Monthly Archives: November 2015

Three years ago today

Three years ago today I flew to Houston.

Three years ago today I sat in a hospital conference room with my family.

Three years ago today I lost my brother.

Today I will try not to cry as I remember our last phone call and the promise of a visit once he got home and the offer of a kidney if he needed it.

Today I will work on the boat because he would have been the first person to come help us with it and he would have been proud of his little sister.

Today I will do only things that I enjoy because life is too short.

Stephen and I were a lot alike despite the 11 year age difference. We are both stubborn and hard headed. We are both independent. As my mom would say, we are kindred spirits and I miss him terribly.

Don’t forget to tell someone you love them today and every day. You never know when they will be taken from you.

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Help me help a friend help a bunch of babies this Christmas

I’m going to give away a handmade item (it can be anything I make except for a quilt). Keep reading for details on how you can have a chance at getting a custom bag, twirly skirt, mechanic shirt, or anything else (except a quilt) just for doing some good.

I have a friend. She has the biggest heart of anyone I’ve ever met. This year she has decided to take Christmas to Amani Baby Cottage in Jinja, Uganda. But she needs help. There are 60 orphans ranging in ages from a few months old to 5 years old. She needs help with small toys for the children and/or donations towards her travel expenses.

Check out their website and meet some of the children they house. Including a set of quadruplets born in April!

  
I’ll be sending some handmade twirly skirts, crayon rolls and little lovies for the babies along with some bracelets and whatever else I can thing of to stick in there.

Here is how you can help me help her help these precious babies have a Christmas this year:

Read her blog post here. Then skip your fancy coffee drink one day and go buy a hot wheels car or play-doh or coloring book or other small toy and mail it to the address listed on her blog. 

You can also make a donation via a link on her blog to her PayPal account. Every $5 you donate or each toy you mail (by December 10th) will get you one entry. So if you donate $10 then that will be two entries or if you mail 4 toys then that will be 4 entries and so on.

Comment here or email me at marvelousauntiem@gmail.com once you’ve done that showing the gifts being mailed or your proof of donation through PayPal and your name will go in to the drawing. I will have the drawing on December 20th once I have verified that she has received the gifts and donations.

The best part is that she will be sharing pictures!!!!! So you will get to see the smiles on their faces when Courtney brings them Christmas. The smiles that you help put there.

So skip that red cup drama for one afternoon and help bring Christmas to these babies.

Life on a boat…the first two months.

Moving on to a boat was actually much easier than I expected. The first three weeks I was on the boat alone while my husband was out of town and that allowed me time to get all of my fabric organized. I’ve discovered that it is like living in a tiny house with a few exceptions. Luckily we are docked at a marina so that makes the transition easier. Here is a list of things that I do differently now since moving on to the boat.

   

  1. I enjoy the view…every. single. day. What’s not to enjoy when you get to see sunsets over the bridge like in the photo.
  2. I dirty as few dishes as possible because I have to wash them by hand.
  3. I make much smaller portions now because we have a smaller oven and a tiny fridge. Luckily we do have a small freezer so that helps me buy more than a couple of days worth of groceries at a time.
  4. I climb steps…so many steps. Five steps to get on to the boat. Five steps to get inside the boat. Five steps to get in to the aft cabin. One step to get in to the bathroom. Three steps to go down in to the kitchen. One step to go down in to the front cabin where I keep the fabric.
  5. I have to monitor the level in the water tank. It’s no fun to run out of water when you have shampoo in your hair. Trust me on that one. Always check the water level before taking a shower.
  6. I take Oskar to the dog park every day. It is right next to the marina and he loves walking over there.
  7. I’ve learned that I can do the kickboxing dvd on the boat. Jump squats just aren’t as high because my hands hit the ceiling. Oskar has learned that when I put his dog bed up on the couch, he needs to hop up there for his after breakfast nap so that he is out of the way.
  8. I upped the DVD plan for Netflix because I still haven’t figured out the best internet option for us and the rabbit ears only pick up three channels. One of them is in Spanish and the other two are only Paternity Court and Judge Brown and Steve Wilkos type shows. I also watch Hoodwinked a lot. I wish I had my dvd’s that are in storage back in TN.
  9. I watch more old Disney movies. The boat had a dvd/vhs combo on it so I put that one in the aft cabin and loaded up on Disney VHS tapes for $0.35 and $0.69 at Goodwill and $0.50 at the Humane Society Thrift Store.

   

   
Oskar has adjusted well to being a boat dog. He has gotten used to being picked up to go up and down the stairs. He loves that we go to the dog park so often and he loves sleeping smack dab in the middle of the bed because there is no room for a dog bed in the aft cabin. Yes he is spoiled but we’ve had three more years with him than the doctors said we would so we are thankful for every day we get with him and try to make his life as awesome as possible. He also loves that he can keep watch over what is happening on the kitchen counter.