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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Totally Overwhelmed

There are a ton of houses on the market here.

Actually, I am sure there are a ton everywhere.

I thought it would make it easier to find something. It does. But there are too many choices at this point. WAY too many.

So I am overwhelmed.

The plan (as of today) is to put an offer on a short sale that's a great deal. This house will be a total long shot because there are already 8 offers on it, but if we're supposed to have it God will work in incredible ways to make it ours.

If we don't get it (which we are expecting) then we'll continue to look until God does open the doors.

And, hopefully I won't go completely crazy while we wait.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Live From

Oregon!

We're not living here full time yet, but we are in that really awkward-crazy-unorganized in between phase. The offer we put on the first house wasn't accepted (Praise Jesus!) so we're still looking. I was feeling very anxious at the thought of moving into that house, so I'm just relieved it didn't pan out. God has something different for us.

So, if you could please pray for this housing situation to be ironed out I'd really appreciate it! Even if we don't move in until September, it would be nice to know there is something on the horizon.

Love you all!

Take care,
Jenni

Friday, June 19, 2009

Worth Your Time

This is a great read. Totally worth your time if you're interested in adoption, know someone who is interested in adoption, are adopted, are going to adopt, have adopted...you get the idea.

Do me a favor and go here to read this. I promise you won't regret it.

Good News

WE HAVE RENTERS!
Just thought you all would want to know.
(Me grinning wildly).
Have a great weekend. I know I will!
Love,
Jenni

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Goings On

Mark and Theo when Theo was sick.

Tate when he was sick. Notice the two different shoes (one on the wrong foot) and the garden gloves. Pretty darn cute for feeling so crappy.


Theo relaxing on the couch. I know his sleeper looks psychedelic, it's really just stripes.


My Cutie Pie yesterday before we went to a BBQ.



Happy to have found his toes!

So, here's a quick update on what's been going on in our lives:
1. We put an offer on a short sale house. We really low balled it, so I think it may be a while before we hear anything back. Luckily we aren't attached to it, so if we don't get it I won't be too sad. We figured with the low offer we are leaving God room to work. I have to keep reminding myself that it's not a competition if someone else puts an offer down-we put what we're willing to pay and there's no need to overpay. Sometimes my competitive nature gets the best of me.

2. Our renters ahem, squatters (normally I would hesitate to label people so negatively, but when you skip paying the rent for two and a half months without vacating the property, you are officially a squatter) are gone. The house is not trashed (thank you Jesus), and there are a few people interested in renting it. Hopefully we'll have something worked out very soon.
3. Mark's job is going well. We just miss him. It will be nice to be able to be together again soon. The drive is getting tedious for him and I hope for all of our sakes that we get a house soon.
4. My brother Stephen, gets home from Hawaii tonight. He hasn't met Theo yet, so I'm really excited for them to meet. Theo is named after Stephen (Theodore Stephen).
5. My nephew from Texas is coming up for a visit! I think he'll be here on Saturday. It will be great to see him again. Tate adores him, and can't wait for Peter to be here so he can play.
Well, that's it. I've got to go and vacuum Stephen's car. I hope life is going well for all of you!
Love always,
Jenni



Monday, June 15, 2009

Laundry Detergent

Seems to be working well.

It's super easy, anyone can do it!

Here's what you need:

-5 gallon bucket with lid
-1 bar of soap
-1 cup of washing soda (I used Arm and Hammer)
-1/2 cup Borax

(I got all of my stuff at Fred Meyer)

1. Boil 4 cups of water. While you're waiting for it to boil, grate, cut, peel, or whatever the entire bar of soap. I used the potato peeler, but next time I will grate it.

2. After the water starts boiling, turn it down to simmering and add the soap shavings. Stir until it's dissolved (you'll just have a big pot of soapy water).

3. Put 3 gallons of warm water into the bucket.

4. Add the washing soda, soapy water and Borax. Stir to dissolve everything, and let it set overnight.

Mine turned gelatenous, and works great! I also read that it can be watery, but works just the same. Let me know if you make some and how it turns out.

For pictures that accompany the directions, go here. This is where I got the idea, and those are the directions followed. He also does a cost benefit analysis, and tests the detergent to make sure it works. Thanks, The Simple Dollar!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Tomorrow

I am going to try and make my own laundry detergent.
The savings are incredible, if it works.
I'll keep you posted!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

And the other one

Has an ear infection.


Yessss.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Resolution 2009 Update

I'm sure you're on the edge of your seats wondering how my New Year's Resolutions are going.



Here goes:



1. Be in the Word every day: It's really hit and miss. I'll do great for a week or two and then have a week or two where it's not a priority. I'm still working on it. I am getting up early to have a devotion more often, though. I'm also doing well reading other books. Currently I'm reading Wild Goose Chase (thanks to Heather and my Dad) and I'm LOVING it. I'm still working through the Prophets, and loving it. I think the biggest problems is that when I get up early, so do the boys. We'll have to continue to decide how to fix that.



2. Printing Pictures: Doing alright, actually. All of my pics are organized on my computer, and as a good deal comes up, I print. I'm pretty happy with that, I just wish there were deals more often.



3. Debt = Done. Enough said!

4. Spanish: That's been a ton easier since our trip to Nicaragua. With Mark understanding some of the basics, it's easier to try and communicate! Tate also picked up several words while we were there, and is doing well at integrating them into conversation.

5. Exercising: Also going well. I have 6 pounds to be where I was when I got pregnant with Theo, and then another 10-15 after that. But I'm steadily losing. I ran on the treadmill for the first time in a LONG time yesterday and it felt great.

6. Supporting Mark: I think this one can be a day by day, or even a minute by minute thing. We're living 5 hours apart, and he's working really long hours to get established in his new job. In order to support and encourage him, I've done my best to make sure there are meals ready for him to take to work, and I think it helps that I'm not down there. It's a lot easier for him to justify working 10-12 hours a day when he's not worried about us making friends, etc. We're still looking for a house and once we have one that will also ease our troubles. We're also still hoping to get someone in our house, as the renters are being evicted this week. Please pray for that. I am still struggling a little bit with not being frustrated by the hours he's putting in...I know it's necessary and he needs to establish himself as a good worker, etc, but it's hard when we are missing him so much.

So, still have a long way to go, but I am excited to say that I believe this coming up New Year, I will NOT have to make a resolution to lose weight, or get out of debt, and hopefully my devotionals will be more of habit.

Flossing and bed making went really well until we moved into my parent's house in April. I have hope that I can start up those habits again.

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Tate goes back into the doctor for a recheck today. Hopefully we'll get the good news that he's almost over his pneumonia. It's been really rough the last few days because he's just tired all the time but is bored of sitting around! The TV has been on almost constantly (which NEVER happens in our house) so that's been a bummer. But, when he's sick I don't feel so bad.
That's about it. I'll keep you posted on renters/us renting or buying/ Tate/etc.
Take care,
Jenni

RIP Richard Quick


Growing up, I was a swimmer-everyone in my world knew of Richard Quick. He coached some of the biggest names in swimming, and everyone loved him.


The swimming world has lost an icon today.


But he's in heaven! Richard and his wife made it known that they love Jesus, and I know that he's in heaven sitting somewhere near the river of life helping others perfect their backstroke.


May God comfort his family while they mourn.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

In case you were wondering...

We're still alive.

Some of us more than others, but we're here.

A quick recap:

* On Friday we left for Oregon to spend time with Mark and look around at our soon to be home.
* Sunday we found a church that we absolutely ADORE! There's a really active Spanish community there, too!
* Monday Tate starts coughing.
* Tuesday Tate runs a 104 degree fever, and lands in the Emergency Room.
* Tuesday afternoon Tate is tested for Malaria (no results yet), H1N1 (swine flu, negative), and Pneumonia. He has Pneumonia.
*Tuesday night/ Wednesday morning Mark and I (along with help from our wonderful parents) drive from McMinnville to Snohomish so we don't infect my grandparents.

Today we just relaxed and Tate is feeling better. It looks like it's the bacterial kind of Pneumonia and not the viral kind (praise the Lord!).

So, things are going better for us today. Hopefully in the next few weeks I will have a post saying we have a place to live!

Love you all, thanks for your prayers.

Jenni

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Potty Training

Potty training is taking longer than I had hoped.
Tate is very possessive of his new potty.

Now I just wish he would use the darn thing.


(That said, we've yet to have another incident with Jazzy consuming Tate's fecal matter, so that's something, right?)




Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Thoughts

So, originally I was thinking that I wouldn't post on anything other than Nicaragua related stuff until I got it all posted.

Then I realized how stupid that idea was.

If I only post on this trip now, it would be worthless. The whole point of going is to create lasting relationships, not once a year friendships. If I only think about Nicaragua for the next couple of weeks while I blog about it, I'm putting God in a box and not letting him grow me. I am convinced that God is going to continue to grow us, and the relationships that we're building in Nicaragua are going to continue to grow, too. I want Nicaragua to be a part of my LIFE, not just the last month.

So, instead of allowing myself to only exist in a little box, I'm going to be messy. I may post about Nicaragua today, and then not for a couple days, and then maybe post about it again every day for a week. I have a ton of experiences to share, but I'm not ready to share all of them yet. And since this is real life, I may have a week where the kids there are on my heart a lot and I will need to share that, and there may be times I don't write about them, too. Not because they aren't on my heart, but rather because I'm not ready to share.

Anyhow, that's what I've decided. I just thought I'd pass that along.

Take care!
Love,
Jenni