Amy Scott's Thoughts

Sharing the thoughts that bounce around in my brain!

Some Good News February 21, 2017

Filed under: Selling, Building, Moving,Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 2:00 pm

Good news is good for the soul. I thought I would share some with you!

On Sunday, we heard from our real estate agent. He told us that the buyer had spoken with the previous inspector about our original home inspection. The inspector gave our house a positive report. As a result the buyer decided to waive his inspection and accepted the previous one. We have the home inspection behind us now. I was so concerned about this VA loan and the home inspection being a challenge. It’s beyond fantastic to have that behind us. I’m grateful that we are still under contract and moving forward. VA loans are known for taking time. I can’t help but be hopeful though. My prayer is that the appraisal will also happen quickly with favorable results. The sooner we get through the appraisal, the sooner we can get to closing. I desperately want to close this chapter of our lives and move on to the next. We are praising God for positive progress and we are hopeful for more good news to come. Thank you for your prayers!

In my last post, I didn’t want to go into the details of one of my health issues. Mostly because I wasn’t sure how things were going to turn out and therefore, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the whole situation. Thus, I didn’t write about it. Anyway, I will explain more now. On Tuesday, I was having a routine doctor’s visit, when my doctor found a lump on my throat. She was concerned it was a nodule on my thyroid. She sent me to have blood work done and then had me schedule and ultrasound on my thyroid for that Thursday. I knew that I wasn’t having any symptoms of thyroid issues and I had never noticed a lump before, so I wasn’t too concerned, but you never know… During my ultrasound on Thursday, the technician mentioned that I had pretty thyroid and she rarely gets to look at pretty thyroids. I know that the techs can’t say anything about your situation to give you a hint if things are good or bad, but I took my “pretty” thyroid as a good sign because I doubted an unhealthy thyroid would be pretty. Yesterday, I got a phone call from the doctor’s office saying that my thyroid checked out fine. My doctor would like to do a follow-up appointment in a few months to recheck, but it would seem my pretty thyroid is okay. Praise the Lord!

Thursday night, after I finished blogging, I was a part of an online book party for Usborne Books and More. I was invited to a leave your purse party. There would three winners of free books at the end of the party. The way to win was through racking up points. You could get points by commenting on things, playing group games, posting pictures, sharing your wishlist, etc. I felt totally obnoxious but I did my best to participate to the fullest. I was happy to learn on Saturday that I got 2nd place in the party and won $25 in free books. I now have four new books coming for my boys! I love books! They make me so happy!!!

Our house been one of illness. Both boys got colds toward the end of the week. Graham has gone down harder than Owen. We had to stay home from church on Sunday and MOPS today. I’m praying these germs leave us soon so we can go back to real world. Yesterday, Jeremy and Bill replaced the flooring in Owen’s room to laminate. Owen has thrown up enough times in that room that it had a bit of a funk. This project was one that they had planned for a while but Owen gave it a push forward in the timeline. It took part of a day to complete the room and Owen was moved back in time for nap time. Not too shabby!

That’s the update for now. Thank you for your prayers over the house and our family’s health. They mean so much to me. I hope that I have more good news to report soon. I really like sharing good news. It’s way more fun to write about than the discouragements and hang ups. Let’s keep the good news coming!

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The boys spent some time at Target with Jeremy while I had my thyroid ultrasound.

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Red Wagon Walks

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When both boys are sick and need Mom

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Enjoying his valentine present. The sticker books have been a big hit.

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When you can’t be a church, you have Bible time while munching on Fruit Loops.

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Owen’s room was displaced for a few hours.

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Graham wants to help, too.

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The transformation from carpet to laminate.

 

Romans 8:28 February 16, 2017

Filed under: Bible,Selling, Building, Moving,Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 8:19 pm

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

I was listening to a pastor on the radio talk about this verse. He was saying in hard times cliche statements like “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger” and the like are less than helpful. But he did know a statement that could encourage in a tough spot – Romans 8:28. He causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God. Now usually I’m not super impressed with one minute clips of pastors on the radio, but I heard this as I pulling out of a doctor’s appointment that didn’t go the way I had thought it would. I needed to be reminded that God can use anything for my good, even when I don’t see how right now. This whole last week has been a rough one for me. I’ve been to medical offices three different times this week and for me that is three times too many. I don’t want to do a TMI thing on the blog, so if you’re curious about my ailments, please ask me personally, I don’t mind sharing. I would greatly appreciate any prayers you might send on my behalf. Medical stuff is way out of my comfort zone. In a way I’ve felt like body has been betraying me this week. As if I needed one more thing on my plate, let’s add some health issues. Sometimes I look up to the heavens and say, “Really??? More???” and then I remember that I can look up to the mountains and my help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth (Psalm 121:1-2). The Creator is on my side. He made this body of mine. It’s complicated and confusing, but he gets it. Nothing surprises him or catches him off guard. And so I am left to trust the one who is more capable than me. The one who holds the world together and yet sees me and knows me through and through.

I was again driving by myself this week and I was feeling stupid about something and I was beating myself up over it because I am supposed to be better, I’m supposed to be perfect. My self talk got nasty. I didn’t like me at all in that moment. And I started to think about how God knows all this about me. He sees how awful I can be and yet he chooses to love me through it all. Despite my shortcomings and failures, his greatest desire is to be in relationship with me. I didn’t even want to be in relationship with myself. And yet, God was pursuing my heart in that moment. It was mind blowing. It just doesn’t make sense to me. He is love and his love will never cease to astound and amaze me.

For those wondering, our home inspection hasn’t happened yet. We haven’t progressed in the process of selling our home since my last post. I did host a pizza night at the house last Friday. I wondered if it would be weird hanging out at my house now that its been so long since I lived there and it being empty. Truthfully, it was awesome. It felt great to invite friends into a space that I loved and that I have enjoyed for so many years. With good food and good company, the house became a home again. I enjoyed those moments so much. I don’t know how much those ladies will ever know the blessing that night was to me. It was just what I needed to turn my burden into a blessing and I wish I had done it sooner.

I’m trying to pick and choose what stories I want to share with you now. Some might wonder how my Valentine’s day went… Well, the doctor’s appointment that I mentioned at the beginning of this post happened on Valentine’s day, so that cast a bit of a shadow on the day. My blow dryer died when my hair was like 30% dry at the very beginning of the day and I should have taken it as a sign. It was all down hill from there. Actually it wasn’t… It was an up and down kind of day. I had a fun meeting with the MOPS steering team. For our evening plans, I had rented a movie I thought the boys might like. They ended up screaming and fighting through most of it and then Owen peed on the floor and made a mess of himself, so the day ended with bath time, bed time and the movie only partially watched. Jeremy and I just look at each other and said, “well, that night didn’t go as planned.” I did have fun giving the boys their Valentine gifts. Owen got some ABC and numbers sticker books. I love giving things that are fun but also will build his preschool skills. Graham got some Mickey magnets to play with on the fridge. He enjoyed standing in the box they came in more than the magnets themselves. Go figure.

I know I have done it before, but I want take a minute to say thanks the family members and friends who continue to support me in countless ways through all of life’s drama! My mom has watched the boys numerous times this week as well as accompanied me to the doctor’s office when I felt too sick to take myself. My in-laws watched the boys so I could have my mom’s night at out at the Winlock house and then they graciously changed their plans when I had to spend the following day at urgent care. I felt bad having to rely on our families so much this last week, but their love and support have been greatly appreciated. Also, thank you to all my friends who keep up with me and check in on me. I have a small group that I know I can send real, honest updates to and they love me right where I am and support me in prayer. I know that even though things are challenging, painful, disappointing, surprising, etc. I am not alone. I am loved.

I think it’s only right that I give a big shout out to my hubby! He was out of town this weekend, but kept constant tabs on how I was doing. He came home and has been Super Dad with my kids so I can focus on resting. He is my greatest strength (other than Jesus) when I find myself worried by the unknowns. He got me pizza from Chicago this week as a special Valentine’s treat. Food is my love language! Actually, my love language is quality time, but food is a very close second! He is currently running errands with our boys so I can have some moments of quiet. The silence is golden. Praise Jesus! Jeremy is amazing and I am blessed to be able to share this crazy life with him. It’s a roller-coaster, but we’re on it together and that makes all the difference in the world.

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Lunch with Auntie on Friday! She helped me get the house ready for my pizza party that night.

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Waiting for the pizza and friends to arrive!

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Self medicating. The heart sleeve made me happy.

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Jeremy and Bill assembled the trampoline the boys’ got their birthday. It was hit and enjoyed during the few sunny days we had this week.

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Book model

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So proud of his tracing skills

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One last bounce before it gets dark

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Movie night (not the same movie night mentioned in this post – this one was obviously better)

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My goofy valentines!

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An attempt to do something off of Pinterest. Graham did not enjoy the paint (thus the one footprint).

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Gift time!

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The magnet box

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Introducing Owen to dry ice

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Walking while holding his pant legs up! I wonder what inspired this!!!

 

The zoo, the flu & House News February 9, 2017

Filed under: Family Time,Selling, Building, Moving,Simply Me — Amy Scott @ 7:06 pm

Every week, I think “Wow, so much has happened. How am I going to find the time and energy to blog about it all?” Right after I posted my last blog, we took off for to Portland to go to the Oregon Zoo. We were gifted a year-long membership there this Christmas. It was a beautiful day to activate our membership and enjoy our first of many free visits to the zoo. Fridays are a big family day for us since it’s Jeremy’s day off. I love Fridays. They are my favorite day of the week. I am envision many more Fridays spent as a family visiting the zoo.

The Saturday after our zoo trip, Jeremy and Owen came down with the flu. Owen threw up three times in the night and two times on Sunday morning. By Sunday night, Owen was feeling a lot better, but I was worn out after only getting about 2 hours of sleep that night. On Monday, I came down with the flu bug as well. Gotta love being a family that shares. Graham was the only one who didn’t catch it. I wonder if that has anything to do with the fact that he got the flu shot on the Thursday before. I also wonder if you can spread the flu by getting a flu shot. Just some interesting observations.

Our weekend and week was a quiet one thanks to the flu germs. Our Super Bowl weekend was also fairly quiet. We enjoyed an evening at home munching on a few the boys’ favorite snacks. The kids enjoyed Doritos. Jeremy fried mozzarella sticks. I took a bubble bath. Not a bad way to spend an evening. Even if the Patriots did win…

The exciting news I have to share is that our house is under contract again. We had a big snow storm Sunday into Monday dropping 9 inches of heavy snow in the area. Jeremy spent Monday morning helping to unbury the neighbor’s work truck from a fallen tree and cleared other fallen trees off the road so vehicles could get by. We also got the call that we had received an offer on the house and that our agent would come by that afternoon to give us the details. He was brave man for driving in such crazy weather. We made some small counters to the offer and we found out on Tuesday evening that the buyer accepted our counter offer. I am reserved about this offer because it’s a VA loan which are super tricky. VA loans tend to ask you to fix everything that is found wrong in the home inspection, which we aren’t in a place where we could probably do that (depending on what they find).  Also the closing date is set for April 7th which seems like FOREVER away, so we put a tagline in the paperwork that said “or sooner” to that date. These two things have me feeling a bit cautious and skeptical. The home inspection has the power to blow the deal up. The nice thing is the inspection should be in the next two weeks, so at least we’ll know quickly if things aren’t going to pan out. Weeks is better than months. If things do go through, waiting until April to close is going to be a challenge for me. I’m ready to move forward. This house is stalling our ability to build on our property and after months of waiting on failed contracts, I am super motivated to get to closing. I will jump for joy and click my heels once the paperwork is officially signed. I’m praying that things work out and that this is “it”. Please be praying with us. Any prayer support we receive is greatly appreciated!

My MOPS group is doing a 28 day challenge as a part of our curriculum this year. Since February has 28 days, it seemed to fit well with this month. A part of the challenge is to do a truth or dare each day that is laid in our MOPS books. We’ve been sharing our truths and dares on our closed member Facebook page. It’s a been a neat experience to do this together. A part of the challenge is to do one big thing during the month. I had a hard time coming up with my “thing” and then it dawned on me. My house has been such a burden. I wanted to turn my burden into a blessing. Tomorrow night I will be hosting mom’s night out in my empty house. We’ll do pizza and games and use the house for a fun getaway for the moms in my group. I’m always looking for ways to stretch myself with hospitality and I’m ready for my house to be associated with something “fun” instead of associated with the biggest hold up in my life. I’m looking forward to tomorrow evening and I’m praying that it is a great night of connection. God can use anything for his glory and I’m believing my house is included in that.

That’s the update for now. Like I said before, the home inspection will be in the next two weeks, so I’m sure that I will have more news to share in the near future. Thank you for your prayers. I’ll keep you posted!

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Enjoying our first free trip to the zoo with our new membership

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Getting some fresh air… They might still be in their pajamas, but at least they are bundled up.


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A treat from Sonic


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Checking on the house before a showing. Lots of wide open space to run and play.


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Super Bowl treats


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Jeremy’s Monday morning was spent cleaning up fallen trees.


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More Dorito love. My boys are big fans of orange, cheesy chips.