs
Of trifling worries, little cares.
But, should tomorrow bring a change,
My little house grow still and strange-
Should all the cares I have today
Be swept, quite suddenly, away-
Where now a hundred duties press
Be but an ache of loneliness,
No child's gay ribbons to be tied,
No wayward little feet to guide,
To heaven I would raise my prayers,
"Oh God, give back my little cares."

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Saturday, Jan 14

Check it out!! TWO days in a row. Not much to report. We did have a little snow fall today, but barely enough to cover my icy pathways to the animals. Reports this week show some snow but mainly bitter cold temps. As of now it is 8 degrees. I have LOTS of wood on the fire for going to bed and the space heaters set up in the bedrooms and the living room. I have my alarm set for early am to get the fire going again for the day.
Not sure about church tomorrow. Kids appear to be fighting being sick. Fussy; weird coughs; misc. reports of scratch throats. Didn't make it last week, so hopefully we can tomorrow. (Plus, I REALLY want to get my Sunday paper!!!) :)
I checked out today and set up a profile for Pinterest. Have you heard of this. My friend, Martha convinced me to set up a profile. Well, I have one, but there is nothing on it yet. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around it--challenging for the aging brain--- BUT I do LOVE looking at all the pretty pictures! :) Hopefully I can make since of it soon.

Our barnyard friends are all doing well. Can't tell yet if our little ewe, Katara, is with lamb yet. She is so big and woolly for winter! Our goat, Bonnie, is DEFINITELY with child. She is pretty big already and I'm suspecting twins for her or maybe it will be another big baby! We will find out in a few months. The chickens are obviously all done molting. We are getting 20-25 eggs A DAY!!! Can you believe that??????? I just recently had 11 dozen eggs in my fridge. My dear husband got those all doled out and when I went out today I ended up with another 25! I can only cook so many eggs! I do love omelets; quiche, etc., but since I'm currently the only adult home this week, it may not be a good idea to make these things everyday. (though I did make some cookies today for the 'littles'). (they are tasty too!)

I need to get to bed and rest up for what the Lord has in store for me tomorrow.
Have a pleasant night!!

Friday, January 13, 2012


With the start of 2012, I'm going to make the attempt to be better about writing. With my dear husband still holding a crazy schedule, I do have a bit more time when he is not home. If you keep a blog, do you wonder at times if anyone reads it? Or are you just talking into space? Hmmm.....

Our life as we start 2012 still looks the same with work and all the kids. We have not had hardly any snow so far this winter but this next week there is snow predicted for each day. We shall see. If it does, it should be interesting since I have not had the 'tractor lesson' which means 'no plowed driveway....' It maybe a quiet week at home.

With God's grace and strength I will be back MUCH sooner than later. I'm aiming for a little each day to be in the habit, but life does get in the way at times.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fall 2011

The past few months have simply flown by. Can you believe there are less than 60 days until Christmas?? The past few months have brought several changes: In April, our foster teen moved to her permanent home. Three days later we had 2 siblings placed with us. A 21 month old boy and a 4 month old girl. Our little boy turned 2 in July. Little girly will be 1 in December. They are getting so very big and developing well. Matt has a few attachment issues that we are currently working on and probably will be for awhile. Mary is very mellow w/ a joyful personality. At this point we will have them indefinitely. I'd like to say it's a 50/50 chance the parents will be able to have them back, but reality is probably 80/20 that they won't. Our 20 year old, Tristan moved back home and is now attending WVC-Omak campus. He is taking general business classes and is doing very well. I think he may even be surprising himself! My parents moved to a cute little house in town. A very big move for them. We enjoy having them nearby--though I think they are almost a busy as we are at times! The other "little" change has been serious lack of work for Jeremy. The Lord does provide and did so in an odd, and I feel slightly stressful manner. He will be working at his old company every other week for the next year. Oh, did I mention that the work is 4 hours away?? It is going to be crazy, but at the same time I know deep inside that this is a complete blessing. It will force all involved to stay on our knees. To pray for strength in all things, even the little stuff. This truth was brought forth to me at church on Sunday. ~~ after spending 2 weeks of complaining and pretty much wanting to just cry. Now, today, even though I woke up to a very dead car due to needing a new battery cable; several in our household starting to get sick-all with Jeremy gone and a crazy schedule, I know that He is with me and will get me through it all.
Jack and Trevor are doing great with all these changes. They both absolutely LOVE have their big brother home and do so well with the babies. This is Jack's last week of soccer until spring--he is doing AMAZING!! Awanas has started back up this last month and he is so happy there!

Enjoy the blessings of every day!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Quick Update

I knew it had been awhile since I posted, but I didn't realize that it had been almost 3 months! Well, in that time period, both Courtney and Christina have been placed into their long term homes. So it is now back down to 4 of us. It is a bit quieter now and I now don't have to be in town EVERY day! Praise the Lord! I'm reimbursed for mileage, but of course that money comes when it comes and as you know the prices of gas just keeps going up! So needless to say, I'm looking forward to being home a bit more. When we do get another placement, we are really hoping for 3 and under in age. It will defintely suit our family better at this point in our lives. My sweet husband took on a regular full time job. This has been a huge adjustment for us since he has been self employed for 10 years! The hours are good in the sense that they work 4-10 hour days and your one floating day can be when you want. He mainly uses Friday for that floating day. He is fabricating helicopter parts and really loves this side of aircraft mechanics since he really enjoys building and creating things. The down side is that it's just over an hour away from home, so he is gone about 13+ hours a day. Also gas is killing us--I'm considering a moped.....LOL!! :) We are very thankful that he is working though and was able to find a job without any hang ups. Construction here is at a stand still like it is in so many other areas. Though we do know several people who are quite busy in construction right now due to where they live. With all this now supposed 'free' time on my hands I've been trying to get the paper piles back under control and working on budgeting. Hmmm, maybe I'll get back to writing more often too. The snow is all melted now except for a few patches here and there. All four goats are expecting babies. Dora is due anytime now. I believe that she is having twins since she looks like she has a whole watermelon sideways inside of her! This will be quite an experience for me since I was raised in the city. I have several neighbors who are ready to help me if I need it. I've been reading a lot but as with everything, physical experience is going to be the learning key here. If anyone has been following this for a bit, then they have read about Camp Omak. Well, I have 8 amazing women willing to come here to my house for Mother's Day weekend! We are all looking forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for us and what can be learned from where we all are in life right now. All my boys are going somewhere....camping, hotel.....who knows. They are excited to be having 'man time'. Though Jack has made it clear that he wants to have a donut at some point during the weekend! That's it for now! More soon......

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I'm Here!

Hello there blogging community. Yes, I am alive. The past few weeks have been exciting, stressful, tiring and rewarding. The week before Christmas we got our first foster placement. We received two sisters; 14 year old Courtney and 12 year old Christina. Yes, much older than we were anticipating. Its been an adjustment having teens in the house again! The girls are settling in well and the boys are enjoying having them around. So within that week before Christmas, I took the girls shopping for necessary items (boots; coats; underwear, etc); took the girls to the other side of the mountains to pick up Trevor (they had never been to the Seattle area before) and get shopping and wrapping done. Christmas morning was really nice. LOTS of activity. We received a Wii for one of our gifts and that has been great fun for all. My favorite at this point is bowling--which maybe because I hold the high score for the house....... :)
School is back in full swing. Courtney is in 9th grade and in the alternative home school program within the school district, so she only needs to check in with her teacher once a week. Christina is in 6th grade and takes the bus each day down to the middle school. We had the flu really bad this last week, so not much school has occurred this last week for Jack. Him and I were the worse off; Jeremy and Trevor only lasted for about a day and the girls pulled through with no real symptoms except some tiredness. The girls have a fair amount of things they need to be at within a given week, mainly counseling sessions. We have had one court date so far with more to follow. Given that, I'm out in town much more often than I was before--it is forcing me to be better about my meal planning! :)
My biggest struggle right now is fitting in my time with the Lord. It has changed a bit with simply keeping a bible open and try and read when I'm standing in the kitchen (if no one else is in there talking to me! LOL ) Its been a long time since I've had this much constant activity around the house, but it is getting better--just need to keep my perspective.
Work is coming along for Jeremy. He is working part time at an aircraft shop and is still doing construction as it comes up. We are in the process of taking over our friend's remodeling company since he is going into another line of work. Taking over this business, which has been in the area for awhile, should help with keeping busy. Hopefully I can keep up on all the office stuff!
Better go for now and continue with the day!