Monday, June 28, 2010

From Florida to Texas and back again...

Needless to say, with moving day only a week and a half away, things have been a little crazy around here.  I apologize for the lack of blogging & to several of you who have called & I haven't returned your call yet!  I really do intend and want to catch up with everyone---it just may be a few more weeks before I can.

Ben & I went to Texas for about 10 days, starting June 17th---in the mix we had 2 weddings to attend in Dallas, family to see in Ft. Worth, and house hunting..

The trip started off with some minor setbacks---but hey, trials are refining. We had been driving from Florida to TX for nearly 9 hours and were only 3 hours from our first destination in Fort Worth.   We were having a grand ol' time in the car listening to Narnia---I think it was Prince Caspian--- when we blew a tire.  Not gonna lie---it was sooo frustrating at the time.  The sun was going down, we were ill prepared, and we were just 30 minutes from the Texas border.  Thankfully road side assistance came to our aid & we were able to stay at a base nearby for the night.  It was definitely a chaotic situation at the time, but the Lord really did protect & provide for us--having a base nearby was a HUGE blessing---we were able to get all new tires the next day to ensure that didn't happen again.  

In Texas, the Lord really provided some wonderful people to help us find a place to live.  We weren't expecting it to be very difficult to find a place to rent in the town, but as we began to explore the town we discovered that there weren't many rentals, and those that did pop up, were quickly claimed.  It is also hard to determine where you are going to live when you don't really know the area. Thankfully, the pastor of the church we visited offered to tour us around town one day to help us look for rentals!  Seriously, it was amazing---talk about God's love in action through his people.  He, his wife & an elder really ministered to us through their servant hearts that day, and to top the day off, we actually did find a house to rent while we were with them!  It's in a great area that is very military friendly so we are super excited about that!

To put an end to a great trip we got to see my sweet friend Kyndall get married in such a God honoring wedding & reception---it was sooo beautiful & such an wonderful privilege to be a part of!  I wish I had pictures to post, but unfortunately I mooched off of other people's cameras the entire trip, so I will have to nab some of their photos later!

Ben & I are pretty exhausted from our traveling---its hard to comprehend packing ourselves up & making that long trip a second time, but I guess that's what has got to happen.  We are excited, but are looking forward to having the moving part behind us!

Friday, June 4, 2010

the first week of june....

and we are soo glad its Friday, and that Friday means date night in this house :)  Even though we are only going to order Mexican take-out tonight & bring it back home for an indoor picnic---its just what we need.  A little rest & relaxation in our home, just the two of us.

Monday, Ben had the day off for Memorial Day and we "celebrated" by organizing, cleaning and packing up some boxes for the upcoming move.  I made a cute little diaper bag for a sweet friend, and he took apart all his Star Wars Legos to be packed into their boxes for the move.  We actually had a great time just working side by side in what we affectionately call our "project room" for most of the day.  Later, I went swimming with our downstairs neighbor & her two little girls while our husbands went out to the store to get yummy food to cook together.   We just love that family. :)

The rest of the week has been pretty fast paced, with both of us working 8 hour days & trying to get paperwork finalized for the move.  But amidst the craziness, we have been blessed to have time to catch up with dear friends over dinner, before saying our goodbyes next month.   I think we are realizing more and more how blessed we have been to have such great friends in Pensacola---even though we may not see all of them on a weekly basis, its just so easy to pick right back up where we left off.   We are going to miss our friends here, but its encouraging to know that we will get to see some of the military ones again on this earth & many of the others, we know we will at least get to see them one day in eternity!  That makes goodbyes a little bit easier.

Our official move date is July 7th.  Its hard to believe its only a month away! We have a couple of weddings in TX to attend this month, so we are going to conveniently plan a house hunting trip to San Angelo while we are in TX to see 2 beautiful couples get married!