Friday, December 4, 2009

It's more like a slumber party

Oct 11We had a special evening with mom and dad last night as our two month stay with them came to an end. All of our boxes are in the garage and basement and our mattresses are in the bedrooms. All appliances save the oven are installed, but we should be okay with the microwave oven for awhile. We only need to be without it for a couple more weeks.

They're wired for their first night in the new house!

Tomorrow's the big day!

Oct 10

The kids started unpacking their boxes that arrived this weekend. They haven't seen some of their beloved toys in months.
Aunt Jayme sent a house warming gift - a yummy candle from her shop in Boston! We'll light it tomorrow - our first night we sleep in our new home.

Helping hands

Oct 6"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." Ecclesiastes 9:10

Our reno .4

October 3cleaning up the backyard a bit

The new color goes on in the family room

The little ones hang out

Oh, and we have hens and roosters off the backyard

Our reno .3

Sept 26painting over this shocking color

I'd rather drink in the outdoor view.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

He's two months today

Sept 17

Mmmmm - delicious!


Sept 9

Wonderful warm weather warrants water wildness!

Our reno .2

Sept 9

We get new floors and bathroom fixtures.

The silver lining

Sept 8
It has been emotional for me to not be able to nurse my babe. But the silver lining is that his precious sisters, brother, Daddy, grandparents, aunts, have all had the blessing of bonding with him in this way.
But I still can't wait to try nursing again. Hopefully it will be soon!

Sunshine and books

Sept 7
The sunshine is so perfect in this window. So good for reading.

And still we wait

September 1"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint."
Isaiah 40: 31

We are still waiting for the new house to be done so we can move in. The six of us are living with mom and dad which is such a blessing. It is fun being back in my childhood home though stressful at times because of space constrictions. Everyone is making the best of it and it is very peaceful most of the time.

While it is frustrating to be dealing with bank and contractor delays when we are so anxious to be in our new home, God has allowed us to see His hand in delaying all of our plans this year. I became very ill a couple of days after Oliver's birth and for the past seven weeks have battled with my health. Living with mom and dad enabled me to avoid hospitalization and for Josh to keep working when he had no more time off.
Everything had a purpose - from our building project falling through at the first of the year, to the 60+ houses we looked at, to the four houses we made offers on and lost, to the foreclosure we finally bought where a three week renovation turned into a 9 weeks and counting reno . . . - everything seemed to be pushing us toward the inevitability of living with mom and dad for awhile. And while He didn't have to show us, we now know why.

Mom, thank you for your tireless, perfect care while I get my health and strength back.

It isn't that complicated

August 24

The husband (Jamie) of my sister (Jayme)'s best friend (Darlene) flew Jayme (my darling sister) from Boston for her (Dar's) birthday. Did you get that? Isn't that sweet?

So we got to see Jayme again and she got more cuddle time with her newest nephew.

Making butter

August 21

step 1. skim the cream off the top of raw milk

step 2. put the cream in a jar with a tight lid

step 3. shake. alot. (or roll. Keeping the cream in constant movement, your butter should begin to form in about 10 minutes or less. The whole process, depending on the amount of cream you start with should take 30-45 minutes.)

step 4. separate the butter from the butter milk (set buttermilk aside for a recipe that calls for it. If the milk was fresh, it should last about a week to a week and a half.)

very suddenly it seems, your butter will turn a bright yellow.

step 5. rinse the butter

step 6. spread on homemade zucchini bread that just came out of the oven

step 7. refrigerate in a glass container for future use. Keeps up to 10 days if you don't eat it all sooner!

He's one month today

August 17

making funny faces

August 16

and then . . .
Oliver thought he would try it.
He's a quick study.


August 11
It's the last day in their "life house" as Noah calls it. They each say good bye to their rooms.

All projects are complete. (Not without the priceless help of family and friends).

The house is clean and ready for the tenants to move in tomorrow.

It was a day I had looked forward to for so long - and it was finally here. This day was such an answer to prayer, and yet I was a little blue (no pun intended since we're all wearing blue in this picture, a complete coincidence.)
My two eldest babies were brought home from the hospital to this house. My youngest two were born in the pale green bedroom upstairs. We lived here for ten years. It was my first home with Josh, my first place out from under the roof of my mom and dad.

Yes, it was a bittersweet day.

But I'm looking forward with great expectations.

Cookin' in the kitchen with someone special

August 5Aunt Jayme!

Home from Boston to see Oliver.

Baking brownies.