Archive for September, 2009

we’ve got shingles!

Posted: 09/30/2009 in house

oh what an exciting day!

thank you SO MUCH to:

the dad’s: tim and denny. the brother in law’s: anthony, ben and tim (tim, i know you want to be here and are here mentally and in spirit! :)). friends: russ and jason. uncle: gene.

i hope and pray someday we can bless each of you the way you have blessed us!!!!

for my own future reference, the shingles are owens corning duration driftwood.

she’s here!!!

Posted: 09/30/2009 in family, ukraine adoption

introducing my new niece, anya ardyth!!!!!!!!!


this is henry’s older sister. she just got back from ukraine yesterday. we had a wonderful time greeting them at the airport. words can not describe the emotions that happen when we meet them at the airport. *sigh* wouldn’t dream of missing it! cameras can’t capture it, they only get a glimpse. i hope you at least see a part of what we experienced. πŸ™‚

i want to say too, anya took quite a tumble just before she came home. she hit her head and her nose, chin, lip, got pretty Β banged up. poor thing! so i attached some “older” pictures of her too so you can see what she really looks like! πŸ™‚

we are so in love!! she is 4 years old. she is such a lil lady. she will sit there with her hands folded neatly in her lap just looking around like a lil old lady. she even pulls her sweater over her like a lil old lady. LOL oh i just love her to pieces. she just makes me laugh! her laugh is SO contagious! she is simply gorgeous! Β anya is special needs, we are still learning what all her precious needs will be. but, one thing i will be reminding myself of constantly – we all have special needs! some are just more obvious than others but they are there.

if you have any questions on adoption, feel free to ask. amanda (my sister, anya’s momma) is an adoption coordinator for and can answer any of your questions.

i’m sitting here thinking and poking around on the computer doing mindless things. checking on blogs. getting up-to-date on facebook… wondering if all this work was seriously for $70!!!!!!? i opened the garage sale yesterday as soon as i was ready and closed around 6:30pm so i could run and get groceries… i’m up early this saturday morning ready to open up my garage but it’s pouring. what to do, what to do. my signs are all still out. everything is in the garage. i can open, but will anyone come?? what a bummer! i guess i’ll leave this set up for next weekend too. *sigh* i’m thankful for the ability to make some money back on junk we’ve accumulated over the years, but this is. not. my. favorite thing!

we’re had a lot going on here.

eric has been working in osky with my dad (another thing i’m extremely thankful for!) and lizzie and i have been driving him on the days we are able. we enjoy spending the day with aunties, cousins and gma and of course i get some of our groceries there so i usually have to do some shopping too. this week we got the car fixed (the blower was out and made this horrible squeal noise!)! this will make early morning drives to osky much more comfortable! it’s really cold at 5:30am!!! (we didn’t have any heat or ac) i’m REALLY anxious to get to osky this week. πŸ™‚ i’ll tell ya why later. πŸ˜‰

i’ve been reading a lot this summer. i’ve been borrowing books from the library and mom. they are a super team. mom will buy the first book labeled a novel and then they will put out a sequel and she forgets about how good the first book was by the time the second comes out (a BIG negative to buying books when they come out!). but so far, i’ll get hooked on it and can’t do anything else til i get the second book and i haul off to see dianna at the library and she’s got it! shwoo! this has happened a couple times. she’s saved my hubby $20 so far. πŸ˜‰ Β my latest is kristen heitzmann secrets and unforgotten. good stuff! not the typical christian romance novel. i’m telling ya, good stuff.

lizzie is HUGE. have i mentioned that? she’s in 3t clothes and size 7 shoes. sorting through all her baby things for the garage sale really emphasized her huge-ness. *sigh* where does the time go? oh yes and for the record, the toddler switch, switched on a couple days after her 2nd birthday. whoever told her how toddlers are supposed to misbehave is gonna die! Β no, in truth, we’ve just been running around here like chickens (ya know, with no heads) and haven’t been spending the time together, training, cuddling, loving, reading… so that’s on the agenda this week. reset those boundaries, re-stake this tomater. that is, before i. kill. her. πŸ˜‰ just kiddin. it’s not that bad..

on the home front. we’ve decided not to move into the basement til mid october. why? because there is currently standing water in my basement. yep, we haven’t been able to finish the sheeting and roofing since all it’s done this week is rain (or so it seems). so i’m SO thankful for a dry roof over our heads and will patiently wait until my hubby gives us a green light to move. it may be a very chaotic week coming up, but i just bought a new bottle of l-theanine so i should at least be able to remain somewhat calm. πŸ™‚

have you noticed there’s a TON of negative news in the media right now about vaccines (so i’ve heard from the internet)?! crazy! it’s been a while since they’ve spun the negative stuff… two that i’ve noticed highly broadcasted as deadly vaccines are the gardisil and swine flu. i’m thankful for this. but sure wish the media would just keep their hands to themselves still!!! there always trying to convince someone of something. so thankful we don’t watch tv and i don’t feel this influence anymore! πŸ˜€

welp, even though it’s currently raining harder now than when i started this post, i’m gonna hit the shower and pray for the best! πŸ™‚


the duggars

Posted: 09/23/2009 in family

not too long ago i felt like i spent the better part of two days defending this fine family when they announced their most recent pregnancy.

i stumbled across this and find it really interesting! πŸ™‚ thought you all might enjoy it! i sure did.

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off to thank the duggars!

whole house water filter

Posted: 09/22/2009 in health, house

i wanted to tell you about our new whole house walter system.

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my sisters and parents have had theirs for quite a while now but we are just now installing one in our new house. i’m really excited! we’ll also install an ro system under the kitchen sink so we won’t be lugging culligan water 5 gal refills to and from walmart every week. WOOHOO! πŸ™‚

here is where we purchased it. this is what i ordered. i ordered it and it came 2 days later. seriously! they are super fast!

if you order from them and link them on your blog you will receive a $5 off coupon. πŸ˜€

lizzie faith got a present from grandma penny this morning.

it was love at first sight!

this new puppy has already gotten roughed up a bit.

he has been fed strawberries.

been squeezed-to-death during nap time.

and simply been dragged through every room of the house doing whatever lizzie faith is doing. if she’s sitting at her mini-me table, doodle has his own chair; if she’s drinking milk, you better believe doodle got a sip… my favorite is when she just sits and pets his head and back and stares in his dark brown eyes.

he’s found a lil place my heart too. he’s really really cute!

we think his name is “doodle” it comes out more like “dooder” when lizzie faith says it. she calls him “puppy” more than anything else so we’ll see what sticks.

we’ve had a really fun day so far.

auntie colors and her crew (plus henry) called and sang lizzie “happy birthday” over the phone. she was all smiles during that. since then we’ve sang it at least 20 x’s. it’s SO funny to hear her sing it to herself while she tootles through the house. lizzie even got a shout out from ukraine. she’s one popular girl. πŸ˜‰


what a difference a year makes. i haven’t cried… yet. how can you when she’s constant giggles and smiles.


Posted: 09/21/2009 in lizzie faith
early oct. 2007

early oct. 2007


september 21, 2008


september 21, 2009 where has the time gone?


Posted: 09/10/2009 in me

me in a nutshell during the day…


me in a nutshell at night…


exciting, huh! don’t you wish you were me???!

this happens every time i get really really stressed. my pathetic immune system just can’t keep up and i CRASH! i’m seriously surprised we are this far into home building and i’m just now crashing. what a blessing that is. here’s prayin’ that this is the last time i crash while we are home building. who wants to bet i crash again the week we are moving into the basement???!!!

the stress is more than simply building a house. will you pray with me that my husband finds work (he’s a self employed contractor)? we’re doing our best to trust and follow God’s lead during this time. Β but your prayers are coveted!


Posted: 09/08/2009 in lizzie faith, parenting

ok, so you all know that my family spoils me loves me. this is NOT totally new information.

heather and her family just got back from canada. i’ve never been but someday i think it would be really fun to travel!! she came back baring gifts! very COOL gifts might i add.

ikea is awesome!

i checked their US website and NO you can not order these! πŸ˜₯ they are such a good price too – it’s such a shame!!! i want more. yes, i’m being greedy! πŸ™‚ but seriously $1.99 a package (each picture). that’s just unreal!!! the kiddos LOVE them too!

i don’t know what else to say but that i could spend HOURS looking at their website drooling. is this healthy? not. at. all.

THANK YOU, heath!!! you’re totally awesome! πŸ™‚


Posted: 09/07/2009 in house

oh goodness! what an exciting day!!

thank you to EACH OF YOU that helped today (NOT just on the house either)! what a fun and blessed day! *sigh* it’s so nice for all the family to be back in the same country! i missed you guys!!!

ps another REALLY exciting thing – our concrete house will be in the schuyler county times at some point. Β keep an eye out for the article.