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    Hello, This is merely an account of my life with three Littles and a fabulous husband. I made it with the hopes to stay connected to my dear loved ones that I unfortunately don't get to see everyday. I guess and hope that this will evolve and become something else with time, but for now, it will just be an honest account of how I spend my hours, minutes, days.

Take some time out and go to the Zoo

Being that we are in the midst of lots of building and doing, my kids seem to feel very much in the way. I usually have an agenda and they usually totally mess it up. Either that or they just plain bug. Their needs bug cause I can’t finish the goals I have planned.

At least that is the perspective I have. and you know what? It isn’t working out for me so well.

Frustration has been developing and needed some defusing.

It was time for a trip to the zoo!

So, I finally dropped my agendas and packed up and took the girls alone on an outing.

We had fun, as we always do.Can you find the bird? If there weren’t a rail I would have stepped on him.I like my kids. I really do. I just need to be reminded of that every now and then. Cause wow. They are precious!So, friends, today your job is to look your kids in the eyes and remember that they are a gift.

CurlyQ turned 4

This little mouse turned 4!

We had a party planned, and then….2 days before I felt the beginnings of a fever coming on. Then on the day before her birthday, the day of her birthday and the day after her birthday Samuel and I both were hit with the sledge hammer. Try and put on a birthday with a 100 fever. It was hard. She had fun! and I enjoyed thinking that she is getting older and cuter and lovelier everyday. But actually, all I wanted to do was crawl in a totally silent room with a puffy bed.

The hard part was 1. The puffy bed was there. 2.The silence…well, not so much. 3. this little girl has been talking about her birthday since Christmas!

I couldn’t let her hanging. I couldn’t postpone it. I couldn’t cancel.

So, I half canceled. We had more guests planned, but I told everyone who doesn’t live at Altreick not to come. So everyone who lives at Altreick was just a perfect amount for a lovely day for a wonderful girl. They also saved my butt and did a lot of work for me. Without them, it wouldn’t have been so nice.

CurlyQ didn’t seem to notice my struggle and was delighted that it was her day. She liked to trumpet her arrival or departure throughout the day. “The Birthday Girl is going outside now.” or “The Birthday Girl is going to go inside now.” “The Birthday Girl is here!”

We did facepainting. I need to work with these kids on taking group shots.The next day, we all took a 4 hour nap. !!!!! That was God’s grace. After our 4 hour nap we watched a movie together, then we ate dinner, while we watched the world cup together, then we went back to bed! It was a wonderful day after party.  The girls liked watching soccer with their Papa. CurlyQ announced that she would like to be a soccer player when she is a woman. I think that means, when she is grown up.So, my 4 year old has some aspirations! and she is now 4. and I love her.

July 1, 2014 - 11:33 pm

Danie - Happy Birthday sweet four yr old!!! We are sending love to you from California.

oh me, oh my

So, lets see… since I last posted some time has passed. Bummer how that happens so quickly! You think you have it down and a month and half goes by. Well, right now in my life I feel like I am 40 steps behind on just about everything so, I guess I’ll just have to live through this and pick up where I left off. Which is: we moved.

I hate moving. But it was worth it. This place is a little paradise.

We have tons of kids, tons of cherries and tons of awesomeness and love for what we are doing. not to mention tons of work!

This was a uh, motel? and all the rooms are being transformed into livable spaces. Inotherwords, walls are getting ripped out, bathrooms are getting ripped out, kitchens being built in, etc etc etc. The potential is enormous but to get there we are having to sweat a little.

But I love it.

Here are some pictures:

(Don’t worry, the children were getting paid by the hour.)

just kidding. They had fun riding up and down the lift. and they really liked being “helpful.”This is our new place. Us and 4 other families!We had to store all our stuff in the barn for the meantime.This is one small part of the very spacious garden. (I can’t call it a ‘yard’ cause, well, it just doesn’t fit. So, I am going to call it a ‘garden.’)Onto our apartment.

This will be the girl’s room. I am working on the floor now and it is turning out really cool. I am painted it and am in the process of stenciling it.This will be our sleeping room.Right now this is our living/eating room until our kitchen/living room gets built.This my friends…will be our kitchen. Chah. sweat, is what I said. Right now it is the attic. It will be amazing.This will be another room (connected to the kitchen) and we are planning to dedicate it to…


It will be a place where I can make things. Glorious!The weather had a freakish warmth that turned into heat. Yet again, glorious! So we had to bust out the sunscreen. This happens 3 weeks out of the year.The kids are happy. and cute. and all over the place.All of the rooms have showers. (ALL OF THE ROOMS) and none of them bathtubs. So, we took a showerbath for the kiddos.World Cup: Outside.I love these people.This is our living room at the moment. It has furniture in it now and everyday I look outside and bam! GREEN.

Soothes me despite the trantrums.

The view from my window.Like I said, we have a lot of cherries. When I say a lot, I mean, we could pick 3 buckets full a day and be picking for weeks. The tree is blessed in God’s abundance.So we picked cherries, go take dip, pick some more cherries….like I said, it is a little paradise!And when we are not playing this is what is going down. ARBEIT! This is what it looks like to tear out an old motel and turn it into a livable home.And in the meantime, the kids are together, all the time. playing, being adorable and sometimes bugging eachother. Being together all the time is a whole new ballgame for all of us and we are learning how to find the balance and pull away when we need to. But actually, the new challenges that come along with all these projects outweigh the old challenges.If you want some cherries, come on over!

June 22, 2014 - 6:34 pm

Mathias Lange - We enjoy to see all the pictures of the ‘paradise’ and all the lovely people! :)

July 1, 2014 - 10:44 pm

Elly Kadner - It looks amazing Jocelyn!! So I saw the W.s, H.s, you – and who else moved in? What a great project to be doing together!! Be blessed and please give our love to everyone :-). Elly

I love weddings!

I don’t know if you remember the pictures I took last year of my friends. They got engaged. Then a year went by and they got married.

That year went by fast. Then the long awaited day came upon us. Sam and I got all cleaned up, packed our kids clothes and with a blessing of ” You can do this” handed them to my in-laws for the weekend. !

It was glorious to be able to enjoy this day without having to be responsible for anyone else. (how selfish does that sound! gotta love it.) Anyway, Sam and I turned to one another with the questions, “And you are?” “oh, your my husband! ah ha. not just the father of my children… right!” “I forgot how attractive you are!” I was also looking for something to take care of. Sam had to remind me that I was allowed to relax. So I did. I had 2 glasses of sekt, 1 glass of wine and a glass of beer. All over the course of the day. That is more alcohol than I drink the whole year! So, I was relaxed and happy. Sam and I danced till 2 am.  We got 3 hours of sleep that night. Then went to pick up our kids the next day at 7 am. Top that off!

Here is a little peek into the lovely day. Thanks, M & F, you love birds, for such a great weekend!!Do you see this cheeky photographer? I then asked the bride later if that bothered her, she responded with,”What photographer?”

now, That is a good sign.

My brain is buzzing

Have you ever moved? Do you remember how full those days were? Did you remember how you planned and packed and organized and dreamed? Yup, that is where I am at. My brain is buzzing with the newness of change. Good change. Change that I have been begging God for. The last years were trails and tribulation, but we are coming round the bend and I am starting to feel a long lost sensation; Joy. I forgot what it was like to bubble around singing and dancing. Now I find myself playing with my kids cause I am simply happy. I cannot express how wonderful it is to have hope. Especially the  hope that comes after a hard season.

Because I have been packing and doing I haven’t taken ANY pictures – that I can post on my blog. I tooks some shots of my friends getting married. That was delightful. But they need to be brushed up a bit so I won’t be sharing those.

Instead I found some shots I FORGOT to post about. Perfect timing, cause I am at a loss right now. So, here are some pics of an ultra awesome mom date time. I am starting to love having 3 kids that are really close in age (they are all 1 1/2 year apart- more or less). People told me this would happen: it is starting to get…shall I dare and say it? : EASY. I can go to a playground and I have nothing to do. Weird. They play together all. day. long. Like I said, life is becoming bright again!

so these are from um, March. We went to the farmers market and then the Hygiene Museem and saw the Tanz! (dance) Exhibit.

She picks me flowers every chance she gets.When you walked or moved it was projected onto the wall. We had a lot of fun being silly there.

I pray that God will fill you with hope and joy.

May 9, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Christina - Loved Loved Loved your post!! So joyful with you for what he’s doing in your heart AND family(so nice to have peace and fun.. we are still… coming round the corner!). I love joy and often I need so much more of it. Loved the photos. You have a great eye. And you really capture your girls innocence, beauty and fun. Much love, Christina

May 14, 2014 - 12:15 pm

Jocelyn - Thank you so much Christina! Thanks for reading and thank you for also sharing with me the joy!