Fingerprinting

So, we are up and going this morning and headed to Deer Park…Deer Park? you may ask, where is Deer Park? Well, I just looked that up and it seems that it is about 20 minutes from my house. So, it’s not that far, but not really somewhere I want to go!
Bakri is starting preschool at PoeCo– 2 blocks away from our house, in 2 1/2 weeks. To prepare for this, Moustapha and I both have to have extensive background checks and have to go to this place called “Drug Screens Etc.” to get fingerprinted this morning. 🙂
We also have a home visit scheduled with Bakri’s teachers next Friday. That was the latest possible time I could schedule. I’ve basically given everyone I know that date as the absolute date that everything must be finished in my house. So, I am demanding…errrrr….requesting that I have a kitchen and working bathroom downstairs by that day.
It’s one thing to be living in a house with no kitchen and no running water downstairs. I know it could be a lot worse and I am very blessed. I just can’t stand the look on people’s faces when they come in and see how we are living. It’s depressing. I’ve had really sweet people bring us meals or a new contractor come and give us a price on work and I just see the shock on their faces that I am for one- 9 months pregnant and dealing with this and two- that my two boys are running around in the middle of it all. Truthfully, the boys seem to be doing great. They are a lot more flexible than we are. And, once the kitchen floors were finished and that area was no longer off-limits, they’ve been so much happier. In their little lives with controlled freedom comes happiness.
Wish me luck on my background check…. and pray the contractor shows up today. If he works all week, we will surely meet our next Friday goal. I’ll post pics if there is ANY progress today.
-Rebekah

Eduoard, where are you???

We woke up this morning to discover that Eduoard had made landfall…in Louisiana. When we went to bed last night Tropical Storm, Eduoard was supposed to hit straight at Galveston and hit Houston hard. Well, it looks like the weathermen (I’ve only seen men reporting on this…where are the weatherwomen???) got it wrong…again.

Who really can predict the weather? We know who controls the weather. We know who can calm the storm and settle the sea. But, who can really predict it? It’s pretty unpredictable, clearly. It confirms to me our dependence on God. There is so much uncertainty in life. God is our only Rock in a world of unpredictable weather.

Mr. Bakri and I are going to head to swim lessons in a few minutes. Supposedly its going to be raining a lot today, but they are still planning on having lessons. I’m not sure exactly why, but Bakri is determined there will be no backfloating for him. Who knew that 3 was such a strong-willed age!? And he is so funny- literally coaching himself before swim class “I’m going to float on my back by myself. I will not get scared…” We will see….

Have a great day…and stay dry if you are in a storm!

The Baby’s Room and Guest Room

Moustapha finished work on Maddux’s room shortly after Maddux was born. The room that is now Maddux’s room will soon belong to our daughter. It also operates as our guest room. So, I thought I would share pics of our inspiration room along with pics of the finished product.

We are going to leave the room as it is for our baby girl. My dear friend Jen’s mom- Karen- made Maddux’s bumper and now she is making a bumper for baby Girl. Along with a few other things to add some pink to the room. But, other than that, the room will basically look the same.

Here is the pottery barn room we used as our inspiration….

And here is our baby’s room…..

Didn’t Moustapha do an amazing job? I absolutely love it and know that our Baby Girl will be very happy in this beautiful room. Thank you, Moustapha!!!

Tomorrow is my birthday

So, tomorrow is my birthday and because of the condition of my house, my current condition (being preggers) and the fact that we have 2 small children, we don’t have any plans. I’m not saying that because it is sad. Although, it is a little sad. But, more because I’ve always been one to make a big deal out of birthdays. I was taught that birthdays were important by my parents and I’ve kept the same tradition going with our own children. I’m not talking about big extravagant parties or huge presents, but just creating a day that is special and memorable.

So, it’s my birthday tomorrow and I guess I’ll let Moustapha figure out what it is we’re going to do. My boys definitely want to celebrate…and so do I. It’s just a little more complicated than last year’s 30th birthday bash. And I am so darn tired and tired of my house being in the condition its in. I normally love to eat out, but after being without a kitchen for 6 months, I am kind of over the whole eating out thing. 🙂

Well, I may not keep up the pace of 2 blogs in a day, but I’ll try!

My first "official" blog

Well, I guess it is about time I get caught up with the rest of the world and start blogging.
Things have been so crazy here lately. Our kitchen was flooded by a leaky old galvanized steel pipe back in January and we have been without a kitchen or running water downstairs ever since. We ended up tearing out our old kitchen and replacing all of the pipes in our house with copper plumbing.
We hired a contractor who has been M.I.A. for the last 2 1/2 months.

These are some “before” pictures of the kitchen.

Here are some “in the middle of remodel” pictures of our kitchen. It is coming together. We actually had people show up to work today- a miracle in itself! If someone would just show up everyday, we could be done with everything in a week and a half.

And to top it all off, we are expecting our 3rd baby very soon. I am 8 months pregnant with a baby girl and not very happy about living in a house without a kitchen. But, I have confidence that everything will be finished before the baby comes!….pray that is so!