Thursday, September 19, 2013

This & That

Because I'm trying to blog once a week.....



I heard this song on the radio yesterday and the tears came quickly.  It made me think of this, on a Sunday in Ukraine. It brought me back to Kyiv in an instant.  The smell of engine exhaust and cigarette smoke trigger the same emotions.  I wish that were a joke.


I've wondered before if the longing to go back every goes away.  Now, at almost 2 years home, I'm certain it won't.  We will always, always, always love Ukraine.  Always.


I wish I had a tally of the amount of butts that Carter touches.  Or the number of times I've said "Oops - sorry!" to strangers as we're walking past them in the store.

Carter is a hand-runner.  He runs his hand along walls - shelves - clothing racks - and butts.  It's a sensory thing (for both parties, apparently...).  And right now, butts happen to be right at his level.

In parenting situations like this, I try to tell myself that it could be worse.  But in this situation.....??  Not really sure.  Most people don't really appreciate having little hands run along places that little hands should never be.

"Oops - sorry!"


Some people have asked us if we're 'managing okay' in our current living arrangement.  This is funny to me.  Like people picture us in some dungeon-like basement with spiders and dust.

To prove to you that this is not the case, I've taken a panorama of our digs.

Unmade bed and all. The clothes laying on the floor are not mine.  Nor are they Carters. :)

I assure you - we're doing good.  The set up is pretty plush.  We are very, very comfortable here.

In fact, we've decided to stay.

Just kidding.

We put an offer in on a lot today.  We're sure it will be countered, but we're praying we'll have an agreement by this time next week.  Visions of cabinetry and faucets and carpeting are dancing in my head.  {Side note: how did people build houses pre-pinterest?!}

IF we have an agreement by this time next week, and IF there are no snags during the building process (Ha.  Laughable, right?), then we should be in our new house by Thanksgiving.

Give thanks :)


Look what I found in the bag of potatoes last week.

I'm sorry for wasting your time.  I thought it was worth documenting, but not really facebook-worthy.  So I threw it in, here.

In case you're clueless, it's shaped like a heart.  You don't see it?  Oh.

Well then forget it.


Carter got a haircut last week, and I'm telling you - even I have anxiety before his haircuts now.  His normal reaction is to scream, grab, push, try to get down.  He screams, and looks at me with eyes that say "Why are you doing this to me?".  It's pretty awful.

But.  Things are a-changin' for this boy.  Evidence:

I'd say he did pretty great.  He has reacted like this just one other time, and I was starting to think it was just a fluke.  I don't know what was different.  I prepared him beforehand the same way I always do.  The process was exactly the same.  The only change I can think of is that we've been doing daily hair-combing.  He HATED this at first, and would really fight it.  Now he's used to it and it doesn't bother him at all.

I don't know.  I don't care.  I'm just grateful.


Next week I'm going to come and share some of Carter's favorite things - from educational apps to sensory stuff and everything in between!

For now - let's just pray that a miracle happens and our little old offer gets accepted.  Mmkay?

One Thing I Know For Sure: Crossing 'write a new blog' off my list for this week :)


  1. Thanks for the early morning smile! Trust me, it could be worse. My son actually bit me on the butt once. I guess it was the most accessible body part at the moment! LOL

    Praying for you!

  2. P.S. I love hearts and I love potatoes! A winning combo IMO.

  3. I totally understand the butt thing, william is still butt level and sometime he likes to give strangers "a little" pat,a little embarrassing telling people I dont know sorry for my ton touching. Guess it could be worse, right?
    oh my!

    cool potato:)


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