Monday, October 31, 2011

halloween fun 2011

we went to a party at church!
it was fun to see the space transformed into a fun place for a break from trick or treating!

there were LOADS of handmade decorations,
fun jack-o-lanterns,
a photo booth,
tattoos, pumpkin decorating
& soccer!!!!!

our guys went as SuPeRs!
wOnDeR wOmAn:

Thursday, October 27, 2011

thankful thursdays 10/27/11

last week aiden had surgery...
we are happy to report it didn't slow him down much! he is quickly healing and bouncing along!
we are thankful for good doctors and hospitals, thankful for his EXCELLENT behavior all day, and most of all thankful for HIM!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

ele-FUN-t christmas gifts

so our friend from church is an author/illustrator
and has a FANTASTIC book!
we bought a bunch for christmas gifts and i thought it would be fun to add to it...

here is the picture i used for inspiration:

here is what i've got so far:

i'm quite excited!
except for the fact that i have at least 2 more to make -
maybe i should have planned a smaller size!

hope the kiddos will LOVE these!

little van gogh 10/26/11

owen has been drawing up a storm!!! i try to capture a little of everything (since it's often on the magna doodle and gets quickly erased). he also is asking almost daily how to draw something. what fun times we are having together!!!

wordless wednesdays - 10/26/11

fall collages



Tuesday, October 18, 2011

update from POST

so i must confess i'm slightly disappointed in the turnout of POST.
we might have seen 20 people the first day,
and only about 5 the second.

it's hard for us [marlins] to carve out a chunk of time like that,
and i had to keep soph with all day too
(which is also hard to keep her content and not have much "room" to put her down or let her "cry it out" for a second)
but i'm trying to not take this on as a failure.

i will keep spreading the word about the beads of hope and the baskets,
trusting that god will raise awareness & concern for rwanda!!!
speaking of which -christmas is coming...
wouldn't you like to browse through?!?
contact me about colors or specifics!!!
here is the jewelry table:

i don't have a close up of the bead packets.
these are sets of beads that match so you can design your own jewelry.
($10 ea or 2/$15)
here are the earrings
(larger ones $15 smaller ones/beads $10)
& the bracelets ($15):

here are the regular necklaces ($20):

here are the long & solid color necklaces ($25):

*all jewelry comes with a little gift bag*
here is the basket table
(they vary in price from $20-$40)

to order/inquire, please contact me at

i will try to post with very specific basket pictures!

Friday, October 14, 2011

ibiseke byinshi (many baskets)!!!

either a table runner or a very long wall hanging ($35):
says "your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path psa 119:105"

LARGE with colors ($30):

(up close to show details)

placemats (2/$5):

medium (*SOLD*):

(from side)

LARGE & flat ($35):

big one ($40- can be used for magazines or toys or something):

hot plates (2/$5):

purses ($10 or 2/$15):

(purse detail)

LARGE & black/tan ($30):

(up close)

another LARGE & flat ($35):

this is still only a portion of the baskets, but gives an idea.
to order/inquire, please contact me at

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

today- a glimpse into the life of a marlin

i must have had less than 5 hrs of sleep. this is actually good for now- i consider it a gift!

most days i ponder if i will ever feel anything other than pure exhaustion.

i wake up earlier than i'd like just to get a sip of my warm cup of coffee. my short time before the kids join me is composed of getting showered & dressed, a time to read/pray with my hubs &/or have kinyarwanda lessons. usually, these things get interrupted! i also take care of lucy in this time.

i then attempt the task of getting 3 kids 4 and under ready for the day. this includes:
  • picking clothes that i often receive unwanted "help" for of t-shirts being thrown about the drawers to pick the favorite of what's still clean
  • changing diapers -one of which is faithfully soiled
  • half dressing an "independent" 4 1/2 yr old, because he suddenly needs help to do any and everything, an active 2 (almost 3) yr old who doesn't stand still long enough for the adult to get 1 leg in each pantleg & a squiggly 4 month old who is quite sure she just might die if she isn't eating within seconds
  • nursing said baby & milk for the older 2 and now breakfast for all 3
this is all by around 8 am.

many of my "free" moments are used to do dishes or laundry, etc. i often feel like as soon as i get one person content, the next is demanding a need or attention. this week in particular is also busy with sharing the rwanda vision in small groups and preparing to sell rwandan crafts at an open studio this weekend.

my heart is heavy with news of friends loosing loved ones or having hard times and at the same time rejoicing with others who are gaining family members and celebrating good and exciting things in their lives.

all i can think is, somehow i have to make it through these days!!

several days a week, when soph goes for her morning nap, the boys and i do school. this morning we had many interruptions and even more "melt downs" because of our late night last night. during a talk with owen about his behavior, aiden gets super jealous so i decide to have a "talk" with him as well to ease his jealousy. we chat about his surg next week. i want to explain to him in simple terms what will happen. i say,
"we will go to the doctor, and they will help you sleep so they can fix your boo boo. then you will wake up and come home with mommy and daddy."

to see if he understands, i quiz him.
"me: next week we go to the doctor...what will happen? a: i go to sleep! me: that's right! then what? a: i die! me: no you won't! don't say that!!"

okay devil, you got my attention! maybe i'm tired or stressed or worried about his surgery, but i sob! of course this sweet little boy pipes right up...
"a: why you ca-ing mommy? me: because you said something that made mommy sad! i don't want you to die. after the doctor fixes your boo boo, you WAKE UP & COME HOME WITH MOMMY AND DADDY! a: ok mommy! me: so what happens after the doctor fixes your boo boo? a: i die!..."

i take the hint and end the convo.
you'd think i would know by now, about 9:45am, it's gonna be a day! maybe i should follow the flow and skip school. instead, i press on.
we can't ever seem to make it through school without the dog chewing something and ending up in her kennel & today, along with that, not long into school soph also began to cry. there are a few things i can say about this situation:
  1. she has been slightly under the weather & crying lots (i can't express this word enough) the past few days, so i'm already feeling stretched/stressed
  2. she is the LIGHTEST SLEEPER on the entire planet and wakes even when we blink downstairs, so this is a very common situation. i have learned to let her cry and usually in less than 5 min she is done and back to sleep
  3. she is baby #3 and i'm good at the "cry it out" thing by now -we wait the reccommended 20 min before we take action, unless the cry tells us otherwise
  4. i started school and wanted to finish atleast the bare essentials.
i should have known better...

i quickly decide the cry i'm hearing is NOT the 'let it wait 2o min' cry. i run up the stairs to find she has spit up. everywhere. school obviously gets paused and we do an impromptu bath and bedding change. she is calm & she is clean so i decide to attempt nap again. she protests. sorry, that's supposed to say she protests!
i bring her downstairs- could it really only be 10:30?!?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

thankful thursdays 10/6/11

after a [quite appropiately timed] summer break, it is with much excitement that bible study starts today!! we will be diving into the life of paul.
i'm thankful for the chance to study with my family, under a much respected woman that i have known many years!
i'm also thankful there's babysitting so i can study!! it will be interesting to see how sophia does with others!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

some snapshots from school

yes, we have been doing school!
some days are good, some not so much!
some days we make it several hours,
some not so long!
here are a few snapshots as proof:

practicing our #3
and please notice his beautiful pencil grip!

we named our weather puppy, gnomeo.
the boys LOVE to dress him for the day!!

apparently, they LOVE to dress themselves too!

our "transportation" puzzles

our letter H

when i can get a to participate, i'm pleasantly surprised!