How to replace a dishwasher By Chel Oberlin

There are two methods for replacing a dishwasher, both of which achieve the same result. Simply select which method works best for you.

Method 1
1. Go to store and purchase dishwasher.
2. Pick up dishwasher or have it delivered.
3. Make sure power is off and the old unit is unplugged.
4. Have friendly repairman remove old dishwasher and install new one.
5. Enjoy the new dishwasher.

Method 2
1. Go to store and purchase dishwasher.
2. Pick up dishwasher or have it delivered.
3. Make sure power is off and the old unit is unplugged.
4. Remove old dishwasher and install new one.
a. Pull out old dishwasher.
b. Notice all the dirt and mouse droppings from behind and beneath the old dishwasher.
c. Unhook tubes from the dishwasher (depending on age of previous dishwasher, the amount of time and energy used on this step may vary).
d. Quickly grab towels to clean up water all over the floor from the tubes of the old dishwasher.
e. Wrestle new dishwasher out of box.
f. Try to fit new dishwasher into the dishwasher compartment.
g. Try again to fit new dishwasher into the dishwasher compartment.
h. Try again. Get spouse to help.
i. Try again.
j. Get snack in order to refuel and calm down.
k. Try again with spouse and successfully get dishwasher into the dishwasher compartment.
l. Go to home improvement store to get parts needed.
m. Arrive home and realize wrong part was purchased.
n. Send spouse to home improvement store to exchange and purchase additional parts.
o. Ask friendly staff at neighborhood store for help to ensure the correct part is purchased.
p. Purchase part and travel home.
q. Realize friendly staff directed you to the wrong part.
r. Try to get that part to work.
s. Make part from old dishwasher work.
t. Finish hooking up dishwasher.
u. Haul old dishwasher outside to be disposed of at a later date.
v. Clean floors in kitchen area, living room, and dining area, in case any mouse droppings were spread around.
5. Enjoy new dishwasher.

Needless to say, we have a lovely new dishwasher in our home. But I’m not going to tell which method we chose for it’s installation.

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Mystery Outing

Matt’s parents have this really cool tradition of planning ‘mystery outings’. They get all the kids together and beforehand we get a hint as to what the event will be (and what to wear or bring for it.) Past events have been going to ride on the Silver Lake Dunes, staying at Great Wolf Lodge, and riding in a limo to see Christmas lights, etc. Well, this past weekend we had another outing. Our clue was: “Over land and over sea, where could it be? You can twist our arms, but we won’t tell. We won’t even cry ‘uncle.’ ” Well, on Saturday we were driven to Matt’s Uncle’s boat in Grand Haven and we rode up Lake Michigan to Muskegon for dinner. It was very fun! However, there was a brief but strong rain shower, which left several of our clan, well, damp. So the ride home was a bit chilly for some, but otherwise it was a great day! The sunset out on Lake Michigan was gorgeous.

Our friend, Kathi, watched K for us (S was at his grandparents). Kathi did a great job. And that was the longest I’d been away from K. (Although at one point in the evening I was ‘done’ and ready to get home. Unfortunately we were on the Lake then. So I had to wait quite a while!) Thanks, Kathi! Nothing like watching a baby girl for a neurotic momma!

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We’ve been watching the Olympics this month. I personally have been enjoying volleyball, cycling, and some of the less common sports, such as archery. However, you may not realize we have our own athletes in the Oberlin house. I thought I’d give you the rundown on the current events:

Wrestling: This is probably one of the most popular here and several family members get involved. K is quite the athlete and we help her train frequently. To add an additional challenge, most of the wrestling occurs on a raised platform, which we like to call ‘the changing table.’ To make the sport even more interesting we add objects, such as diapers and clothes to the event.

Shooting: This is another common event, which often occurs in tandem with wrestling. We don’t use guns, but K works to aim and shoot objects to obscure locations. Her favorites spots include behind the changing table and under her crib.

Track and Field: S is the master at this event. He participates in both the 100 and 400 meter events, depending on which friend’s house he is headed to.

Swimming: S enjoys this sport immensely. Whenever he can get to a pool he tries to swim relays and freestyle.

Diving: This event occurred once in our home but now has been strictly banned due to safety regulations. K chose to dive off the high dive (otherwise known as our bed) without the required safety precautions.

Cycling: Another popular one for S. Sadly, he has been disqualified from this event over the next couple days due to a rule violation. Generally, however, he enjoys both individual cycling and cycling with the team of his friends. We are confident he will quickly regain his ranking once he is allowed to return to the event.

Triathlon: This one is Matt’s speciality. He works two jobs, spends time with his family, and tries to finish in time to ‘warm down’ by playing video games.

Weightlifting: Chel will soon be a force to be reckoned with in this sport. She is consistently gaining in strength as her weights (K) get heavier and heavier.

Soccer: This is another popular one for Chel as she runs around house, trying to keep K out of several goals. In Beijing they make it easy by only having one goal to defend. However, at the Oberlin house there are numerous goals to defend, such as plants, cat food dishes, bookshelves, and K’s personal favorite, the black and white cat. K is getting better and better at this sport, becoming faster and more agile. She has started winning matches on several occasions.

The Zoo

Sunday we went to Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek…a very fun place! We fed giraffes, saw a snow leopard cub (two months old…the cutest thing!), and walked until our feet hurt (though K’s feet seemed to be fine.) It was a great day together.

is in the picture on the right, but about all you can see is her hat and her arm, which at the moment was reaching for Momma’s hair.

Life and Death

Yesterday I went to a funeral visitation for a couple who had to bury their infant daughter. One of those experiences you wish no one ever had to go through. Death is always bad, but when it’s an infant or child it seems even more profoundly wrong. This just isn’t what God intended for His world. At one end of the funeral home lay an old man. Probably a grandfather, father, and friend. There was a picture board in the hallway indicating the life he lived and the hole he was leaving behind. It looked like many will be missing him. At the other end of the funeral home was a tiny tiny casket holding a tiny person who never got to experience life. Rather than pictures of who she had been and how she had lived her grieving parents had pictures and items indicating the hopes they had had for her. It was heartbreaking. Our house is next to a cemetery and when we walk through we see a variety of tombstones…grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters, children, babies. Death just hurts, especially when it hits the young.. I have no answers to questions, all I can say is that this isn’t how it was meant to be. We know that beautiful baby girl is making a joyful noise with Jesus right now. However, please pray for the family left behind. If you’ve had to live through this before, you know exactly what they’re going through. For me, it hurts so much to even try to imagine it. It’d be so much worse to be living it. Healing will come, eventually. Joy and hope will return. But holes and scars will remain.

As for me, I keep kissing my baby girl and thinking of what a gift she is (which I do often, but even more so this week.) Last night Matt, S, and I sat around a campfire (after K was in bed) and I thanked God for the gift of my children. Granted, some days I feel like I wouldn’t mind exchanging my ‘gifts’ for a book or a puppy, but truly, I am blessed.

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Mama’s gettin old

Today my friend Melissa came to visit. It was so good to see her! I told my son that Mel and I have known each other since we were two years old. Of course to a 7 year old, that’s beyond eternity. So, he’s trying to imagine me as a child, with some difficulty, and he asks: “Did they have televisions when you were a kid?” Yes, they did. “Were they the old fashioned kind?” How does one answer that? In my opinion, no. However, in thinking about it, I do remember when cable tv came to the neighborhood, which was a big deal at the time. And I remember when tv shows advertised being ‘in stereo.’ Pretty soon the kids will be giving me the questions, “did you have electricity?” etc. And I’ll be able to tell them how I had to walk to school. Uphill. Both ways. With no shoes. Okay, maybe not, but I did have to walk to the corner bus stop, which I’m sure was just the same.

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