Oct 22, 2014

Fall Front Porch

We may have some not-so-fun things going on in our house right now, but there's one spot that makes me feel happy right now. And that's our front porch!

3 big pumpkins from Scot's parents + 3 decorative pumpkins from my parents + 2 artificial flower arrangements I made = the perfect fall porch :)

Oct 21, 2014

Walden Pumpkin Farm // 2014

This weekend - in the midst of house/apartment-hunting, talking to mortgage specialists at the bank, discussing multiple options of where-we-go-from-here and a much needed date day - our family was ready for some good old-fashioned family fun, so we headed to our favorite pumpkin farm Sunday after church.

It was beautiful and sunny, the perfect fall day. The perfect place for us to spend time together.

Our crazies:

Good food. (Cheesecake-on-a-stick-kind-of-good.) Fresh air. Relaxing family fun.

Exactly what this family needed.

Oct 17, 2014

He Is Enough

As our furnace goes on the fritz, a big virus attacks our computer, Scot's car has trouble starting, and I see cracks on our walls and windows - all I can hear in my head and feel in my heart are the words from Hillsong's Forever Reign song play over and over:

You are good, You are good
When there's nothing good in me
You are love, You are love
On display for all to see
You are light, You are light
When the darkness closes in
You are hope, You are hope
You have covered all my sin

You are peace, You are peace
When my fear is crippling
You are true, You are true
Even in my wandering
You are joy, You are joy
You're the reason that I sing
You are life, You are life,
In You death has lost its sting

Oh, I'm running to Your arms,
I'm running to Your arms.
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign

You are more, You are more
Than my words will ever say
You are Lord, You are Lord
All creation will proclaim
You are here, You are here (gets me every time)
In Your presence I'm made whole

You are God, You are God
Of all else I'm letting go

Oh, I'm running to Your arms
I'm running to Your arms
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign

My heart will sing
no other Name
Jesus, Jesus
Oh, I'm running to Your arms
I'm running to Your arms
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough.

He. is. enough.

Oct 15, 2014

Please Help Us With Our Foundation Repairs

Hello Family and Friends!

Scot and I have a huge foundation repair in our house coming up in November, and we need your help! We had to install 11 steel piers around two corners of the house for $11,000 last year. Now, we have to install 17 steel piers around the rest of the house, repair our support beams + add a sump pump under the house and fix all the interior damage to the house as well. The outside work is expected to be done the week before Thanksgiving in November and will cost us $19,000 - on top of the $11,000 we're still paying off from last year, totaling well over $30,000.

We are working 3 jobs between us and doing our best to make ends meet while supporting our little family of five, but these repairs are beyond our control. Whether it's prayer, support, or even a few dollars - we could use your help in getting us closer to our goal in making our home safe and sound!

Our fundraising site is: http://www.gofundme.com/ciancifamily. Will you be so kind to pass our site along to social media sites or anyone you know?

Never in our lives have we ever thought about or desired asking others for money, but we're learning it takes a real humble heart to ask for help from the body of Christ. God is good - even in all this - and we know He'll work through it all...

Thank you for your love and support over the years. We appreciate each and every one of you!

Oct 13, 2014


The best word to describe me right now.

Today was full of frazzled moments.

Texting our realtor friend for advice on our foundation repair.
Scheduling another home inspection.
Calling my mom and friend to ask for prayer.
Calling our homeowner's insurance company, attempting to "talk" to the automated lady with Connor crying in the background (never fails), getting transferred to three different departments before finally getting disconnected and then starting the process all over again.
Checking rates and availability with apartments "for rent" around town.
Taking the kids to the allergist for allergy shots after school and getting a steroid prescription for Jake's skin rash - finally! (While talking to the doctor, Connor refused to listen, proceeded to remove his rain boots and walk barefoot around the exam room. I mentally went to another place.)
Getting that call from our insurance agent and hearing him confirm there's no coverage for foundation repairs after all.
Waiting an hour for Jake's prescription to be ready for pick-up at Walgreens.
Driving around to pick up brochures for apartments.
Getting home and realizing I left my debit card in the Walgreens canister tube. Sigh.
Getting kids bathed and started browning meat for taco night...realizing we had no taco seasoning in the pantry. Sigh.

And then that crazy day last week -

Brooklyn was home for fall break and Jake was away at his dad's. I let Connor and Brooklyn have pajama day and watch movies one day at home. I was watching little A that day too and had to get a few things at Target. I wasn't feeling well and noticed I was a day late, so I added a preggo test to my cart just to make sure. In the checkout line, Connor started having a meltdown and little A got fussy as it was getting close to feeding time again. When the check-out lady mentioned how cute the baby was, Brooklyn piped up - "Oh, she's not our baby. She's someone else's baby. We're just watching her right now."

The kids have messy, dirty faces from eating snacks in the cart.
Trash is everywhere.
Kids still in pajamas.
Connor's barefoot in the cart (he currently has some type of aversion to shoes) and starts yelling, "I get outta the cart NOW, Mommy!"
Target employees think I've stolen a baby.
And I'm buying a home pregnancy test. Ha!

Finest mom moment yet. Sadly or happily (depending on which day it is), that's my life right now.

Thank heavens we're in the clear. ;)

Oct 10, 2014

Foundation Repair (Before) // Round Two

I thought I'd take some before pics of various cracks we have on the inside and outside of our house as we prepare for Round Two in our major foundation repair - hopefully, coming soon! Just a sneak peek into the crazy chaos around here. All $35K and counting...

Foundation Repair (After) // Round One
Foundation Repair (Before) // Round One
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