Tuesday, March 25, 2008


We had a wonderful Easter. We were able to see lots and lots of people. On Saturday we saw Donn, Rick and their whole family, David, Iris and the boys, Mike, Diana and their boys, and Uncle Don. It was a great visit. Adelae loves playing with Joshua and Jonah. Joshua was so sweet to her. He kept giving her hugs and holding her hand and walking with her through the house. Too cute!

Easter Sunday we went to Dad and Carol's and were able to see just about everyone, including Carol's family. Ben got to ride the 4 wheeler. He had so much fun taking Alli, Morgan and Corbin for rides. We were exhausted when we got home. I think Adelae is just starting to come down from all the excitement.

Dad and Carol got Adelae a Longaberger basket for Easter last year. We plan to take pictures every year with her basket. It's amazing to see how much she's grown in just one year. I see her everyday, so for me it's a much more gradual process. However, when I looked at her picture from last year and the picture from this year, I was amazed! It really shows how much she's grown and changed in this last year.



You can see all of our Easter pictures at www.ftwaynecollines.shutterfly.com

Sunday, March 9, 2008


Ben's test for BP is tomorrow. Please wish him lots and lots of luck. If I know him, he'll start to get nervous sometime tonight. This is something that he really wants for all of us. While we're in the area, we'll get to see some old friends and some wonderful family. I'm excited for our little overnight trip!!

Sunday, March 2, 2008


Every year around this time I start pondering my faith. It's not that I don't believe in God, because I do. I was brought up Catholic. I was extremely active in my church until sometime in high school. I think I quit going regularly about mid way through my jr. year. Since then, I've flirted with church, but I've never really made a serious commitment. I have to admit that I wanted to start attending before Adelae was born, but I was ashamed. I was an unwed mother-to-be. Catholisism tends to look down on that. After Adelae was born, we did actually try a church. It was a Church of Christ and just wasn't the right fit for us. So, at the start of Lent, I once again began thinking about my less than stellar church attendance. I kept saying I was going to go. "This Sunday" I would say to myself "is the Sunday I go to church." It never happened. So, today (Sunday) I woke up, had my coffee and went to church. It was nice. Not earth shattering, but the Gospel did touch me in a certain way. It was a reading about a blind man that was made to see. It's, in my opinion, a metaphor for our sins. If we're blind, we are unaware of our sins and, coincedentally, can't repent and be saved. I've been pondering the message all day. It seems that redemption really can be had by all, as long as we are willing to recognize and admit to our sins.

Sorry, kind of got side tracked there :) I do miss church. I miss the church society. I'm also a little embarassed that Adelae hasn't been baptized yet. So, I plan on attending again next week. I liked the pastor and the other moms in the cry room seemed nice. Hopefully I'll be able to stick with it this time.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Busy Busy

We've been so busy over the last few week. I feel like I'm never caught up on things. We've had birthday parties, double ear infections, the flu, overnight guests, and more birthday parties! Not to mention, working overtime and babysitting! We're busier than we have been in a long time, and it's great! Ben's still anxiously awaiting his test on March 10. I'm excited cause I get to meet up with some of my friends from the Fab Feb Moms board. Then it's off to BG to see Amanda, Jason and Carter. From there we're heading to the Geist household to stay the night. I'm hoping to catch up with some of my old RemTec friends as well. I haven't seen them in forever! Seems like whenever we go to BG we're always trying to cram in as mnay visits as we can. If we don't get to see you, it's not cause we don't want to!

I've been given the opportunity to help out a friend and make a little money as well. Craig and Cassie (our good friends) need a sitter for their two kids, so they'll be bringing them here on a pretty regular basis. It'll be nice to have a baby in the house again. Maybe it'll cure my baby fever! Ben hopes so.

Speaking of Ben, he's been super busy too lately. He's working a few days with Craig. I'm not really sure what they're doing, something to do with bagging corn I think. He comes home pretty sore! He's glad to be working a couple more days. I think it's good for him ;-) He actually likes it!

The end of March signifies a summer filled with Wannemacher family activities. We have weddings, graduations, vacations, birthdays and our regular get togethers. I'm excited! I love seeing my family.

Other than that, we're anxiously awaiting spring. I can't wait to be able to open the windows again.