Once upon a time in a trailer park far away…

lived two beautiful hillbilly girls whose redneck mamas decided to have their pictures made together…in dresses that scream 1980

this is my cousin Jennifer and me when we were tiny. I am the rolly polly one with the whale spout…surprised?

When the beautiful hillbilly princesses grew up they had some beautiful children of their own. The decided to have their picture made in blue and white dresses also…albiet a lot less 1980 style. Yikes.

So in all my practical wisdom I made blue velvet and white silk dresses for a 5-year-old and 2 newborns. Of course these dresses are not machine washable…and yes Reagan spit up all over hers.

As you can see the hillbilly royalty was not as impressed with my idea as I was. But doesn’t Kennedy (the 5-year-old) look just like her mama? She is also not gonna let 2 screaming babies ruin her top model moment. Look at that smile!

We also needed a picture with our handsome prince.



You take the good with the bad

And that is just the facts of life!

We are rejoicing because the Lord has indeed blessed us with a new church to serve and we are THRILLED! We are moving to Iowa this month…crazy I know.

However our joy is damped a little with the fact that Michael’s sweet father Sonny will be going to be with the Lord any moment now. So we made an emergency trip to Tennessee to spend his last moment on this earth with him. We know we will see him again in Heaven and know that the loving God we serve will embrace him and take away his pain but we grieve for ourselves…the ones left behind. We will miss him greatly but know that we were gifted with so much more time then we thought we would have.

 On the plus side….it is WAY warmed in Tennessee than in Wisconsin.

Oh Sami!


I have learned a lot of interesting thing since I was blessed with this little green cheeked conure.

This photo oppertunity was a very bad idea….

You see Reagan who has recently learned how to grab things she wants and put them in her mouth and Sami who bites in self defense (and when he is feeling onery) had an altercation literally seconds after I took this shot. Sami did feel terrible afterwards and repeatedly told Reagan to “stop it” when she started screaming. It was completely my fault and I feel like a terrible mother…

I thought I would share some fun things I have observed since Sami came into our lives.

Sami has never met a cookie he doesn’t like and he can tell when you have one even if you are in the other room. You will be required to share as he has wings and can fly…and also bite.

You are also required to let him try any and everything you are eating even if he didn’t like it the last time…. his opinion might change. Who knows?

He can tell when you are just drinking water and gives you a look of deepest disappointment. He loves soda. He will look at you and say “soda” and when you offer him a sip of your water he will turn his back on you.

He has been known to hold a grudge.

He laughs a lot. It is so cute.

He will scream and nag Michael if he thinks Michael is mistreating Reagan. See, Reagan hates tummy time and will cry for most of it but the Dr. Said she has to do it so we still make her do it. Sami thinks we are being mean to the baby and will yell at us.

He loves to preen our hair and has started to gently preen Reagan’s hair while she is eatting. I am sure he is just doing it so she will share her food but it is still sweet.

Turning on the kitchen sink means you are inviting him for a shower…even if you really just wanted to wash the dishes.

He is much more comfortable flying around the trailer than he was the house. It is not uncommon for him to go off exploring on occassion. He will of course have his constant companion Sunbeam the parakeet with him. But he will not share his cookie with sunbeam.

He loves playing in my wet hair.

When Michael is laying on the couch reading a book Sami will go over and stand between his eyes and the book and demand some attention.

He likes to box and wrestle with Michael.

He is scared of the dark and needs a nightlight.

The conure book said they can’t digest dairy however that doesn’t stop ice cream from being Sami’s favorite food. We try not to eat it in the house since he is capable of helping himself and we don’t want him to get sick.

He loves story time with Reagan. He likes some books better than others.

He loves to cuddle with his mama.

Sometimes he will be mean to sunbeam and other times he is so sweet. He always likes to go in her cage and steal her food.

He will poop on Michael when he wants his cage clean. Michael does not think this is funny but I do. I think it is brilliant that he knows it is Michael’s job to clean the cages.

Anytime the phone rings he things it is for him. He will get on your shoulder and “talk” into the phone. Sometimes it is cute but mostly it makes talking on the phone a pain in the butt. He can be very persistant.

For some reason he plays shy around my friend Christine no matter how nice she is to him. I find it funny since most of my other friends don’t really like him (due to the whole let me land on your head thing) but Christine sincerely wants to be his friend. He is also very mean to my sister..well it is more that he wants to box and wrestle and she wants to cuddle. No matter how many seeds she gives him as soon as she stops he tries to “get her”

We really do love this little guy!

So much to catch you up on!


Apparently the person we were pirating internet from moved out of the trailer park taking his free unsecured internet with him. And as you know I can’t blog from work anymore…

OK I am going to try and remember everything I wanted to tell you.

Bad news first, Michael’s father Sonny was admitted to the hospital the day after we arrived with an infection in his foot. He was not released until the day after we left which was sad but he did get to see Reagan and he was so in love. The week after they sent him home he was admitted again. Turns out that infection was gangrene and they had to amputate his toes. He would have lost the whole leg but his circulation is nonexistent in his leg (he is wheel chair bound) and the surgery would have killed him. Thankful all the prayers on his behalf appear to have stopped the infection from spreading. God is very good and we know the last few years have been a gift since we almost lost him several times. Please continue to pray.

So I am juggling the whole working mom thing and I appear to be doing OK. Just very busy and sleep deprived. However the Lord has presented us with a very amazing new opportunity, This last weekend we went to Iowa to try out for the preaching position. Should we be blessed with this ministry I would be able to be a stay at home mom. Not to get my hopes up too soon but it is looking very favorable and we will know the congregations decision on Sunday when they vote. The elder we stayed with is also on the pulpit committee and said he would be very surprised it they didn’t choose us. He hasn’t heard a single negative things and everyone loves us. Which is great because we love them!!! You couldn’t ask for a nicer more spirit filled group of people located in the quaintest little town just perfect for raising a family. Need further proof that it would be perfect for us? The ladies aid meets weekly to make quilts for the needy! AND a large portion of the congregation are farmers…you know how Michael feels about barnyard animals! Plus there are 3 other babies born in September so Reagan would have friends. I am praying earnestly as I would love to have these people be part of my life!

Of course it would mean moving fairly quickly and I would get to finish decorating the trailer…oh so sad NOT.

On the sewing front I am currently tracing and cutting out Reagan’s spring and summer wardrobe. Since the tracing and cutting is the part I like least I figure I would do it all in one whack. Some hopefully soon I will have loads of fun stuff to show you.

As for Christmas, I want to start special traditions that do not revolve around the gifts. SO I hope to keep the gift giving a small part of the holidays…easier said than done, I just realized. I got a little carried away in the local toy store and Target. I may put some of it back for her Easter basket.

I am sure I am forgetting stuff… I should start writing things down. I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas with their families. Please take time to ponder the miracles and mysteries in Christ’s birth!