This blog is just about my life and mostly revolves around my son, Jamie. This blog is a combination of everything, whether it may be a new recipe I tried, a good freebie I found, something funny Jamie said, or feelings I'm having about life in general. There's little rhyme or reason. I'll never win any blogging awards, but I enjoy writing about our lives and I mostly do it for my son. It's so easy to forget moments over the years. I've got all these little tidbits of our life in print and I hope that someday Jamie can enjoy them.

I called this blog Mother of Life, Mother of Loss because of my issues with pregnancy loss and the joy of finally bringing this wonderful person into the world. Truly, I feel the pains of loss, but you won't see too much of that here. I am blessed and I am, above all else, a mother of life.

After all the years of infertility and loss, Matthew and I were blessed with a surprise pregnancy. We were pregnant with twins, but unfortunately, Baby A could not stay with us. Baby B grew into a healthy and happy baby girl that we named Bella Marie. We are so blessed to have two beautiful children.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Great Flood

Well, we decided to get a used washer because a new one just isn't in our budget right now. Big mistake. I was so excited to get all the laundry done at my house and happily put in the first load. I went to check on it and it never stopped running. Our entire garage was flooded! There was a shoe box gently floating in the middle of the garage. Jamie was very excited to see a swimming pool in the house. He was sorely disappointed when he couldn't go out there and play. We ended up having to completely empty our garage. This was no small task because my husband and I are notorious pack rats and we had soooo much junk piled in there. Not only that, we keep our cat litter boxes in the garage and the cats kick litter into the floor frequently. That created a nice swampy mess. It took us many hours to empty the garage and vacuum up the water with a shop vac. My husband took off work early to help me. We were both frozen to the bone and wet. The temperature was only about 30 degrees. We got another washer and around 9:30pm I was finally able to start doing laundry, albeit nervously. The washer is noisy but everything seems to be working fine. I think I'll spring for that new front loader when we get our income taxes in, though. We'll see. There's a lot of stuff we need and we may get used to this noisy little addition to our household. I just thank God that our washer is in our garage and not in the house. Could you imagine the mess on our hardwood floors???

Despite the chaos I kept a promise I made to Jamie and we made our first set of ornaments this evening. I'll post them tomorrow because I want to make more in different colors before I put up the pictures.

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