Star Wars Triple Threat

31 10 2008
The Ferraros 2008

The Ferraros 2008

God is Good! God is good all the time!

26 10 2008

To start things off I want to tell you that ONLY God could have worked out this miracle in our home.  Today we had our open house, which went very well.  Tonight one of the couples that came put an offer in on our home.  They are an older couple who is buying the home for their daughter.

They have offered us only 900 dollars less than our asking price, they want all the appliances (including my new washing machine) and the playground set in the backyard.  They will pay full in cash (so no inspection, no appraisal needed), they will close in 30-40 days……and are you ready for this…….

we can live here rent free until January 1st!!!!!!!!  Did you hear that???????  They are going to let us live here for 5 weeks after the closing!  My God had this all planned out, He is so amazing and His timing is SOOOO great!  Dave graduates here in mid December so we needed to be here until then!

I just had to share.

Food Swap

14 10 2008

Okay ladies….I did this thing called a “food swap” a few weeks ago and I LOVED it!  It was so easy…and so much fun too!

This is how it went….we had 6 ladies that got together and each of us brought 2-3 dinner recipes that could be frozen (examples….stuffed pasta shells, chicken pot pie etc.)

Each of us took a vote on which of the 2-3 recipes we liked best of each persons.  (we thought of what our family would like and variety of the group).

Then we set a date to do a swap….we all went home and made our recipe that the group chose 6 times.  We put each one in a freezer bag and labeled it with the food and how to cook it.  We put them in the freezer.  For example I made stuffed shells with spaghetti sauce…I had 6 of them made in my freezer in freezer bags.

On the day of the swap each woman brought their meals.  We all brought them in coolers.  We then handed one meal per person.  After the swap I went home with 5 different meals…6 total, one which was the one I made.  I now have a weeks worth of meals in my freezer!

It saved so much money because I was able to buy the ingredients for my meal in bulk!  It saved so much time because it only took me 2 hours to make my meal, but I have a weeks worth of food in my freezer!  It was fun!  We had a great time picking out our meals, talking and having a good old time.

Here are some tips:

1. Try to have all the woman in your group have the same size families.  We all have 4-5 in our families so our meals are all about the same size.

2. Pick a variety of recipes.  This way you have Mexican, Italian, American etc. to eat during that week.

3. Make sure everyone is up front about what they do and don’t like.  You don’t want someone going home with a meal their family just won’t eat.

4. Try to make the meals all cost about the same amount of money.  I think that 6-8 meals should only cost you about 30-35 dollars.  (Remember you get to buy in bulk!).

5. Decide as a group what a “meal” is.  Our group decided that we would only make the main dish.  You may choose main dish + side item or main dish+dessert or all three.

Nothing is EVER dull in the Ferraro home

3 10 2008

Well, after a wonderful week trying to get our washing machine fixed, we decided to buy a new one.  Now, I didn’t get my number 1 or 2 or 3 or 4th choice but we did a GREAT one for a great price.  It is the new Maytag that just came out.  And because it was just out the computer system at Home Depot still had the old price in it so we got it for that price and they still took ten percent off of that!  It is one that will last our family for many, many years we pray.

Now, Isaac has been a challenge this week.  Not with his behavior, but with a funny rash.  He came down with a rash on his trunk on Sunday.  Then on Tuesday it was covering him from head to toe so I took him to our pediatrician, who tested him for strep and scarlet fever.  Both tested negative. He didn’t even have a temp at all.  They then decided that he had an allergic reaction to something…what we don’t know.

Then on Thursday he came down with a little temp and just not himself.  AFter talking to my mom I decided to take him back to the peds office.  They had two doctors look at him.  Both decided that it looked like strep, but he tested negative again for that!  They said they are sticking with a reaction of some sort.

Then that night I went to SWI class at school and Dave took the kids home.  At about 6:30 I was eating and a lady came into the school cafeteria and said…”Is there a Becky Ferraro here?”  I told them that was me and she told me there was a man on the phone and he said it was urgent.  I tried to call Dave about 3 times and each time I got the answering machine.  I just knew something horrible was wrong.

My friend and I went to the school’s operator and asked if a Dave Ferraro called, the man said yes.  I asked if he left a message, he said no, only that he was looking for his wife and it was urgent.

I told where I would be if he called again.  With no cell phones I  knew I couldn’t reach him or him me.  I then called our two hospitals that Dave would go to.  Each said that they did not have a child with that last name.

I went to class and told our presidents wife what was going on.  She told me she was going to give the operator her cell number so he could reach her ASAP.  About 15 mins. later I see her in the hall and the operator in the hall, and she says “Dave called again he is at ________hospital in the ER waiting on a doctor, you need to go there right away.”   My knees went weak.  I knew that God was in control and that I had no power to do anything!

My friend drove me to the ER and we found Isaac on a table and Dave with two toddlers at his feet.  We came to find out, Dave was in the middle of making dinner when Isaac said his head hurt.  He then went on to say he was hot and his eyes hurt.  Dave took his temp and it was 104.5 under the arm.  Isaac then said he couldn’t see anything.  Dave got very scared and called the doctor who said to head right to the ER.  Dave tried to call me, but couldn’t wait any longer.

The doctors at the hospital did more tests and still think that the rash is a reaction and are not sure what the temp is from.  It could be totally unrelated!!!  Crazy stuff I tell you.

Now, please pray for our Isaac and the others in hope that they don’t get sick.

Oh and tonight was parents night out and we had dinner plans with another couple that we had to cancel.  That makes us a little sad.