April 25, 2010


I know it has been a long time since I was on here, but I just can’t get my head into the whole blogging thing anymore…  I think it is because I spent too much time on here before, and God is trying to help me manage my time better.  Anyways, I had to write out some of my feelings and it doesn’t sound right when I write it to myself, so I am sharing with whoever reads this.

Most of you that do read the blog know that we had a miscarriage last September.  I was only three or four weeks pregnant and only knew about the pregnancy for a couple of days, but it was VERY real to in that short amount of time.  I figured out when we conceived, when I was due, when my c-section would be scheduled (for the most part…) and had new baby names running through my head. 

Two close friends of mine were already pregnant when we found out we were, Tiff a couple of months, and Kelly a few weeks more than me.  When we had the miscarriage it was hard then, knowing that they were going to look more and more pregnant and get to feel all the stuff that a pregnant woman enjoys, and I wasn’t.  But that was nothing compared to seeing them hold their babies when they were born.  Both had adorable baby girls and I am super excited for them, but it is hard.

So on to why I am writing this in the first place!  Since having kids my cramps are almost non-existent, compared to before kids, when I would curl up in a ball and cry sometimes they were so bad.  I don’t get that anymore, fantastic!!!  I don’t get moody during that time of the month, but I do get very moody before.  The only way I know it is coming.  This is the hardest time of the month for me.  Knowing that once again we didn’t get pregnant.  This is the first time in our marriage that we haven’t been using the birth control pill, and we haven’t been able to get pregnant.  Anyways, I can feel the crabbies coming on.  And it hurts so much that I can’t stand it.  All I do is holler at the kids, the hubby, I can’t get motivated, all I want to do is be by my self, and ignore everything going on around me.  I just want to through a pity party for my self. 

I have three wonderful kids already, I have a great family, enough that I should be happy with what I have.  Not this upset about what we lost. 

So please pray for my emotions, my healing, our family, my heart…  I know that there are many people out there that have lost much more that I have, and I feel guilty about how upset I am about something that in the world’s eye I never even had.  But in my heart I have 4 children that I love  with all that I am.  Pray that this gets better, that God will take away the desire to have more children if he isn’t going to fulfill that desire, or that he will lessen it for the time being, pray that if something is wrong with my body after the IUD that I had put in and taken out would heal if needed.


His life wasn’t taken, it was given in love,


February 27, 2010

Sleigh’s, skating, swinging, and sliding!!!

Last week I found out about something fun, and cheap, to do on Saturday, so we bundled up and headed to an antique farm for some sleigh rides! 101_0362 We met some friends there, and the kids had a ton of fun on this hill!101_0363 John, Nevaeh and Aubrie on our first rid of the day.  101_0364 Nevaeh enjoying some of the scenery!101_0365 Wyatte had a ton of fun!!!101_0366 The horse on the left of the picture is Bud and the one on the right is Mic.  I asked how they could tell them apart, and the driver told me they had different last names… (Bud) Weiser and (Mic) Aelob!!!  All joking aside, he said one of them has a dark mark on his shoulder.101_0367 Wyatte was looking at the horses bums, and talking to one of the drivers.101_0368 Our friends were on this sleigh101_0369 Nevaeh checking out Bud and Mic.101_0370 Aubrie had to get in on it too!101_0371 Don’t forget Wyatte!!!101_0372 101_0373 101_0374 101_0375 Then the Barton’s all checked out the horses that drove them around.101_0376 Then it was on to the games inside.  This was by far the most favorite!!!101_0378 101_0379 101_0380 101_0381 Look how steamy they are!

101_0382Aren’t they beautiful!  Huge too!!!

February 22, 2010

I know I have been gone for a very long time, but hopefully I am back now.  You would think with the new camera that I got for Christmas that I would have been taking tons and tons of pictures, but the opposite is actually true.  I don’t know how to use it enough to get good pics, so I don’t use it at all…  Hopefully that will change soon and I will get back in the game!  Here are a few pics that I have taken though. 

Aubrie has been pretty good about telling us when she goes potty (in her diaper) or if she is poopy, so I decided what the heck I am going to potty train her.  So my little baby is in panties some of the time.  So cute, and sad at the same time.  She will be 2 next month, a couple of weeks actually, so crazy is that!?!?!?  What is even weirder is the fact that I do not have a new baby, I am not even pregnant.  I can’t tell you how much fun this is, I feel like a whole new mom when i am with her because I notice so many more of the 1st, since she gets alot more attention now than the other two did.  And that brings us to these pictures.  With the other two I had to get them out of the crib because we needed it for the new baby.  So they were out by 16 or 17 months.  Aubrie was still in it at 23, so I decided that we were going to try the toddler bed and with out risking jinxing it, she stayed in it!!!  Isn’t she adorable!!!IMG_0774-1 IMG_0775-1 IMG_0776-1 IMG_0777-1 Pay no attention to the christmas tree that you see sitting in a couple of the pics…


My baby is no longer a baby :(

January 21, 2010

Valentines Craft!

Since I didn’t get my Christmas Crafts photographed for you all to see, I thought I better get my Valentines ones done!  I was blog surfing the other day, instead of cleaning (but my house is WAY cleaner than it was a few days ago, so it is ok!!!) and came across a super cute post by “tatertots and jello”

This is my version of what she made (sorry for the crooked pictures…)

 101_0318These are going to either sit on a shelf, after I move it from the entryway to the living room, or hang on the wall.  I really like the way the black, red, white, cream, and grey came together!

101_0322101_0323 These are actually fake grapes that I had bought a while back for something, and never used them and when I pulled out the marbles I noticed the grapes were the same color and thought I would through them on a paper and see what it looked like.  I actually like that sheet the best! The love hanger is part of the scrapbook paper, and super glued in…101_0320 101_0319I really wish I had some plain black ribbon for the bow on this “0”, but the black is white is ok too…


These next couple pics are my first ones, and they turned out a little more country, or folk, or something than I wanted, so I tried the black and red…  I still like these, but not for my house!  If anyone else wants them, let me know!!!101_0314 101_0315

January 2, 2010


This is another post about the roughness of my life right now, but then I am done!  For a while anyways. 

Some of you have heard me talk about how our basement is.  With the cement blocks cracking, and the walls are tipping…  Well today I went down stairs to put some clothes in the washer and hang up the load that was in there.  (We have a dryer, but not the right power hook up.  We are pretty sure we are going to have to redo all the wires to hook up the dryer, so for now it just sits in the middle of the basement and gathers soot, and dust, and junk…) I had to take the loads down that were dry, and while doing that I saw this…IMG_0574 IMG_0570(Yes I did go grab my camera…) and YES THAT IS SNOW inside the house.  Not just ice crystals like we have seen before, but SNOW.  So then being the wonderful person that I am I went outside with the camera to show you the wall from another angle (take into consideration that it is –26 right now) This picture does a horrible job of showing just how indent this wall is.  What you can see is the wood wall is supposed to be sitting on the edge of the block, like a normal house.  Instead the board (pointed to by the yellow arrow) that supports the whole wall, is falling out.  IMG_0567a IMG_0568Just another couple of views of the wall.   IMG_0569 IMG_0573 When facing the “snow” in the basement this window is about 3 feet to the left.  See how the board at the top of the window is crooked?  That is the board that was pointed out in the previous picture…IMG_0575This is another wall in the basement the back wall of the house.  The cracks are all at ground level and the top part is all leaning out. 


This is what you see when you come down the stairs.  The window and “snow” are on the wall at the end of this one.  This one just started to show a larger crack, but once it starts it has to go somewhere right???

The house was originally built by John’s Grandpa Russell.  John’s dad’s dad.  He built it in the lowest spot that he could on this part of their land.  Plus there are no gutters on it at all, and I have been told that is the majority of the problem…  After Russell passed away, Idella, John's grandma, sold the house to Linda and Lavern, John’s mom and dad.  They added plumbing, and electricity.  The outhouse turned into a shed, and is still in the back yard!  Anyways, they built a basement, jacked the house up after their kids got a little older and they needed some more room, and moved the house back about 20 feet (where they had dug and built the basement.)

We really want to build in a couple of years so we don’t really want to put much money into this house, but I don’t think these walls are going to take much more…  Any tips to get us by until we can afford to build???  Anyone want to come help us fix the problems with this house?!?!?!?

January 1, 2010

For those of you out there…

I haven’t been on here much lately, partly because it is winter and I have once again hit a little depression that is associated with the season.  Last year it started later, so I am little nervous about how this will go, especially considering other circumstances that I will share later.  And also partly because of the circumstances that I will be sharing later (no we aren’t pregnant.) And partly because I have become addicted to blogs and facebook, and was trying to limit my time on the computer and so blogging go pushed to a back burner.  I actually went as far as to keep the internet off (read, it was totally shot off from the providers end)  for a while to keep my self from being on the computer too much. 

On to the more info that you all want!!!  Anywho, most of you that read this know that John was laid off in Oct. of 2008 when the construction company didn’t have enough work for him.  That job was a huge blessing and we are grateful to Dale for providing the job as he was able.  He did do some plowing of power substations over the winter, and mowed them all during the summer, but for the most part he was unemployed.  We even had to go as far as extend his unemployment for awhile because he wasn’t working.  John was waiting for a pipeline job.  Lynn S., a friend and previous boss, works for them and said that he could get John on with him (this has been going on since Aubrie was born…) Originally he was supposed to start in April of ‘08, that didn’t pan out so we waited, then it was June of ‘08, the Sept of ‘08.  Then they shut down for the winter.  Then there was some political this with the reservation over some land that they either wanted the pipeline to buy, or didn’t want to sell, sorry I am not really sure of the details.  Anyways, John did make the trip to Duluth to join the laborers union and was told that he would NOW start when ever the pipeline got the go ahead.  This was another wait, and another wait, and another wait, and another wait…  You get the idea.

I was working as much as they would schedule me at Autumn Lane, the adult care home that John’s sister owns.  So that helped some…  But we were still struggling.  If we didn’t have such WONDERFUL landlords (John’s mom and dad) we would have been homeless once again.

Finally in the end of Sept/beginning of Oct he STARTED!!!  I will admit I was kinda sick of having him at home ALL THE TIME!!! Now I am kinda sick of him being gone all the time.  He gets up between 4:30 and 5 AM and is out the door a little before 6 AM and doesn’t get home until between 5:30 and 8, depending on the night.  A normal work week for him started out as Monday thru Saturday.  Thanksgiving Day the guys were told that they wouldn’t get another day off until Christmas, (thankfully that didn’t happen, but it was still pretty bad) Between Thanksgiving and Christmas break, He had 1, yes I said 1, day off.  Christmas break started the Saturday before Christmas and ended the Sunday after.  That was nice to have him home.  Nice for him to get some extra rest.  He took naps, opened presents, saw his brother, put up a door and wall (ask me about that later, after I have taken pics and I will show you!!!) and then went back to work this past Monday.  He told me that morning that he heard they were going to work every day now until the project was done.  So that could be March, or April, before he gets another day off.

So, while him working is a GREAT thing for us financially (I am working on a post about that as well, because I NEED HELP) him being gone 6 or more often 7 days a week is hard on him, me, and the kids.  So please pray for his health and wellbeing, my mental and physical health, and the kids during this winter.  We are already starting to feel some of the side effects of Daddy being gone so much, I don’t have as much energy to do stuff with the kids, the kids have too much energy, they are acting out more, I am yelling more, John sleeps pretty much the whole time he is home.  It isn’t fun to be in the house some times.  So we need some thoughts and prayers.  And invites to do fun things this winter so we DON’T GO CRAZY!!!  I was glad for this past week, where there was no school, no Cubbies, no MUMS, nothing to do really, but now I am ready to be moving again, and have places to go and things to do.  Just to keep us sane!!!

So pardon this VERY long post, but I wanted to share some of the goings on in our house, and ask for prayer.  So please remember us!!!