Monthly Archives: September 2012

new rooms

these photos are a few weeks old now, but i don’t think i’ve shared them yet. and some of them are poor quality.


davey was over-the-moon excited when his bunk bed FINALLY arrived!

samantha didn’t take long to learn how to climb up the ladder side. and alex loves climbing onto the bottom bunk.


alex seems content to have her big girl bed in her room instead of a crib….

the bed has been moved since this photo AND it has a guard rail on BOTH sides.  :)   for the most part, she stays in her bed at night. it’s naptime that can be a bit more challenging. at least 1-2x a week i have to physically put her back into her bed 1-5x for her nap. but at least she usually plays QUIETLY in her room when she’s being naughty.


once the beds were delivered and moved to the appropriate room and location IN the room, i discovered a need for a new home for davey’s legos (they were in an under-the-bed rubbermaid tote) and samantha’s doll items (which had no “home” other than a giant cardboard (aka: moving) box. we found some great storage at IKEA (where else?!) for these items. the photos are BAAAAAAAD (camera phone paired with poor lighting = ugh!) but you get the idea. davey seems QUITE THRILLED with having a place to store AND BUILD his lego creations:

and while yes, there are legos in EVERY one of those bucket/drawers, they are large enough that his legos could all be piled into 3 drawers leaving room for other toys (tinker toys? lincoln logs?) to come out of the linen closet-turned overflow toy/game closet. for now, though, he’s happy with his old school legos (almost ALL of his legos are left overs from his dad, uncle jeff and uncle tom’s childhoods).



we purchased the same type of unit for samantha’s room for her dolls, their clothing and accessories….

and she loves it, too!


i’m just now remembering that you’ve never had a tour of the UPSTAIRS of the house yet, have you? guess i’ll have to get on that soon.



we have HOPE

a few weeks ago, i joined a women’s Bible study with my friend Jenni. it’s through her (mega) church. it’s a beth moore study from 2004. the title is “Believing God.” would you like to know the five truths we repeat weekly?

1. God is who He says He is.

2. God can do what He says He can do.

3. I am who God says I am.

4. I can do all things through Christ.

5. God’s Word is alive and active in me.


and i promise you i just typed those from memory. because after just a few weeks, i’ve got THAT down.


today (9/4/12, actually – that’s how long ago i started this post!) we started week three (talking about truth #2 above). and OH WHAT A START. there were so many amazing snippets that i jotted down today. and the overall lesson. the truth. the reality. GOD CAN DO WHAT HE SAYS HE CAN DO. do you believe that, friend? if you are a child of God, you should. you need to. and not only BELIEVE it, but LIVE it.


for a number of years now, i’ve wondered about REALITY vs BELIEVING. see, i believe in God. i believe all those truths beth has taught us. i believe what the Bible says. i have (personally) lived, breathed and experienced miracles – things that only God could do. and yet, as a saved sinner, i still wonder does REALITY have a place in the world of BELIEF? example: when i was 19, i decided to transfer from one private college to another (significantly more expensive one). because i decided late in the school year to do this, i missed the financial aid deadline and the school i wanted to attend was only going to help me obtain student loans. lots of them. but they weren’t offering me ANY aid. NOT A DIME. at the time, i think it was about $15K to attend that school for one year. and that’s about what my mom’s income was per year (she was still temp’ing at the time). i can VERY CLEARLY remember my mom sitting me down in the living room one day in early august 1994. she looked me in the eye and asked me where in the world i thought the money was going to come from for me to go to college that year. i remember looking at her and saying (somewhat flippantly, perhaps) “God will provide, mom.”


and that was the end of that conversation. (at least that’s the end of what i remember. my mom reads this blog and may choose to insert some other version of reality here).


so you tell me. did i honestly BELIEVE that God would provide for all my needs for my (ridiculously expensive) schooling that year? or was i simply being NAIVE (aka: 19) in assuming that He was in control of the situation? that my needs would be met? that the money would come from somewhere?


back then, when i was 19, i would tell you it was my FAITH. it was my BELIEF. it was my CONVICTION that God led me to that school and He was going to provide. over a decade later, i honestly don’t know. but perhaps that’s part of my problem. why am i trying to analyze the past? why am i trying to downplay my belief/trust in God?

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as a side note, God totally provided. i went into quite a bit of debt for my sophomore year of college and i lived on very little – financially – that year. at one point, i had $5 to my name and it lasted me two months. seriously. but God provided. i did not go hungry. i had friends. i had fun. i DID stuff. and before the school year was over, i had an AMAZING on-campus job lined up for the next school year and i had been notified that i would receive some good financial aid for the next school year. so He did provide. my sophomore year wasn’t easy. it wasn’t always fabulous. but i don’t recall ever LACKING anything i needed for school (including money for books, food and laundry).

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okay. back on track. fast forward to may 1999 when i loaded 80% of my personal belongings into (and ONTO) my saturn and i drove across the country to washington state. to Lynden. to a place i had visited TWO times. to a place that borders canada. to a place where cows outnumber people. to a place where they say “pop” instead of “soda.” to a place where i knew ONE family (and my FRIEND wasn’t even there). where i had NO job. NO friends. NO church. NO family.


but once i arrived, i never worried about my future. my security. i knew God would provide. i knew i would (eventually) find a job. and pay off my bills. and make friends. and learn my way around. i don’t know that i ever felt CALLED to move. but i know that, for years, i had wanted to move. somewhere. anywhere. and this was the ONE time when my dreams and plans actually became a reality. God was in that move with me. whether it was His desire for me to go or not, He blessed my move.


there are lots of other examples i could share, especially from my elementary and junior high years. i’ve prayed for deodorant, soap and tampons (seriously. i’ve done that. that’s how poor we were). we received $200 in CASH (anonymously) in our mailbox when we needed car repairs. my mom’s sunday school class took up a collection and gave HER money for Christmas one year (to buy ME presents – i chose shoes).


so when we’re talking about BELIEVING GOD, i believe. i KNOW He’s there. i KNOW He provides for His children. i KNOW He cares about EVERYTHING (even tampons and deodorant).


but to this day, i still WONDER where is that LINE between FAITH and being NAIVE? between BELIEF and REALITY? is there a line? should there be a line? or to live a LIFE OF FAITH (oh how I long for this, dear friends!) do we have to be willing to APPEAR naive? do we have a “leg up” on the rest of the world (believers included) when we live a life of faith?


With the support of a myriad of scriptures, Beth assures us that we CAN believe God can do what He says He can do. We can believe that He still performs miracles today. See, friends, “you cannot take the ‘miraculous’ away from God and have Him still be the God of the Word” (Beth Moore). In the New Testament (see Luke 9:41), Christ said that those without faith to believe in miracles are “an unbelieving and perverse generation.” But on the flip side, Matthew 16:4 teaches us that those who focus on miracles alone are “a wicked and adulterous generation.” So miracles are real, as has been evident in my own life. And God still performs them today. Beth helps us see that there are two extreme teachings on miracles:


Sensationalism, among other things, requires miracles for belief. It is self-centered rather than God-centered and it prioritizes what God can DO rather than who He is.

Cessationism, however, says there are no more miracles and this CHEATS a believer and undercuts hope. See Gal 3:1, Heb 11:1, 1 Pet 1:21, Rom 4:18 and 1 Cor 13:13…. we DO HAVE HOPE, friends. Scripture tells us this. Mark 9:23 tells us that EVERYTHING is POSSIBLE for him who BELIEVES.


so why, then, do some “bad” things happen to believers? why do people fight and struggle against God, finally agree to His plan that they’ll go to the mission field and then never get there b/c they can’t raise the funds? or get there and have to leave b/c they get sick? or get there and HATE it? *** why do some people hear only SILENCE from God even when they are seeking Him? *** why does God say He wants to give us the desires of our hearts but we don’t always get that (a spouse, children, a home, a certain job, etc.)?


i have no direct answer to these questions, friends. our lives as believers are lives of faith. it was a faith commitment we made to follow Christ. it is a faith commitment we make daily to die to self and live for Him. Ultimately, it’s all up to God. It’s His Sovereign will whether He answers our prayers the way we ask. As Kay wrote in her notes, “With the right heart, we can request the fulfillment of any promise in the entire Word of God. We are greatly helped, however, by understanding that God has not obligated Himself to fulfill every promise from Genesis to Revelation to every believer throughout history.”


i would love to go on and on and on about this topic. the more i talk/write about it, the more i understand it. the more i glean from it. the more sense it makes to me. but i fear that i have to end this post at some point so i can share these thoughts with all of you. i am hoping to listen (for a second time) to Kay’s video lesson so i can grasp some of the information a bit better. in this post, i haven’t even touched on the last 15 minutes of the lesson!


today is thursday

i currently have fewer photos of The Munchkins than i do of our house.

Guess i should work on changing that, eh?



since saturday:

new kitchen counters

new kitchen faucet

new dishwasher (installed by dave)

hanging things on the walls

further tidying of the guest room

new recipes

too much shopping (almost all house or food related)

davey has scored RED in his class TWO TIMES (with one more day in the week!)

rebar in the pool

electricity in the pool

concrete in the pool

over 150 alphabet blocks sawed (sawn?) in half

ordered over 1000 scrabble tiles AND 1000 jump rings (scrabble tile Christmas ornaments!)

purchased and assembled TWO storage units for the kids rooms

and who knows what else?!

getting casted

i can’t believe i haven’t blogged about this yet! well, maybe i can, b/c i have been very lax in updating my blog with ANY news lately. but seriously? i haven’t told you that samantha was casted a few weeks ago? i can only WISH that she was CASTED for a commercial or tv show or movie. instead, her casting involved an appointment, a doctor (or two), a sling and more. it all happened three weeks ago….


on thursday, august 16, i had an appointment to get my hair done (colored, trimmed, etc.). it was with a new (to me) stylist. she’s from our church and her salon is LITERALLY around the corner from my house (if it weren’t so darn hot i would’ve walked there). my sweet friend, Jenni, came to my house with her two daughters (Lacey, age 4 and Jada, age 9 months). She fed lunch to our FOUR girls (her two and my two) and then napped the younger two while the older two played and played and played….


after my hair appointment, all was well so i zipped off to Costco for a speedy run through the store for a few necessities. as i was driving home, Jenni texted me that Sam fell, hurt her arm really bad, was crying hysterically and couldn’t be calmed down. THAT was weird.


so i got home and spent a few HOURS sitting on the couch with sam. she was MISERABLE. when dave came home from work, i had him look at her arm. and instead of our planned evening of dropping all THREE kids with our friends John & Lynn and heading to Curriculum Night at Davey’s school, i dropped TWO kids with John & Lynn and i took sam to the local urgent care facility while dave attended Curriculum Night alone. an exam and some x-rays later revealed a potentially fractured elbow.


she got wrapped and was given a sling and a referral for a pediatric orthopedist:


none of the orthopedists were available on friday (i called two different practices) so an appointment was scheduled for monday and i spent the weekend praying her elbow wasn’t really fractured. pain-wise, she was doing fine:


monday the 20th arrived and we headed up to Mesa to meet Dr. Hratsky and learn Sam’s fate. he confirmed the fracture. BOO! sam was given a samples swatch to choose her cast color:


and then he and a nurse had to “SET” Sam’s arm (more than just a little bit uncomfortable for her):

but, as you can tell from the photo, she chose a PINK cast. and, rest assured, she was well-drugged for the “setting” process.


then the assistant pulled out the saw and sliced open the cast to allow for the anticipated SWELLING of sam’s arm:


then it was time for x-rays to make sure the arm was set properly:

they were happy with the results. so thankful for that!


and then we were sent home for a few days (a follow-up appointment was scheduled for Friday). the assistant told us samantha could ask for GLITTER on her cast when we returned.




yep. glitter. seriously.

and she did NOT forget. and she DID tell EVERYONE we talked to on Monday. and Tuesday. and Wednesday and Thursday. EVERY ONE!



and FINALLY it was Friday. alex was very helpful in providing moral support to her baby doll and samantha’s baby doll (both of whom accompanied us to the appointment):


and samantha was all smiles and sparkles glitter and sunshine after her  formerly “vented” cast was re-wrapped in MORE pink (AND GLITTER!):


and i was elated to discover that she only had to wear it for THREE weeks. three weeks? yep. just THREE weeks. so a week from tomorrow we go BACK to the orthopedist and get the cast removed. we can survive one more week with that thing, right?!






over the past three weeks, the “what happened?!” story has been fleshed out in a bit more detail. sam and lacey were playing in the backyard when it happened. our backyard had not yet been cleaned up or organized from the move. samantha climbed up on the porch swing which was simply resting on top of the sand&water table. she leaned back (against the back of the porch swing) and the whole thing flipped over, off the san&water table and onto the gravel ground. she was actually trapped under the porch swing until Jenni could rescue her.


Jenni felt A.W.F.U.L that Sam got hurt. and that was BEFORE we realized sam’s elbow was fractured!



backyard transformation

our backyard is making a transformation.


last week it still looked like this:


there’s a lot of grass there in the background. and it looks pretty.


then, one morning, around 6am (which is earlier than “the crack of dawn” in our family), some equipment showed up and some grass and bricks were removed:


we thought that the digging would begin the same day. but digging is a different crew from grass removal. seriously.


so a few days later, at 5:45 am, the digging started:

i wanted to complain about the early arrival, but i was so glad they were FINALLY starting on our pool that i couldn’t bring myself to call the pool company. thankfully, a neighbor did! we’ve been advised that there will not be any LOUD work on our pool starting before 7am! many, MANY thanks to the anonymous neighbor who called and complained. i am VERY thankful he/she did!


by about 2 o’clock, this is what our pool looked like:


ahhhhh. finally, it seems like this “pool thing” is ACTUALLY happening!


next up: plumbing, which happened this week:


and then rebar, which was started today but ended early (and incomplete) due to rain AND lightning:


hopefully the rebar work will resume (and finish) on monday because then the next big thing is CONCRETE!!!!! hooray!


***and nana, i’m sorry i’ve been neglecting the blog. we’re learning our new routines and schedules. i’m still unpacking boxes, filing, finding homes for objects, shopping for furniture and bedding and more. and this is all on top of the regular grocery shopping, meal planning, house cleaning routine we have! i have been remiss in the PHOTOGRAPHY department. i will try to be better. but this is life right now. my apologies!