Monthly Archives: February 2010

South America – Day 185

Yes! I figured out the day for my blog title. No, I still don’t have a computer. It still turns on but has a black screen. I counted the days from my last numbered post to get the title of this one. I’m lying awake on my parent’s couch at 545am. My sister Kendra came home from Japan last night so I came out here to see her and sometimes its just a hassle to load up and go home at night, without Derick. My little boys had a rough night last night and this is the usual time I get up at home, so I thought I’d blog a little. Allyn has been sick for the last couple of days and I don’t think Brody has been feeling very well either. They both slept on the living room floor, close to me last night. Christian is staying pretty healthy and Aida had one day that she didn’t feel well but got over it quickly. I stayed home from church on Sunday because I just didn’t want a repeat of last fall. From the time Derick left until New Years, my kids were almost continuously sick. NOT FUN!! I am not interested in doing that again! Right now I am praying for complete healing before next Thursday. I want us all to be 100% when we pick up Derick from the airport!

Next Thursday!! I think its ok to tell people now. He’s coming home on Thursday, March 4. He is a reservist, so he should be home for a couple of years before he has to leave again. The plan is for him to start school in the fall and go straight through until he finishes his Master’s Degree in Divinity. Hopefully it won’t take more than 4 or 5 years. And hopefully, getting deployed again won’t put him behind. I’ve heard there are some schools he can go to and finish his Bachelor’s at the same time as he is getting his Master’s but I’m not sure how that would work with the grants and stuff he can get from the Navy. We’ll see how it all works out. If God has called him to this, then God has a plan! We just have to wait and see what it is.

My mind has been racing for the last few days. All I can think about is Derick’s return. I can’t believe its been six months already! In some ways it feels like it was a very short time and in other ways it feels like six months or more. Sometimes I think about things that have happened and I have to remind myself that Derick wasn’t here when that happened. Like, when the group from Church came and painted our garage. And, when my sister moved in and we cleaned out the basement to make room for her. When Derick left, the garage and the basement looked terrible. (Well, right now the basement looks terrible again but its easily cleaned up.) But when he comes home they will both be new and beautiful to him! Our bedroom is another example and the kids rooms. I think all the bedrooms were disastrous, but not anymore! Even if I left all the decor the same and just cleaned the house, it would be a welcome surprise to him because of all those things that have been done throughout the whole six months. I just can’t wait till he is here and I can’t seem to think about much else!

One more thing, he will be flying into the Peoria Airport. I don’t have a time yet but anyone is welcome to come and see him arrive. Its pretty exciting to see our military come home!

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South America – day ?

Its 6am. I want to go back to sleep but my coffee is already made and I don’t want to waste it. I got up at 5 with Brody. (We’re having some trouble with his sleep schedule.). After that I made coffee to motivate myself to stay awake. I started reading my Bible study book but just couldn’t seem to concentrate. Derick is coming home in 12 days! TWELVE DAYS!!! I think the total number of days he was gone will be somewhere around 190, and we’re down to 12. Wow! I can’t believe we’re counting down to the end. He is back in the United States and he’s preparing to travel home.

I have two major projects going to get ready for Derick to return to us. I am redecorating my bedroom and I am clearing out and organizing the basement. My bedroom is looking more and more beautiful everyday! I think I’ve said before that I want it to be a place of refuge when he returns. Its the entire upstairs of my house. The kids aren’t allowed up there without permission. So far, I have a new comforter set complete with pillow shams and bed skirt. Yesterday my friend Anna came over and we made a slip cover for my chair and ottoman. I have shears to hang. The lamps that were in my living room are getting moved into my bedroom. I need to get some curtain rods and I need to get blinds. I would also love to paint my bathroom. This seems like a tall order. If I get all of this done, I don’t think Derick will even notice the basement or any other part of the house!

Wow! Twelve days! What an adventure this has been! In some ways life seems to stop and in others it just has too keep going. Every night when I pray with the kids, I always tell Allyn what to pray for “Dear God, Thank you for today. Keep Daddy safe. Heal Grandma. I love you. Amen” Its pretty cute. This week though, he has changed the keep Daddy safe part to “Daddy home”. It melted my heart when I heard it! He thought of that on his own! Even my 2-year-old knows we are preparing for Derick’s return!

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is actually in Song of Solomon. Song of Songs 2:11-13 says, “See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.” How appropriate for Derick’s return! The winter is gone literally and figuratively. (Well, figuratively probably before literally… In Illinois, anyway.)

A friend of mine suggested something from Uppercase Living to put on my bedroom wall. But, maybe I’ll just paint that verse on the wall instead. It would be a lot easier if I had an overhead projector. I wish I had another week to work on it. Or that I had thought of it a month ago. How beautiful and appropriate that would be, painted on my wall with little flowers painted to frame it! I guess I just have to see how much time I have.

I think my parents are coming over today to help me work on the basement. Pray that we get a lot done, please! I think the basement could be done in a day or two if we really work hard at it. So, here’s to hoping! Everyone will have to come see my beautiful house after Derick comes home. And you can visit with Derick while you’re here, too!

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South America – Day ??

In case no one noticed, I don’t have the day posted in the title like I usually do. There is a really good reason for that. My computer died this week. Its been ill for quite a while, but this week it finally passed. When Derick returns he may be able to lay hands on it and breathe life into it once again. He has a magic touch like that. But I’m not counting on it. I am currently writing this blog from my phone. (I love technology!!) Anyway, my calendar on which I kept track of how long Derick has been gone is on that computer. I have no idea what the number of days is off the top of my head. I have a countdown till he returns now but I’m not really supposed to post that on the internet yet. I think once he is state side I’ll be able to but not until then.

Last night I went to Target with my 3 youngest kids. Christian went to a movie with his dad. So, since I was relieved of one I thought I would venture out in public in hopes that we would make total fools of ourselves. Well, we survived and I must say, they did famously! I wanted to pick out new bedding and curtains for my bedroom. Of all the rooms in my house, I’d like for our room to be the most welcome sight for Derick. He has had absolutely no privacy for the last 6 months. So, I wanted to make our room a place of refuge for him. A place that he can go to relax and recuporate. It helps that our room is the entire upstairs of our house. I’ve already told my kids they are not allowed in there without permission. Allyn is the only one who seems to have trouble with that. All the movies are in there and he can’t seem to stay away from them. Anyway, I’d like to have the basement organized too but the bedroom is my top priority.

The other project that I have been working on is making handbags. I mentioned it on facebook once, trying a new hobby, I mean. I have a friend that is moving to Brazil on Thursday. She has come to my house about once every other week on average since Derick left. She is also pregnant and I thought a handbag/diaper bag made by yours truly would make a great baby gift. The bag turned out beautifully! I would love to make lots more but I don’t have my own sewing machine. I have to use my mom’s. If anyone has a working sewing machine that they would like to get rid of, let me know. I’m willing to pay you for it. I’m not looking for a hand out, just a good deal. I don’t really have the money to invest in a good new machine right now. That gets a little pricey!

Well, Brody is sleeping right now so I suppose I should probably take advantage of being down one kid and get something done. Since my computer is out of commission I don’t know when my next post will be. At the very least I’ll post when Derick get home. (Then I’ll have his computer to use!)

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South America – Day 171

I can’t believe its been 11 days since I posted anything.  It really hasn’t crossed my mind for the last few days.  I have been consumed by projects that need to be done before Derick comes home.  Early Monday morning, my sister, Kendra, left for Japan for 2 weeks.  I have been staying at my parent’s house since Sunday night.  I came here to watch the Super Bowl.  I thought it may be easier to come here and then spend the night rather than have to drag them home late and try to get them in bed in a timely fashion.  That did not sound like fun!  Well, I planned to go home today, but now its really snowing so I doubt if I’ll make it tonight either.

I think I’m just gonna give a quick update of the past week’s events, besides staying at my parent’s house.  I’m teaching Bible study at church.  Last week went really well.  I feel totally unqualified but in a way, I guess that’s a good thing.  I keeps me from getting overly confident in my teaching abilities.  If anyone learns from the study, its all God and none of  me.  Today, I opted not to go, however.  Peoria Christian called off school and Christian stayed home.  I thought for a while that I was being a wimp and just bailed out of teaching today.  Then I actually ventured into Peoria for a doctor’s appointment and lunch at McDonald’s.  Now, I am so glad I didn’t try to drive from Brimfield to Tremont this morning!  I actually saw a semi run a red light through the intersection that I was about to drive through.  Thankfully everyone was paying attention and didn’t move until the truck passed.

Yesterday, my friend Susan came over and we did major cleaning on the first floor of my house.  I am almost embarrassed to write about it.  I let my house get so messy (dirty) sometimes.  Then I feel too overwhelmed (paralyzed) to do anything about it.  So, I have had to swallow my pride and let people come over and help me clean while Derick has been gone.  I left my kids with my mom and went home to clean my house.  Now the whole first floor looks amazing.  Plus, last week my parents came over and helped me clean my boy’s room.  Then my dad moved the cradle and the changing table out of my room, fixed the crib and officially moved Brody into what appears to be the dorm room for boys in our house.  Aida, being the only daughter, still has her own room.

Kendra worked most of last week trying to get her stuff packed up so she could move out of my house before she left for Japan.  It didn’t work, but since most everything that belonged to her is now gone, maybe I can solicit some help to get her bed out of my basement.  That way I can get some organizing done down there in the next 3 weeks.

The main project that I want to get done is my bedroom.  I don’t need to paint it.  I wouldn’t want to anyway because my room is the entire upstairs of my house and it would be a MAJOR project.  I would like to get new curtains, bedding and a slip cover for my chair and ottoman.  If I have time, I wouldn’t mind painting the (tiny) master bathroom.  I just want to make it a private place of refuge for Derick when he returns.  He has had no privacy since he left and I think that is what he would appreciate most.

I think that is all the updates for now.  Oh, the other thing I did was visit Tricoci University to check out their teacher training program for cosmetologists.  It looked like a great school with a great program but very expensive.  The tuition is $9,000 for 4 months of school.  Plus the first 7-10 weeks are done in Chicago and there is no student housing.  So, I’d have to stay in a hotel 3 or more nights a week.  Also, very expensive!!  The idea was that maybe I could do the teacher training and be a cosmetology teacher.  That way I would still be employed in my chosen profession, but really I would rather teach it than do it all day.  Plus, it would be steady hours and a guaranteed income instead of variable just doing hair.  But if I did that, I would rather go to Oehrlein School of Cosmetology and then teach at Oehrlein School of Cosmetology, my alma mater.  The waiting list for teacher training there, however, is 20 names long.  When a school only trains a couple at a time, and it takes 4-8 months to get through, that is potentially a 3-5 year wait.  *sigh*  I guess either God’s gonna preform a miracle and get me in now, or that’s just not in his plan.  So, for now, we wait on God’s plan and God’s timing.  I just had this hair-brained idea that I could earn an income when Derick is in school this fall by teaching.  But, maybe not.  I’ll turn in my resume anyway, becauseh I can’t get in if I don’t apply.  But, I guess it is something that I’ll put on the back burner for now.  That’s ok.  Its more important for Derick to get through school right now than for me.

So, that’s life in the Uhler household for now.  I would love to have visitors to keep me busy for the next 3 weeks but if you come, expect to be put to work.  (Actually, that’s not true.  I’d rather sit around, talking and drinking coffee than work!)  But, come visit me anyway.  But don’t forget to kiss your husbands before you do!

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