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Thursday, April 27, 2006

A new home on the range...

Belt Buckle Cowboy

As you can see, we are quite enamored with our first little nephew. If you're not into cute little babies, well quite frankly, get over it. :-)

This weekend we're headed with Husband's parents to move them far, far away to cowboy country (Thus, the ginormous belt buckle!). It will be a very long weekend as well as a very emotional and exhausting one. We are however, looking forward to having time with them before we don't see them for a while. In short, a very bittersweet time ahead. On top of it all, Husband says he's going to drug me with a hamburger like the A-team did to Mr. T back in the day (to avoid the travel-sickness and flying anxiety). We'll see if I come back with the bling and mohawk I guess.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Isn't he cute?

Going for the camera

This past weekend was full of busyness, helping Mom and Dad say goodbye to everyone before they move away. We had a lot of fun with the family and our still- new nephew who is, of course, adorable.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Through the looking glass...

Bradford Pear Tree

Today was a great day. This weekend will be great as well, though very busy. Saying goodbye (multiple times) to the 'rents as well as Husband's birthday while he works the weekend away should make for an interesting few days.

Everything's been so chaotic lately for not just us, but everyone I know. I can't wait to sit by the window and look out at our tree while I have my quiet time or read. It seems so relaxing and peaceful...

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Inspection, schminspection...

Side Entry

Well, the house- buying is coming along normally, if not smoothly. Yesterday was our inspection and while most of it was pretty good, one major glaring problem surfaced. The inspector himself was 'baffled' by something he's never seen in all his years of home inspections, which I took to mean that of course, it would happen to us. In the meantime, we now wait to see what the seller will and will not fix.

Also in the meantime, we continue to thank God for His many blessings and provisions...

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Jesus and me

Husband and I just finished watching "The Passion of the Christ" for the first time and the first thing that struck me is that when Jesus prayed to 'have this cup taken,' God said 'no.' I have never thought of it in that way-- God's answer to one of Jesus' prayers was 'no' also. We as people, are told 'no' or 'not yet, wait' all the time, and it totally struck me that Jesus had to hear that answer too. He didn't just hear 'not yet, wait for my timing' like we usually do, he heard a flat out 'no.' Wow! How much more do I feel Jesus can relate to me, even though I knew before that He could, now I really know!

Friday, April 14, 2006

Blessings fall down on me...

Cookies

Like all good things lately, God is more than taking care of us, He's [overflowing our cup] with blessings. Everywhere I turn in the midst of the crazy stress we're experiencing now, great things are going on!

The first night we went house- hunting, we found it right away. An offer was made and eventually a counteroffer was accepted. People are very excited for us and our newest big decision in our lives: that of your first house. More and more, we're discovering what a God- house this is, which is what we've been praying for since January.

A God- house by definition, means there's no logical or reasonable explanation for why you own this house, except that God did something so amazing and cool that that is the ONLY reason, and to Him be all the glory!

Okay, so our house by definition, is a God- house. There is no other house in the area in our price range like this one. Comparable houses elsewhere in the area are selling for much higher than we can afford (another word for this: God- house!). This house is amazing. It has tons of storage inside and out, TWO kitchen pantries (with real wood shelves, not the wire shelves), a laundry ROOM not closet, the floor plan is great, and there's potential coming out its little foundation! The ginormous kitchen with its two pantries is already my favorite room and we're not even moved in yet. (I keep telling people I can't wait to get baking in there!) The list goes on and on...

We're very excited and making different plans every day. I can't wait to decorate it and get it looking like 'our' home. Thank you Lord for our new home!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Ready for some spiritual and physical rest...

Crown of Thorns

Husband finally got his computer back from Dell (another story for another day), which is why I haven't written in a while. Thanks for being patient.

In the meantime, I've been working almost round the clock lately in preparation for the Good Friday and Easter services this Sunday. Our whole department has worked especially hard the last couple weeks getting everything ready, and when I left today, my boss was still working on getting everything in place. About 10:30 Monday morning, you could literally stand in the middle of the work room and feel the urgency as everyone in the office began to prepare for everything going on this weekend at the church; almost like everyone suddenly realized that this weekend was Easter! What a crazy week it's been! I am more than ready for some rest and rejuvenation this weekend.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

On our way...

House Hunting

Well, we're finally house hunting-- and in God's time! We're more than ready, so let the fun (and paper- signing) begin!