Wednesday, March 30, 2011

cyber lost

We are at our new house but it doesn't have internet connection until April 8th. So I won't be here in cyber world for awhile. I also won't be getting any emails until then so if you want to get ahold of me call my cell as we also will not have a phone at our new house until April 8. :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spring Break

We now have renters for our house. Didn't take long. :)

Yesterday when we heard we had potential renters wanting to come in and see our house I and the kids went to work cleaning our house. They were fairly good sports about spending hours of their spring break cleaning with me, so I told them today I would make it up to them. So we met friends at Chuck-E-Cheese and played for hours. Then we met more friends at Tangled at the Northern Lights theater for afternoon fun. Ben and Ethan are now on their way to a Blazers game (free tickets) and Alicia and I will start on laundry soon. :)

Tomorrow should be low key and then Thursday Alicia takes of with a friend for a few nights at the beach. Sunday at 1 we are moving our "stuff" into the new house. So if you are wanting to see the house you could come help us move. :) haha

I may never get to go somewhere fun for spring break, tax season, but this may be a week I won't forget.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Calling all renters

So we will be renting out our current house. If you are, or know anyone, looking to rent a home in the Stayton area (and it only takes 15 minutes to get to Salem) this is a great find. :) At least I think so.

If you want more info for yourself, or a friend, here is our property's managements website. You can also ask me questions.

It has 3 bedrooms/2 baths. Besides the normal kitchen appliances, interior w/d hookup and 2 car garage, with electric opener, all bedrooms have a walk in closets. Their is also heat pump with AC, vaulted ceiling in living room and skylight in kitchen. This house makes a great home.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Continue to pray

Collin had found an Easter basket and had it on his head. :)

I ask you all to continue to pray for my nephew. Things are not going rosily. :) Leukemia may be curable and this may be the most common childhood cancer but it is not normal, not routine. His family is up at Doernbechers again. They went home Monday and then headed back up Wednesday after Collin came down with a fever. This time they may be there weeks. (UPDATE: Things are going better and they may come home sooner!!!! WOOHOO) Collin just isn't doing well. They need prayer as this takes them away from home and work. They are not making money and spending A LOT of money. They are watching their boy be poked and prodded and never know what may happen. Rachel is also just weeks away from having their second child.

This SUCKS. But prayer works. So the Wilson family continue to ask everyone to pray for Danny, Rachel and Collin. God can heal his body. God can bring peace to a family. We also want to bring glory to our God even through cancer. Dirty C word.

Alicia, Danny, Collin and Ethan. We were lucky enough to see Collin on Tuesday night before he unexpectedly headed back up to the hospital the next day. While he is up there the cousins cannot see him because of a RSV threat. So this made my kids' night.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

goodbye house

I have started a few posts on how this week is the week of packing and preparing to move. But no post sounds the way I feel. So just know that I am packing, packing, and packing. (And packing takes longer then I remembered.) I also thought I had lots of boxes but they are running low. (And I didn't remember needing this many boxes.)

In April I will say goodbye to this house, this house where my babies grew.
In April we will be in a new house, a house where my kids will become adults.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Glad the week is over

This week was long. Emotionally long. Starting with my friends mother passing away Monday evening with a funeral on Friday, then Collin being diagnosed with Leukemia on Tuesday, all while working on the Stayton Christian School Annual Auction also on Friday and planning my daughters 9th birthday party today. O, and having our house close for real on Thursday. My heart was heavy all week my brain was fried and not fully working. It was all very draining.

So I say, "Good riddance week. May this next week bring an abundance of peace and joy to those I love."

O, and I kept going back to what Ethan told us Wednesday on the way to see Collin, "God has a plan for Collin." He said this with the assurance of a 6 year old and his faith in our Creator. Ethan KNOWS God loves Collin and has created him for a purpose. It is comforting to remember.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Collin Update

So Collin had his spinal tap today and they discovered Leukemia. It is the most common kind and they start treatment today. He will stay up at Doernbechers for another 5 days and then see if he is able to go home. This is getting close to his 2nd birthday and I sure hope he is home by March 20th. They said treatment will probably last about 3 years. I don't know much more then that as I get my info over the phone. :) We went up and saw him last night and he looked good. His color was back from the blood transfusions and he seemed more like the old Collin. I couldn't get enough of him. He is so adorable. I love when he tells the doctors, "No Thank You!" Such manners.

His family is going to need a lot of prayers. Rachel is 6 weeks from having a little girl and this is just awful news for a parent. But they should be very proud of their boy. He is so well behaved and everyone loves him so much.

keep the prayers coming.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Rough Day

This week is a busy week. It's time for the annual auction at Stayton Christian School. This week takes a lot of work to pull off. But it's fun too. Or at least it usually is. Today I knew I would be busy and then my poor friend lost her mom. This made me an emotional wreck. I kept thinking of her and would start to cry. Then about a half hour before I picked the kids up from school today I got a call that my nephew, that turns two this month, was sent to Doernbechers with suspected Leukemia. This sent me over the edge. I am an emotional wreck. We love Collin. He is so special. And the thought of this little boy having this disease kills me. The thought of all the needles and pain he will be put through this week, makes me want to barf. They have told them to prepare to stay at least 3-4 days and as much as a week. He has been trying to tell his mom and dad that he wants to go home. I can't imagine what a week of him asking this will do to his parents. Broken hearts all around today.This picture was taken on the 4th of July last year.
So again I am asking for prayers. Please pray for my extended family. The Wilson's are a close family and we love Collin. We love him A LOT. Please pray that it isn't Leukemia, that it is something easily cured. If it is Leukemia please pray for his poor body as they try to fight it. Pray for all of us to keep the Faith and his parents to have strength.

Sometimes words fail

I have thought about typing a post like the one coming for years. I know I am blessed. Not only with my husband, kids and family but with good friends. When I was in college I made a circle of friends for life. We have all stayed friends over the years and I even have some girlies that I get together with almost every month. When I say they are my "friends" that word does not do it justice. They are like sisters. They are what I would imagine sorority sisters would be like. We have lived together, been with each other for boyfriends/husbands, children, new jobs, parents getting sick, parents passing away. We have seen each other at our very best and our ugly worst. These girls are beyond special to me. I know I would be there in a second if they needed me and I trust they would do the same for me. They are the first people I texted when my dad had his heart attack last year and they were the first people I will text on Thursday when the house becomes ours. They are a part of me.

All this to say that one of these girls lost her mom last night. Her mother had a heart attack Friday and then a stroke yesterday. They had to let her go because of bleeding on the brain. So when I say I am taking a dinner to a friend today no one understands that I am taking dinner to my sister, my friend, a part of who I am. When I say my heart breaks for her and her family, it truelly breaks as she owns a part of my heart. Sometimes words are not enough to get across the relationship you have with someone.

So if you have a prayer time today I would love for you to add Karen and her very large family to your prayers. They all need it. I covet your prayers for them.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Bring me your boxes

So Monday of this week I would have told you we were not getting the house. Things were draggin, communication was poor, I was very sad. I knew God has His hand on this process so I was sad (sad is an understatement) for losing the house but knew we would find something else. But today we went in and signed papers and the house is on the way to being ours. We will not "own" it until the 10th and we will not move in until the end of the month, allowing them time to pack up. This also gets us past a very busy weekend next week. I am on cloud nine. So nice to have this all done.

God is good.

I have not taken any pictures of "the" house but when we found it back in December they had a nice flyer with pictures. The below are from there. The shop in the back will probably, at some far off time, become a play area for our kids. It is two story but the top will stay storage and is not accessible for children. For the next few weeks I will be packing and trying to make all those calls to have things canceled and other things hooked up. This part of moving is not fun. But it will all be worth it. I am all tingly with glee.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Cousin Collin

This is for my nephew Collin. I found out he likes to look at my blog and see pictures of his cousins. Been awhile since I posted any of them. So here are random pics that never got posted. If you knew my nephew you would do anything for him too. Such a cutie.

Read Across America Day. The kids got to wear pj's!

Alicia at her riding lessons. I never got any great pictures. Hopefully after this whole house buying business gets out of the way we can see if horse riding lessons can come back. She misses horses.

We had a Halloween party and we bobbed for apples. The kids enjoyed it while it lasted.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

last chance

This is your last call to buy a raffle ticket for $20.00 for a 1 in 300 chance to win $1000.00 cash and a trip to Mexico!! Plus we may not even sell 300 tickets so your odds are pretty good. :)

Also there is still a little time left to buy a ticket for the auction and dinner on March 11. This auction is a lot of fun to go to. Ben and I enjoyed this one so much in the past that we thought we would try other silent auctions. I am here to tell you that they are not all the same. Stayton Christian School throws a great shindig. Lots of fun, laughter, great food and fun things to try to buy (or try to outbid friends on). You should try it for yourself!!

What are you waiting for?

PS. You can even sit at our table for dinner if you want. Doesn't that excite you?