Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

So much changes over the course of a year. 2017 was no exception. Not only was it a fresh start from 2016, but it ushered in a lot of change and excitement for our family.

January 2017

img_7211After having lots of issues with the battery on my van dying, I got a fancy new battery. It’s okay to be jealous. Thankful to not have any more issues.

Girl Scout Cookie season started. The beginning of the longest two months ever. I love the cookies, but I’m not sad when it ends in March.

Lily got an MRI on her ankle. She has Osteochondritis, but we didn’t know the extent until after the MRI.

I celebrated 10 years at work. I’ve been working with the same company for 10 years. That used to be the norm, but it isn’t so commonplace anymore. I love the girls I work with and adore our clientele. Continue reading


The Gift of Girl Scout Cookies

Lily donated 26 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the New Haven Food Bank.

Lily donated 26 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the New Haven Food Bank.

Lily worked so hard this past cookie season. She worked the cookie booths with her troop and on her own every weekend. She exceeded her goal of 260 boxes by more than 100.

We also put out a donation box for people who wanted to support Lily and the Girl Scouts, but didn’t want to buy cookies for themselves. For each box of cookies donated to a local food bank, we would match that with a non-perishable food item.

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Lily picked out 49 non-perishable food items to donate to the New Haven Food Bank.

At the end of cookie season, there were 26 boxes to donate to the New Haven Food Bank. Lily picked out 49Β items to donate. Lots of things most 7-year-olds would want to eat; mac ‘n cheese, pickles, fruit snacks, and ranch dressing, just to name a few!

The purpose of doing this was to teach Lily the importance of giving back to a community that has been so supportive of her. Family, friends, and complete strangers helped her not only reach her goal, but exceed it!

According to their website, the New Haven Food Bank served 1,652 in 2011. If anyone is interested in making a food or monetary donation, you can contact the Emanuel Lutheran Church office.

Lily has been asked to come back during Christmas break to see how her donations are used by the food bank and to help however she can. We’ll be taking some candy canes to pass out to spread some Christmas cheer!!


Girl Scout Cookies Go on Sale


The Girl Scout cookie sale begins today!

For the next two months (January 10-March 10), I will be hauling cookies with me everywhere I go.

Lily will have booth sales most weekends to help her troop. So, I will be chauffeuring her around to those places.

I’m really hoping our year of experience pays off. Lily has picked out prizes with some pretty lofty sales goals.

As long as she keeps working hard, I’m sure she will get a fold-up camping chair, one way or another.


Girl Scout Christmas Party


Collage from the Girl Scout Christmas party

I so look forward to Girl Scout meetings, especially the Christmas party for the girls!
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Girl Scouts: Ornaments and Chore Charts


Making ornaments and chore doorknob hangers.

Tonight, the Daisies made ornaments. They got to make one to take home and another to donate.
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Troop Tuesday: Cards for the Troops


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Such a fun Girl Scout meeting!

The girls made Christmas cards for the troops overseas and made pinecone turkeys to take home.

If you’re interested, you can become a volunteer! Volunteers make it happen, from being leaders to helping chaperone field trips.


Great Tree Canopy Comeback


Girl Scout Daisies. Troop 20257.

Our Girl Scout troop was invited by the New Haven Parks & Recreation Dept to plant trees in Moser Park. With shovels in hand, and a little brother in tow, we went to the park.

Let’s just say that I was not prepared for the level of mud. (This is a recurring theme with our two most recent Girl Scout events.)

I think we assisted in planting 3-4 trees.

The following was information I found on the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Dept website:
11th Annual Great Tree Canopy Comeback, a grassroots movement to combat the critical loss of trees inFort Wayne. Our city and region is facing the devastation of the emerald ash borer; about one in four of our city street trees are ash and they will soon be gone.

More than 250 trees were planted across Allen County, and we got to be part of it!