A picture update

Disclaimer: This post has been sitting in my drafts for a little while now, so it’s outdated.  But there’s another one on the way!  (Another post, of course.  Not a baby or anything like that.)

I went to the Big Latch On by la Leche League. It was where Adam had his last leche ever, and I won a beautiful baby carrier.

I went to the Big Latch On by la Leche League. I found out later there were 17,222 other moms breastfeeding at that same moment– no wonder they call it a global breastfeeding support group.  Sitting here in the grass with 100 other crunchy mamas, I gave Adam his last bit of breastmilk.

 

I have been photographing my food again lately. Not sure if that is still a popular thing to do or not?

I have been photographing my food again lately. Not sure if that is still a popular thing to do or not?  This was a hearty and delicious breakfast of huevos rancheros.

A picture of our home.

A picture of our home.  We live in the bottom two rooms in the corner.

We babysat for our friends, so they could celebrate their anniversary without their 5 kids.

We babysat for our friends, so they could celebrate their anniversary without their 5 kids.  They live upstairs, so it was a breeze.  Plus they are very sweet kids.

We did a caffeine crawl with the other manager of Kairos and his Dutch wife. It was a blast!

We did a caffeine crawl with the other manager of Kairos and his Dutch wife. It was so fun!  Here we are drinking affogatos, and a play on the moscow mule– ginger beer, lime juice and espresso.

My German friend Rachel had her baby! Ellie is completely and utterly smitten.

My friend Rahel had her baby! Ellie is completely and utterly smitten.  Please would you take a moment to admire our new orange couch, our gaudy curtains and lovely throw pillow? Thank you.  I worked very hard on that.

We have a Saturday morning tradition of tasting all the samples at the farmer's market and then not buying anything. Here we were playing hide and seek.

We have a Saturday morning tradition of tasting all the samples at the farmer’s market and then not buying anything. Here we were playing hide and seek for free.

I asked Hj to take my picture because I felt like I really got my farmer's market style down pat. I needed the woven basket with some gladiolas yet.

I asked Hj to take my picture because I felt like I really got my farmer’s market style down pat. I just need a woven basket with some gladiolas yet.

Hj and I spent a day at the hot springs in Buena Vista, right at the base of that mountain. It was a perfect, restful day.

Hj and I spent a day at the hot springs in Buena Vista, right at the base of that mountain. It was a perfect, restful day.

Ellie was so excited about tacos at the park.

Ellie was so excited about tacos at the park.  She plays for hours in that sand.

Highlight of the month: my parents came to visit!

Highlight of the month: my parents came to visit!

They took us to the zoo and bought us a season pass, which is just about the best thing a "doddy" could do for his grandkids.

They took us to the zoo and bought us a season pass, which is just about the best thing a “doddy” could do for his grandkids.

We went out to hike but it was so cold, we ditched that and got ice cream instead.

We went out to hike but it was so cold, we ditched that idea and got ice cream instead.  I think Adam looks so cute on this picture, that’s the only reason I’m sharing it.

 

That sinking feeling

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I’m picking up my digital pen again.
Not so much because I feel like I have to, but mainly because I like to write.
Thanks.
Just recently we had a heap of stress on our plate. It was one of those heaps where you are at the bottom, and when you look up you can’t see the end of it.
Just like our sinks. We live in two hotel rooms and in the one room someone had built a thing one might call a kitchenette. We call it our kitchen. We do not have a stove or an oven, but we do have a counter and two sinks. One day the sink decided that it had such a special attraction toward the water that it did not want to drain it away. The stack of dishes reached the ceiling by the time I figured out that the problem wasn’t in our pipes.
My friend suggested I get the shop vac out and either blow or suck all my sorrows away.
I had 3 sinks to deal with, so I blocked the two and stuck the vacuum in the third. The water sprayed everywhere because I forgot the little overflow hole in the bathroom sink. Later when I asked our neighbors if their sinks were clogged, she began to tell me in great detail that her sinks indeed were not draining. The water keeps coming up their sinks and one time it even sprayed her whole bathroom. I quickly steered away from the drain subject and stated that the weather is really great for this time of the year.

At church the pastor kept saying that when you do something in your own strength, you need to keep it up in your own strength. I worked and worked to fix that drain. I pulled out all of my tricks involving baking soda and chemicals.  It should have been easy, but it wasn’t. It just was one of those things that added stress to our lives. I had a choice– either make things worse by keep trying to fix the sinks in my own strength or surrendering to the fact that I wasn’t able to fix the sink and call the maintenance guy.
So, I gave up. I put the sinks on the altar of first world problems and contacted the maintenance guy. The feeling was liberating. The problem is taken care of.

I got my ladder out and started to wash the dishes at the top.  With my hands in the soapy water, my stress fled right into the drain.