First a special prayer request for this little Sweetie Pie!
Bridget here is 4 1/2 and I am suspecting Type 1 Diabetes in her.
I started noticing last week, frequent urination, from the unquenchable thirst she has.
I've noticed irritability, moodiness (mostly to a whiney mood) and she's been very lethargic.
She has funky breath too.
(it's not sweet, but funky)
I have been a Type 1 Diabetic since I was 10.
At 10 I understood what was happening, I could take care of myself.
(I'm not saying it was not hard, because it was)
My prayer these past few days has been,
"Please not now Lord"
And since yesterday, it has been "Lord give me the grace to handle this"
Because at this age (4 1/2)
It will be all me handling it.
I also confess, I've been praying,
"Please Lord, no more suffering, I can't take any more"
I'm selfish and it becomes all about me doesn't it?
It's not about me
Lord, please give me the grace to handle all of this.
I'm begging for prayers from you.
She has an appointment at 3:45 today.
I'll update when I can.
These ducks have been in our yard since Sunday!
(It's been raining since then!)
Onto the whole moving thing.
The selling of my husband's business fell through.
Way too long of a story to go into
but I will say that we've gone onto PLAN B
My husband's goal is to try to get his business running without him
there, so we can eventually move.
That may take some time with all the Obamacare
He's looking into his options now with all that
Our ultimate goal would be to list the house by Fall
(Plan A was June)
and move before winter comes again
But if that doesn't happen by then, we will try
to leave for part of the winter this year
and list the house in the spring and move then.
The good thing is where we move is up to us.
(well, God of course)
But it doesn't depend on a job anymore.
Because he will still have his business here, in Minnesota.
We are still hoping to move to Arizona or Texas.
But now, we are leaning towards Texas.
San Antonio, Corpus Christi areas...someplace warm
and closer to the ocean!
Arizona is not out, it is still a possibility.
It's hard for me to not have a concrete plan.
I'm a concrete person, I have to have goals, I have to have a plan
SO our Plan B will have to suffice for now.
(as vague as it is)
Remember that broken dresser I told you about?
Well, this was our solution:
My 7 year old loves yellow, and this is her dresser.
It's bright, but it looks way better than the other way...
(we changed the room around too)
This is another Goodwill pile.
I'm calling it "Goodwill" but we actually donate to a place called
"Treasure Chest" they give all proceeds to help Birthline,
a pro-life pregnancy help place
I go to garage sales, but will never have a garage sale.
It's easier to give it away
and we give EVERYTHING away.
(with the exception of one thing, I'll show you later)
Baby blankets and that is my "Boppy" pillow
(I'm washing the cover)
Only used for one baby...sad to let it go
Baby blankets, sad to let go too....
I decided to go through them and only keep the homemade ones
to give to the kids when they have babies someday.
(and they are treasures)
More about baby stuff later...
We've gone through CD's, Games, Tae Kwon Do equipment
and given it all away.
I took down all school posters and art work hanging on the walls...even in the school room!
(I took down those hooks later, and that bag over there is gone to Goodwill too)
I forgot to take a "Before" picture, but this is my schoolroom cupboard and shelves
Trust me, they were much more cluttered "Before",
with things piled up on top too.
I have to admit, school stuff and Art supplies are the hardest for me to
I'm not giving it all up, this is what we've kept.
When decluttering, it has helped a ton,
to say to myself:
"Do we want to move this 1500 miles?"
"How often do we use this?"
If the answer is "no" or "never"
I have to admit, the snowpants and boots were easy to give up!
With the exception of keeping enough for one more year if we need to.
Although, Tom gave his coat to Bob here.
I looked all year for a coat for him!!
His specifics were:
Blue or green
Snap up (no zipper)
Big pockets, big enough for his hat and gloves
There are no SNAP up coats with those specs!!
Then, I saw him wearing a spring coat with a zipper one day.
I asked him if he could zip the zipper,
and sure enough he could!
(one of his arms is partially paralyzed)
SO he tried Tom's coat and he LOVED it
If we are here next winter, Tom is out of a coat!
My wedding dress.
Yes, I decluttered it.
I heard about this organization:
They take wedding gowns (used)
and turn them into gowns for babies that pass away at the hospital.
Parents are unprepared usually
and this gives them something beautiful to bury their baby in.
It really wasn't hard to give away
(a little wrinkled here)
with that long train, I am hoping they get a few outfits made out of it.
I asked myself, "Do I really need my wedding dress laying around in a box?"
I want the girls to get a dress in their own style when they get married.
(I made it)
Why did I keep this anyway?
My veil...will be used again for a First Holy Communion!
I had one daughter who said she will want to wear my dress when she gets married.
She's also the one that wants to be a nun.
I told her with those puffy sleeves, she will NOT want to wear it.
Here's the address if you are interested.
I'm not very sentimental, am I?
I have pictures. I'm sentimental about pictures.
Tom got rid of his baseball collection!
This was HUGE
This he did SELL.
It was worth 8000 bucks
He could have gotten that if he had the time to list and sell them on E-Bay.
And that would have taken a long time to get rid of them, like months.
So he sold them to a card shop, all as one whole set for
He'd been collecting since he was a young boy.
He did not get rid of the Star Wars book though...
Our dress-up box
I have to go through this but I want to give it all away.
I'm going to admit here, that I actually HATE dress-up.
I hate saying that, but I do.
I feel like I'm preventing my kids from being creative or something by saying that,
and by not having dress-up.
But, I hate when they do get it out, it is all over the house, and we find pieces for days after.
It's just a BIG mess.
It's a big box that takes up a lot of space
And I don't like it.
I can get rid of it, can't I?
I never had dress up.
I turned out OK.
What would you do?
Stamps...I gave those two middle boxes full of stamping stuff.
(Stampin' up to be exact)
Even the lady at Treasure Chest was like,
"Wow, you are giving all these beautiful stamps away?"
I told her I still had one whole large bin at home that I was saving.
This holds everything though, card stock and envelopes
chalks, markers, lots of stamps and ink pads....
Now onto hard things.
OH, my goodness, this is 15 full bins of baby clothes up to my youngest
boy and girl.
15 bins waiting in a certain area
I'm holding onto them til right before we move.
I'm 44 1/2 now and have not been pregnant in over 2 years.
It's hard to give up, because there is still that hope for one more.
I'm keeping my high chair (always good to have a high chair for company)
My stroller (I think) I guess, if we move next spring, I'll give that up then.
My baby Pack and Plays (I have 2) I'm keeping)
My baby bath, now that is so hard to giveaway...why?
Is it because I love baby baths?
Is it because I loved that actual tub?
Proving to be a hard one to give away.
Keeping all homemade items
Like this beautiful knit sweater,
knit for Little Red, from Jenny!
Someday his wife will use this for their babies.
Gave away all old shoes already...like these, now why were these hard to give away?
They are so dang cute that's why!
I'm also finding that the girl clothes are harder to giveaway than the boy things.
Why is that?
I have a ton of extra empty bins now...
I went through all the kids clothes and got rid of a ton
that either we didn't ever wear or whatever
but I have 6 bins in the sizes 6-8
Most of them are 7-8 size.
(with another whole bin of jammies)
Having 3 girls that overlapped sizes for a while
and all different body types and personalities
left my 4 year old with the pick of the crop!
I don't know how to lessen this....
Decluttering is a struggle from within.
But once it's done, it feels so freeing.
Once it's done, nothing is missed.
If you have any questions, please ask!
I tried to get this out quick and probably did not do
a very complete job of explaining the whole process!