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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Apartment



Most of you know that after we sold our house, we lived in an apartment for three months. I wanted to document a few things about apartment living on the blog so we wouldn’t forget about our lovely time there:) Well, sort of.

I wrote a lot in my Thankful Journal those three months just so I could stay positive. I knew it was a blessing to have a roof over our heads and it was only for a short time, but I have to say it was pretty miserable. Just to give you an example of how bad it was, Nathan would start screaming, “No, No!” almost every time we pulled up to the gate. I’m not exaggerating. The last time we went back, I took the kids to help me clean and to turn in the keys. Nathan thought we were going back for good and he had a massive meltdown. He wouldn’t get out of the car. Hannah kept saying, “We’re not going back to live here, right mommy? We have a new house, right mommy?” I felt so bad for them. I think we were just so used to going outside to our backyard. We felt confined….even though it was almost the same square footage as our old house…crazy. Our one salvation was that we were near the river and could take walks daily, weather permitting.


Nathan always called this tree stump a horse and loved riding it.


Our neighbors upstairs were horrible. They were a bunch of guys who had dirty mouths and walked stomped around upstairs ALL. NIGHT. LONG. Sometimes, Scott and I would just start laughing in the middle of the night because our circumstances were so frustrating. Our neighbors would be stomping around and yelling, the lights outside came into our bedroom and were blinding making it impossible to sleep, and our room smelled like a smoker had lived there for the past 1000 years!

OK…enough of that. I just didn’t want to paint a false picture of those three months. Even though we knew God was faithful to us and was working for our good, it was difficult.

That being said, we still managed to have some fun.

We hung up our “Give Thanks” banner for Thanksgiving and counted the many ways that God was good to us. As you can see, it stayed up through December when I hung up our Advent calendar. I really needed the reminder to give thanks!


We had our Advent devotionals around our little table and baked our holiday cookies in the kitchen.


Nan even helped us decorate our Christmas tree.


Funny story…see the tree on the right? That was our original tree. We needed a Christmas tree, but I really didn’t want to buy one this year because….well, just because. All our decorations were in storage and we always have a real tree. But one day as we were coming home from a walk on the river, we spotted someone’s tree trimmings. Hannah was so excited. She scooped up as many branches as she could and we proudly carried our branch tree home to the apartment. We put them in a vase and hung a string of Dollar Store lights on them. I thought it was pretty good and the kids thought it was perfect. Nan ended up bringing one of her old trees and we had fun decorating it too.

This was Rudolph movie night. The kids definitely watched too much tv those three months. It was my fault entirely, but sometimes it was the only thing that kept us all sane. Anyway…aren’t they cute?


Well, we closed on our house the 21st of December and were able to move in before Christmas (thanks to the help of friends and family). When we look back to the days in the apartment, we can see God’s hand with us the whole time. He is faithful and good. Even when we doubt Him…even when we don’t think He hears our prayers….even when we are not faithful and grumble against Him. He is faithful and He is good. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Monday, January 14, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving


We were able to enjoy our families for a full week this year during Thanksgiving. It was full of playing with cousins, cooking with grandparents, riding tractors and driving trucks through the pasture…a toddler’s dream!


I love that Hannah is wearing her princess dress while riding the tractor with Dad.


There’s always fresh deer meat around Thanksgiving:)





We love our time at the farms!


Well, the whole family decided to go this time. Scott packed us up and got all the gear ready for a one-night stay at a nearby park. Everything was going great…at first.
We set up the tent…
went on a little excursion down by the water…
skipped some rocks…
roasted hotdogs, made smores, drank hot-chocolate….
and just hung out by the campfire.
They even went to bed really easily.
Piece of cake, right? WRONG. Nathan woke up around 11 o’clock screaming. very. loudly. Then, Hannah woke up and started screaming. very. loudly. So there we were, with two babies and did I mention they were screaming? The campsite was full, so I know we woke everyone up. By the way, it was pretty cold at this point. We were warm in our sleeping bags, but once we were out…it was cold! After about five minutes of screaming and getting nowhere, we decided to call it a night and pack up. I put the kids in the car and drove around while Scott packed everything up…again.
I’m sure the scout troop beside us was so glad a family with small children decided to go camping beside them….sorry boys. Just wait until you make eagle scout and get all your little badges. You will have a family one day and probably think it’s a great idea to take your 3 year old and 21 month old camping. Which it was…until 11 o’clock pm.
We got to the apartment around 12:30 I think. We were exhausted.
But…I have to say, besides all the screaming and driving home late, it really wasn’t that bad. Maybe we’ll try again in the spring. Boy scout troops be warned!

Nathan’s first Haircut

Our little man was sporting a pretty good mullet, so back in November, we decided it was time for a hair-cut. I told her to keep it a little long because I’m not quite ready for him to look like a big boy yet. He sat up straight and didn’t cry at all. He will do anything for a sucker:) They say bribery is ok in all those parenting books right?