Sooooo much has happened in the past couple weeks...
Although we'd agreed verbally on the TX house, the owners made some changes when it came to the written contract, so we've been going back and forth on that for 2 1/2 weeks. The realtor just called and we've finally managed to reach an agreement. We did move the closing date up by a week (any ideas about a leisurely family road trip have vaporized) but everything else remains as we had originally agreed upon. Hallelujah! I know that having our house under contract here definitely made a difference in the negotiations - God's timing is always perfect, isn't it? And hey, here are a few pictures as I'd promised!
Last week our son had tubes put in his ears, and we saw a difference immediately. He's still wild and crazy :) but at least we can hold an actual conversation with him as opposed to a yelling match. The procedure itself went off without a hitch, and he was asking when he could go home even before the anesthesia had completely worn off. So thankful!
Hubby flew out to TX on Sunday, and he's gone until next weekend. We're definitely missing him, but we're doing OK. I know I'm much less stressed out now that the house has sold - no more frantic cleaning to ready the house for a showing. Ahhhhh. Oh, and he'll be able to actually be there for our NEW home inspection!
Had a lovely picnic at church on Sunday evening for all of us involved in children's ministry. It was lovely - I didn't have to prepare anything, the kids are old enough that I don't have to keep constant watch over them, and we all just had a great time with our friends. Although I took my camera, I neglected to actually pull it out and take pictures... I did snap this one of the kids playing on the field, though.
I also attended my last MOPS meeting at our current church last week. That was probably the toughest thing I've done in quite awhile. As I was getting ready that morning, I was reminiscing over all that's happened since we started the group just 4 years ago, and was already getting teary-eyed. I gave myself a little lecture about enjoying the day rather than focusing on the melancholy aspects, and I managed to make it through the meeting without crying. I make no such guarantees for our last Sunday service, though; I can pretty much guarantee that I'll be a dehydrated, gloppy mess at the end of that!
On a final silly note, here's a shot of my peony. I love peonies, but hubby isn't all that fond of them due to the ant factor. I finally convinced him to let me plant one three years ago. Each year, I've watched eagerly for signs of buds, but all we've had are a few leaves. This year, though, it finally decided to bloom for me. Now I just hope the new owner appreciates it :)
"Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing" Psalm 34:10b