There has been lots happening in our lives in the last month or should I say the last several months. In April, we started the process of building a house. The contract was contingent on the sell of our house and if you've read past blogs you know that has been somewhat of a roller coaster. We did sell our house and have been preparing to move to our new house for the last month. We were scheduled to close on both houses on September 21, 2009. The closings were 2 hours apart and so we would spend our first night in our new house following the 2nd closing. Jared & I packed the truck and vehicles to the hilt. In fact, there were things that ended up staying at the old house simply because there was no place to pack them. This was no easy task as I have experienced tremendous sickness from being pregnant and was not the usual help that I normally would be. However, we cleaned our house, showered and headed to the first closing. We had our animals in the van as we signed the papers to sell our house. As we sat in our first closing, Jared received a phone call that our second closing was being cancelled. I made it out of the closing and into the van before having a complete meltdown. We were packed to the hilt with no where to go.
But our God was not having a meltdown, instead He had a plan. We have some gracious friends in our church that have an empty basement apartment that offered to let us stay (with our animals) until we got in our new house. They also have a quiver full of children that Billie & Kati Ann thoroughly enjoyed playing with. So, for about 24 hours we waited. While we waited, I was able to rest and actually feel the best I had felt in weeks.
So, at 1p.m. on September 22, 2009, we closed on the house we were buying. I never look forward to the next part, unpacking. However, the God that knew my state of mind and body sent an army of people to my house that evening to unpack, make beds, put contact paper in the cabinets and make my house a home in a matter of hours. It was the most incredible experience to stand back and watch what would have taken Jared & I weeks to get done get done in a matter of hours. I was able to park my van in the garage the very first night! (If you've ever moved you know that's a 3 month milestone!)
So, to God be the glory great things He has done!
Several of you have requested pictures. Here is some pics of the outside of our house. I will continue to post more pictures as we finish rooms but there are still lots of things to hang on the walls and find the right place for so as we do that I'll post more pictures.
The Outside of our House
A New House going up down the street
The view of the mountains out our front door
The 18 acre lake across from our house
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Better late than never!! So, on September 8, 2009, we took Kati Ann on a very special outing to the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. As Kati Ann said, we went to "Elmo's house." We thought it was precious to find out that Elmo lived at the Von Braun Center. We actually attended Sesame Street Live. We had to really prepare for this event because it didn't actually start until 7p.m. Well, for a two year old we're quickly approaching bedtime at 7p.m. So, Kati Ann took a late nap that day and did great! We had so much fun watching Elmo & his friends dance.