Tuesday, June 26, 2007


Well, we are settling into a normal routine here in Saginaw (FW). Our days consist of changing diapers, meals, snacks, naps, going to the park, and an occasional wade in the kids' kiddie pools. John and I have also discovered a delightful little thing called freecycle.org. It's a great place to get free stuff if you are willing to drive and pick something up at a stranger's house. So far we have gotten a really great bag of toys for the kids and today we are going to pick up a gazelle and a treadmill. Which we will probably wind up freecycling ourselves. But, we are going to give it a spin.

Today is day 2 of Weight Watchers. I am trying to go it on my own. I am doing pretty good EXCEPT for a bag of peanut M&Ms John got for Father's Day that I keep dipping into. No telling how many points those little handfuls add up to be. I wish John would just take them to work with him so they wouldn't be here to tempt me. Chocolate will be the death of me one day.

We are having a bit of a struggle with Elijah and potty training. He was doing pretty good about being willing to go and actually depositing something IN the potty when we would take him. Now he refuses to even sit on the potty and commences to whining and crying whenever placed upon it. Even with the promise of a piece of candy, he still does not want to do it. BUT we are going to persevere and just keep doing what we are doing. And hope that it will get better.

I believe for the first time in the 5 years and one month of my marriage, I have got to the place where I do not call my Mom every day. I know, it sounds sad. Really sad. But my Mom has been my support and my link to sanity through bouts of homesickness and depression. I seem to have less and less of either these days, so maybe I am finally cutting those apron strings. I know she is probably relieved not to have to talk to me all the time now! I think this move is going to prove to be really good for us.

I am also pretty excited about the up and coming housewarming shower my new church is giving me. I have never had one before, so it is going to be fun! I plan a trip to Target and maybe a few more places to start a registry of things for people to pick from.

The 4th of July will be here soon, which brings about mixed emotions because it is also the birthday of John's late sister, Shanda. She would have been 32. We will celebrate our liberty and also the life she lived that was such a blessing to everyone around her. We will also get to meet our new nephews and niece: Andrew, Tatiana, and Diego. We are very much looking forward to that!
Till next time....

Saturday, June 16, 2007


Have you ever had one of those moments in your life when you get really excited over something that is not really all that great but it just made you feel like a kid again? Kinda like when you get a really good grade on a college level English paper or you lose 2.5 lbs? Well, I got that feeling today! A new friend of mine showed me how to make hairbows, which I was already doing, but I just wasn't satisfied with the results. Well, I got down to business making some this week and I have had SO much fun! This morning, I put one on Grace, put her and Elijah in the stroller and we walked a few houses down to a garage sale.

Actually, there is a really ,maybe funny but maybe not story about that, too. I bought Elijah one of those backpack leash things for when I have both of them out walking and I don't want him running off (which he tends to like to do). So, this morning, we head out the door, Grace in the stroller and Elijah attached to me by a leash on my wrist (doesn't that sound terrible)? Our house is up on an incline, so our driveway is downhill. Thus, when I walked out the door, I let go of Grace's stroller for a moment (I don't remember why). The next thing I know, Grace is plummeting down the steep driveway to the street. So I go RUNNING after her--dragging a screaming Elijah after me! I finally had the presence of mind to get the leash off of my wrist and got to Grace before she either flew out in front of a car or hit the curb and tipped over! Gasp! How heaven must've been holding their breaths--waiting to see if we were okay before they laughed! Poor Elijah has a little bit of concrete burn on his arm, but nothing a little Neosporin won't cure.

So anyways, back to my hairbow story. We go to the garage sale, which was great. I wish I could've went on Friday. She had lots of stuff she had already sold. This lady had tons of kids stuff! I got the kids some really nice like new Leapfrog toys (which Elijah is a little young for but it won't be long), a dollhouse that opens up and has a doorbell that rings, some bathtub toys and a toothbrush holder for mine and John's bathroom. Elijah LOVES the dollhouse. He puts his little Noah man in there from his Noah's ark toy and plays away. So, the lady notices Grace's hairbow and has a fit over it! Where did you get that? She asks. I told her I made it and she asked for my ph # ! She said I could put a flier up at the Community Center and get alot of business! YEEAAH! I am doing something good! Also, we went to Wally World this evening and Grace wore the hairbow again and we got SO many looks and smiles. That girl charms everyone! It's one of the bigger ones that I used to not like but the more I put it on her the better I like it. John isn't too fond of it, but oh well. So I am going to get busy making some more hairbows. First, I am going to make some for my nieces, Erin and Tatiana. A lady at church is having a baby shower (it's a girl) so I think I may make one or two for her, as well. I am SO excited! I have found my hobby at last!

Well, sorry for the writing a book! Sometimes you just feel like writing, you know? Hope all is well with all.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Settling In

Hi, all. Well, we are finally settling in to our new house in Saginaw. I spent a week with 125 teenagers in Alabama and came home to unpack and move into our new house. What a combo of exhaustion. But it feels GREAT to be in my own house finally. Elijah and Grace have adjusted really well. Elijah has been sleeping in his new room all night by himself! That is such an accomplishment! I don't have any new pics right now, but I hope to have some good ones of Grace's birthday parties (she had two). She will be one on June 14th. She is walking all over the place now.
We are also very excited about our new niece and nephews arriving into our family and our country in a couple of weeks. Wendi and Ben, if you read this over there in Columbia we are thinking about and praying for you. Can't wait to meet our new family members!
I will put up some pics as I get them on a disc. We love everybody and are a little homesick over here in Tx, John for LA and me for AL. Please remember us in you prayers.