February 16, 2009

Seminary/Move Update

Posted in Seminary at 5:41 pm by timin525

Well, as most of you already know, we are still here! Our house did not sell the first time on the market, so we decdied to take a break for a few months. Meanwhile, Tim has been busy doing side jobs and filling out job applications. Anything to make a few bucks to keep us afloat. The Lord is graciously providing and teaching us a few things about trust, faith, humilty, needs vs wants, etc. along the way.

The plan right now is to try to get the house back on the market by the end of March or first part of April. As I am typing this, I am realizing that Easter and Aubrey’s birthday are the first few weeks in April, so we may be better off waiting until those two weekends are out of the way. That way we don’t have to worry about having a showing during a birthday party. We will also most likely list the house with Johnson Reality. They only charge 1/3 of 1% commission and $500 to list it on the MLS. They do the paperwork, we do the rest. With the cheaper commission, we will be able to have a lower asking price and more wiggle room for negotiations.

Since we are pretty much guaranteed to be here until summer, I have also started attending the local homeschool group. It is called ARCHE, Arnold Regional Christian Home Educators. The girls, Aubrey and Norah, both take classes on Thursdays to supplement what I am doing with them at home. I really think they enjoy the social interaction and new experiences, though they both have some anxiety at the start of each class simply because they are not used to leaving mommy. While they are in class, Clara and I walk the track and visit with other homeschool moms with their little ones. So far I am enjoying the social interaction as well! I always like hearing about what other families are doing in their homeschools.

So for now, we are planted here because this is where we are. The hardest part about having our house on the market last fall was simply not knowing. I opted out of activities because I really thought that we would be moving. But now that we are still here, we are getting re-invloved. We cannot live in limbo. The Lord obviosuly wants us here right now, so we are doing our best to live out our calling where we are.

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February 15, 2009

Aubrey’s Dream

Posted in Mommy Journal tagged , at 6:13 pm by timin525

I am pretty sure this dream was inspired by our game of Candyland last night.

Aubrey came up to me this morning and told me that she had a dream. About once a week she tells me about her dreams, but I rarely remember to write them down. This time I am remembering. 

She dreamed that she had a family of real gingerbread men. Real in that they were able to move around and talk. There were 14 of them. They hopped into her hands and she put them in a paper bag. She put a piece of paper on top of them so the little ones could not jump out. She also told me that she put a fan in the bag so that they would have air to breathe. And in her dream she told me about her gingerbread family.

Valentine’s Day with the Girls

Posted in Special Days tagged at 5:52 pm by timin525

Yesterday for Valentine’s Day we opted for a  less expensive celebration. Tim and I made a quick run to the dollar store the night before to get the girls heart balloons and stickers.  We also got them each a carnation, which the girls lovingly call roses. They woke to heart shaped pancakes and the table decorated for Valentine’s day.

For dinner we chose to have a fancy dinner date at home with the girls. We made a very tasty steak dish with rice and stir-fry vegetables. Tim and I had a nice glass of wine and the girls drank white soda out of stemmed glasses. We used our fine china (for maybe the 2nd time) and ate by candle light. The girls and I dressed up in fancy dresses. I even put make-up on the girls and curled their hair. Tim “picked us up” from the bedroom and led each of us to our chairs. The girls had a blast getting ready for their “date.”

As I was putting on my pearls and showing the girls the gift daddy had gotten me for our wedding, I talked to them about how they could wear this strand on their wedding days (plural b/c I have more than one daughter, not b/c they will have more than one wedding) if they wanted to. Aubrey quickly said that she was going to marry Aiden (her cousin) when she got older. Norah followed with saying she was going to marry Kegan (the younger of the 2 boy cousins). This was the first time either of them had ever discussed marriage. Every other time the subject had come up, Aubrey always said that she was not ever going to get married or move away from mommy.

Even though I enjoy having dinner dates with Tim just the two of us, this night with the girls was pretty special. I even want to try to make it a Valentine’s tradition, whether or not it happens on the exact day. I also think that I want to use our nice china more than once every 5 years. I think we will try to use it for our anniversary and maybe even for the girls’ birthdays. What is the point of having it if it never gets used? And by using it, I hope to also show the girls that they are much more valuable than a piece of tableware.

We topped the night off with ice-cream and brownies with hot-fudge and a game of candyland, the girls’ new favorite. They were in bed and asleep by 9pm (thanks to a birthday party at barron’s gymnastics) and Tim and I were able to end the evening with a movie. It was a memorable Valentine’s Day. I definitely did not feel stifled by our limited budget. In fact, I feel like we would not have enjoyed it as much had we been able to spend more money on a dinner out. And I am glad we included the girls in on our celebration. It is never too early to start showing your girls how a guy should treat them on a date.