Wednesday, February 29, 2012

2 years -then and now

a friend recently reminded me that it has been about 2 years since my surgery. since i don't really post on my other blog (can you delete those?!?), i thought i'd update on this one. i've been about the same weight for almost a year now, but the final tally is 130lbs - the difference is remarkable!!!
i don't really remember myself that large, but also don't see myself as photos make me see myself. i wonder if i'll ever get over my "fat girl complex".

wordless wednesdays - 2/29/12

My LiTtLe dArEdEviL:

Monday, February 27, 2012


so when we found out we were expecting
(the FIRST time...not announcing anything new here),
we decided (okay, me!) to do a 4 wall mural.

many people put in countless hours to make an awesome room for my kid,
and eventually, my kids!

i have always been a fan of the story of noah.
this is what we went with!
here is one wall with the ark:

this is the 2nd wall with the flood.
it includes day & night skies to represent the time (40 days & nights)
and the rainbow to remind of the promise
(never again will it flood like that).
-of course joe wanted me to paint a city under there...
he settled for a sand castle:

the window wall was a bit tricky, but we ended with cute giraffes
(in a heart shape),
a couple of alligators under one window
and lastly a little pig under the 2nd.
the pig was my d-dad's fav animal and we saved it for my aunt to paint
-she lives in mexico.
both these people are/were significant in my life
and i didn't want it done any other way!

it even included a growth chart!

well, it recently dawned on owen that his room would not be coming with us when we moved to africa. i mean, he was in tears! i started thinking about what would make this transition easier for him and found these awesome signs:
they are flat and lightweight so they fit the action packer superbly
-and don't take months to paint onto walls
(especially where walls might not be ours to paint!!).
needless to say, we shopped around and found them totally affordable via amazon.
given the information that he gets these and a big boy bed, he is COMPLETELY over the "baby" room and ready for his "big boy" room!
i even got the "coolest mom ever" tag!

thanks to all those who helped make this nursery so special!
we will never forget it and we have enjoyed it THOROUGHLY!!!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

thankful thursdays 2/23/12

today i'm completely aware of the devil and his desire to see us fail.

"Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You're not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It's the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won't last forever. It won't be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does." 1 Peter 5:8-11

i've been seeing his hand in trying to stop/discourage us in the journey to rwanda.
we have been trying and trying to get together with people to share about this journey and ask them to take part. i thought today was FINALLY the day the first mtg would work out.
BAAMM! -child # 2 gets sick all the way home.

god was gracious and the mtg that was supposed to happen might have fallen through, but we have received encouraging word that the family is going to support us.

god is good [all the time]!

i'm thankful for this new partnership and for lysol products!!

now, here's to praying rwanda has a similar product
& that we are done with the stomach bug!!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

wordless wednesdays - 2/22/12


in the beginning of january, i started making and using homemade shampoo. love it! it's cheap as dirt and no one has said anything bad about my hair, but in fact i've received compliments! i've also found the trick to make my hair still feel soft. (i use 3 T baking soda and 1 C h2o)
anyhow, it has inspired me and i decided to make some other things -in an effort to save monies, try to replace some things we love that we might not be able to get in africa, and to make things (i love making things!). todays adventure was homemade toothpaste.
2/3 C baking soda
1 tsp peppermint extract
pinch of salt (optional) makes baking soda more effective

i mix them up and put a dab on my finger. it smells good, nice and minty! i rub a little on my front teeth -bleck!!!!! so salty. it's bad enough that i'm willing to nix the whole batch and try again. that little jar of peppermint was $4.19! quite a gutsy move.

anyhow, i start over. this time i omit the salt. same taste. i even added a little peppermint to try to mask the no avail. needless to say, 2 batches of homemade toothpaste went down the drain this am in the marlin house! guess we're packing some tubes in our action packers!

a sewing jigger

in mexico while walking through the abastos market,
we stumbled upon a man with his [very old] sewing machine.
he was selling this jigger:

with it, he quickly was able to make this beautiful flower:

i'm not kidding when i say he was a pro!
he made it look so easy, taking just seconds to make it.

with a few seconds of explination
(easy, right?!?)
and a few smooth movements with his hands
(and foot, to power the machine)
he had made his sale!
after all, who could refuse 20 pesos?

actually i did -
my tia was loving enough to give me hers.

now remember, this was my first time,
and it definately wasn't as smooth sailing as he made it appear,
but it was generally easy and quick.
this is the result of my first flower:

hoping she's able to replace it or
willing to take hers back.
she's much more of a talent than i could even dream of being
and will get better use & results with it!
then she can send me something to africa that she has made with it.
wink, wink!

my little mexican girl

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

natural beauty of oaxaca, mexico

baking pans

when you get married in the states, someone throws you a bridal shower. you register for or pick the things you'd like to receive. somehow, when you're picking, you think the things you pick will be your forever things. you know -you better like them b/c they're gonna last! atleast i did!
well, they didn't. maybe that's b/c i also picked affordable things, who knows?!?
well, when we think about moving abroad and what we will and will not pack, one thing i was told to bring was bakeware. my bakeware was OLD! some of it falling apart! i recently found these little [red] pans at ikea. LOVE THEM!!!!! the best part is that i could afford to replace my pieces, slowly!