January 21, 2010

Self-Created Chaos

The countdown is on until I leave for Africa to go pick up our Baby Miles! I am in full on panic- warp speed preparation mode. Maybe I am just nesting. Maybe I am losing my mind. Maybe I just need to s-l-o-w down and take a breath. It's just that when preparing for a trip and preparing for a new baby to come home there isn't time to s-l-o-w down. There are baby clothes to wash (and I don't even know what size baby boy is!) There are bags to pack. There are schedules to make. There are high chairs, and car seats and exersaucers to bring up from the basement and scrub down. I only own an embarrassing small amount of undergarments, so I'm pretty sure I'll need to schedule an underwear and bra buying trip in there somewhere. (Because the number one rule of traveling to third world countries is A) Bring diarrhea medication and B) have plenty of undies!) And there is the overwhelming fear that somehow my husband might forget to feed the children while I'm gone (not really- but the mom in me thinks it might be a slight possibility)

Which brings me to this...After months of agonizing about it- I've we've decided that I will go to Africa to pick up Miles and Kamron will stay home and hold down the fort. We would have loved to have gone together, but dude, it is EXPENSIVE to travel to the DRC. And our kiddos are little and rotating them around to relatives for 10 days would create a lot of upheaval for them at an already chaotic time. I think mostly how it happened is that I bullied Kamron into this agreement. As a mom, I can't not go (I hear my old English teacher, EJ, sighing BIG time at that double negative!) Kamron has a lot of concerns about me traveling without him. In the midst of all of this pre-trip chaos, I can't help but feel a little worried for him and his peace of mind.

Somehow in the middle of this upheaval, I decided that we need to paint and redo our bedroom. When we moved into this house 3 years ago, the master bedroom was red. I like red, but this red is intense to say the least. Sometimes when I go in there I feel myself tense up. And the red makes me think of blood and I really don't like thinking about blood while I am trying to go to sleep. I didn't hate the red bad enough to paint over it immediately, so it all got put on the back burner. And 3 years later I am still looking at those ketchup walls. I think that I had complained about it for far too long, because for Christmas, Kamron bought me a new bedspread set that doesn't at all match the red (yippee!) so I am forced to paint! I don't think that I've mentioned before that I also only own 1 set of sheets. Not one set of sheets that match, mind you, just one set of sheets. Which means that often times I have found myself ready to go to bed, only to find that I forgot to put the sheets in the dryer and have to wait a good 30 minutes for them to dry before I go to bed. So with the new comforter set came a new set of sheets!!!!!! It really is the small things in life. Owning 2 sets of sheet makes me feel like I've arrived! Anyway- I decided that with a third child coming I really need a tranquil bedroom space, so that is on my agenda for today and tomorrow.

Also on my agenda- FILLING OUT RAFFLE TICKETS!!!! (See the post below if you have been under a rock for the last few days) This raffle is consuming my life, but I am all caught up. If you have purchased a ticket- I have it already filled out and in the raffle box. So if you have yet to get a confirmation from me- consider this your confirmation- it is all taken care of! You all are awesome! Thanks for purchasing so many tickets. But seriously- we are talking a WHOLE week in Florida, folks, so keep buying!! And I'd love nothing more that to make a TON of money for Haiti and the DRC. You might be asking yourself...aside from having the most beautiful beaches in the United States, what else does Destin have to offer? I could go on for days and days about this, so maybe I'll highlight a different Destin hot spot every day, just to keep you in the raffle ticket buying vacation state of mind.

Destin has a gulfarium. Not an aquarium, because there is not tank after tank of fish, but a gulfarium. As in, all the animals you'll see in the gulf. Like dolphins! They have lots of dolphins. And they do tricks! And the kids will freaking love it and beg you to go every day of your vacation. And you will say yes because those dolphins are entirely too cool! And they have alligators and sea lions (who also do tricks) and warm weather penguins, oh my! Here is a picture of my kids' favorite thing to see at the gulfarium taken on our last vacation to Destin.

Wanna go? I thought so. So buy a ticket. Already bought one? Buy another one. I wouldn't beg you so much, except that the organizations that we'll be donating the money to are in desperate need. Eight days after the earthquake in Haiti, people are still being dug out of the rubble. There are children in orphanages who have still not received any aid. There are people with serious wounds who have not yet had any medical attention. The organizations on the ground are doing all they can with what they have. But think about what a much better job they could do if they had all the tools they needed. This is where you come in. Your ten dollar ticket will buy fuel and medical supplies in Haiti. As you watch the heartbreak unfold on the news, turn your sorrow into action. Click the button to the left and donate your money. I've made the action super easy for you -and given you an opportunity to win a fabulous vacation in the process. Win/win for everyone involved. I know that the economy is tight, but YOU do have $10 to spare. Can you give up your big mac meal and brown bag it next week? Can you resist a few impulse buys at the Target One Spot? Can you drink your morning coffee at home and forgo the morning coffee run? Can you go without a few little things so that people in Haiti and the Congo can have hope? Sure you can. Please buy a ticket.

"If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth." 1 John 3:17-18

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