Wednesday, April 28, 2010

First Wagon Ride


Today I went back in the archives of the picture files to share a memory with you all.  I was needing a baby Molly fix, so I went back 2 years, almost to the day to share these of Molly.  It was her first time in a wagon and I was so excited to see her getting pulled around.  However, now seeing these pictures, all I can think is why didn't I put a bow in her hair?! 

Monday, April 26, 2010

Digging Out, well, Not Really

Just checking in with you fabulous people!  We are buried in boxes, messes, and piles labeled: "I will deal with that tomorrow!"

Again, thank you all for the prayers and warm wishes on our house endeavor.  Like I said before, we are not very dramatic people, but this whole experience has been pretty dramatic from the start to the finish.  We are supposed to close on Friday, fingers crossed!

We get immediate occupancy after the closing, which I am so excited about!  The first thing we want to do is rip the carpet up in the living room and see what type of condition the hardwood floor is in.  I am praying that it just needs a good scrub and polish.  I will keep you all posted!

I keep making lists of everything that I want to get done before we move in, keyword...WANT.  Then I realize that we have a while to accomplish everything.  I mean we plan on living there for a while.  I guess not everything needs to get done before our stuff claims ownership of the house, just most of the list needs to get done :) 

I am sure my in-laws can't wait for us to move in.  They have been holding onto some furniture for us.  Which I am very excited to finally have a home for it.

Well, that's about it from here.  Back to work, counseling clients, and packing!  Have a great Monday!

Friday, April 23, 2010

I wish I could...

*I wish I could tell you all how everything with the house has seemed to finally work out
*I wish I could tell you that one of the banks is taking less money and paying to update ALL of the electrical work at the house
*I wish I could tell you that I am beyond excited to be moving out of this aparment
*I wish I could tell you that we are going to pick out paint colors today and look at flooring
*I wish I could tell you that we are organizing and packing up our belongings
*I wish I could tell you how happy that I am that Molly will finally have a backyard all to herself
*I wish I could tell you all of this, but I won't, oh wait, I just did!
**Thank you for your prayers and encouargement!  
If all goes as planned we will be out of here by our deadline!!**

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wednesday Walk- Our First Date


Today for my memory I stealing borrowing from my friend, Steph.  She was reminiscing about her first date.  I thought it was really fun to hear her story, so I figured I would use that as my memory today too!

Our first date was August 19, 1999.  It was my half birthday that day and I have got my learners permit that morning.  I am not sure who technically asked who out, but our parents were in the same Bible study and it was Eric's parents turn to host it at their house.  So I think we both were like, well we will just hang out during the study.  I remember my parents let me drive to Eric's house and I think they both thought they were going to die!

Once we got there, Eric and I decided to go to the reservoir, and then to a movie.  The reservoir was fun, we just walked around and talked.  I have no idea what we talked about, but I remember thinking I was the luckiest girl in the entire world.  I had a crush on Eric since I was in third grade!  We both fought like cats and dogs with each other growing up, and sometimes at church we each had to be talked to.  Then we went to the movie "Brokedown Palace."  I remember really liking it and then looking over to find Eric totally, 100% asleep!  I didn't want to get mad since it was our first date, and he didn't really want to see the movie, but I was still like "Hello, this is our first date!"

Things slowly progressed after our first date, we took our time getting to know each other and spending time together, and with our youth group friends.  Then on Nov. 7, 1999 we made it official, whatever that means in a 15 year old mind.  But it was official friends, and we have been ever since!

PS-Eric still falls asleep during movies and TV!!

 

Monday, April 19, 2010

I needed that...

Have you ever had one of those days where you read something and you think, "whoa, I needed that!"  Well I did today.  It's funny how only 140 characters, thanks Twitter, can impact your life and make you think all day long.  Here is what I read...

"Don't let the circumstances that are outside of your control keep you from trusting the God who is in complete control."

I read this after Pastor Steven Furtick retweeted it from another Pastor at Elevation Church.  I first heard of Elevation Church from my sweet blogging friend, Stephanie.  I won a worship cd she was giving away from her church, and since then I have been following Pastor Furtick's blog and his wife, Holly's blog.  Anyways, back to the quote...

I feel like these words ring true in so many areas of my life, especially during the times I throw myself  "a life's not fair pity party."  Which sadly has been a lot lately.  I still trust God, my faith has not waivered, however, I have times I think I can do something on my own without even acknowledging God who is trying to help me.  Or realizing that I can't control it all, but He can, and He will.  

So here is some encouragement for you all today, no matter what you may be facing in life.      

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Saturday Sunshine

Good morning all!  I pray that each and every one of you has a fabulous weekend!  We are planning on doing the same.  Today it's just me and Molly.  Like normal :)  I used to not like the idea of Eric using Saturday as a work day, but I have grown to love it and I cherish my time alone with Molly.  Even if by the end of the day I want to pull my hair out-thanks newly found "I got it!!" stage that we are going through. 

The sun is out and shining brightly.  I love this weather.  It actually feels like a Fall day, but at least the sun is shining.  I think today Molly and I are going to check out a new consignment shop I saw yesterday when we were driving home.  It looks like a Goodwill type, so we will see.  I am not necessarily sure what I am looking for, which can be dangerous!  Actually, I would love to find some cloth napkins.  My friend, Courtney was blogging about switching to all cloth because she didn't want to be wasteful with all the napkins and paper towels they were using.  She is way more green than I am!  So that got me thinking, my family does use a lot of napkins, and sadly even more paper towels!  But I am not sure I can commit to doing the laundry like every other day to wash all of our cloth napkins (the imaginary ones I am thinking about purchasing!).  Any one out there use cloth napkins?  Thoughts, opinions, ideas?

Then I think we will hit the park up.  Molly could stay outside all day if we let her.  Which if we had a house, I totally would.  She loves to run and be free.  She loves to explore and try new things, like picking flowers, digging in the dirt, anything that is creative and imaginative.  Which the whole house thing is one crazy mess, but I am trying my hardest to remain optimistic and hopeful we will find something.  Our Realtor sent us like 100 listings to look at yesterday.  We expanded our search to areas that we like, just not our first choice.  But I know God doesn't really care what our first choices are, it's His choices that we need to be open to. 

So my quick Happy Saturday has now turned into a not so quick read!  Well, Happy Saturday to you all!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I jinxed it...

I feel like it's a common theme on my blog to apologize for being a "bad blogging friend."  So, sorry!  Here's what's been happening this week that has had my mind somewhere else...

Monday- We had our home inspection on the house.  You all knew that...some things came back that needed fixed ASAP and needed a good amount of money to fix them.  We prayed, thought, sought other people's advice and felt good with the decision to fix the problems and continue on with the house process. 

*Side note-Eric and I did not want to go ahead with the house plans until we had everything signed on the dotted line from every party involved, and we had an official closing date.  So on Saturday we gave our 60 days notice to our apartment manager, and we confidently told her we would be out of here way before our 60 days is up.  And if they could rent our place out, then by all means do so!*

Tuesday-As Eric is waiting at the house for an electrical guy to come give us an estimate our Realtor calls and says the first lender has now backed out of the deal.  What the what?!  I am not exactly sure what their exact reasoning is and how it's legal, we are still looking into all of that.  We know what they told us, but something seems way off.  So now we are left with what?  We aren't sure. 

Wednesday- We give the first lender (remember there is 3 we are dealing with) until today (Thursday) at 5pm to make up their mind.  In the meantime we had to cancel our appraisal on the home, and it looks like we are out the three hundred or so dollars the home inspection cost. 

And our landlord calls to tell us that they have someone interested in our apartment and renting it around the time we were over confindently for sure going to be out by.  3 weeks friends, 3 weeks from now! 

Thursday- We called our Realtor with some houses we recently (last night) found online that we may be interested in looking at.  The new renters are coming tonight to check our place out.  Eric is still confident we will find a house, move out, and make our 3 week deadline.  Me-not sure, but I am trying to remain optimistic.  I know you all are thinking tell your Landlord what happened, they will understand, yea, I am all for that, it's my husband who sees the dollar bill signs and thinks the quicker we are out the sooner we stop paying rent. 

So it's been a little bit of a roller coaster this week to say the least.  I really thought we found the one, our perfect little house.  To now find out we probably will have to start looking again, well, seems very defeating.  I get emotionally attached to things very easily.  That's why house hunting is extremely hard for me.  I get attached to these houses we look at for 5 minutes and see our future there.  Odd, huh? 

I really feel like we are pretty low key, boring people, and try to refrain from any drama in our lives.  But when it comes to house buying we are pretty dramatic!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Home Inspection

Today we had our home inspection on the house we would love to buy...some things the inspector told us we were not surprised by and other things well, we were a little surprised.  Now we are weighing out the options of what to do.  Since the home is bank owned, it's being sold "as is."  So no one is going to pay to fix everything, no one but us!  Eric has been calling around trying to get some estimates for the slope in the yard, and some electrical issues. 

It's tough because we truly love this house, and I honestly feel like it would help our ministry out so much in the hospitality area, and also just being able to meet with people more comfortably.  I never realized how many people didn't like going to apartments.  But if we fix everything we deplete our bank accounts.  Dave Ramsey would not be happy with us! 

Please pray for wisdom and discernment...we really need it. 

I wish I had some other exciting things to share with you all...but we are just plain old boring people!  Have  a great Monday!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

I may jinx it...

I have been very hesitant to mention anything on here about our recent house hunting...I was afraid I was going to jinx this latest endeavor.  But now I am thinking that my thought process is silly and I am going to spill the beans.

Literally the day I found out I was miscarrying the baby back in January we had a meeting with our loan guy, and our realtor.  I think Eric and I both wanted to feel some sort of normalcy, so we went ahead with both meetings.  We did not mention to either guy what was happening, literally at that moment.  So we got re-approved for our loan, and set up a time to look at some houses.  Last year we tried and tried to buy a house, but nothing ever worked out.  We seriously put in like 5 or 6 offers, and nothing.  So we took that as a clear answer from God to stay put in our apartment and just wait.  That was really hard for the both of us.  We had a house that we loved so dearly in Cincinnati, then when we moved here we figured apartment living would be temporary.  Boy, were we wrong!

I should not complain because the apartment we live in is nice, safe, and the rent has stayed the same for over 2 years.  We are bursting at the seams, but I think it feels cozy here.  So back to the house hunt.  We started in Jan. and we immediately found a house that we both loved.  It's funny because it's in a smaller town in the big city of Milwaukee.  It's hard to explain, but it's like Mayberry in the middle of New York City.  The people who lived in the house are older, and got way behind on their mortgage.  For this I feel awful, but for us, it's a good opportunity.  So the house was listed as a short sale.

I am not even going to get into all of the junk we have gone through for the past 3 months, but it was a lot of junk!  We literally just got everything accepted this week, and we are set to close on April 26!  Hallelujah!  I actually will believe it when we have the keys in our hand, but I am trying to be optimistic.  Tomorrow we are meeting with the loan guy again to finalize everything and start the process of signing our lives away.

I really like the house, and the location.  We really are paying for the location, but that's what they say, right?  The elementary school Molly will go to literally is at the end of our street, we are about 6-7 houses away from it.  And the middle school and high school are literally on the other side of the elementary school.  There is also this cute, little historic downtown where everyone in this town can be found, so we hear.  That's where the post office, library, town hall, coffee shop, little diner, everything is down there!  We are only 3 blocks away from it all!

So please keep this whole deal in your prayers if you remember.  I think it will help us come full circle in a way in the healing process too.  Initially when we saw it online we knew we were going to need another bedroom, then when we put an offer in on it, we didn't necessarily need another bedroom because of the miscarriage.  So in some odd way, it just feels right to be there.  Not sure if any of that made sense, but oh well.

Hope you all have a great Friday!  We are trying to stay warm, it snowed here today, boo!!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A girl and her ice-cream


Spring is in the air, well somewhere it is, not here any more!  Today it's wet, cold, rainy, and a "I want to sleep on my couch while watching movies kinda day."  Instead I am at the church office plugging away for Sunday.  But for my memory today I wanted to share about a wonderful summer tradition that our family has, and I am sure yours does too...eating ice-cream!  Nothing says Summertime like ice-cream, or up here, custard.  When I was younger I loved going out for ice-cream, it didn't matter if we were really lucky and had Dietsch's (you Ohioans know what I am talkin about!) or if we went to the Jolly Dipper or we called it the Jippy Dipper.  I love ice-cream!  I love the way it cools you down on a hot day, or when you are having a bad day it makes you feel a little bit better.  I love that you can order it so many different ways-cone, cup, shake, toppings, plain, etc.  I love how I could go on and on about ice-cream.  Instead, I will share some recent Molly ice-cream pics with you all.  I know my girl loves it as much as I do!



Happy Wednesday to you all!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Like Mother, Like Daughter


There you have it folks...Molly and I matched on Easter!  She did have a cute green sweater like mine, but since these pictures were taken after church, the sweater was buried in the car, under all of the stuff we cart back and forth between the office and the school.  So picture Molly wearing her cute sweater like mine! 

We gave Molls her Easter basket on Saturday night because Sunday mornings are so crazy, and one of us would have missed her opening it.  I really debated on whether to give her a basket or not.  I felt really torn about what is this teaching her, you know all of that Christian Mommy guilt.  In the end I opted for the basket, there was not a lot to it, a book, a crown, stickers, and pajamas, but we also read the story of Jesus from the Bible and really tried to talk to her about the meaning Easter.  Since she is 2 1/2 it was diffucilt and I am not sure she got it, but at least we are trying a new tradition. 

Today is a great day in the Brew City...it's the Brewers home opener!!  For all of you non-sports fans, baseball starts today!  I love the Brewers, and going to the games are so much fun!  I am sporting my new Brewers t-shirt I got at Wal-Mart for $5.00, and I love it!  We also are having a terrific weather day right now, but tonight all the rain and storms roll in for the week, boo-hoo!  I guess it can't be beautiful all of the time!  Enjoy your Monday!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Weekend

Before I share pictures with you all I just want to say how excited I have been all day reading everyone's blogs, tweets, and Facebook updates about how wonderful Easter was.  I am so blown away at how much God's people can accomplish across the world on one day.  Wouldn't it be wonderful if every Sunday was like that?

I also had a great Easter weekend.  It started off with some good Friday outlet mall shopping!  It was a wonderful girls day out and I think I need another one real soon.  Eric preached at a Good Friday service Friday night.  I was so bummed that I couldn't go.  I always go with Eric whenever and wherever he preaches, but the church he was at had no childcare.  That was not going to fly with Miss Molly.  I could totally envision her running up on stage while Eric was up there.  She would too!  So we stayed home and sent him good prayers while he was preaching. 

Saturday Molly and I did nothing, like absolutely nothing.  Well, we did go outside and take these...

I figured while the sun was out and shining we would take advantage of a nice day!  The forecast for today called for a chance of rain, so I wanted to make sure we got some good pictures before the rain.  Which of course, it didn't rain at all today!  Oh well!

Then on Saturday, before this photo opt...Molly decided it would be a smart idea to pick the cat up, no problem right?  Well, she picked him up upside down.  Billy did not like that, not at all!  His back claws got her poor little face.  See...
I was so nervous that he literally scratched her eyeball, but he didn't.  At least we can't tell if he did or not.  I am sure he didn't.  So Molly cried for a couple of seconds, then she yelled at the cat, "No scratching, Bubba!"  Then she tried to pick the cat up again! 

Today was a wonderful day at church for us along with everyone else in America.  We had a ton of people come and visit The Ridge, which was awesome to see so many people invite other people to experience church with them. 

Then after church we came home and relaxed, and it was so nice!!  We did nothing, and it felt awesome!!  So I leave you with some boringness tonight!  I will be back tomorrow to show you what Molly and I wore to church today, despite Eric constantly rolling his eyes at us! 

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Lately...

Here has been our life lately in pictures!
We finally let Molly ride the train at the mall!  Molly has now become way more obsessed with the poor cat than ever before.  Poor guy keeps getting picked up like 20 times a day, but he is a trooper!  And lastly, our menu for our appreciation dinner and where we dined.  The picture of the dining room was from after we ate.  It looked way more fancy than what it does in the picture!  Enjoy friends!