Life is Worth Living

This is How You Sell a House?!

The night before our open house a few days ago, Child #3 chucked a chair down the stairwell and this is what happened:

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See the nice hole?

Now, I’d like to say that I handled this situation well, but that would be a lie.  We were frantically trying to clean for this open house, and it was stressful.  So I cried, but I didn’t yell.  And that’s an improvement for me.  This particular child felt badly enough.  I didn’t need to make him feel worse.

What was one to do?  There was clearly a visible hole in my wall.  Well, I did three things:

  1. I called my adept father-in-law, as my husband was at work, and asked if he might want to fix a hole in the wall?  Of course he did.  He came right over.
  2. I was making supper, so I stopped all necessary prep-work and popped a bottle of wine.  All situations improve with a glass of wine.
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You know, there’s a reason why Jesus turned a bunch of huge stone jars from water to wine.  It just tastes better.  And life gets brighter.

After all, God is going to sell this house in His own good time, with or without holes in the walls.  I might as well relax a little bit.

3.  I blasted out Louis Armstrong.  My absolute favorite song of his is When You’re Smiling.  Click HERE for it.  Just listen to that trumpet solo!  It’s at 2:20 in the video.  Now if that doesn’t put a gal in a better mood, I’m not sure what will.

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When Armstrong was asked what religion he was, he’d apparently answer, “I was raised Baptist.  I wear the Star of David.  And I’m friends with the Pope.”  Hmmm…
Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday: Buying, Selling, & Fishing

How was your week?  Here are a few highlights from mine.

  1. We enrolled two of our children in a Catholic, Montessori school for next year.  (I’ll still be homeschooling three of the seven children.)
  2. As this particular school is 30 minutes away, and we’re growing out of our house quite literally, we’ve decided to move.  (This decision was not made in a week, but over the course of this last year.)
  3. This is a terrible process – the buying and selling of houses.  Keeping mine clean for showings?  Ha!
  4. Child #4 was playing outside the other day, and he noticed a car slowly driving by, checking our place out.  This car drove by a few times, and this child decided that that was enough.  So, he stuck his tongue out, put his hands up to his ears, and gave a little sass to the driver.  The car didn’t drive by again.  And didn’t buy our house either.
  5. I have the best father-in-law in the world.  He took the children fishing.  The boys on one day.  The girls the next.  They had a blast, cruising up and down the Missouri River, catching walleye – 17 total.  We love eating walleye, by the way.

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The following paragraph is the caption for the above photo.  This little girl is my talker.  I asked her about this photo, and she’s still talking to me, right now.  Even while I type this.    She doesn’t quit!

Photo Caption:

“Mom, you should have seen what this fish looked like inside!  It was all red and black and yellow and grayish.  It didn’t feel gross, but slimy.  Mom, you should have seen it’s teeth.  They were really sharp.  And I got to see sacks of eggs.  They were redish and pinkish.  Like birds.  And Mom, you have to put little fish on your hook.  Grandpa had to do mine, because I didn’t know how.  But Mom, you have to have those little fish to catch a big fish.  And I drank a Dr. Pepper – a whole can!  And I dipped my toes in the river, but it was cold.  Mom, do you know that your rod bends when you get a fish on it?”

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The big girls with their catch.  They were thankful that grandpa cut them up, even though he did make them help a little.
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The three boys taking a break from fishing.