Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Confessions Continued

Yesterday, while ironing no less, I was surprised by the fresh fragrance coming from the clothes as they warmed under the iron.  Even hanging them up I could still smell it.  And, even if only because my smeller has become more sensitive, I made a decision.  I think Tide is worth it!  Even if I’m buying into a sales pitch and the $4 bottle works just as well, that fresh, clean smell means something to me right now…  Enough though I’ll have to search out other uses for that borax, washing soda and vinegar!  I can still feel good about myself.  There’s always the coupon option!!  I’ve even found an expert  to learn from! 

So the confession here:  Jason was right.  The clothes feel cleaner and smell a whole lot fresher.  Sometimes modern day conveniences are worth the price tag!  At least to us right now.  Maybe when diaper prices come into the picture we’ll reevaluate. :)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Highest Power

In many parts of Central Asia (where we once lived), it’s expected a couple will have kids by their first anniversary.  And the pressure to do so can be intense!

I read a story recently about a couple at their wits end.  It had been a year of marriage with no children.  Shamed and desperate, they turned to the only power they knew:  a witch doctor.  After thirty minutes of chanting, an egg on the belly and some potion, the couple was sent away with promises a baby could be expected by the end of the month.  And that’s exactly what happened.  I was alarmed and saddened in my reading.  For almost a year Jason and I have been praying about children.  “Adoption or biological first, God?”  We were full of joy and peace believing His timing and answer is perfect and as excited at the hope of adoption as even having our own.  So we prayed, gave our hopes to God and waited.  (We got insight on adoption but didn’t, and couldn’t in many cases, move forward with anything.  So we’ve tucked away the promises (and dreams) in our hearts as we wait to see their fulfillment!) 

The day I read that story about the couple in Central Asia I said in my heart to God:  “We accept your answer, regardless!  You are all powerful and we will not turn aside for help from any lesser power.  You are trustworthy and good and with you all things are possible.  We want your will.”  Not even one week later I took a test and gasped at the two lines that stared back.  All without chants or eggs, simply by prayer and petition and power from the Highest Source.  Let Him be praised!

Yesterday, after a month of waiting and almost exploding from the news we’d kept in, we went to a doctor for confirmation.  And this was the picture we saw accompanied by the most beautiful heart beat we have EVER heard:

Baby Tegen 

Our sweet Baby Tegen!  He/she is 8 weeks and 3 days along meaning we’ll find out if this little inch worm is boy or girl in November and see their face sometime around March 31, 2010! 

What a miracle!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Confessions of a Wannabe Granola

A month ago I made a double batch of homemade laundry detergent.  I even taught some students how to make it.  Then I organized it with all the ingredients ready for the next batch and labeled the container with the recipe for quick replicating.  So proud of myself especially for not paying for Tide and being so domestic.  Until today!!  You had to know bad news was coming.


My soon-to-be marathon runner husband informed me his running clothes are not smelling mountain fresh after washing.  Really, he never bought into the idea of homemade detergent.  The kicker:  he’s been “borrowing” other detergents in the laundry room.  Watch out RAs….been noticing a lighter bottle?!  There’s reason for that!  Nurse Herron, we’ll have to buy you a whole new bottle I’m told.

So to my dismay I’ll be crawling into Wal-mart tomorrow to pick up not one but two bottles of laundry detergent.  *Sigh* 

And even though that’ll look like the white flag of surrender, I’m still holding out hope.  Thinking I’ll tweak the recipe and fill the new laundry bottle when it’s empty! ;)  Not sure if that’s defiance or ingenuity!!

Thursday, August 13, 2009


It’s probably obvious things are back in full swing since we’ve been absent for almost two weeks from our blog.  From RA retreat to move-in today it’s been one big, exciting shuffle.  Even now I’m half typing, half listening for people right outside our door who may have questions.  And between keys that don’t work, the need for hammers, bed pegs, and 100+ students moving in, it’s been busy.  So here are a few quick updates from the last two weeks.

subi1.  New Ride.  We got Jason’s dream- a 2003 Subaru Forrester that’s a five speed.  Lessons for Kelley are going well.  We figure only one night’s practice with whip-lash wasn’t too bad.

DSC001052.     New look. Some redecorating is giving us a fresh start on the home front. It’s a much needed change.  Amazing how something as simple as de-cluttering each room and rearranging has made a world of relaxation difference!

3.  New lessons.  When planning for a session the other day Kelley decided to multi-task.  She started running dish water and went out to the office for a few minutes to type up notes.  Forty-five minutes later a man from maintenance came by.  Financial Aid down below our apartment was complaining of water running through their ceiling down their walls.  It was everywhere!  She’s forgiven herself, finally, and learning a multi-tasking list should never include running water.

4.  New crew.  We couldn’t be more excited about the team in our building.  Feels good to start a new year with these great people!  All in this picture will be working in our building directly with us and our students!  DSC00250

So there are a few of the many things going on in the last two weeks.  Stop by again soon.  We promise even though we’ve just started the busy season we’ll be here, often.  Hope you will too!  And there are some posts coming you won’t want to miss, if we do say so ourselves!