Wednesday, October 01, 2014


Just 6 days after her other tooth fell out, she lost the second top front tooth!  She looks SO cute and her speech is adorable.

Lotus Festival

I just love this community.  There IS SO MUCH going on here and to do.  Two weekends ago the Lotus Festival took place.  It is an international music festival that happens over Labor Day weekend.  On Saturday during the day they have a free family day in the park.  There are tons of arts for the kids to do and lots of excellent music happening.  We had a great time exploring the event together.

 She looks like a townie!  She has the head wrap and is baby wearing.  ;)


On September 15 after MUCH anticipation Peanut lost her first top front tooth.  Those front teeth had been wiggly FOREVER.  We weren't sure they would ever fall out.  The big event happened on school picture day, the day after I got back from my weekend away, which I totally spaced until 20 minutes before the girls had to leave for school!  Oops!  Thankfully her tooth waited until after pictures happened.  She looked so cute with one tooth.  Daddy called her snaggletooth. 

A Weekend Away

A few weekends ago I was whisked out of town by these women to celebrate a couple of birthdays and see two of us who have moved away.  IT WAS BLISS!  We met up in Dayton and were together two nights and three days.  We laughed ALOT, cried, prayed, talked, and were just together.  
 We went to Ikea (my first time), an outlet mall, and ate at P.F. Chang's.  It was glorious!
 The gal in the above pic in the middle in the jean jacket had the great idea of doing something creative together too.  She enlisted me to help her and we came up with making celebration plates.  It was so good to be creative and with friends.  I miss being creative.  I need to make time for that love of mine.  
 Our plates turned out so great!  We will use these with our families on birthdays or special days.  
I am so grateful that I had the chance to go away with these women.  They are amazing friends to me.  I love how God brought us together and gave us the gift of friendship with each other.  

Monday, September 22, 2014

Indoor Camping

The girls have been just dying to go camping.  We haven't been able to find a good time to go due to Kev's health and our schedule.  So we did the next best thing over Labor Day.  We set up our small tent in the living room which took up our whole living room because it is just so spacious.  The girls thought this was just the coolest thing ever.  
We roasted hot dogs in the oven and marshmallows over the gas stove top.  Those marshmallows worked perfectly for yummy s'mores.  
Pumpkin really got into me taking her picture.  Can't you tell?
We just keep trying to make these memories with the girls.  
They may not be the memories we thought we'd be making, but they are memories.  
I think they show that we are trying our best to make good come out of a hard situation.  

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Things are happening.  

We have had quite an insurance fiasco due to the new Obamacare guidelines and how they have affected Kevin.  He was put on Medicare this past May and dropped by his previous insurance provider.  A few weeks later we were told by the transplant center that he was put on hold for the transplant due to the insurance change that we did not agree to or even know was happening.  The new guidelines say that someone on dialysis for 3 months is automatically switched to Medicare.  Kev's health care went from 100% coverage to a much more expensive premium and only 80% coverage.  For the healthy person this wouldn't be so bad but when facing a transplant those dollar signs are HUGE.  

Under the guidance of our dialysis center's social worker and the transplant center, we have begun fundraising.  God led four amazing women from our church to us to head up fundraising.  They are amazing and have gotten the ball rolling quickly.  They have been contacting people we know and asking if they would get involved.  

This Friday night there will be a fish fry in our honor at Maple Grove UMC in South Bend, IN.  It is on the corner of Maple and New Roads just south of South Bend.  It will be from 5-7 p.m.  The dinner is free but they will be accepting donations to put towards Kev's medical expenses.   This is the  poster that a dear friend of ours who pastors this church made for the fish fry.  
Another friend of ours is a Scentsy rep and is doing a Scentsy sale in our honor.  You can shop online at  Jen's poster that she made for this fundraiser is below.  This fundraiser is going on now through September 30.
A couple of moms that are in the mom's group that I lead at our church are holding a garage sale fundraiser for my family on September 27 from 8 a.m. to noon here in Bloomington.  They are in need first of all for items to sell.  Do you have things that you were planning on giving away or that are laying around waiting for a garage sale?  Would you consider donating them to this garage sale?  I would be MORE than happy to pick up items and get them to where they need to go.  I can also give you the address of where to drop off donations if you contact me.  They also need people to help with pricing and tagging items before the sale.  Then obviously they need shoppers on the day of the sale.  If you are not on FB and need the address, please contact me for that information.  You can also leave a comment on this post if you need the address for the sale or have donations that need picked up. 

With the help of our fundraising "gurus" we have put together a Go Fund Me site where donations to Kev's medical expenses can be made.  You can find that site at this link:

Our church has also set up an account for donations to be made to.  These donations are tax deductible.  They are working on getting it set up on the website but for now checks can be made out to ECC with the subject line "Flick's Medical Fund".   The address for our church is 503 S. High St., Bloomington, IN 47401.  You can call the church, if you have any questions at 812-312-0502.

If you would like to help in the fundraising some way or have an idea for a great fundraiser, please let us know.  We will pass this info on to our amazing team.  You can leave a comment on this post.

We are expectant and know that we will get through this obstacle too because of promises like this one.  
"Fear not for I have redeemed you, I have summoned you by name, you are mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.  When you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, the flames will not set you ablaze."
Isaiah 43:1-2

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Peanut told us she wanted to do soccer again this year.  We were so proud of her.  She has played two games so far and is doing a fabulous job.  She keeps hoping for her first goal!  :)

 Pumpkin was not interested in joining soccer and we are fine with that.  We want her to do the things she wants to do.  She is a great cheerleader for Peanut!