Wednesday, January 28, 2009
For the bathroom area we need Opinions...would it be a good idea to use the upstairs countertop and sink from our master bath downstairs and put in a double sink in the master bath?
Or leave our bath the way it is and get a single sink vanity for downstairs?
Leave a comment and let us know what you think.
Monday, January 26, 2009
I wuf my baby.
"All right Chica, don't get your Huggies in a bunch."
At Daddy's Fire Dept Christmas Party I played ball and with my friend, Lacey. She's learning to walk.
But then Santa came.
I no like Santa.
I really no like Santa.
But he gave me a book. And that was cool.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I really get fired up about this, can you tell? *wink* Most of my frustration stems from knowing that I am skilled in outpatient occupational therapy, and I really want to help these families. Because I can. Because I know that it makes a difference. Because these kids are so awesome and are so at risk to fall through the cracks. And that's not ok.
I just don't know what to do about it. I get this urgency, nervousness and butterflies in my stomach when I think about it. Excited. But then, today, when we got home from church I had a little talk with God. It went like this: "God, I'm so concerned about these children and families." and God said, "Cara, I have a plan. Just rest. It will be revealed in My time."
And so I'm going to listen. and wait. and pray for these children and their families. and i will act if, when, and in whatever order that God leads me to.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
But as our bank account is more often on the low side than the high and we are more often running out of time then relishing in extra hours, I try to watch it when it comes to things that some people consider necessities...such as haircuts, dog grooming, etc and attempt to use our time and resources wisely.
Here's a synopsis of things we've tried.
There have been some positives:
Boarding Kelsey with Owner Labor. We pay a small amount (compared to what the barn next door charges) for a stall, electric, and water. Then we travel 2-3 times daily to feed Patches and Kels, let them out, clean their stall, and provide other manual labor as needed. For the price of full board, I wouldn't change a thing. And I *love* seeing her everyday, it's a great excuse to get out of the house and make sure she's alive and well.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
So, tonight I am going to give each girl a slip of paper and force them to work together to tell the same story (I hope) that Pastor Chuck tells. And, lucky you, you can try it too.
Here's the blurbs:
1. Jesus tells the centurion to go and that his servant will be healed just as he believed he would.
2. The centurion told Jesus that his soldiers listen to his orders and follow him.
3. The centurion comes to Jesus to request that he heals his paralyzed servant.
4. The centurion's servant was healed at that very hour.
5. Jesus tells the centurion that he has not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.
6. The centurion tells Jesus that he does not deserve to have him under his roof.
7. Jesus tells the centurion that he will go and heal his servant.
This passage is from Matthew 8:5-13.
Is anyone skilled enough to answer the bonus question?!?
*What other passage in the gospels tells the same story?
Com'on, I have faith in you people. Show me your skillz.....put them in order, ThEn leave me a comment.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I prefer a "New Year Outline". A Guideline, loosely written, to train myself into being productive in this new year. Which I guess could slip into the "Resolution" category if I'm not careful.
So I will be careful.
Here's my plan...
Jan and Feb: Freeze my tushie feeding the horse and traveling to work, but mainly hibernate inside under mounds of blankets. Finish crafties that I started including The Dog Quilt, Jerilynn's birthday present (can't tell, that would defeat the purpose), Adalynn's pillow. Oh, and strongly encourage Travis to work on the basement. Yes, this falls under my "Guidelines". Put down chips and dust in the horse's pasture to link the 2' gap between concrete and dirt...preferably before the ground thaws. Look at garlic (planted in November) and hope it grows.
March: Pray for warmth to come over this sad, sad state. And CheeR as Alison walks down the aisle.
April: Throw a party for Travis' graduation from the Fire Academy. Pray for the ground to dry out around the horse pasture and RIDE! Plant brocolli.
May: Plant my garden!!! I've already started a list...we're going for tomatoes, jalepenos, green beans, snap peas, lettuce, green peppers, red peppers. I think we'll nix the eggplant this year.
June: Maintain the garden. Tell Travis what to weed when I'm too pregnant to bend over.
July: Have this child, recoup, and maintain the household to whatever extent I'm able.
The rest of the year is fuzzy....but....
by next December:
I want the basement painted, bathroom and bar area roughed in, and basically ready for the bathroom and bar area to be finished and for flooring. Then we'll sit and wait for a large sum of money to pay for flooring and to have the bathroom finished. Or work hard for it, either way.
I want to have tomatoes, peaches, applesauce, some pickles and some jellies canned. And any other random fruit or vegetable that I can find to stick safely in a can.
I want to have more peppers frozen for the winter.
I want to have more herbs preserved.
I want to return to my pre-pregnancy weight.
I want to have Kelsey ridden, out on trails, and fit.
I want to learn how to make cheese.
I think that's the bulk of it right now. I'm spittin' it out to hold me accountable. Guess I will have to wait and see if God and I have the same ideas...
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Leash-walking is not a strength yet, but hey, she's still getting used to people in general. And she is very cute when she rebels.
Welcome to the family, Ginger. Love your human Uncle, Aunt and Cousin and your 2 furry ones.
This is Alison. Everyone, say "Hi, Alison". Good. She is one of my very best friends, and is getting married in March. She honored me greatly by asking me to be a bridesmaid and Adalynn to be her Flower Girl. We both said "Yes", and then I prayed that Adalynn would be walking by then.
Thank God she is.
This is Hilary, Alison's bestest friend and her Maid of Honor. Today, Hilary and Molly (they are sisters, Molly is also a bridesmaid) hosted a Bridal Shower in Alison's honor. Hilary graciously opened up her very cute house to Alison's girls and put out a delicious spread of food.
Alison opened her gifts. Many kitchen supplies. A KitchenAid Stand Mixer that she will LoVe. A lot of placemats, napkins, and flexible cutting boards (for cutting or kitty placemats?). And other fun stuff.
Walking into Adalynn's room used to be somewhat chaotic.
Chaotic. And messy. And pieced together. And the wrapping paper that I hide under the crib is showing. Hmm. Just noticed that. ANYWAY...
Ok, really, enough of that. I can't look at it anymore.
So, which a lot of you now know if you got (and READ) our Christmas card, we are expecting little "Nubby" Masselink in July. (So when he's older I'm sure he'll be upset we called him that, but later I'll post the first ultrasound...and really, he was nubby. And cute. But still nubby.) Because of Adalynn's brother/sister joining us, we decided that we are going to make them bunk together for a little while. Hahaha, poor kids.
And then got upset, and made the cutest "I'm upset, MooooooooM! Help Me!" face.
I've got to say, I feel a lot more comfortable with this room then I did with the way it was before. It's somewhat decluttered and more kid friendly.
Oh baby, stop growing up so fast!