Thursday, March 28, 2013

Thankful Thursday


It's been way too long since I've done a Thankful Thursday post, and since it's Easter week I figured now is a great time. In pictures, here are some of my top thankful things this week.

1. Prickles. Was there ever a doubt in anyone's mind that I love this stinking hedgehog? Just look through any post ever, or any picture on my phone. Odds are she's in there somewhere.

2. The thought that spring might be on its way. Possibly. And even if it's not, sunrise shots always make me think of the verse from Lamentations 3:

21 This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.
22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.


3. My new door! This might seem silly to some, but our door has been redneck-ified since the day we moved in over 2 years ago. We had this huge metal security door that was all rusty and didn't close right, so we took it down and we FINALLY got a new one put up. It was my christmas present from the in-laws that I can enjoy just in time for the warmer weather. Seriously, I've never been so in love with an inanimate object!

5. I'm thankful for my family. I hate that I live 9 or more hours away, and I sure am missing them like crazy this week. Especially my beautiful mom :)  We are all nuts but we love each other and we always have fun. As evidenced by this lovely outtake from my wedding pictures. I had no idea the photographer was snapping away while I fixed my dress, or that my brother was back there pretending to lick me. It makes me smile every time.

(for those of you who don't know me in real life, those are all my brothers)
Left: My mom 
Right: my brother & my dad

And, it wouldn't be Easter weekend without all of the grace that has been poured out for me in the first place. So, today, I'm taking a moment to remember what happened all those years ago today....where Jesus was arrested, beaten, humiliated, and put on trial for me. I'm taking a moment to be thankful for His obedience even to the point of death for a sinner who will never deserve that kind of love. I'm choosing today to look at this life, even all of the hard stuff and the sad stuff and the bad stuff, as a gift. Because it's only because of His grace and mercy that I'm breathing, that I am loved, and that I'm free to worship Him for what He's done for me. I'm saying this for myself more than anything: Don't let this Easter be about the egg hunts or the baskets or the candy or the presents. Let it be about the gift of life that was given through one Man's death. 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Making it a Home

I don't really talk about this much on here but people who know me in person know I love to do crafty stuff. By that I mean all kinds of random things. I'll sew, paint, hammer, and just create stuff pretty happily whenever I get the chance. I would have to say that the main reason I don't blog about stuff that I work on is that I pretty much stink at taking before photos, and I never really follow a specific plan, so I can't give you a tutorial for the things I do.

But then I realized, hey...it's my blog and I can write about whatever the heck I want to! Even if I don't have a lovely tutorial or good pictures.

So, here's what went down this weekend.

First, we got to have some hang time with our favorite kiddos in the world. (And no they aren't foster kids, we were just babysitting for our friends). Who doesn't love some early morning hedgehog watching? I share a lot of pictures of the hedgie when she's happy, but that ball of spikes on the right hand side of the picture is Prickles (aptly named) when she's less than thrilled with us for waking her up.

Ok, going back to the house. How do I let every post get hijacked by the hedgehog?

So I have had several things on my to-do list for a while now. This weekend I decided to get started on framing out the huge mirror that is in our bathroom. We have an older house that we are s.l.o.w.l.y. updating as we get the funds, and it's mostly a DIY adventure. My ongoing theme is "use what you've got". So, in the spirit of using what we already had, we decided that instead of replacing the nasty old mirror that was already up in the bathroom, we would frame it out. And by we, I mean I. The Hubs took one look at that thing and said, "Good Luck!" and left me in the trenches.


Also please notice the lovely pink and gray tile that this particular bathroom is sporting. The other one is mint green. You see what we are working with here? It's fantastic. Eventually we will demo the tile but that's not in the budget right now.

This is the mirror before we did any work to it. Well, actually, this is not a complete before picture. The real before picture would show you that when we moved in, there was a HUGE, ugly, brass mirror frame on here that was actually holding the mirror up on the wall. It was a very heavy ornate thing with built in cup holders and brass roses all over. Pretty to someone I guess, but not our style.

I tried to google a picture of this mirror frame in all of it's glorious ugliness, but since nothing came up, I took the liberty of re-creating it.
 I have NO idea why someone thought it was a good idea to put cup holders on a mirror frame, but they did. I guess it's to hold your water cup for rinsing your mouth when you brush your teeth. Now I wish I had taken a picture just so you know I'm not lying about this sucker. It was intense.

 When I took these pictures, we had already removed the frame and re-hung the mirror up on the wall.
If you look closely in these very poor quality and blurry pictures, you can see that there are scratches all around the edges of the mirror. That's the reason we needed to frame the mirror out with something else. The heavy brass frame had rubbed dings and scratches all over the edges of the glass that were ugly and distracting.

In order to make a new frame, I headed to Lowe's and got some of this really cheap MDF framing stuff. Don't ask what it's real name is or how much it costs because I have no idea! I also got a miter box and a saw and the little corner pieces so that I wouldn't have to make any angled cuts. Because let's face it, I didn't do so hot in any type of math class, especially geometry.

A couple of hours and some liquid nails later, the mirror was looking good as new! Well, it still looks a little redneck because of the tape holding it in place, but that's gone as of this morning. I just didn't get any after pictures. See why I haven't posted about any of this before now?! No before pictures, and no after pictures. Just some random, middle of the process shots!




But I will say, if you tilt your head to the left and squint a little, it's looking pretty good!

*Also, please keep in mind that this is not a tutorial. If you want to do this the right way or even in a way that ensures the mirror doesn't potentially come crashing down in the middle of the night, please consult a professional. Or at least another blog.


Monday, March 18, 2013

Our Weekend Was CRAZY

It's been a while since I've posted about anything not foster care related, so today is just a post about some crazy weekend stuff.

It started on Saturday night when we went over to a friend's house to watch the UFC fights. We had a great time and it was all pretty uneventful. We got home about midnight and went to bed. Then I woke up at 3:30am to a screaming husband. And when I say screaming, I'm talking SCREAMING. There was no warning, just peaceful sleep and then apparently he had searing pain.

He kept yelling in pain, and it took me forever to figure out what the problem was. He was running back and forth to the bathroom trying to throw up from the pain but he couldn't. Finally I figured out it was pain coming from his right side, right around where his appendix is. After about five minutes of him repeating over and over "I'm so scared I think I might be dying" I decided he wasn't faking and it was time to go to the ER.

We got there and they listened to him moaning and screaming in the waiting room for about half an hour and then moved us up on the waiting list as a priority. (I think he was scaring all the little kids that were there with the flu at 4:00am). Once they got us back in a room and got an IV started with some pain medicine, he was able to calm down enough from all the thrashing around that the doctor could look at him. She ordered a CT scan and we found out that he had a wicked kidney stone slowly working its way out.

I think at that point we both breathed a sigh of relief because I was convinced they were going to have to do emergency surgery for his appendix. Thankfully we got off easy with just an ER copay and a prescription for some pain meds. After spending the entire night there, we got home at 7:00am and he passed the stone no problem.

We spent most of the day Sunday trying to add to the 2 hours of sleep we were running on. It was exciting but I decided I'd rather not do it again.

The rest of the weekend consisted of me doing a ton of yard work. As I was raking the leaves out of a very neglected flowerbed I found a pile of straw. I thought that was weird since we don't have straw in our yard anywhere, so I raked it up and as I got deeper I started finding fur. I realized it was a bunny nest with tiny babies in it!

You can't see them very well in the picture, it's mostly ears and feet everywhere, but I didn't want to disturb them anymore than I already had. I'm just hoping that I didn't mess the nest up so badly that the mom decides to abandon it. I don't know how in the world you would raise orphaned rabbits. Anyways...that's all of our weekend craziness.



I'll leave you with a random hedgehog picture: (this is how she cuddles with me- inside the hood of my jacket)


And my favorite quote from the Hubs while he was in pain at the hospital;
"IF THIS IS HOW BAD IT HURTS TO HAVE KIDS I WILL NEVER PUT YOU THROUGH THAT!! WE CAN JUST ADOPT!!"

Haha thanks babe.



Thursday, March 14, 2013

Update on Hope

I feel like a more appropriate title would be, "We Are Still Completely in the Dark".

I'm calling this an update just because I haven't posted one, but the reason for that is that we are really still very much out of the loop.

The sister did not go to her grandmas house today. Since grandma is from another state, there is more that has to be done before the judge will send her to live there. Grandma has to get a homestudy done (and pass) and there is a lot of extra paperwork.

At this point that's all the concrete info I have been given.

If I fill in the blanks with speculation, I would say both girls will probably be moved to a foster home that will take them both. Then, if the sister ever does go to grandmas, that family will still probably keep Hope.

At this point we are moving on (at least mentally) which is a relief. Now we can look forward to new placement calls.

Of course if they ever did call us about taking Hope back we would do it in a heartbeat. Like a hot NY minute.

But for now, I think I'll go paint something and clean the house. Maybe I'll enjoy the quiet and pretend I didn't want a baby today anyway thankyouverymuch. :/


Update on the update: both girls are going to a home together. While it's sad that we wont get Hope back, I'm glad knowing that they are going someplace safe. Also, we found out about a TON of drama that is happening with this case (people are suing each other and there are accusations of crimes being committed) so we are happily out of the circle of crazy.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

No News...

...is good news right? I hope.

Because as of now I have NO news. I don't know how the meeting went and I'm not sure where the girls are right now. No one will answer or return my call. Not anyone who knows anything anyway.

I think I am going to have to wait until Thursday to find out what happens in court to find out where the girls will go.

Keep praying please!!

I'm a nervous wreck. This is the longest week of my life already. I know that sounds overly dramatic, but one guy's decision on Thursday decides what happens to these girls and whether or not I will ever see Hope again. Ah!

No matter what happens, God is still in control. I'm repeating that a lot lately ;)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Join Me?

I have been on my knees for the last few days. I need you to join me. Would you pray with me for Hope?

There has been a situation developing that I am choosing not to share the details of here. The short version is that there has been some yucky stuff going on at the foster home Hope was moved to. She and her sister are kind of in limbo right now. I don't know what will happen or where they will go.

There is a very important meeting today at DCS, and there is a court date on Thursday that will decide what happens with Hope's sister forever. Whatever happens on Thursday will have a direct impact on Hope and where she can and will go.

I'm hoping there is a chance she could come back to us. It seems impossible, but the verse that's been echoing in my head all weekend is a direct reminder from Him:

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26.

And then this morning, when I was thinking over how important the meeting today is and how badly I want to go up to DCS myself and fight for my girl, I was given this verse:

"The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still." Exodus 14:14.

Wasn't that my word for the year anyway? Selah? To be still and worship.....

Easier said than done. He sure is giving me lots of opportunities to practice.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Gatlinburg

We are out of here! Sunday school class is headed to Gatlinburg and we are along for the ride.

Feels like a great weekend is coming!!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Missing You




Today I'm missing moments like this:




And this:


And especially this. 
Because that's how she sleeps. 
The same way I sleep. 
The same way my dad sleeps.



And it kills me that I can't show you the cute pictures...