Thursday, April 26, 2012
Posted by Krista Layman at 10:41 PM
Monday, April 9, 2012
So...I think I'm caught up on my blogs. I'm not sure who is reading anymore...but it is my journal...I spend some sleepless nights going back and looking at how far we've come...where we were...where we are! So it's good to have the record of Jan-April caught up.
Life is busy. Our lives are busy. I know I put a lot of it on myself. That's my personality. But sometimes...it all just seems overwhelming. As always...Kate's Kart adds a lot to my "to-do" list and keeps me up late at night. It's all good...but still...wow, this can be a lot of work.
We had our 1st ever scrap-a-thon last month. Another volunteer did most of the work, but still there is always things to be done. It was good...not as great as we hoped..but it was still good. I had grandiose plans to scrap all these pictures.
Plus...we had a big switch with the opening of the new PRMC (Parkview Regional Medical Center). Not only did we need to attend a 4 hour orientation, but just figuring out how we are going to utilize volunteers, making sure they attended orientation and getting the karts stocked...it's been a whirlwind.
--applying for 3 grants within 3 weeks of each other (again great volunteers helping)
--driving all over northeast Indiana picking up books, meeting people who did book drives, stocking karts
--planning our 4th annual Ice Cream Social for June 16th.
--keeping up with purchasing/stocking/inventorying books when giving out 1200-1400 books a month
--attending lots of school assembles, doing presentations
--stocking 2 major hospitals with books on a weekly basis
--and just the daily emails, phone calls and thank you's amaze me at times.
I'm not complaining...really I'm not! And I know I say it all the time...Who would have thought? It is crazy...and sometimes when I literally have paperwork spread all over the couch...I do get overwhelmed.
But then...God steps in.
A couple weeks ago I was at that 'overwhelmed' time again. I was upstairs in bed, on the laptop returning emails. I got a message on FaceBook from the mom of the boy who got the very first Kate's Kart book almost 4 years ago. She commented on the impact that book has made in his life...how valuable that book is. How much they cherish that book.
And then... a few more emails from families who received books a couple years ago.....but yet felt convicted to let us know NOW that they still see that book as a blessing. They still remember how that book brought a little peace and comfort during a really uncertain time.
And then...it doesn't seem quite to overwhelming. Yeah....I'm still knee-deep and my "to-do" list will NEVER get done....but lives are being changed...affected...encouraged. And it makes it all a little better.
And only God...could have orchestrated this whole thing...allowing that very first boy to receive a book...to have a mom who for some reason KNEW at that very moment...she needed to let us know what a difference KK is making. At that moment...when I needed it most. ONLY GOD.
So...the blogging gets put on hold...spring cleaning hasn't been done...books need to be put away...and sometimes I forget something I was supposed to do...or don't return the email right away. But it's okay. One day at a time is all I can do...and for now..that is OKAY!
Posted by Krista Layman at 10:30 AM
placed it down. We gave in and they had a impromptu blast creating their own waterslide...in early April! Crazy!
Posted by Krista Layman at 10:00 AM
Last month, he was invited to his first "non-family" birthday party. It was all kids from church...so even though we was one of the younger ones...he did really well. However...he did want to be right there with Jacob for the cake and candles!
Posted by Krista Layman at 9:30 AM
Posted by Krista Layman at 8:00 AM
Tuesday we woke up...ate another BUFFET meal for breakfast and headed to the nature center. Grant was making friends with the snakes.
Then....another mile hike around a lake! It was a great hike with lots to see, including this waterfall
The pool opened early on Wednesday so we were up and at the pool by 8!
It was a great little get-away....we were definitely blessed with beautiful weather. And the boys were super...especially with all the hiking we did. They are definitely adventure boys...they love to be on the go!
Thanks Grandma and Grandpa Ted....for a great spring break getaway!
Posted by Krista Layman at 7:00 AM
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Nia just happened to have on a dress that almost perfectly matched Grant's shirt! Seriously...they could be twins!
Posted by Krista Layman at 10:07 PM