Monday, March 20, 2017

What's For Dinner?

I told my family that next Saturday dinner is potluck. They all need to bring a dish to pass. Can hardly wait to see what the 11 year old and the 13 year old will bring. 
Is that why it's called POT LUCK?? We will need all the potluck we can get.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


I had to take Joshua's car yesterday to go and pick up Tim after school.  He didn't see me so I rolled down the window(it has windows that you have to crank down!!)and yelled to him.  Tim got in and said,"Mom I didn't recognize you in Josh's car because you look so poor!" 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Brutal Honesty

"Mom I really want you to meet my children but I don't think you are going to make it." 
 -Tim Stream

Monday, February 13, 2017

For the Last Time

Tim picked out an old box that Nate had made and we worked together on the Valentine cards that said God Loves You!!  Bittersweet.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017


Received a letter from the little girl we sponsor through Compassion International. She signed it Your Daughter.
Yes. I burst into tears.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Not Exactly

"Mom I think this might be cigarettes but I'm pretty sure it's something from Nike. There's the swoosh." -Tim Stream

Sunday, January 15, 2017

We Have Arrived at 19161311


Thursday, January 31, 2008


The ages of my children are 10742. It is with a great sense of relief that I can type that. For you see, 9631 was tough. Oh my. I honestly didn't think I was going to make it most days. But here we are. For sure everything will be smooth sailing, from here on out. Make no mistake.
Some numbers just flashed in my brain and now there is concern rising up in my person. There are other ages that are coming and they could be tricky. Let's be on the look out for 19161311.

Happy 11th Birthday Tim!!

Tim enjoying his candles that relight and as The Joker in the play Alice in Wonderland. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

God Heard and Answered

I cried out to God this morning.  Asking for help. Telling Him I needed Him.  That I didn't think I was going to make it with the groceries.  Help me Lord.

An older gentleman watched me pack my cart at Aldi today. He stated that all that food might last until Friday. I told him I had 4 children, 3 were boys. The food should hold them until tomorrow. Maybe. I told him they always say "Mom, there's never any food in this house!"
He said,
"You are going to make it.You are going to do alright. Have a good day, honey." 

 I told him to have a good day too and then cried in my van.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016


For my 51st birthday my sweet husband bought tickets to the Stevie concert in St. Paul, MN! That man knows the heart of his wife.
The concert was AMAZING!! Stevie was beautiful and rocked the house at 68 years old! Some of the songs she sang  Gypsy Star Shine New Orleans Stop Dragging My Heart Around   Stand Back
If Anyone Falls Rhiannon Edge of Seventeen Bella Donna Gold Dust Woman Landslide and Wild Heart.   Stevie did a tribute to her friend Prince during Edge of Seventeen.  I cried.

I was the youngest one there and wanted to DANCE!! So when Stevie sang my favorite song(Rhiannon of course)I got up and danced.  While everyone around me stayed seated.

I sang to Patrick my favorite lines of Edge of Seventeen. I'm a few years older than you. My love.
(Just 4.  4 years older.)

Thank you Stevie for your God given gifts and talents and for being an amazing performer and giving me one of the best concerts I've been to.  My FIFTH time seeing you in concert!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving Tradition 2016

We color.  We color pictures of turkeys and write out what we are thankful to God for.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

My Third Teenager

Nathan turned 13 today!! Happy Birthday Natedog!!
So blessed to have 3 teenagers!!  Josh 19, Sarah 16 and Nathan 13!

PS Don't ever say to a new mommy "Just wait until they are teenagers!"

Friday, November 11, 2016

Tim Life

Subbing for Tim's 5th grade class.  Tim said, "Hey mom!!"  I had to correct him. "That's Mrs. Stream to you."

Tim  mentors a 1st grader in reading. During breakfast this morning I asked Timmers "How are things going with that young man you are mentoring?"
He replied "Good. I've taught him everything I know. Now he's absolutely crazy! And I don't know what to do with him anymore."

Tim "Mom, promise me you won't freak out. Promise me. Don't freak out." Shows me the dead mouse in his hand.
Mom "Drop the mouse. I'm not freaking out. Drop the mouse. Go wash your hands."

Sunday, October 23, 2016


Thank you Lord for 51 years and my precious family to do this life with me!!

Thursday, September 22, 2016


Our 15th year at the Marriage Retreat.  Not consecutive mind you.  There were years of fighting on the drive up, fighting during and fighting after.  There was a vow I took to never go back.  But those years are long gone.  Those memories are fading.
We spent the weekend enjoying each other, talking, laughing and rejoicing in what God has done.  We celebrated the investment we have made in staying.  Staying together.
And we played this game where we put dental expanders in our mouths and tried to speak phrases for our partner to guess.  Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers.  Blue Woodpecker Booklet.  Beautiful Brown Bird.
Easy Peasy.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


As I drove away from the curb to get Sarah to her bus for a tennis tournament I heard a loud THUNK. I had torn off a branch from our tree. I'll blame Sarah for slamming it in the van door in the first place. No wonder I got such big smiles from other mothers dropping their daughters off. 

Yeah. It's just me. Carla. Driving around with a tree branch. Move along. Nothing to see here folks.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Those Eyes

I took Tim to his annual eye appointment.  I watched with much amusement as he jumped sky high during the eye puff test.  Ooh boy!!  He was asked if he had any trouble with his eyes or his glasses.
He answered, "Well when I take off my glasses everything is really blurry.  But when I put them on again it's better."

Thursday, September 08, 2016


Our 26th year at the MN State Fair!!  One of our first dates way back in 1990.   Thank you Patrick for the years and years and years of you.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Saturday, August 06, 2016

VBS Year 13

I started volunteering while pregnant with Nathan.  Years of gathering the kidlets from their VBS groups and the nursery. Trying to get fourby40 to the van.  Now I watch other young moms do that.

Joshua is a games leader, Sarah a group leader, on the choreography and skits team, Nathan is a junior leader and Tim finished his last year as a student. I'm thinking this is my last year volunteering. Until I sign up again.
This year I took on Kindergarten boys as a favor.

Here are my thoughts.
1.  The flight risk I chased all day Monday didn't show up the rest of the week by God's grace.

2.  All craft projects made are for Mommy.

3. You will repeat yourself until your brain falls out.  "Come over here. Over here. Over here. Put that down. Put that back.  Jesus loves you. Jesus loves you. Jesus loves you. Hands to yourself. Voices off. Voices off. Voices off."

4. A 10 minute sermon in 90 degree heat before game time does not go over well with 5 year olds. Or their 50 year old leader.

5. There were some tears. A broken crayon, missing mom, the wrong color marker, a forgotten offering, the snack not to their liking.

6. An amazing junior leader saved my sanity and my week. He was an expert lamb herder.

7.  As myself and my junior leader danced our socks off to The Go Fish Guys our little boys did not move a muscle.

8. Someone commented to me that my boys should wash their hands. I argued that their hands looked like that when they got to me.

9. My humor is lost on this age group.

10. The new gray hairs you find are in direct proportion to the number of little boys in your group. 6.

11. Absolute cuteness overload.

Friday, July 22, 2016

She Be Trippin

I took Tim to swimming lessons last week.  He yelled up to me and I walked down the concrete steps to answer him. I turned around to head back up and tripped. Up. I tripped up the last step.  I hit my knee, ankle, elbow and watched my water bottle roll away.  I sat down. Hands folded in my lap.
Eyes staring straight ahead. Taking deep breaths. Pretending that I did not just do that.
I saw a friend and asked if she had just seen me trip. No?  Ok good. I wandered over to a young mother to admire her baby and ask if she had just seen me trip. No? Ok good. Chatted with a grandma and asked her if she had just seen me trip. No? Ok good.
I am going with this.  If nobody sees you trip it didn't happen.

Sunday, July 10, 2016


Patrick and I are so very different. Not a bad thing. Here are some excerpts from Gooseberry Falls.
The boys did Parkour along the falls.
Jumping, leaping, yelling and landing.
Patrick "Look at em go!!'
Carla "They are going to die here."
Taking pictures.
Patrick "I think we are in everyone's way."
Carla  "I think eveyone's in my way."
Me shutting down because I am tired, hangry and longing for solitude.
Patrick "This is incredible! What a gift!"
Carla "I haven't been alone in a million and a half days."

Gooseberry Falls 1992

                                                     Gooseberry Falls 2016