moving along: an update.

well, we have almost sold our house in omaha. we are waiting to hear back on the inspection, and so long as there aren't any major fixes, it's a go. we accepted an offer for a good deal less than what we paid for it, so we are broke! but it will be good to get out from under the burden. if it goes thru, we will be in omaha sometime in the next week (for a few days) packing up and tying up loose ends. pray that all of this goes smoothly.

we have found a place to stay in tremont, just south of peoria. the house is home to a couple who are moving to france for a few years for work. they have made it very affordable for us, so we are feeling very blessed to have the opportunity to stay there.

our laptop is broken. it says that it cannot find the operating system. so there aren't going to be any pictures up here for awhile. sorry (mom). the IT guy at justin's work says that we should be able to get the important things off of the hard drive, and try to reformat it, or something like that. blah.

please pray for justin's grandma borland, and the family. she is having some health issues, and the whole health care system isn't helping much.

hopefully this season of change will be over soon! thanks for keeping us in your prayers.


Radiohead Video "House of Cards"

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two months, yesterday.

wow... i can't believe two months has already gone by!
miette's crankiness has subsided a little bit, but will usually only flash smiles after she has just waken or just eaten. once in awhile, she will make little coo sounds.
she is almost sleeping through the night, from around 10:30 until around 4:30.
other than that, she pretty much just eats, lays around and sleeps (like most babies).


mo-mo, as we like to call her.

weekend in buckley

we spent our fourth of july weekend in buckley illinois, with justin's sister's family - the kennelly's. it couldn't have been a better weekend. good food, good sleep, boardgames, badminton, lots of kids running around enjoying the outdoors, good conversation - it was great.
thanks chari and darin, i can see this becoming a tradition!
here are some pictures.

finn's morning smile

miette's morning smile

finn and sparkler

maddie rose and sparkler

finn, mommie and sparkler

finn scowling at me because i made him take his shoes off in the grass - oh no! the world is ending...

katie, madeline and finn - almost all of them were ready to play in the water...

justin making finn play in the sprinkler...

finn showing how he really feels about the sprinkler... he loves baths, i swear!

justin and katie having a water gun fight


busy busy busy.

since my birthday, the 19th of june, things have been busy.

there was, of course, my birthday, which was great. dinner with justin (free! since we had a gift card). and i got my haircut, which was way overdue.

then the 20th, miette and i tok the train up and over to chicago. we went mainly for my cousin lauren's bridal shower, but we also hung out with my mom and brother. my brother, zack, lives in the city in a great little condo. so we stayed at his place and he toted us around and was a great host. thanks zack!

well, when we got back from chicago, we noticed there was a bike shop just across the street from the train station. i have been searching for a bike for sometime now. i had saved some of my christmas money, and some other monies along the way just for this purpose. and we found one! bike shopping had been so frustrating since i am so short... not many bikes for me. anyway, we found one.

apart from a few dr. appointments, i don't remember a lot about the weekdays that week.

this last weekend was just as busy - we had to run a few errands on saturday, we hit some garage sales, and met with some people whose home we may rent. we are really hoping it works out with this house, it would be really good for our family - and visitors. then there was church and church activities on sunday...

this weekend we are heading to buckley IL to celebrate the fourth with chari and darin, justin's sister and brother in law. (and their three kiddos). we are quite excited; can't remember the last time we stayed at their house, might have been even before finn was born!

then next weekend we are driving to chicago (the suburbs at least) for my cousin's wedding - also very excited for this... we get to see all of my extended family, which is always a hoot.

after that, i am hoping things quiet down a bit!