Thursday, January 16, 2014

Playing Nurse

Landon was feeling a bit under the weather last weekend.
On Sunday morning he declared that his throat hurt and he couldn’t go to church.
And that boy did lay around all day long.
If Landon lays around, you know he’s not feeling well.

By Monday about 6pm, Steve started to feel something come on.
That night, he got a high grade fever while he was sleeping.
Tuesday, he attempted to go to work and was back home again before noon.
He’s been home ever since.
Fever. Chills. Achy-ness. Headache.

I’ve been loading the kids up with herbs.
And hoping. Praying that they don’t get sick!

This afternoon, I was getting ready to go to the Apple store for a workshop.
I reached down to the couch to get something and tweaked something in my back.
Man oh man!
I am in serious pain.
A tweak.
A pulled muscle.
I have no idea what I did, but I’m in pain!

I’ve been sitting in the recliner ever since.

Thankfully no one’s sick ... and they can all go to CC tomorrow.
But I, on the other hand, may struggle to be able to 

Not sure what I’m going to do.
Hoping and praying I sleep it off!

Monday, January 13, 2014


This precious girl is FOUR!
I’ve been trying to tell her ... I’m not ready for her to be four.
She did not listen.

And we had great fun celebrating her.
On Saturday the 11th, we went to the P’s house for lunch ...
then to see a matinee of Frozen.

She wanted a Frozen birthday.
Besides the movie, she got --
a “frozen” cake - my attempt at an ice cream cake
a Frozen book
a Frozen coloring book
and all the Frozen figures

Then naturally, she got Minnie Mouse ...
an outfit from Richie
footies from Aunt Shawn
and an outfit from me

On Sunday, Erin Shay came to visit us.
Because of my miserable failure of an ice cream cake, 
I just had to make another one ...
complete with the Frozen figures on top.

Then, on Monday, her bday, she got to choose her favorite meals.
Breakfast - milk, graham crackers, and peanut butter toast, not toasted
Lunch - macaroni and cheese and hotdogs
Dinner - chicken and tater tots
And I took her to the Rec Center pool!
The rest of her presents arrived from Amazon.
So, she got to open 2 more presents.

Liberty is such a sweetie.
She gives the best hugs.
She loves to play with Sawyer, and have Shiloh sing to her, and have Landon there to look out for her.
She still loves to have her warm cup of milk every morning.
She loves to sing. 
She loves to do her preschool work.
I can’t imagine our lives with out her.
She is truly a gift.

Friday, January 10, 2014

First Haircut

On Monday, the 6th, Liberty got her first haircut!
My baby is almost FOUR and it was time.
Her baby hair was regularly a tangled mess.
But it’s always so sad to cut off that hair.
Of course, I saved a piece, just like I did with the other three.
She’s a big girl now!

Thursday, January 9, 2014


I’ve been planning a trip to Haiti in February.
Back in October, I had quite a few ladies interested in going with me.
At one point, there was -
    a nurse
    a massage therapist
    a metal jewelry stamper
    a photographer
    a french speaker

By the middle of December, it was just me, Shawnie (the massage therapist) and a gal from Colorado Springs (a photographer).
I was still excited to go.

The Apparent Project has grown since I was there last January.
Shelley added a smoothie bar, pottery, and metal art.

But as my conversation unfolded with Shelley over email,
I learned that she has moved more into an business administrative role.
She’s not working with teams anymore.
And that includes me.

She suggested that if I want to go there, I should talk to Ted.
I don’t know Ted.  He and his wife have recently joined AP.
I’m sure he’s a great guy.
But Shelley is the one with whom I want to spend time.
She has made it clear that she won’t have time to spend with me.

I’m feeling quite disappointed.
I was really looking forward to it.

I’ve been looking into other options and seeking out another possibility.
Maybe India.
Visiting Lydia Project in Hyderabad has been on my list.
So, I’m starting to gather information and look into the details.
It would be a super short trip.
I could probably only be gone for 10 days.
But I’m hoping.
And praying.
And waiting.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


During Christmas break ...
the days seemed to drag on as the kids spent far too much time
fighting and disobeying.
I was frustrated.
Frustrated with them for their bad behavior.
Frustrated with myself for getting so frustrated with them.

As we were nearing the end of a very long day, 
I realized that I wasn’t hugging my kids enough.
I rarely laughed.
I was easy to irritate and hard to please.

So, I came up with an acronym.
L is for laughter.
    Simply stated, we just need to laugh together more.
O is for outings.
    We need to be intentional to spend time together, 
    doing something fun.
V is for voice.
    We are practicing to use our voice to affirm each other.
    Every night at dinner, we go around the table and tell each other one 
    thing that person did that day that was good, sweet, or thoughtful.
E is for embrace.
    Hugging.  Using our hands and arms to hug, not push or hit.

It’s probably been better for me than for the kids ... and it’s a huge step in the right direction toward helping me focus on my love for each of them and the time I have with them, instead of being frustrated by their misbehavior.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Family Game Night

In 2006, when we were living in Kalispell, Montana,
we decided to start a weekly tradition of 
Friday Night Pizza/ Movie Night

Home made pizza.
A movie, of the kids choosing.
Sometimes Steve and I watch, and sometimes we don’t.
But the kids love it because they get to eat in front of the TV.
And they get to drink an Izze.

Well, this year, I decided it was high time we added
Sunday Night Family Game Night

Our first night was January 2nd in Cuchara.
We played Outburst Junior.
The kids loved it!

Last night, I taught them how to play Bar Dice.
Although it seemed that there was more wrestling going on than playing the game ...
it was good fun.

I feel compelled to start a night like this before the kids aren’t interested.
It’s good bonding and good fun!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

In the Stillness

If you’ve ever been to my house, you know it’s anything but quiet.
There’s very few moments of stillness.
But stillness is not just lacking in my house.
It’s this place we call home.
The busyness of life keeps us from being still.

“Be still and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations, 
I will be exalted in the earth!”
Psalm 46:10

“And after the earthquake a fire,
but the Lord was not in the fire.
And after the fire, the sound of a low whisper.”
1 Kings 19:12

If there’s one thing I need to practice, it’s being still.
It’s slowing.
It’s listening.

I know God speaks.
But I don’t often hear.
It’s in that place that I know I can hear God speaking.
His voice is the lifeline.
His voice brings clarity.
His voice renews and restores.

Oh to practice stillness.
It is a fine art.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

A Year in Review

Liberty Cate turned 3.

We started Embracing Orphans, a branch of Mavuno Market.
    We visited Estes Park to find a location 
    for our 1st annual ladies retreat.
I went to Haiti from the 24th - 29th with Mom, Marian & Debbie Butera.

I turned 42.

Steve turned 43 - and we spent the weekend in Cuchara.
Easter!  It came early this year on March 31st.

Embracing Orphans (now Passion for Orphans) retreat
Classical Conversations Memory Masters
The Sound of Music - Shiloh’s 1st play!

Sawyer turned FIVE - complete with a celebration at Elitches!

Shiloh turned TEN.  She chose to have a pool party!  Followed by a
    present scavenger hunt and cake at home with the family.
Vacation Bible School

A week at Granby Ranch, near Winter Park.

A day at Castlewood Canyon with our dear friends, the Wilsons.

We celebrated our 15th anniversary & got away to Evergreen for 2 nights.
After much driving around, we went camping for one night, in a 
    campground just south of Sedalia, a mere 40 minutes from home!
We started school on the 19th! - an early start for us.

Steve starts a new job!  @ MSI as a Community Manager.
Heritage ladies retreat in Estes Park
Mavuno Market goes to Albuquerque
Landon turns NINE and we celebrate in Cuchara!

Mavuno Market 2nd annual fundraiser
A week at Disney World with the Stuckys!!  
    And we got to see the Torgrimsons.
The Rock harvest party

Mavuno Market craft fair season
Thanksgiving at the Rock
We started installing our floors!

Christmas plays
Murphy comes to live with us
Ice skating
CC pretzel log cabin craft day