Thursday, May 31, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
i think at this age all clothes are play clothes. aubrey doesn't stay clean for very long these days. that's ok though. i feel as though i have somehow "arrived" as a mother, while standing over the washer applying "spray and wash" to the knees of kid jeans.
Monday, May 07, 2007
We would like to ask for your support. It will cost our family $2000 to make this trip and we need to have all our funds raised by the end of MAY! This is a huge step of faith for us, as we are trusting God to provide the finances to allow us to go. If you feel led to support us financially checks can be sent to:
Calvary Fellowship Church
Attn:Pastor Scott Pollock
95 W. Devon Dr. Downingtown, PA 19335
Checks should be payable to CALVARY FELLOWSHIP CHURCH with a small “post-it” stuck on them that says “DR TRIP: The O’Malley’s”. (The memo section of the checks are supposed to be left blank.)
Please pray as we prepare for the trip and while we are there. Pray for the language barriers as Melissa and I try to remember how to speak Spanish (by the way thanks mom-mom and granddad for the lessons). Pray for team unity and safety in travel and as we work. Pray that lives will be changed as a result of this trip. Pray that we will be able to trust the lord with our worries as we take our little girl to another part of the world. (This is slightly out of our parenting “comfort zone”.)
MATT, MISSY, and little Aubrey too.
saturday was a beautiful day and matt and i had decided a little while back that we wanted to try and go kayaking (with the baby) sometime soon. we got the stickers for the boats. we even got aubrey a toddler "off-shore" life-vest. we were ready to go.... and totally out of our minds.
we packed everything up on saturday morning and headed out to marsh creek. no one had had anything to eat yet. we were all a little cranky, but we had loaded everything up....we had driven everything over....we were going to do this. it was a fiasco. it was almost as bad as when matt and i kayaked on our anniversary in one of the two-seater kayaks (AKA "the divorce boat").
aubrey isn't really happy about anything new... she takes a little while to warm up to things, so she started bawling as soon as we put her in the boat. all i could think was, let's just make it to the next shore, we can have lunch and try again on the way back. i spent the entire 10 minute paddle singing "row, row, row your boat" and feeding her snacks so she would stop crying. it didn't work.
we pulled into the next little shore area. it was muck. we waded in and aubrey stopped crying.... and started throwing sand and eating pond scum, while matt and i stood there and bickered over whether it was a harder job to entertain the cranky kid or to pull in the boats and unload lunch. nobody won. we ate lunch..... and three different people got back into those boats. (obviously next time we are eating lunch before we try anything crazy like this again.)
the ride back was an entirely different experience. aubrey threw rocks in the water and when she ran out of rocks.... she was comfortable enough to start moving around. i don't really know which was worse, the crying child who stayed in one place or the happy child who was trying to capsize the boat.
we waded in back at the boat dock.... i pulled the boats up to the grass, and matt played with aubrey in the water. the whole day ended with aubrey bravely sticking her face toward the water and losing her balance....and basically going under. didn't anyone tell this kid there is NO SWIMMING at Marsh Creek, it's a reservoir. she went home in my t-shirt and a diaper.... super-mom forgot a change of clothes.
we are kind of in a lull here.... (a very welcome lull). matt has cut back on hours at starbuck in order to prepare for "house stuff". we are not yet in our new home (Lord willing we settle on June 8th).... and it's a little to early to pack or do anything on this end yet. so we have embraced our free saturday and sunday afternoons and made sure to have some family time whenever we can. last sunday afternoon we spent the day at springton manor farm with aubrey. it was so much fun to have her see in person what she has only seen in books. we saw goats, sheep, horses and brand new baby piglets (like wilbur, aw, how cute!). we are looking forward to these next few FREE weekends before we become "home-owners".