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life in a mini van 0

House Tour!

This is the final week without Vladik here. I know that no matter how hosting goes or what our relationship with Vladi ends up being, we will never be the same after. Each child we’ve hosted has changed us all as a family. I cannot describe the impact they make on all of us. Our hearts break for them, we love them, we struggle alongside them, we say goodbye to them and send pieces of our hearts back with them. My...

RIP Mouse. 0

RIP Mouse.

The mouse was successfully dispatched the following night. Rosie got up in the morning and went in the kitchen.  I heard her scream, “A dead mouse!  Inside our kitchen!” She grabbed my phone and took a picture of it and brought it in bed to show me.  Indeed, it was a dead mouse on the kitchen floor. Ada got up to look at it, screamed and ran back in the bedroom to tell me it had tiny eyes/legs/toes and A REAL...

The Dream House. 6

The Dream House.

The Dream House…! Saturday, November 03, 2012 I don’t think I’ve written about this–we’ve been casually getting our house ready to put on the market and looking around for the house we want to buy. I wanted a house with several acres at least, and enough space so that our family could grow. We had to rule out building a house because we found out we needed something like 30% downpayment to buy land.  With Tyler’s work situation and being young...

A tour of our house. 1

A tour of our house.

(iPad typing again, excuse any errors.  It doesn’t spell check or let me correct because I can’t scroll down in the editor.) I am suddenly so busy. I don’t like being this busy.  It’s stressful.  I’ve had a lot of photography business, which I thought I wanted.  Now I’m not so sure.  I just don’t have time to take care of the kids, homeschool, ENJOY the kids, take care of pets, do all the chores, cook all the meals, run all...

Speech Therapy and Debt Consolidation. 1

Speech Therapy and Debt Consolidation.

Rosie has her speech evaluation tomorrow at our local elementary school. I’m kind of nervous!  I wonder what it will entail.  Rosie is nervous too, more so than I am. She has trouble saying her R’s.  They are like W’s.  She also can’t say the letter J, she says a D sound instead.  Like “dam” for “jam” or “poil” for “pearl”.  “Girl” sounds like “gal”.  She’s improving slightly as she gets older, but she still has such a baby voice compared to her peers. ...

Another No. 2

Another No.

Disappointing. Again! The farm was almost perfect.  We really liked the house. However…the 10 acres has no road frontage.  How, you might ask, would you get to your house if it doesn’t sit up on the road?  Oh, well you have to drive up the neighbor’s driveway, then open the gate to their field of donkeys.  Drive through the donkeys, then open another gate where the driveway ends.  Then there’s sort of a car path through the field up to the...

Blast Ended Skrewts, etc. 2

Blast Ended Skrewts, etc.

This little guy has been hanging out on my front porch in the garden bed for a week now.  I love how expressive bugs are when you get up close. Hard to tell from this macro picture, but this is a baby praying mantis just a little larger than my thumbnail.  Rosie and I had so much fun stalking him.     I love the way they cock their heads to stare up at you!  I happened to notice that his eyeballs can...

A Bigger Farm? 2

A Bigger Farm?

I’ve found one more house that we *really* like.  It’s 15 miles from Tyler’s work, but that’s still only about $80 a month in gas compared to the $300 per month we spend now. This house is on 10 acres of beautiful rolling pasture.  Right now it’s a cattle farm, judging by the pictures online.  (The property taxes would be about $1,000 a year. Not too horrible.) Tyler and I both really like this one.  It’s only three years old, so hopefully...

Not it. 3

Not it.

Oh my. This was NOT the right house. I think a hoarder lives there.  It was *nothing* like the pictures.  The ceilings of the upstairs bedrooms were so low, combined with the sloped walls…it was claustrophobic.  Not only that, there were no closets! The clutter was everywhere.  We could barely see the walls.  There were huge deer heads and stuffed turkeys all over the place downstairs. The cellar/basement had a damp floor with clutter mildewing in it. The big barn outside...

The Little Farm House. 1

The Little Farm House.

Tomorrow morning we’re going to look at a perfect little farm house.  It’s an 1800 sq. ft house, sitting on 7 beautiful rolling acres with a big 30×50 foot barn that has electric.  The property is only 8 miles from Tyler’s work.  Right now we spend at least $300 a month in gas and his commute is an hour.  Can you imagine living 8 miles away!? This farm, this house…they are exactly what I’ve been dreaming of since I was little. Tyler...