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

Monday, July 04, 2016

Happy 47th Patrick!

Happy Birthday to my beloved husband Patrick! How much fun we have going to the parade, the carnival, having a birthday party and watching you blow crap up!  We love celebrating YOU!!

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!!