31 August 2008
Welcome song around the salmon pit.
Isaiah and I doing the drum dance.
This group was swimming in a pack and swirling all over. One was definatly ADHD...lol...he was going crazy.
28 August 2008
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25 August 2008
Tomorrow I start school! I don't have a class until Thursday, but since I am a newbie, I have orientation on Tue. and Wed. from 8:30 - 4pm. It sounds kind of fun, and if we (the freshmen) go for both days, we get to go on a whale watch! Our kids don't start school until next Tuesday, Sept. 2nd.
21 August 2008
After goofing off and sitting around all morning, I got out my sewing machine and worked on a blanket. After lunch we (the kids and I) went everywhere. First to my school. Tuition is due tomorrow, and I didn't find the elusive "money for military spouses to go to college" funds, so I went in to the financial aid office to claim my first student loan of $2000 for tuition and books, Uggg! I am taking two classes. Elementary Algebra and Communications. I have classes everyday. M, T, TH, & Fri. I have Math for an hour, and M, W, & Fri. I have Communications for an hour (right after math on Mon and Fri). The classes are in the morning, and I am done before lunch each day. After filling out the paperwork for the financial aid office, I got my picture taken for my student ID card. While I was filling out a form online for the student loan, Caleb casually says, "Mom, did you know that you have a huge hole in your pants?" !!!! I totally had a four or five inch rip in the back of my (favorite) jeans! I had been using a computer that you had to stand up to use, and it was right infront of a row of chairs. I had been leaning over to read what was on the screen, and there had been other people using the chairs before Caleb came over and sat behind me! I have no idea when the rip happened. I never heard it or anything! How embarassing! So instead of going to the bookstore to get my books, I had to drive all the way home and change.
After that, we did go to the bookstore to get my books. Three books (one used two new) $220. Uggh again. What was funny though, was the looks on my childrens' faces when the lady announced the total. It was pretty priceless. "But Mom! It was only three books!"
Next we drove to the DMV and I got my picture taken for the second time to update the address on my drivers licence. I never got a Hawaii drivers licence, so I just drove around with our old Juneau address on my licence for three years. I also ran upstairs to Darwin's office to get the iron and ironing board so I can finish the blanket I sewed today. We also went to the fabric store to get more vinyl for the chairs, and I got one extra cell phone for our family. I realized that with Darwin gone, if I needed to go anywhere, and needed Brooklin to babysit, we don't have a home phone (and aren't getting one) so there would be no way to get ahold of me if something went wrong. It is not her phone, but we did need one for that kind of stuff, and it was only $10 more a month for another phone, and the phone was free to boot.
Now we were off to get me some new jeans. I don't have that many pairs of pants. Only like three pairs now that the favorites are ripped. I bought two pairs of Levis at the "mall" and then we ate at the pizza place and went to the library to get our library cards. We checked out a few books, and then came home.
Now for the no Darwin part. Dar flew to Anchorage this afternoon for work. He is supposed to be back on Friday or Saturday. I wasn't ready for him to leave us this quickly. Oh well, I'll live...and probably get far less sleep than I need, but that's how it goes.
I guess that is all for now! Sorry this was boring (except for the ripped pants story...lol).
20 August 2008
Isaiah on the climbing wall
London on the "fish ladder"
Caleb stopped just long enough for me to get a quick shot of him and then he was off. Notice the totally cloudless, blue sky! It is so beautiful!
The house came with a hot tub! Kind of exciting. We haven't tried it out yet, but once we get more things settled, we will fire it up.
This is just the stairs and the shed...
I'll have to go and take a few pictures today when more of the stuff is put together, and try to post them tomorrow. I really don't want to share the giant mess on here, lol.
18 August 2008
I got this from my mom, and it really made me think. God has been so patient with me, and I never give him enough credit for all that he has blessed our family with. So many things seem to be falling into place, and I have been so scared that they wouldn't. We signed on our house today, and our closing costs were almost $1000 less then we anticipated, our monthly payment is $300 less than I thought it would be, and the sellers accepted an offer that was $15,000 less than their asking price. Talk about throwing us some pennies! (You have to read this to get it.) I am grateful that God is watching out for me. I have so little faith, it is pathetic to me sometimes. He always comes through for us, not always in the way we anticipated, but he can't make it too easy or we would never be humbled...to thank him daily for the blessings he sends our way. This is the story I will remember whenever I see a penny on the ground, and will try to remember to trust in God everyday.
You always hear the usual stories of pennies on the sidewalk being good luck, gifts from angels, etc. This is the first time I've ever heard this twist on the story. Gives you something to think about.
Several years ago, a friend of mine and her husband were invited to spend the weekend at the husband's employer's home. My friend, Arlene, was nervous about the weekend. The boss was very wealthy, with a fine home on the waterway, and cars costing more than her house
The first day and evening went well, and Arlene was delighted to have this rare glimpse into how the very wealthy live. The husband's employer was quite generous as a host, and took them to the finest restaurants. Arlene knew she would never have the opportunity to indulge in this kind of extravagance again, so was enjoying herself immensely.
As the three of them were about to enter an exclusive restaurant that evening, the boss was walking slightly ahead of Arlene and her husband.
He stopped suddenly, looking down on the pavement for a long, silent moment.
Arlene wondered if she was supposed to pass him. There was nothing on the ground except a single darkened penny that someone had dropped, and a few cigarette butts Still silent, the man reached down and picked up the penny.
He held it up and smiled, then put it in his pocket as if he had found a great treasure. How absurd! What need did this man have for a single penny? Why would he even take the time to stop and pick it up?
Throughout dinner, the entire scene nagged at her. Finally, she could stand it no longer. She casually mentioned that her daughter once had a coin collection, and asked if the penny he had found had been of some value.
A smile crept across the man's face as he reached into his pocket for the penny and held it out for her to see. She had seen many pennies before! What was the point of this?
"Look at it." He said. "Read what it says." She read the words " United States of America "
"No, not that; read further."
"One cent?" "No, keep reading."
"In God we Trust?" "Yes!" "And?"
"And if I trust in God, the name of God is holy, even on a coin. Whenever I find a coin I see that inscription. It is written on every single United States coin, but we never seem to notice it! God drops a message right in front of me telling me to trust Him? Who am I to pass it by? When I see a coin, I pray, I stop to see if my trust IS in God at that moment. I pick the coin up as a response to God; that I do trust in Him. For a short time, at least, I cherish it as if it were gold. I think it is God's way of starting a conversation with me. Lucky for me, God is patient and pennies are plentiful!
When I was out shopping today, I found a penny on the sidewalk. I stopped and picked it up, and realized that I had been worrying and fretting in my mind about things I cannot change. I read the words, "In God We Trust," and had to laugh. Yes, God, I get the message.
It seems that I have been finding an inordinate number of pennies in the last few months, but then, pennies are plentiful! And, God is patient..
17 August 2008
So anyway, we are grateful we had a place to stay, and especially that it had a full kitchen, so we didn't have to eat out everynight, and that the Coast Guard paid the bill, but we will never be staying here again.
This evening, we went on a short walk with the kids on a trail by the airport. We tried to find a geocache, but came up empty. =( There was a really creepy guy on the trail, so we didn't stay around and explore the area very much and luckily, no one won the dog poop award this week, yeah!
One thing about everyone.
Darwin: He seems to be at work longer and later here and has more phone calls about work. It could also be that we are all used to having him around all the time, and need to remember what it is like to have him working.
Melissa: I went into Joann Fabric on Friday, so Brooklin could get a little project to work on to keep her busy. I walked out of there with 60 yards of 20 different fabrics that only cost me $88!! They were having a really good sale, and I totally scored!
Brooklin: She went to girls camp here from the 4th to the 11th of Aug. and had an absolute ball. Her favorite things were kayaking and making new friends. She sang the songs she learned at camp so much, that I had to "hide" her camp songbook.
Caleb: We went walking out in the harbor in Douglas on Friday night, down all the docks, and found Caleb's best friend's family's boat. They have lived on it for the past four years, and we had heard that they were moored up in Douglas for the summer. They just happened to be home, and we got to catch up with them. His friend wasn't there, but his friend's brother and mom were home, and it was so fun to see them again.
London: She is being a good girl. We had to buy her some new pajamas this past week, because she is aparantly growing, and they were just way too small for her. She is almost as tall as Caleb!
Isaiah: We had to explain to him this week, that it wasn't ok to pat grown ups on the butt when greeting them. We would greet someone we hadn't seen in three years, and then while chatting with them, Isaiah would be walking around behind them and whacking them on the hiney! We kind of do that at home...kind of like love pats, and so I guess he thought that was how you said "Hey. How ya doin'. What's new?" He did this to a friend of ours in the store, and then he did it to our loan officer, who is a great big dude! It was getting really embarrassing.
Well, no pictures again, but this week we should have a few to put up. We get to sign papers on Monday; move in, go to a cub scout potluck, achievement days (London), and mutual (Brooklin) on Tuesday; and register the kids for school on Friday. We are leaving Wed and Thurs open to get a little settled. If I don't post for a week, you will know why!
14 August 2008
On Aug. 1st, Sally (our adoption worker) called me and told me that she thought she had found our baby. I was at Wal-Mart, and was a little in shock. She was going over to meet with her as soon as she got off the phone with me. After the meeting, she called and gave me her name and number. I called and talked to her, and it sounded good. I tried to call her two days later, to see how she was doing, and she didn't answer. The next day, I tried again to call her, and she didn't answer again, but called back about 10 min. later. She saw she had missed a call and was waiting for a call back from a hair dresser, and thought my number was it. She didn't want to talk to me, and got off of the phone really fast. I called Sally, and she said to go ahead and send her a little care package, but that the woman (who is 37) had kind of changed her mind, because this may be the last chance she has to have a baby, and was thinking about keeping it instead.
On a much happier adoption note, my brother Joel and his wife Lila got a call on Monday, Aug. 4th from their adoption worker. A birthmother had chosen them and wanted to meet them the next day. She had already given birth (2 weeks previous) and if the meeting went well, they would be bringing home a son on Tue. the 5th. The meeting went very well, and they were able to bring Calvin home that afternoon. They had less than 24 hours notice! One day she was at work, and the next day she was a mom! They started their paperwork back in Feb (I think) and had just finished it up in June and only had to be in the waiting pool for 8 weeks! We are so excited for them. They have been married for 4 1/2 years, and have been struggling with infertility. We are so grateful to their birthmother, for helping them to become parents. It was just an amazing story. You can read their story by clicking here. The first picture (on their blog) is of their birthmom with her baby, and the other one is of them with their new son.