Category Archives: general ramblings

Venting…

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I’m gonna get REAL for a moment…because I’m SO OVERWHELMED with emotion towards this topic. I’m sorry if this comes across ugly, but it needs to be said…

This has happened to me recently and I’ve seen several posts in the past month BASHING parents because their kids weren’t quiet in a restaurant or they had a meltdown in a store. You CLEARLY do NOT have children when you say insensitive things like this! They are humans and get upset about things too…sorry we can’t time them around YOUR schedule. Also, to say that those parents needed to just “stay home” is probably more insensitive than your offense to the fit. How dare you! You do N O T know the circumstances of the situation. Some kids have OCD, ODD, Autism…the list goes on. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO RIGHT TO JUDGE! Sometimes that dinner or lunch is that mother’s chance to feel NORMAL, while trying to give her children an experience. Sorry your feelings weren’t considered, but in my home YOU aren’t important…these precious babies are! This is a perfect place for #SorryNotSorry

Adoption is hard.
Fostering is hard.
Kids with disabilities are hard.
Kids without disabilities are hard.
Parenting is hard.

Are some kids spoiled? Yes. Mine ARE…mine also have NEVER had a chance to BE SPOILED! Consider yourself LUCKY and BLESSED that YOU didn’t have to endure some of the things mine and others have experienced.

And while I’m on my soapbox…

It doesn’t matter how you got to be a parent…it’s HARD!
But when you have a traumatized child, it makes it harder!

Does every child have fits? YES! But not every child has fits like a TRAUMATIZED CHILD! That sweet and innocent child disappears and their fits turn into something like no other! They sometimes don’t remember it. And most of the time, they are in another place during said fit.

Please, if you know someone who is fostering/adopting, DO NOT tell them a fit is a fit. It’s NOT the same. There are situations in their backgrounds that have happened to them and that they do NOT deserve! It’s NOT the same!

House hunting Kentucky style…

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Ahh, here it is 5:15 am (Kentucky time) on October 2nd…room is dark & FREEZING, hubs and puppies asleep…I woke up wide awake! Ugh!

So many emotions going on right now. It’s becoming real to me that this is really happening! I’m ELATED to be on this journey of moving to a new place, where I know zilch & know no one. But it’s also been VERY hard knowing I’m about to leave everyone and everything I have ever known. Yes, I have made 1…ONE…friend, so far, but back home I have MANY friends and family!!! S C A R Y !

I have figured out my way around a bit, around the hotel. But y’all, I. Am. Lost. I can’t remember where to turn to go here or how to get back to there…thank GOD for GPS!

We finally found a house that we are in LOVE with. We even went back to it about 3-4 times just to look at it again. {Its the one I posted to Facebook} But we found out yesterday that it is no longer available. {Insert tears here!}

So, now we’re back to square one. YAY! Sunday & Monday, we drove around looking at neighborhoods we liked/didn’t like. Online there were some that looked amazing, but when we got here and found them…yeah, they were nixed…FAST! We came here with 34 houses to look at and over the course of two days, I managed to mark off half of them. 😞

I know that it will take time to adjust to the move and the upcoming changes. But I have had several meltdowns a day, realizing that I’m moving and the awesome friends and family I won’t see as often. I won’t be able to have my precious nieces & nephews over for the afternoon or evening or go over to my sisters’ houses just to see/talk to them. I won’t be able to just hop in the car and buzz over to Jennifer’s (either of you!). I won’t be able to beg and plead with Leslie to come on a road trip adventure for the day with me. I wont have an amazing family to nanny for that blesses me daily (times TWO!) I won’t be able to meet up with Devin & Amy, Nikki & Maddie, Katie, my parents, or ANYONE for dinner on a whim.
Not seeing Arkansas stuff everywhere or see Razorbacks everywhere (as awful as they are right now, I will ALWAYS be a piggie…and you will NEVER see UK anything in my house!!!).
I have to find new doctors, new job, new friends…the list goes on…

It’s. So. Hard.

The only thing that keeps me going is knowing that I have a loving and supportive husband and a heavenly Father that has/will guide our steps in the direction we are supposed to go. THANK YOU, Jesus!!! He has provided sooooo much for us, so far, and I know He will continue.

Please join us in prayer for this trip to find the house/church/etc that we need (or at least be on that path!).

On a lighter note, we have KROGER and its a marketplace and its H U G E ! And by huge, I mean GINORMOUS!!! I couldn’t even fit the whole thing in a picture. And I was so excited I sent a picture of it to my parents. Haha!

Thank you for you support, love & prayers…we appreciate you!

💚 ya’ll, Collin & Andi

new site found AND all natural, liquid laundry detergent {including he machines}

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Ok, I found another website today that has a TON of resources for stay-at-home moms AND those wanting a more educational/natural way of life. I found an AWESOME recipe for all natural, liquid laundry detergent. Click here for more information on it! ; )

recipes…

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Friends,

I have been trying to lose weight for several months now…successfully, but not as fast as I’d like!  I’m going to try a new program…the Arbonne program!  If you don’t know me well, you should know that I  L O V E  me some Arbonne!  {I actually started my own Arbonne business in 2010!}  I am wanting to start the detox FULL FORCE and see how much I can lose in the next couple of months! If any of you would like to know more about it, message me and we can chat!  I’m going to be posting recipes on here after I try them…letting you know if I {and the hubs} have enjoyed them or not!  

I’m hoping that if anyone else is struggling with weightless, that this might be inspiring and encouraging, as it is providing great and helpful resources!  

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CraftGossip…

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Ok, friends…

CraftGossip’s Fork and Talk in Little Rock, Arkansas is BACK!  If you don’t know what it is or would like to attend this year, please follow HERE and find out all the details!  Paige and I went last year and had the most fun!  We met some amazing friends through crafting…did I mention all the FREE stuff we got from EK Success and yummy food from Trio’s!  Check it out and get involved!  It’s so much fun and you’ll meet some crafty and fun people from around Arkansas and beyond!  Let me know if you have any other questions…if I can’t answer them, I’ll get you in touch with someone who can!  ; )

Have a blessed one and happy crafting!

andi

two birds of a feather…

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C & I took a trip, one of his Christmas presents from me, to Eureka Springs for the weekend. It was SOOOOOOO much fun! We stayed in The Original Treehouse Cottages and had a blast! Our cottage was awesome, complete with a double jacuzzi tub with a HUGE window in front of it, Queen bed, kitchenette, free wifi, HGTV with cable and a wrap-around balcony with a grill…and did I mention the PERFECT view of the outdoors?!?!?!

It was the sweetest weekend away, I think we’ve ever had! We were relaxed, drama-free and together…what could be better? We went to one of my favorite flea markets…I stumbled upon it a month ago with Leslie…and found a couple of treasures.

We also rode on scooters, from Black Jack Adventures. We buzzed around town, went to lunch at Local Flavor, shopped at The Leather store, the Life is Good store and a fun little shop attached to the Life is Good store, where we hit the shoe JACKPOT! Yes, feed the bad, bad habit! haha! The scooters were so fun, I was incredibly scared when we first got on them. I was stiff as a board and could hardly turn corners. It’s amazing how fast I got comfortable with it when we actually got on the open road. I was going up to 35 miles per hour and turning corners like a pro! The freedom and openness was absolutely liberating! I would LOVE to own one!

We had many sweet little visitors…a squirrel, Hello Kitty, more birds than I can count…it all felt like a fairytale. On the way home, we saw (counted) 52 hawks (something we do quite often!), 3 bald eagles (2 on ONE TREE!!!), an multiple deer. Perfect!

Though this trip was completely magical, it would not have been so perfect with out that prince charming, the man I get to call my husband. I never imagined I would find him. He’s perfect for me…keeps me grounded with his love and support! I am amazed every day that I get to spend the rest of my life with him because I love him more than anyone or anything!

I am the luckiest girl…Dream. Come. TRUE! ; ) I love you, CRB!!!