Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Fresh Whipped Cream

We've had a couple of sweet, relatively calm days.  I'm so thankful.  We've had dinner together, a yummy banana pie (just graham crust with sliced bananas on bottom, instant banana cream pudding made for a pie, and crushed graham crackers on top) with fresh whipped cream.

and my baby turned TWO!!

We've jumped on the trampoline together playing a silly game (Dead Man, Dead Man, Come Alive!  The laying person has to get up, eyes closed, and touch someone.  I'm just sure it's the Jesus game.  Otherwise I wouldn't play!)

Ok, it sounds all magical.  But.  Did you know if you just used some of the whipping cream left over from making Easter's mashed potatoes that it doesn't taste heavenly?  I had no idea.  (My momma buys that stuff.)  I put a huge dollop on top of Ethan's fresh pie..and he didn't approve.  He asked if I made it right.  (umm, of course!)  It was awful!  The words that came to me were's breath.  I googled, and you have to add powdered sugar and vanilla.  And then it's SOooo much better!  (Yes, I just scooped that stiff stuff right off his pie back into the mixer to try it again!)  You totally would've done that too, right?

And that was the calm amidst the storm.  I've leaned into Jesus to get through the last few days.  I promise, He's been carrying me.  I laid it all at His feet, and did my best to refuse anxiety.  (It involves me telling myself to Breathe In, Breathe Out.  Not Kidding At All.)  Carter has had rotovirus (if you don't know what it is, get on your knees and thank God in a big way) (if you do know what it is, you know the smell and mess and illness and sadness and sickness and fear of everyone else following suit-on your floor.)  I think we are finally on the upswing.  We use the BRAT (bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast) diet (except he doesn't like applesauce and he likes his toast r-a-w), and after the Children's Hospital nurse told me at 2:30am on Saturday morning that he could indeed have whole milk (it's good for him!), we continued.. to have poop running down our bodies.  both of us.  his poop.  But upswing, I tell you.  Good poop is returning!  Never have I been so excited to see brown potty!

First Grade Stick Horse Rodeo

making chicken and dumplings.  and apparently Florida! know we closed on our house back in December.  Monday we got a "final bill" on our house.  $23,000.  You know, since we just stockpile money in a drawer, we're good.  Ha!  Yes, we have a mortgage.  No, we had no idea this was coming.  We met with the builder today and requested more invoices (some that showed up in the last couple months).  Breathe In, Breathe Out.  We're making plans.  The rough thing is that if even if we sold it, that extra money isn't on the county's record book, so we couldn't resell it for the sales price + the extra we have to pay now. 


Breathe in, breathe out.  Don't mind me..just breathing over here.

And life continues.  May is a warm, sweet, eventful month full of reminders of what fun it is to be alive.  Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, dances, concerts, field trips, ball games (double headers!), tea parties, a gala, Mother's Day ..end of school drawing near..and swimming beginning!  Add to that flowers, everything greening up (ok..and allergies, haha!), washing off outdoor furniture, some trampoline time, and we have a big month.

Officially Red Cross certified to babysit children near you!
I'm thankful it leaves me no time to stress.  I'm thankful that God grows me in these times.  I'm learning to lean on Him and just trust.  How could you look into these adorable faces and not just smile?

As much as I adore my little people, can you imagine how much God must love us?  And want to give us all He can?

Yep, still breathing over here. :o)

Carter is unaware he isn't their size, he just walks through the basketball game!  Lunch & Recess with our big first grader!

Hope you are breathing in God's goodness and just trusting.  Hugs!

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