Friday, August 19, 2016

Ode to My Cube


CUBE GREY, 3-WALLED AND  SOFT. 
HOW I ADORED YOUR EXISTENCE BEFORE YOU BECAME MINE. 
MY ASSOCIATION WAS SUCCESS, INCOME AND POWER. 
YET DISAPPOINTMENT QUICKLY PREVAILED. 
TRAPPED, CUT-OFF AND DULL. 
HOW I DISLIKE YOUR EXISTENCE IN MY LIFE. 
QUESTIONING SUCCESS, INCOME AND POWER. ALL ARE BEING TRANSFORMED. 
OH, CUBICLE 

Friday, August 5, 2016

An Open Home

If our plate was not full enough, we have opened our doors to an exchange student for a month. Hubby and I were approached with this opportunity last summer, but we didn't apply. This year we jumped on the opportunity. I have been an exchange student twice and my parents have hosted a few times when I was a child. I felt that it was time to give back. If you have ever thought of hosting an exchange student, here are a few tips to why it's a great idea.




1. Learn First Hand
Ever wanted to learn how to make a dish from a different country or learn a new craft? An exchange student can share with you. You can also pass along a new skill and recipe to the student. They want to learn cultural activities.

2. Practice A Language
Even though the student is in America to learn English, you can practice the foreign language by being a human dictionary. Your children would love to practice what they have learned also.

3. Explore Your Area
How often do you travel around your area to experience museums, parks, and festivals? Hosting an exchange student will motivate you to get out and have fun.

So if you ever wanted to know if hosting a student would be a great fit for your family, just consider these three tips. Clean off a bed, stock the fridge and enjoy your time with an exchange student.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Yard Sale Results

A few weekends ago Hubby and I held a yard sale at a family member's home. We were blessed to receive clothing, furniture and even paintings from others. We spent a couple weeks cleaning, and folding before we packed up the items and headed east.

We stocked the yard with a ton of furniture at 8am and began selling. It was a very interesting day. People spotted our bright pink poster boards and headed over. There were many people that stopped by just to hear that we were adopting a baby. The best moment of the day was when a delivery man turned around just for our sale. He walked around the sale without saying much. My gazed watched him as he stopped at nearly every piece of furniture. He walked up to me and said "I just want to donate because its wonderful to see a young couple adopting." he got back in his truck and drove off. There is always a small reminder to let us know that this decision to open our home is bigger than us.

Donations were given and items we purchased. By 12:30 we were worn out. We started to pack up around 2pm as we were done for the day. We made $485!!!

I can not express my thanks enough for the people that made that day special! Thanks goes out to my co-worker, friends, cousins, and mom-in-law. Hubby's family believes they can throw a second one this fall. That would be awesome!!