Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spring Break Fun!




We had an incredible day yesterday. Not only did we celebrate a birthday in our family but it was also the 4 year anniversary of our very first foster kid placement and the 3 year anniversary of finding out that our son James could join our family! 

We took all the kids hiking through Silver Creek Falls. It was raining off and on but we had a great time. They loved holding their umbrellas and as much as we tried to help them hop over some big puddles most of them enjoyed splashing right through them. :)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Little Mermaid Birthday Party

Laura and Katie have birthdays just a week a part. So we celebrated them turning 7 and 4 years old with a Little Mermaid themed party! It was a lot of fun to put together. Enjoy the photos!

I made this banner with simple cardstock paper, which happened to be on sale - bonus!
I printed large letters and cut them out. I quickly realized the black wouldn't show up well against the dark blue but by leaving a white trim as I cut them out it helped the letters pop off the dark color. I simply taped the back of them to ribbon. (make sure they are in the right direction for when you flip them that they will read the correct way. Sadly I didn't realize this until I was done and had to start over. :) 


Monday, February 24, 2014

"Hallelujah" Even in the weary moments.

I hope you are all doing well!

Our house has been burdened with the stomach bug. :( So far only three of the seven of us have had it but it has lasted over a week. We have spent our days doing a lot of laundry for our littles who can't make it to the bathroom in time. We have been living on rice, bananas, toast and gatorade.

This morning I was not prepared to run out the door to take my two oldest girls to school but somehow we made it. This afternoon I have an important meeting to attend with my youngest daughter and my husband will be teaching until late tonight. I am reminded that life still happens with sick kids.

In the midst of the chaos, I took a few minutes and watched this video, while trying to just breathe. I hope you enjoy. God is good. I pray I can give Him glory as I get through this day.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

DIY Laundry Soap Recipe:

Here are all the ingredients. Pretty simple. All of them were on the laundry isle except the Baking Soda was on the baking isle. 


There are tons of recipes on pinterest and I found one I like. Here it is and how it all comes together.

With five kids we do a ton of laundry. I started this a year ago and love it. We save so much money. I bought these at my local Winco, even the a five gallon bucket.

The ingredients cost a total of $24.91 It lasts our family a little bit more than 7 months. Who doesn't love that! Even if it was a conservative six months that is still less than $50. per year! HUGE savings.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Finally we have a play room!



Our new space. Before the kids get into it. LOL.

We now have a play room for our kids to enjoy! I love it more than I thought I would. Their bedrooms are free from toys and stay mostly clean (except the pile of clothes from their closet and books off their bookshelves) and most of the toys are in one spot.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Best Day!

On our way to the bus stop. 

I just had to share that I had the best morning with my little handsome boy!

The rest of the kids were at school and the house was quiet, Robert was content and it would have been tempting for me to work on my book or do another load of dishes....but with only a few hours until the kids got home I found myself on the living room floor in a fort with my little man. We were silly and read books and chased each other upstairs into the play room and served each other tea in little plastic cups. He even gave me a fork to stir my tea. :)

Creative Parenting

Katie's new princess bed! 

I feel like I am always trying to keep up with my kids as they grow and change and jump from one stage to the next. I have a plan of action and attitude about who they are becoming and then before I my very eyes they switch things up on me. It doesn't happen on their birthday, there is no spot on the calendar for it, it just happens.

When we moved into our new house, over six months ago, our little Katie got her, very much needed, own bedroom.  Not only did she bang her head as a soothing mechanism but she would wake up in the middle of the night ready to play. She would be up for hours as I repeatedly tucked her back in to bed praying she would fall back to sleep.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Cowgirl Birthday Fun!

Our buffet of treats!
Our sweet Mia turned 5 in December. She is madly in love with horses. She wants one so bad and often tries to convince me we could keep one in our garage. :) I was a little worried about how we would throw her a cowgirl party indoors. So many of the activities are for outside in the summer time. I think we were able to pull it off. :)

Here are some pictures from her party. All of our food was gluten free of course and mostly dairy free. Not pictured: We had a punch bowl of "Country Lemonade" or you could have a bucket of bottles of water and call it the "watering hole."

Snuggles!

Cuddles with my sweet boy after his bath. 



I have been hoping to write sooner on this but I was struggling with how to share my excitement with you. I have been digesting a lot of our changes recently. With the year coming to a close and as I was reflecting on a lot that has happened I wanted to share the joy in my heart with you!

My sweet boy has slowly been making big changes these last few months. All of the sudden I realized I was able to connect with Robert more without him rejecting my contact or going into a frustrated fit.

Here are a handful of some of the wonderful moments I have been blessed with:

*Cuddling after his bath (as pictured above) while I rock him in his chair until he is ready to be done. These are such special moments for me because I have rarely had the chance to cuddle with him while sitting still. He has shown interest before but would usually get easily overwhelmed almost in a panic and want down.

Friday, December 20, 2013

The Lie of Santa


As a culture we lie to our kids about Santa. We go to crazy lengths to prove he is indeed real. We do things like mailing letters to Santa, participating in the elf on the shelf, taking photos with Santa at the local mall, having family members dress up as Santa, leave cookies and milk only to eat them ourselves and don't forget to leave the crumbs behind as evidence.

We expect everyone around us to support us in our lie and if by chance we are exposed for lying by another adult or child we are furious and somehow they are in the wrong for spilling the beans. If our children find out the truth, that Santa is a fake, they are crushed and the moment is often portrayed as one that takes away their innocent childhood. It is not to be a good moment in their lives but one they will remember and reflect on as we often see portrayed in movies like the Santa Clause trilogy.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Facebook Page!

You can now get updates on blog posts and what is happening on Facebook!

Click on this Link to check out the facebook page. This will allow easy access to comment on posts and updates as my upcoming book continues to come together.




Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Hard Feelings




This last month had built up into a swirl of emotions. I wasn't even aware of how much they piled on top of each other until finally I erupted through tears. 

My sweet boy, Robert, has been with us for a year now and once before just after he was born. In between our family he moved twice into other foster homes. When we got him back when he was a little over a year old I thought bonding would be easy. 

Tis' the Season!

Our little 3 year old Katie loves to blurt out "Tis' the Season!" any time we mention anything about Christmas. It is so adorable and I have no idea where she got the idea. :)

Our house is starting to look like Christmas!

Heading out to the find our Christmas tree! 

The kids loved watching Dad cut it down. :)

All set up!


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Friday, December 13, 2013

Update: What Led Me To You

I just wanted to update everyone on my upcoming book.

I am currently working with an amazing editor, Allison Hitz. You can check out her business here at  Allison Hitz Copy Editing. She is passionate about the written word and it shows in her work. I have been very impressed with her insight and skill when it comes to bringing my story together.

I am eager to continue to work through this part of the process and move on to the next step of publishing.

We have such an amazing story, one that only God could put together.  Being stretched as a Mother through the last few years is something I survived only with God by my side, even when I didn't seek His help.

Sharing our story has been on my heart because I have been so moved by what God has shown me and how He has shaped me. It is a story of hope and encouragement that stemmed from trials and the unknown.

Contact me at carriedahlin@outlook.com if you have any questions or comments.

Thanks!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Update on: New Hearing Aid.

Well, after just one week of wearing his new hearing aid, Robert had an MRI and an ABR (hearing test). We were able to find out that he has no hearing what so ever in his left ear. He didn't respond to even the highest frequencies. I am thankful for answers and we now know that the hearing aid is doing nothing for him.

So, it sounds like we will go back to him wearing a BAHA (Bone Anchored Hearing Aid).

I prayed we would know for sure which one would be the best option for him and I am thankful for concrete answers.

What a blessing that through the program we are in that we have been able to use a loaner hearing aid and BAHA while we search for the best tool. Other than having the hearing aid mold made we were able to just "borrow" a hearing aid to try, and now we can give it back so it can be a blessing to someone else.

I am trusting God in this and thankful for clear direction on the matter. If it was left up to me to decide I would have said that I thought his hearing aid was helping. There are so many variables and I am glad he was able to get this test done.


Friday, November 1, 2013

New Hearing Aid



Our little man got his first hearing aid! We have been using a BAHA ( a Bone Anchored Hearing Aid) for a while now but after a recent test showed some frequencies in his left ear we are now trying a hearing aid to see if we get better results.

I am so thankful for these loaner hearing tools through our local program so we can navigate what is best for him.

He had such a hard time in the office with letting me try to put it in his ear. It was not a quick process. :)
But then we got home and he sat happily on my lap and let me try to figure it out. For a boy who has given me a very hard week with behavior and now this new device issue I was taken by total surprise when he was willing to let me figure it out.

He seems to be quite proud of his new hearing aid and lights up when ever he shows it to people. I hope we can tell if it is better than the BAHA or not.


Halloween Fun

I hope you all had a fun, safe halloween.

We have had a month long of fall fun and I thought I would share some pictures.
We have spent the last month playing in the leaves, painting pumpkins, playing at the pumpkin patch and making memories~

My three girls on the hay ride at the pumpkin patch. 

Painting Pumpkins and Grandma and Grandpa's house. 

Buzz light year visiting our local Trunk or Treat

 Oh how our boy loves Spiderman. He has lived in his costume for 3 days. 

Our little cheerleader!

Washing their hands after riding horses at the pumpkin patch. 

Homemade spring rolls and peanut sauce. A great dinner along with curry chicken and veggies over rice. It can all be made ahead of time so we can enjoy the fun come home eat dinner and then go trick or treating. Rice in rice cooker, curry chicken in crockpot and these I made in the morning and put in the fridge.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

It's that time of year again...


My sweet little 4 year old Mia is sick. I spent my morning in the bathroom with my little girl as she threw up. I think this is the first time it happened in the morning instead of the middle of night. Although last night she was not feeling well, her head hurt and she had a low fever. :(

So cuddled up on the chair this morning she tells me how scared she is about throwing up and as I tucked her under her blanket and pillow she asked me to pray for her. We prayed for God to help her feel better and for her not to have fear.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Old journals, what a blessing!



Wow, reading through an old journal I started years before I had kids really took my breath away. God is amazing and I am so glad I wrote down my thoughts back then. What a blessing for me to see how perfect His timing is.

Back in 2005 just 2 years into being married my husband and I really started praying for God's will. We prayed the, popular at that time, prayer of Jabez.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

DIY Project for Master Bath!



I finally finished a project for my bathroom. I love how they turned out. And of course they were so cheap and easy to do.
 4 -8x8 Frames -Dollar Tree $1 each. 
Paper -Joann Fabrics Store .68 cents each.
Starfish and Shells- Local shop at Beach for 1.50 each. 
White Spray Paint (Had already)
Hot glue (Had already)
So each frame cost around about $3.50 to make! Crazy exciting. And I love them!

I have to add that I saw something very similar at Kohls just the other day going for $40. Insane. And I now have something I am proud of and matches my decor.