Random Thoughts on Getting Out of the House & Music

If you are a subscriber to this blog, you probably noticed an old post about a trip to Chicago and one about coupons pop up. I fixed a couple of photos and WordPress updated them as new posts. I have no idea why and I don’t know anything about the Internet so, “Sorry.”

I do, however, wish we had gone on a trip to Chicago because it is a city I miss and love. (I do not miss or love couponing. Good riddance.)

The Chicago post did remind me of a time where we had a little bit more freedom in our life to pick up and go. We love our boys but we are not getting out much these days. On Saturday, after a full family day of running errands, D and I did get to go see our talented friends sing at a coffee house. D took a nap in the afternoon in preparation since their set was not until 11 pm. Brad and Meredith (and crew) did a great job and I loved hearing the songs they selected. They closed with one of my all-time favorites, Purple Rain. It is in my top ten songs of all time. I downloaded the Martin Sexton version the next morning and we’ve been listening to it ever since.  After hearing it for the fifth time or so, D2 said, “What does this even mean?”

Each night, when I put the boys to bed they ask me to sing a song and, usually, they request Ring of Fire (a.k.a. “the fire song”). I love Johnny Cash but you can only sing Ring of Fire so many times. They boys are the only two people who ever request to hear me sing so I’ve been trying out some other songs on them from time to time. I’m pretty sure they would rather I just sing Ring of Fire though because when I choose something by She & Him or from the O, Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack they just sort of stare at me.

Lastly, this upcoming weekend we are going to hear what is my favorite artists of the moment, The Civil Wars. I am eagerly anticipating this concert. If you have not heard of them, enjoy.


Say Hello

I’ve heard from a few people that it is National Delurking Day (or week or month or something). I’m not a big shot blogger but I do know that more people read our little blog than who comment. You are always welcome to introduce yourself. I’d love to know who you are, where you are from and how you found us. I do know a great majority of people who read are our family and friends and I love getting comments from you all as well.

I’m not much of a “lurker” – I comment on the blogs I read regularly like the Chaseys, Life in the Farm, Rage Against the Minivan, Ohdeedoh, Young House Love and House Tweaking (among others). I’ve added a few new blogs recently so this was a good reminder to let them know they have a reader in Metro Detroit.

So, if you would like, say hello…

Saturday Seven

1. I have to admit something. I stopped reading the blog that hosts 7 Quick Takes Friday a long time ago. There is nothing wrong with it but it just didn’t make it when I cut my blogroll by fifty-percent. But I like doing these short, quick posts every-once in a while so I kept participating but it felt wrong. Thus, for 2011, the Saturday Seven is born.

2. I almost didn’t even want to look back at last year’s resolutions. I already know they were not all accomplished but here is a run-down:

  • Become parents: done. And I don’t think we are doing too bad a job (but I’m always open to learning how to do it better)
  • Read thru the Bible: Not so much. I read half of the Old Testament and the Gospels. It just did not happen this year.
  • Eat at home: Mostly done. We enjoyed our CSA this summer but it was way more food than we could handle. I still need to figure out how to cook for four people, including one with a food intolerance (me) and three with very limited food preferences.
  • Read five books: Well, I did not read all the ones I listed but I did read To Kill a Mockingbird, I’m Down, Cringe, Love & Logic Magic for Early Childhood, The Help, Growing Up Black in White, The Girl in the Orange Dress, and The Connected Child. Plus, a lot of children’s books (notable mentions go to Grace for President, Corduroy, The Hello, Goodbye Window, The Jesus Storybook Bible and Bear Snores On).
  • Get in shape: Hah! Our elliptical machine stopped working and we gladly said goodbye to it last week via Freecycle. I ran like four times. I took many walks pushing a two-year-old and large baby this summer. But, no, I did not get in shape.

3. Things that did happen in 2010 that I did not predict:

  • I got my nose pierced (after wanting to do so for nearly 10 years).
  • We bought a mini-van. We are now one of many, many silver mini-vans on the streets of the suburbs of Detroit.
  • We cared for six children in our home – five boys and one little girl. I didn’t expect to have this many placements our first year of foster parenting. And I didn’t expect to love being a mom to a little girl so much (after years of saying I only wanted boys, M changed my mind).
  • Enrolling a child in preschool at the private school my husband and I attended. Eating my words.

4. Goals for 2011…

  • A new wall color for the living room, hallway and kitchen
  • Finally watch the tutorial DVD that came with my camera
  • Memorize 24 Bible verses
  • Connected and happy boys
  • More prayer, more Bible reading, more journaling/writing
  • Cook one new recipe per week

5. Some things I am really looking forward to in 2011…

  • The arrival of my best friend’s baby boy (any time now!)
  • A new niece in March…or February 🙂
  • Preschool soccer games
  • Reading books on our new iPad (I’ve already started with Same Kind of Different as Me). Our house is being overtaken by books – I am happy to have this space saving way to read.

6. My favorite television shows of 2010: Mad Men, Parenthood, 30 Rock and Modern Family. My favorite movie on 2010: The Social Network (although, most others didn’t stand a chance because I could not stay awake for them).

7. Here is my first verse for 2011…

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)

Who Are You?

I always wonder who is reading our blog. I know there are people from 35+ states and several countries who have visited. Heidi and Molly both gave me the idea to let you have a chance to identify yourselves.

I started following Heidi’s blog when her sister-in-law (who is a friend of mine) gave me the link. It turned out that we are neighbors. And I don’t know Molly in real life but have gained a lot of insight on grief and being a good friend through her writings. As she says, “You may be a stranger, but you’re not a stalker.”

So, we would love to know who you are whether you know us in “real life”, know someone we know or don’t know us at all.

Just leave us a comment with who you are and any other information you want to share.


This is my first “tagged” experience in the blog world. Thanks, Shannon!

Each of these questions is to be answered with one word only! Here’s mine:

1. Where is your cell phone? purse
2. Your significant other? reading
4. Your mother? grace
5. Your father? encourager
6. Your favorite thing? aunt-ness
7. Your dream last night? unknown
8 Your favorite drink? cranwater
9. Your dream/goal? adoption
10. The room you’re in? family
11. Your hobby? blogs
12. Your fear? snakes
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? parenthood
14. What you’re not? patient
15. Muffins? gluten
16. One of your wish list items? mac
17. Where you grew up? troy
18. The last thing you did? cardmaking
19. What are you wearing? clothes
20. Favorite gadget? ipod
21. Your pets? piper
22. Your computer? useful
23. Your mood? content
24. Missing someone? jeffy
25. Your car? vibe
26. Something you’re not wearing? socks
27. Favorite store? lucy
28. Like someone? dan
29. Your favorite color? green
30. When is the last time you laughed? tonight
31. Last time you cried? recently

Is anyone else wondering what happened to #3?

I’m tagging the Chasey’s.

Intelligent & Insightful?

I’m not sure my posts will be all that intelligent….let’s be honest – I spend a good amount of time reading about celebrity gossip. But every once in a while, hopefully I will have a thought about something other than whether J. Lo is pregnant with twins or not (you know you want to know too) and maybe I will write about it here. And it does make me feel better to have D on here with me because I always feel better when he is with me (awww).

No One Is Reading This

Hey Everybody!

K has started two blogs and deleted them because she thinks she has nothing important to say (which isn’t true). So she created a blog that both her and I will contribute to. Somehow, throwing me into the mix makes K feel better about this. That’s probably because, while we love each other very much, we have many different interests, tastes, etc. From K you’ll get intelligent and insightful posts. From me, you’ll get posts that aren’t as intelligent but hopefully won’t waste your time. That’s my whole goal, not wasting your time.

Let’s see where this goes. The good things is, there’s no reason for us to be too nervous about this because no one is reading it anyways.