Sunday, April 23, 2017

Beauty





I told you I would cry. And I did. After hair and makeup and seeing my daughter's face when she looked in the mirror. The tears came in the car on the way home as my daughter yelled, "Mom, stop crying!!" No. I will not. I was happy. Happy to pay for my daughter's dress and hair and makeup! Happy that I GET to experience life with her. Happy that she was soooooooo happy! And I of course tried to express that in words but only cried more. I told her she was beautiful inside and out. I told her that I was happy and excited for her. And I had a glimpse. A glimpse of moments to come of next year's prom and maybe a wedding day. And realizing AGAIN that my baby girl will ALWAYS be my baby girl and she will ALWAYS have my heart. And she needs to know that.
I love you, Sarah Ann Stream.
And maybe I'm crying again.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Prom


Please bear with me this weekend. My favorite daughter Sarah is going to her first prom. I will post a zillion pictures and make you see them. 
I will do all of the things for her that I wanted my mom to do for me. I will say all of the things to her that I wanted my mom to say to me. And I will cry with joy!! Pure joy!! Praise God that I have the mother/daughter relationship I have always wanted!! 
And here's Carla at her senior prom with her friend Tracy. Because this weekend is really about me. 
PS I couldn't find my junior prom picture because I am pretty sure it burnt up in the cleansing ritual that I did with Rachel, Monica and Phoebe.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tradition



This photo was taken before the darkness fell. 
We have made tombs forever. And ever. Until this year. As the grass grew The Cats That Shall Not Be Named dug through the dirt, carried off the crosses in their mouths to Jesus knows where, peed in the grass, dumped the trays and basically partied every night. Sorry Jesus. We rolled the stone away Resurrection Sunday and prayed for The Cats That Shall Not Be Named. Forgive them for they know not what they do.

Monday, April 17, 2017

TWENTY!!!



I do believe I started this blog when Joshua was 7.   ooooooof
Happy 20th Birthday to my best Josh!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Carla's Citchen



After the melted plastic bag on the new stovetop fiasco I jumped back in to make Cranberry Chicken. Because I'm not a quitter. In the French Onion soup mix box was a package of hot chocolate.(a belated April Fool's joke??) I poured the package and stood there. Stumped. Why does soup mix have miniature marshmallows?? I let out a very loud, "AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!" My youngest boys came running in and stared with me. And then started eating the miniature marshmallows(of course)while I took a picture.(of course)
Alls well that ends well. I scooped the hot chocolate off, poured in the onion mix, more French dressing and cranberries, added the chicken and baked for 45 minutes. I fed my family. The End.


Saturday, April 08, 2017

This Happened


New stove.
Hot surface.
Plastic bag.
The middle picture is Africa.
All day scraping.

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

Cruisin

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

Sweetheart

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

REPOST

Thursday, January 31, 2008

10742

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

STEVIE NICKS!!!!!

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

FiftyOneDerful!!



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

Thursday, September 22, 2016

15


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

Camo


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."