Friday, November 15, 2019

A new Family Car

We bought ourselves a nice minivan about four years ago when our kids were little. Caylee was going to cheer in Clackamas and Owen was not quite 2 years old. I remember feeling overwhelmed about the big purchase. Feeling like it was a mistake that we should just keep the old one we had with a ton of miles. Now 110,000 miles of driving later we bit the bullet and made the decision to replace it. 

I was sad. This thing had my two stickers on the back from Yellowstone and a Rainier. It had seated us comfortably and gotten us where we needed to go, but the safety ratings are crap and without having proper traction and AWD it makes it a bit scary. Especially since the engine was start to slightly heave when I drove. 

We started looking at a couple of options. Yesterday morning when I woke I was so overwhelmed with the thought that I just prayed to God in between my morning rush asking for guidance and clarity. I don’t want to steer us wrong.  We are self employed so I don’t know our future with finances 100% because we solely rely on God for clients. 

Once the bus stop pick ups for the kids came I was down at the stop when our neighbor noticed two big piles of thrown out mail in the street. It was clearly a theft. As I bent down to pick up one pile there on the back was a catalog for a car company I had been thinking about with the backside up of a photo with a car I had researched. Then another pile was a flyer similar.

I expressed to my friend the weirdness. Is that a sign as all alone one of the cars drove by mid sentence and then another of the other style I had researched drove past us too. 

Needless to say we ended up finding one and saying goodbye to our old one. I woke sick with worry and started scheming in my mind what to do financially if things so soft. Get ahead of it now. I sit down to pray and open the Jesus is calling and it’s right to me. Unless I feel total victory I feel defeated. When I pit myself against a difficulty I tense up and prepare for battle. I am to take my “concern” to God so He can shed light on it. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

A Fun Weekend

This last week was nice because a lot of the boy’s sports are winding down a bit. Friday night I took Logan to the dentist for a filling and before and after it had went to Goodwill. First with Caylee and then after because we forgot items, but the point is the kids found great clothes and Caylee found the game Mancala. 

When we got home Vince was bored he said, so we decided to bust the games out for the first time as a family in a long while and have a game night. I popped some popcorn and served the last bit of root beer and we gathered around the table. It then switched to Pictionary Junior. Owen was so particular with his drawing that he didn’t want people guessing early. 

Saturday we headed to Vince’s game in Rosgefield. They played well and won. Sunday his game was in Wilsonville. The fought hard but lost to a good team. They gave them a run for their money. There are a few parents who are out of control during the games. It’s gotten so bad that most don’t like them and are being in threat next time of eviction. Good times. Adults can be children more than kids are sometimes. 

Yesterday was Veterans Day and Caylee had cheer most of the afternoon. I had the novel plan to head up early with the kids and some lunch to go to a science center. We get all of the way to the door and it’s closed for the holiday. Just prior to heading up Caylee he bashed her toe on a table and so now it’s probably fractured. Logan’s leg is hurting from his last soccer game so here we are looking silly with nowhere to go. I start heading down a random street in hopes of some entertainment with Logan’s leg in a full pain and Caylee hobbling behind. Needless to say we turned back quickly and ended at a familiar park for only 20 minutes. It was crawling with little kids way younger than Logan and Ian. How are they too old for parks?  What is left for us?  

Back to school today. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

my daddios birthday

Yesterday seemed to be a turn around for our business this week as Vince found some workers to make headway on his job. I was at home getting a ton caught up. After work and school Logan went to his soccer class with his team. 

We were able to make the birthday dinner at Famous Dave’s restaurant for my dad and sisters birthdays. I am glad we went. The kids loved sharing their ice cream with my dad. Ian asked for an extra special picture with just him. My nephews Jackson and jay were so precious. I really love them all and am grateful for that moment together. 

Monday, November 4, 2019


Halloween was a super fun evening. The weather couldn’t have been nicer. Vince and I bought a coffee and then headed down to the lake area with the kids to trick or treat. We took an hour and a half and made it down one whole street and back. The kids were tired by 7:30 and went home to watch a movie and go to sleep. 

This weekend Vince worked. Logan had two championship cup games. One was 7-1 the other 2-4. On Saturday I went down with food poisoning and was sick all day. I drove him to his game with a bucket and then watched from the middle seat of my van. 

Yesterday Vince and the boys headed up north to grab caylee from a party and do a bid. On the way we ran out of diesel. Luckily it got us off the highway and into a parking lot but we hadn’t known how hard it is after a diesel truck runs out. It took roadside assistance and lots of waiting for over three hours to get it going, so I took the kids into Applebee’s to buy dinner. Then Vince did the bid in the dark with a flashlight.