Friday, July 31, 2009


Boy oh boy, the past few weeks have been crazy. Thankfully nothing horrific to deal with, but it seems that we've been hitting multiple "bumps" each day, and we're all worn down from dealing with it all. And frankly I'm looking forward to the day when I can hop in the car and drive off somewhere without first consulting my GPS!

So here are some random bits from the past couple weeks:
  • People are *SO* friendly in this area! I've had little chats about our relo with everyone from the grocery clerk to the customer service person at the water company. Oh, and no more bagging my own groceries (and I don't even have to push the cart out to the car myself)
  • God created an amazing world. OK, so this isn't exactly something I just learned, but I'm being reminded of the incredible diversity as I check out the plants and animals around here. We actually live about a block from a huge bird sanctuary that hosts an international birding festival each year. Any birdwatchers wanna book their room now? :) If so, when you arrive you will be required to help me figure out which bird sounds like a car alarm. And no, I'm not kidding.
  • Our son tried to use the pool net (approx 18" across, with a 4 ft pole) to catch a gecko (ranging in size from about 1-3"). Comedy at its finest! He's really determined to capture himself a pet.
  • While shopping at Wal-Mart, I was approached by a young Mexican woman who asked if she could work for me.
  • NO ONE does their own yardwork around here. Within three days of moving in, we had at least 8 different people leave us flyers/business cards about their services. We decided that rather than plunking down $100+ each month to pay someone else, we'd invest in a decent mower, etc.
  • While hubby was mowing our yard last weekend, someone stopped and asked what he charged. He told me that he really wanted to tell them that he was sleeping with the owner, but thankfully he refrained!
  • We checked out a church last week. While it was nice to worship with other believers, I don't think that will be our new home. We're very excited about the church we're planning to go to this coming Sunday (which also is the one with a MOPS group!)
  • Yesterday while running errands, I happened to drive by the library, so I stopped to check it out. There's a beautiful courtyard outside with a fountain and some nice statues, and I was very excited. I walked in, and it seriously felt like I was in a mausoleum. It was oppressively quiet, and when the kids were asking me a few questions (not loudly, either, I might add) we all got the death ray glare from the librarian at the desk. I was surprised by how few books there were, too. And no more movies and video games from the library (our old one had racks and racks of DVDs, broken into adult and kid sections, while this one had about 30 total on the shelf)
  • I got carded buying a bottle of wine. At Wal-Mart. No more state stores!
  • Last night we had the 4th technician from the cable company out to our house. I think we finally have everything hooked up now, including phone and internet access. No more trips to BK to check email!
  • There are still stacks of cardboard boxes sitting around as I make up my mind where things will go. I've already rearranged the kitchen cupboards once.
  • We'll be going to get our TX licenses this afternoon - I think that's the list thing we need to get done to make our transition complete. I'm swearing off completing government forms for at least two weeks.
  • We love our pool! D's favorite activity is taking running leaps into the water, while A prefers to splash around in "her" pool (the unheated hot tub :)
  • I'm lonely. And while I can call up friends, somehow it's not the same knowing that they're 2000 miles away. Would appreciate your prayers that I can connect with 1 or 2 women fairly soon.
  • Our son seems to be having a pretty tough time, too, and has been acting up in a few ways. Once again, would appreciate prayer that he can make some friends soon as well as for wisdom and patience as hubby and I address his behavior.

Enough rambling - off to do something productive!

May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope. Romans 15:13, Amplified

Monday, July 20, 2009


Well, it's official - we're Texans (OK, so we'll probably never be considered natives, but that's where we get our mail!) Friday we sold our house in PA, then hit the road for our "rich but homeless" weekend. Ever spent thirty hours driving with a 4 and a 6 YO? I don't recommend it ;) Seriously, though, they were actually very good considering what we were asking of them, but let's just say we were ALL happy to arrive in our new hometown last night.

We actually pulled in about 7:30 PM, so we made pretty decent time. We had dinner, then all crawled into bed. Had the walkthrough at our new house at 9 AM, then promptly signed over all our "riches" and are the proud owners of a house in south, SOUTH Texas. It's 101, and I'm currently sitting in Burger King (free Wi-Fi *and* and air-conditioned play area) while the kids burn off some energy, waiting for all the wire transfers to clear so that we can get the keys to our new abode. It's been interesting seeing the difference in the processes here vs. PA - I know some of it is just regional, but so many little details are handled differently due to the various state laws.

I have a few pictures I'd love to share, but I have no idea where our card reader is. The truck with all our earthly belongings should be here on Wed or Thurs, and in the meantime we'll be camping out on the floor and swimming in our glorious new pool. Hasta la vista! (To quote our daughter, "That's Spanish, you know!")

Friday, July 10, 2009


Can't believe it's been almost a month since I posted - sooooo much happening. The packers came yesterday and began dealing with all our earthly possessions. I think I'm developing an allergy to cardboard. Oh, and I miss having a couch! In one week, we will officially be homeless (for 3 days ;) and en route to our new home in TX. Still much to be accomplished, and I've not been sleeping well so it's all seeming a bit daunting right now. I know that God will get us through this crazy time, but there is still that human part of me that so easily gets overwhelmed. Hey, just the fact that we sold this house is a HUGE testimony to His faithfulness!

Yesterday as I was taking a break and doing a bit of blog reading, I came across the new "Salt" challenge on Prayer. What an encouragement! If you have a minute, check it out (and I promise you'll particularly like it if you're a bit crafty...)

So what else has been happening? Well, our son finished kindergarten. Our daughter learned to whistle - something her brother still can't do, and it's driving him crazy that his little sister can. Hubby was on another business trip to TX but and is now back home. Had all the inspections for this house (I swear, our township requires a certificate saying the certificate is valid!) and were amazed that we didn't have to spend a ton of dough "fixing" things. Once again, may I remind you that God is awesome?!? We've said the official good-byes to the few family members that live in this area. Friends have been helping out in so many little ways, and generally reminded us how blessed we are. Tons of other stuff, too, but frankly I just can't even think of them right now.

On a final note, how about some practical help. Check out this post for some little hints - I am definitely going to make a purse organizer (very easy, requiring only basic sewing knowledge or even glue skills!) and I am *SO* implementing the "sweater" organizer daily outfit plan for our daughter once we get settled into our new place.

Well, break time is over and I must do the final purging of our daughter's room before the packers start boxing up her trash (they packed my stash of grocery bags yesterday - how crazy is that?!) I have no idea when I'll post again - we'll be sans internet access for about a week, plus I have a hunch that I might be a bit busy once we arrive in TX.

Blessings to you!!