Saturday, January 23, 2016

Coffee date

These two girls got a special coffee date with mama for memorizing the ENTIRE first chapter of James in the Bible. I was never good at memorizing and I must confess to having some serious doubts as to how this would go but the kids have done great. I am so impressed at their hard work (although a special treat of their choice as a reward doesn't hurt!). 

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Trick or treating

When you have this:

You get this:

We have got to have well over ten pounds of candy. And no, the kids don't get to eat it all. 😉

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Where on earth are we?

That is a very valid question. 

It is also one I find challenging to answer. Of course, I know where we are. But it is not exactly where we expected to be when we packed up eight people, a dog, and a cat. 

We've spent the last seven months living in my in-laws' partially finished basement. They have been so gracious to allow us to stay with them while we wrestled with housing. 

Housing is rather difficult for a family of eight, apparently. We initially planned on buying a house. But all of the houses that were large enough (meaning they had four bedrooms where at least three could fit two twin beds) had no yard whatsoever. We finally came to the conclusion that it would be best to build a new house. With that in mind, we purchased 35 acres east of Denver. The location is ideal for Mark's commute and we'll be part of an established community who have already been so neighborly when we've been out to play on our land. 

And then we hit a roadblock. 

We did not purchase land until we had done due diligence as much as possible. We found a builder we liked, drew up plans with an architect, and made sure building would be within our budget based on estimates from our builder. After we purchased our land, our builder came back with a firm bid that was $100k higher than the initial estimates. That was a no-go. 

We've since found another builder whose firm bid is in line with our budget but there are still several obstacles. In the meantime, we've moved into a four-bedroom apartment on the southeast side of Denver. It's great to have our own space again and to have the kids in their own beds (most of them have been sleeping on the floor the last several months!). The kids are excited because the complex has a pool and playground and they've rediscovered all of the toys that have been packed away. 

Overall it's been a good summer. We've celebrated four birthdays here and already fit in a visit back to Missouri for camp, doctor appointments, and visits with friends and family. Alex has started growth hormone, Emily has started her palate expansion, and we've joined a homeschool group in south Denver. Here are a few pictures from the last few months (and yes, that's Emily with coffee!). 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Heading west

The big news of the new year for us is that we are moving to Colorado!

Mark has accepted a job in Denver and will start in early February. The kids and I will move when our house sells (so if you know of anyone looking for a 6-bedroom, 3-bath house send them our way!). Our Colorado family is super excited to have us closer and our Missouri family is a little sad. We have lots of mixed emotions too!

We've been busy cleaning house and getting it ready to go on the market. I'm working hard to trust God with all of these changes and the crazy chaos of trying to sell a house and move with six kids. Prayers are always treasured and appreciated!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy new year!

"All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you."

--Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings

Monday, December 29, 2014

Post-op yet again

Well we made it about a year. Emily had surgery this morning to do some scar tissue repair from her previous surgeries. Her orthodontist needed the extra tissue removed before we can start her palate expansion. Surgery was supposed to be in January but I asked to be put on a cancellation list so we could get it in under this years' deductible. I'd say that's a bad reason, but if we have to do it anyway better do it economically! 

Sleeping off the meds...

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Emily's prayer

We have prayer at the end of our morning reading and it's always insightful.

Emily: "God, please help mama's cold to go away so she doesn't cough or sneeze or blow her nose...and the snot running down her nose should probably stop..."

It continued for a few more minutes and I wish I'd had an audio recording (as I usually wish with Emily's prayers!) but after that phrase I had such a hard time not laughing that I stopped listening closely. Laughing would have caused me to cough and need to blow my nose...and apparently have snot running down my nose.