Monday, June 27, 2016

Name Game

Last week I took Sarah in for a haircut at Pretty Good Sam's. I put her name on the list and turned to leave and come back in an hour.  I noticed a young man wearing a smock and a nametag. The nametag read TIFFANY.  I asked, "Is your name really TIFFANY?"  He looked down and started unbuttoning his smock saying, "I was running late and grabbed the first smock and THANK YOU!"  I replied, "I'm here to help."
After Sarah's haircut I found the young man who was not TIFFANY and read his nametag. I said, "Hi KYLE!!"  He smiled and thanked me again and then told the woman in his chair the whole story.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Celebrating Josh

And now there is a man where a boy used to be. I am so proud of you Joshua I could burst.  You are an amazing young man who has the biggest heart and truly cares for others.  I am so proud of you and I thank God for the joy of being your mom!! I love you!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Praying for Orlando

Dear Lord,
My heart is heavy. I am so sad that this is where we are. And I want to deny it and ignore it and stay in a tiny bubble where I can pretend that everything is fine. But it isn't. The sin, the evil, the ugliness and injustice are too much for me to bear today. But it is never too much for You. I am in awe once again at your infinite patience with us. How you hold back Your wrath. How your heart must break over what humanity does to one another.
I pray that you comfort those who lost precious loved ones yesterday in Orlando. Draw near to their friends and their families. Send peace and solace amidst the pain. Heal their broken hearts. Bind up their wounds. Let them see and feel Your love through us.
Send rescuers. Send heroes. And let us get word today of brave acts of selfless love. That others rushed in while so many were rushing out. I cannot fathom the horror. The terror they must have felt.
I ask that you heal those that are hospitalized right now. That you bring skilled and wise doctors and nurses and surgeons to heal broken bodies. Surround the wounded with loving care and tenderness.
I pray for justice Lord. I long for justice. That this despicable act not go unanswered. That it not be allowed to stand without swift and decisive action. That these wicked acts might end. That this would be the last one!! But I know better. So I look to You. I trust in You and I wait in You. You are not indifferent. You do not stand far off. You have not abandoned us. You are faithful and loving and true and what you promised to do YOU WILL DO and I find great comfort in that.
Forgive me, Lord for my sins. For my thoughts and actions that are not of You. For the ways I have treated others that are precious in Your eyes.
Hear my cries. Hear my lament. Calm my fears. You incline Your ear to listen to me. You incline Your ear to hear my prayer.
I love you Lord. I ask all of these things in the mighty name of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 1 Peter 5:10

Friday, June 10, 2016

Oh Brother!

Tim "Mom, Nathan and I have a way of seeing if we're awake. I fart first and then if Nathan is awake he farts back.  If he doesn't fart back I know he is still asleep."  

Mom "mmmmmmmmmhhhhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmmm."

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Working Girl

Sarah has been working in the church nursery for at least a year.  She gets paid and that money gets direct deposited into a savings account.  Money she can't see or touch.  Or it would be gone.  I received her statement and she tried to guess the amount she has saved so far.
Sarah "$200?  $250? $300?"
Me "$353!!!"
Sarah "Wow mom that's enough for me to buy a crappy car!"

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Congratulations Joshua!!

Wow.  I started this mom blog when you were 8 years old.   And now you are 19, graduated, working two jobs and heading to college in the fall.   I think it's wrong.  Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. How could you do this to me??  Obviously I am still in denial.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Sarah is in choir.  I attend all of her concerts.  She always asks me to remember which was my favorite song among other things.
Sarah "Mom do you even know which choir I'm in?"
Me "Yes."
Sarah "Which one?  Which choir am I in?"
Me "Chamber. Bel Canto. Chanteuse. Swing."
Sarah "I'm in Concert Choir, mom. Concert Choir."
Me "Yes. Concert Choir."

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

1st Stream Family Vacation!

We scrimped and saved for a year to get to Florida.  BEST TIME EVER!  Stayed with dear friends, played on four beaches, loved GatorLand, bought cheesy souvenirs, and had an all around amazing time!
Reentry was difficult.  From sun and 80's to rain and 50's.
Thank you Lord for the memories. My favorite?  The top photo shows Nate and Tim sitting in the cock pit on their first ever plane ride!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

My Lola

Our neighbor didn't want her.  But we do.  Lola is 4 years old and such a sweetheart.

Saturday, January 16, 2016


Double digits.

When I started Fourby40 I was 15 weeks along.  With Tim.  Sigh.

Top picture with best buds Peter and Anthony.
Bottom pic is 1st place in speed and 3rd place in Evangelical Design at the 2016 Awana Grand Prix.
Tim pronounces it Pricks.  Just like Josh did.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

2015 Stream Christmas Form Letter

Dear ones,

Oh me oh my.

Patrick was certified as a Biblical Counselor, ordained as an elder and skated an inline marathon with his daughter for the first time.  So many things on the bucket list, so little time. He was given a snowblower by a family that moved to Florida.  After 19 years of shoveling he can clear the driveway in 7 minutes!  Snow way! He leads this family well and is an amazing husband and father.

Carla substitute teaches to the brink of insanity and is helping to pay for a trip to Florida for Spring Break 2016! Our first ever family vacation.  To WalleyWorld.  Go us.  She has also started the Faith Community Church Prolife Coalition to get organized with activities and opportunities in the prolife movement.  She dabbles in gluten free eating and wants to exercise, but doesn't.  She celebrated her 50th birthday by dancing the night away to the 80's.  She died of fun.

Josh is working and studying and answer polite questions about what he will do after graduation in 2016,  "Whatever my mom tells me to do with my life."  is his answer.  Um. Start your career, get married and begin immediately adopting grand cherubs.  In that order.  Mom is truly in denial that he could possibly be 18.  Pretty sure he is still 7.

Sarah stays busy with babysitting, volunteering in the church nursery and hanging with friends.  She is starting driver's education in January.  Yikes. Mom loves sharing boots and scarves with her daughter.  The girl is getting taller and will pass me up soon. Sarah keeps us living life to the fullest by asking, "What are we going to do now? What are we doing tonight?  Let's make plans this weekend!"

Nathan finds middle school boring and can't wait to come home and chillax.  He had his 12th birthday party with 11 other boys and we decided to make that the last year for it.  Oy vey.  He received a phone for Christmas and the whole family enjoys seeing only the top of his head around the house.

Tim has taken 4th grade by storm.  Reading, writing and doing math like a champ.  He has reached grade level in all of it. Hard work pays off, son.  He requested a cursive writing packet from his teacher and on his own has developed quite a style.  His writing assignments at school focus on God, Jesus and his family.

Griffen was getting quite sick and it was decided that Griff would be put down.  We picked the day and said our goodbyes and mom took him.  She didn't know what to expect and was quite horrified at the vet.  Our fatcat is buried in the backyard. This is our first Christmas without him yet God has seen fit to send us a neighborhood outside cat who comes and goes. We welcome Lola and say goodbye to Griffen.
All is calm. All is bright.  The Savior of the world came to earth as a baby to save us all from our sins.  We pray that you seek Him above all things. Merry Christmas from our family to yours.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Nathan is 12!!

Not sure how it happened that my Natedog is 12 years old!!  When I started this blog Nate was 20 months.  Yeesh.

Happy Birthday buddy!!  I love you!!

Friday, October 23, 2015


I had an amazing 80's dance party for my 50th birthday party!!  ohmystarsdidwedance

I had THE BEST TIME and am so thankful to all of those that came out to dance and party and laugh with me!!  Thank you for the gifts, the cards, the chocolate, the ammo, the hugs and fun.

Five by 50??? UMMMNOOOOOOOO.   I wore the button just to make that point crystal clear.

Thank you Lord that I have more love in my life now than I have ever had!!

Friday, September 04, 2015

School Pics!!

The even years 2015-2016
Josh 12th
Sarah 10th
Nathan 6th
Tim 4th

Saturday, August 15, 2015

A Tim Tale Reposted from 2009

Goodbye Griffen

We said goodbye to our Griffen.  He had lost so much weight and really began to be sickly.  He was 16!! I made the appt. and brought him myself.  I couldn't bear the thought of my husband watching his beloved Griff be put down.  I got Griffen for Patrick for Father's Day 1999.

So many precious memories.  So many years of having Griffen RIGHT HERE.  All the time.

If you are so inclined type Griffen into search. There are stories galore.  :)

There is this.  And this. And this too.

Rest in peace Griffers.  Our beloved fatcat.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015


This is the face my stomach makes after having four children.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Thursday Morning in the Trenches

The temp -14.  My 17 year old son Joshua ran back into the house barefoot.  He had just been starting his car to warm it up.  Barefoot.

Tim couldn't find his story The Bunny. I was sure that I recycled it so I went outside. Temp was still -14. I dumped the whole bin into the driveway.  Sorted through cardboard, empty water bottles, cereal boxes and didn't find The Bunny.  Came in to see it on the phone stand.

Tim zipped up his winter coat.  The zipper broke.  I scrambled to MAKE IT WORK but had to grab the back up winter coat.  That zipper broke too.  Get in the car! He went to school with a busted zipper coat.

I came home to sit on the couch and cry.  I wanted to start the day over.  I wanted peace and calm and joy.  Instead I found rest. And in that rest was peace and calm and joy. Thank you Lord.

Walmart had $35 boys winter coats on sale for $8! Score!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

2014 Christmas Form Letter

I just did this. I just wrote one of these.  I swear I did. Well I try not to swear but sometimes I let one slip.

So it is time for the Stream Form Letter of Christmas Sarcasm.

In the year of our Lord 2014 the time is upon us once again to tell you how perfect and wonderful and beautiful we are.

Patrick is busy.  Being daddy, Biblical Counseling and elder apprenticing.  Wow.  I find him shaking his head a lot when doing the daddy thing.  Could be the kids. Nahhhhh.  They are perfect. The kettlebells are swinging every morning for Mr. Stream. We celebrated 20 years of marriage this year and 24 years of friendship. Beautiful.

Carla is trying to get a grip on her health.  She had quite a summer. Hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue and severe anemia. Oh my!  She'll be coming round the mountain when she comes though so LOOK OUT! Carla counsels with her husband, tries to keep up with kidlets, is a substitute teacher and election official.  She shot her first gun last week! BAM!  Oh and roars her terrible roar against abortion. She wonders what she will be when she grows up. Wonderful.

Joshua. Oh boy. That boy. 17. A junior.  He is still washing dishes at Mama Maria's. His work clothes smell so bad mom usually throws them outside. He has a license and a car. There's your warning.  You're welcome. He will be going on a mission trip to Haiti in June. Mom stayed in denial until the VISA arrived! My baby! As eldest he still enjoys torturing the youngers. Perfect.

Sarah is a freshman.  The girl LOVES school.  Always has. She goes to school with young men that have beards.  Crazy. Sarah has been called quite a lot to babysit.  I have instructed her to CLEAN THEIR HOUSES! Even though I have to beg her to CLEAN HER ROOM the parents appreciate it very much.  We will not mention the boys that have asked her out. Perfect.

Nathan grew 4 inches over the summer.  Dude. Last year of elementary school. Loving Roblox and Jesus. He lost his beloved pet gerbil Ricky last month.  Tough stuff. The wrestling between Natedog and his brother Tim is NONSTOP.  Mommy knows boys will be boys but "he sat on my head, he licked my tongue, he slapped my butt, he farted in my face" gets old. Wonderful.

Tim. I should just leave it at that. When Tim turned 3 I lamented to a friend, "I am not going to make it with this kid!" So I have made it 6 years longer than I thought I would.  Tim Nonstop Stream. He lost his beloved pet gerbil Nibbles months ago.  Both gerbils are still in the freezer awaiting burial arrangements.  Tim can usually be found opening the freezer door and saying, "Bye Nibbles. I love you. I gotta go to school now." Beautiful.

Griffen the cat is 15. That seems old but I have been assured that cats live to be 1,000. So he's really just a kitten. Wonderful.

Just to reiterate.  Perfect. Wonderful. Beautiful.


The Ghost of Christmas Sarcasm Past Form Letters

Saturday, December 20, 2014

You Can Quote Me

You know that feeling you have when you can't find one of your toddlers? The toddler that you are carrying on your hip? 
I pretty much feel like that all the time.
-Carla Stream

Friday, December 19, 2014


I have wanted to shoot a gun for a long time. I have wanted my own gun to conceal and carry for a long time too.  Today I shot two different guns!! A small black one and then a larger black one.  Oh they have fancy names and numbers I'm sure.  But that is neither here nor there to me.

My thoughts on the shoot.

1.  When we got there I didn't want to leave the car. For real.

2.  I could have concentrated better if there weren't so many loud and bigger guns shooting.

3.  My brain said loudly YOU ARE HOLDING A LOADED GUN!!! about a thousand times.


5.  I broke a nail.

6.  I think I killed the paper target man.  I know I did.

7.  My husband thinks I am hilarious. Even when armed.

8.  I closed my eyes sometimes because I wasn't really sure where the bullets were going anyway.

9.  The ear and eyewear was not the least bit flattering.  Red headphones and yellow glasses? Really?

10. When I wasn't shooting I tidied up the place.  Let's sweep up the casings shall we?

11.  I love watching my husband shoot! My armed protector warrior husband!

12.  Patrick is the best teacher in the world.

13.  I tried to be teachable.

14.  I am saving my allowance for a gun!

15.  I can't wait to shoot again!

16.  I shot a gun!!