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AFwife Claire

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  • Birthday 02/07/1973

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    Mom to Nathan, Luke, Caleb, Jonathan, Anna, Grace, Faith, Micah, Drew, & Verity
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  1. Our good friends rescued a Havanese/Shih Tzu mix, and their highly allergic son has been fine with him. He is such a sweet dog! If I ever had to get a small dog, it would probably only be a Havanese mix. They really don't bark, and the insane yappiness of most little dogs is something I could not tolerate at all. Plus, he's just so chill! Not neurotic at all. I guess I have a really bad impression of most small dogs, lol.
  2. I am so, so sorry, ArcticMama. (((((Hugs))))) May you feel the Lord's arms surround you with peace that passes understanding. Praying for you and your whole family. I'm so thankful for the hope of the resurrection.
  3. Ha, that looks almost exactly like the sleeping mask we got our 4th son for Christmas (not purple!)! It has the same cushy eye pockets, and DS has RAVED about it since he opened it! I'm getting one for one of our college sons for his birthday in February. I think the sleep mask and earplugs are absolutely brilliant for hospital stays. Praying for continued good sleep!
  4. Praying for you and that little bean to stay put for longer! As much as forced rest sounds like a dream, I know it would drive me crazy after about a day, so I will definitely be praying for your peace of mind, and that your kids at home will be able to occupy themselves productively while you are gone!
  5. You and me both. This is exactly what I do and have done for many years!
  6. Ooh, I think I will try this! I am one of those that can't stand ricotta (texture or taste), so I rarely if ever make lasagna. Reading through this thread has made me wonder if maybe I'd like cottage cheese better (as long it tastes different than uncooked cottage cheese, lol), but now I'm thinking this may be the answer!
  7. One year I bought a case of those glass bottle Coke bottles from Sams for one teen son's birthday. They weren't something he would ever buy himself, and so they were a special treat. Plus the bottles are cool, lol. He was pretty happy with it!
  8. Just local! We moved out of the tiny tornado-struck tri-level north of 35 to a much larger house south of 35. We moved in November, which I do NOT recommend, lol--right before the holidays, and school is still in full swing, so all the regular stuff is still going on. November was a crazy month! But it is SO nice to once again feel like we all actually fit in the house. We're still having tornado damage being fixed at the other house, and then we'll hopefully rent it out, which was our original plan when we moved there summer of 2018 from VA. We delivered our plates of goodies to 5 neighbor families this afternoon! They were *very* well-received. A lot of our neighbors are getting elderly (original owners who built here 27 years ago), and they really enjoyed having us stop by and visit for awhile. It was really fun to chat! I was really worried when we moved in here, because it seemed like a really quiet, possibly pretentious neighborhood, full of retirees, and I didn't know how our 10 kids would be received. But it turns out that the guy who we bought from was a crabby mean guy who always reminded people that not only had he been an Air Force officer, he was also an attorney (woo-hoo, give the guy a medal), and everyone has pretty much been uniformly delighted that he is gone! So huge win there for us! 😁 Oh, and everyone seemed very happy to receive the plate of goodies!
  9. We would eat them! We are actually preparing plates to take around this afternoon--ginger snaps, Andes mint cookies, peppermint bark, and fudge (no nuts). We just moved here in early November, so we are hoping to make a good impression on the neighbors we haven't met yet. I'm including a Christmas card with all our names and a picture, just so people can hopefully not be overwhelmed by how many of us there are.
  10. Our elementary co-op back in VA had a children's book exchange as part of our annual Christmas party several years in a row. I dreaded it. I had at least 4 kids, if not more, in there each year, so it was a complete hassle trying to find books for each child to give away. I'm certainly not giving away our favorites, with so many other kids in our family, and babies still coming, and I felt bad giving away books we didn't like, you know?? And then we would get this random collection of books that may or may not be the right reading level or even be books anyone liked at all. Gah . . . So eventually I just told my kids we weren't participating. *Poof*! My stress level dropped immensely, and I could enjoy the Christmas party again. But, like the part I quoted, people always brought extra books, and wouldn't take my "no" for an answer! SO we still ended up with a random collection of books, and then I felt bad that we weren't contributing. Finally the lady who pushed this horrible exchange moved on because her kids graduated from the co-op, and when it came up at a planning meeting, I was able to convince everyone to drop it. Like busy moms need one (or 5?) more things to find and wrap right before Christmas?!? Gah . . . Just say No to superfluous gift exchanges, especially for kids! I would definitely have been up for an ornament exchange, and one of the OP's quilted ornaments though! Those are so great!
  11. It really was! Our oldest son and his fiancee were here for the weekend, and my parents had come over for dinner too. That phone call definitely cast a pall! We're about 6 1/2 hour away, so there was absolutely nothing we could do except pray. Looking at the pictures, your son's car was a lot more damaged than ours. It's just all so weird. Ds is really concerned about how the other people are doing, but I can't think how we'd ever find out. I will say, it has made me more conscious of being thankful for his being home this Thanksgiving, when it could very well have ended with him seriously injured or worse. I'm sure you are feeling the same way about your son!
  12. Oh, that is so scary! Hopefully you can get everything taken care of soon, and your son can put it all past him! We got a phone call like that Sunday night. Our DS19 (ETA: he's actually 20, almost 21, lol) called to say he had been in an accident, and he was very shaken up. He's down in Huntsville and was on his way to a church (different than his usual one, and one he had never gone to before) for a "friendsgiving" dinner. He was making a left turn on a green arrow, and all of a sudden, a car came straight (going opposite to his direction before he started turning). He t-boned them. He wasn't going very fast, but they must have been, because their car flipped over, and they were both carted off to the hospital. Ds's car isn't really that bad--the front is a little crumpled, and his airbag deployed, but he didn't hit the steering wheel, and he's not been at all sore. He never saw the people, but someone said they were older (elderly?). The policeman didn't issue any citations because there were no witnesses to say what colors the lights were. I think this is the most upsetting thing for DS--there's no way to be vindicated. He is positive his arrows were green. He said there were 2 hanging over the intersection, plus 2 more on a pole, so it's not like he couldn't see them. He was so shaken up. He is one of the most serious, responsible, careful kids I know. He's been driving since he was 16, and he's never had so much as a speeding ticket. So the cars were towed away, and we had to figure out where to get it to Monday, since we knew we didn't want to leave it in a lot for very long! Fortunately some friends were able to have it be towed to their driveway. We've never had experience with accidents where no one was cited, so we really have no idea what is going to happen now, We bought him a ticket home, and he got home Tuesday night. He was so happy to be home! This has been such a stressful experience!
  13. Ahh, we were stationed there for 5 1/2 years back in the mid-late 90's, and our first 2 kids were born there. Dh moved around to all the different AF bases, since we loved it and didn't want to move! We loved all the hiking, camping, outdoor stuff. So many places to explore! I was particularly fascinated by the historical women who lived in Colorado in years past, especially during the big mining booms--there were some very colorful ones! One of my favorite books was Tomboy Bride by Harriet Backus. Her husband was an assayist who worked at several mines, but especially the Tomboy one in Telluride. We took a special trip down there just so I could see for myself the places she described so well! Anyway, I am jealous of your family! We love Colorado Springs!
  14. Echoing all the other posters talking about Seattle . . . you couldn't pay me enough to move there. My brother and his family moved there summer of 2018 from TX to take a much higher-paying tech job. Like others have said, he currently works absolutely ridiculous hours, gets just a few hours of sleep a night, and is really struggling with the commute and just the pressure of the job. Also, and this may not be a factor for your dh, but my brother feels stressed by how extremely and militantly liberal the culture is. He has said several times that he doesn't feel comfortable having people know that he is a Christian for fear of reprisal, not necessarily outright, but subtle. He feels like he can't let anyone he works with really "know" him, so he feels very isolated. Add to that all the grayness, and he is ready to get out of there. My sister-in-law is more comfortable there. They found a great church, and so she has friends and a support group. Their kids are in a small Christian school (public school was absolutely not an option, and she didn't want to homeschool), but it only goes up through 8th grade. They are planning to move before my oldest niece is high school age. Honestly, it sounds like a miserable place to be. I just talked to my brother last night, and the conversation cemented my desire to never, ever, live there!
  15. I am so, so bad at figuring out gifts. Totally not my love language at all, and yet, I have so many people in my life to buy gifts for, and more people are coming in all the time! My oldest son's fiancee's birthday is next week, and I really would like to get her a little something, along with a card. She's such a wonderful person, and I want her to know how happy we are that our son is marrying her! She is in VA at the same university as our son, so I don't know her particularly well, or any particular needs she might have, etc. The wedding will be in the spring, and I also have to get her a Christmas present, so I just really want something sweet and little right now that says, "We're thinking about you". Last Christmas (before engagement) I got her some really great fuzzy slipper socks and lotion/body wash from Bed, Bath, and Beyond. I don't have any more ideas now though! She is a cello performance major (she's so amazing!), and she enjoys hiking and outdoors stuff with my son. But I don't know what she has or needs in those areas. Any ideas? I would be so grateful!
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