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It’s all Praise!

DSC_0028We have a plan!  And God is chuckling.

We got approval for “the church house!!” I want to write a deep, thought provoking post here but I am up to my neck in boxes, so I will write all the details after we move this Friday, August 2nd.

These are the wonderful things that have happened to us in the past few days.

1. We planned a trip to Great America because the kids get their free tickets from the reading program.  We planned the day only to have Ethan sr. call me 2 days before from work and tell me that he had to go into work that day.  They scheduled a meeting for that day and he had to be there. I was mad. angry. pissed. I felt like he was choosing work over his family which I know he sometimes has too. I shook it off and made a back up plan. The day we were supposed to go, Marissa woke up in pain and sick. Our backup plan was to head to the zoo with my sister and niece so before we were to leave, I raced over a urine sample to the pediatrician and we tried to go to the zoo… Marissa’s FAVORITE place!  She was too uncomfortable and we had to head home after only an hour.  (We did get to see the Dolphin Show- although she cried through half of it). We got results of a bladder infection and started an antibiotic. Our trip to Six Flags would have been ruined.  God works in very funny ways.

2. We also started my second oldest son (almost 8) on a new medication this week and it is a miracle for him. I cried tears of joy for him as he is so happy and calm and not down on himself anymore.  Ethan Sr and I had talked about starting treatment for a while now and I have been praying and felt the Holy Spirit telling me to help my son.  We did and it is truly miraculous…. I know it’s going to be a constant rollercoaster but I am just so happy for him right now.

3. We got approval on a house!!!  WE HAVE A PLACE TO LIVE!  We will be renting a home from our parish, St James.  They own a few houses and we were able to push them along to be approved.  I will post the entire story of how God worked in this story later.DSC_0062

4. I called the new feeding clinic to check on Gabi’s status.  They had “never received” her records so I made a few phone calls, got a few apologies and we have an appt set for August 8th!  I am thrilled to get her started…

5. Gabi went pee pee on the potty!!

6. I got a phone call from one of my favorite organizations called Dynamic Catholic started by Matthew Kelly. We have made donations in the past and I frequently order books from their organization. She was calling to see if we could possibly make another donation at this time.  I told her that we were really in a tough spot right now and just couldn’t. I felt terrible.  We chatted a few minutes and not surprisingly I started crying when she asked about Gabi. She personally added Gabi and our entire family to their prayer list.  I was so touched by that phone call.

7. Did I mention we are approved for a house?!

Thank you thank you for all of the prayers and support. A special thank you to my  awesome sisters, Heather and Steve, Steve and Steph, Mark and Karie, Sue, and my mom.  

I almost forgot to say thank you to the St. Brendan’s Men’s Group in FL for all their prayers for Gabi.
The kindness and support means more than you’ll ever know.

My sweet friend, Nicole, that I finally got to see after many years

My sweet friend, Nicole, that I finally got to see after many years

My handsome 2 oldest boys

My handsome 2 oldest boys

So much love and praise,

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21 days

Words are not coming to me very easily right now.  I wanted to post about this so I don’t ever forget where we have come from and how strong our family is.  I want to remember these days vividly so I can count my blessings over and over when we are out of this situation.

DSC_0071We have 3 weeks (21 days) to move and have no where to go.  We have a few places but all of them have a few obstacles we need to overcome first… one isn’t available until Aug 15th, one doesn’t allow pets, and one is owned by a shady, incompetent company that won’t return our phone calls.  There isn’t much else on the rental market that can home 7 people that is within our price range.  We get so close and then the rug gets yanked out from underneath us.  My kids are stressed, my husband is exhausted and I am trying not to cry in front of them all.   I am angry.  I am really angry.

Do we create this drama?  Do we not work hard enough?  Why is this happening?Where are you my loving God?

I know.. for a fact… that this will work out.  Something will work out because it has to.   I still have faith that God has a plan but I am upset and angry right now that I don’t know that plan. I am angry that others are able to enjoy their summer and we are hanging on by a thread.

And the new feeding clinic will not call me. I have called and called to get Gabi scheduled for an evaluation but they haven’t reviewed her files yet. They are supposed to call me… I need something to move forward…

It’s a tough day.

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

Much love,


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Impossible is not a word

I got to attend Saturday’s 5:00 mass with only child next to me.  I love being surrounded by my children (even when they hang on me ) at church. Church is an intimate hour with God and who better to spend that intimate moment than my family.  However, when I’m actually able to sit quietly and LISTEN, it is awesome.

I wish I was better at listening to God but I think he brought me some peace.

IMG_6214After apologizing…pleading… making offers to the owner of the house, Saturday morning we received official word via certified letter that we, indeed, have to vacate this house by August 1st.  Our home for 4 years.

32 days we have to find a home and move our 5 children.  I don’t understand how a person, a man and his wife, could do this?  We made a mistake, yes. We shouldn’t have removed the bushes without his consent.  But is this reason to evict a family within a month?

We were/are angry. Sad. Confused.  My kids saw me upset and asked questions.  The neighbor kids saw me cry.

Here we are. scrambling.  We had plans this summer. Gabi had no scheduled procedures. We were focused on her feeding clinic getting started, actually considering taking a short vacation. And laughing, a lot. I was grieving my summer.


Then I went to mass.   Fr. Bill said we have to remember to always.. WALK IN FAITH, LIVE IN HOPE, and ACT IN LOVE.

WALK IN FAITH: Live our catholic faith boldly. Find a friend that will encourage you to live against the grain, against the media, and be proud to  accept the eucharist every week.

LIVE IN HOPE:  Trust in God… always.

ACT IN LOVE: forgive, and always be a joyous Christian.  I have heard criticisms that the Catholic mass is so boring.  There is NOTHING boring about the mass.  The mass is joyous and our lives our joyous and we need to find that smile… always.

So, I came home, gushing with love watching my son serve mass and sitting my with daughter and listening to our pastor with renewed spirit.IMG_6253

Impossible is not a word. We can do this. This is happening for a reason and we might never understand.

Buy or rent?  So many benefits and drawbacks of each.  I was hoping we could scrape together finances and be able to put a home purchase together. However, I think renting is again in our close future.

Side note: I was SO excited to be able to officially put down roots and live under our own rules. This is so hard for me. It is difficult for me to admit that we rent; I feel like I always have something to justify. I was really excited to fit in and control our home decisions.

Our children know something is going on. We plan to have a family meeting today. They keep asking if we are moving and plead with us not to.  It’s tearing my heart apart.

We aren’t moving far, so it’s going to be fine. But, it’s a forced change and it’s uneasy for everyone.

I am keeping Fr. Bill’s words close to my heart and remember to live them.  SO, a smile will be on my face and we will focus on the excitement of moving. Hey- maybe we’ll have a basement or more space! We have to focus on the silver lining…Good thing God always provides perspective.

We so appreciate all the thoughts and prayers. I’ll keep you all posted. Thanks for reading.

BTW- Gabi is doing really great. Still little progress with eating or potty training but all in good God’s time. Her records finally got transferred to the new feeding clinic, so we are awaiting for review of those and then an evaluation appt.

Much love,






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