First of all, welcome to my new home! The fall wreath is on the door, my coffee is hot and fresh, and my family IS together. Praise God!!! Not to mention, as I was walking the trash out this morning, I felt the very first cold front of the year blow in all around me. Oh, it felt so wonderful! I wanted to do cartwheels in the front yard, but I saw Mr. Seuss across the street and I thought better save that for another day. Isn't that cute that I have the Seuss family for neighbors? Neither he or his wife are doctors, but he does have a relative that is one.
Friday was crazy. That is about all I can say to describe the actual move day. From all our stuff not fitting into the moving truck, to the movers getting lost on route, to walking in to a very disasterous sight of carpet people and a cleaning crew. I left the sight to go get everyone Chick-Fil-A and I had a complete emotional breakdown with my sister on the phone. I now realize it had so much to do with all that had led up to the move. I was leaving close friends who had become my family, I was taking quite a step down in living, you know the theme song of the Jefferson's kept playing in my head(only the opposite), and I could only see the mess and overwhelming job I had ahead of me. Not to mention we found out that one of our close friends we hadn't seen in about a year had suddenly died from a heart attack leaving a wife and two young girls behind. In addition to all of this, I was having PMS. I wish I had a recording of the conversation because I sounded like a spoiled rotten child and I think I actually said something like, "I don't even have a garden tub, and there are stains on the bathtub, and my furniture doesn't even fit." My sister just let me cry and vent probably got off the phone and died laughing. I would have. Anyway, after spending my kid's college tuition on Chick-Fil-A for everyone and their dog, I drove home and just prayed. I prayed that God would let me see what a blessing this house was going to be, and that I would fall in love with it. The second I walked back in the door, I noticed a totally different perspective. The kids were exploring and running to me with excited voices. Ashley was so excited about the sunroom which we are turning into her teenage haven. I also noticed that I have a skylight in my bathroom, and the master is the coolest(as in temp.) room in the house. Awesome! That has never been the case for us before.
Saturday was spent putting in shelf paper, unpacking boxes, hanging sheets on the windows until the new blinds get installed, and enjoying a home cooked meal from one of the ladies in my new bible study. Thanks Jennifer! (Not that a single one of these ladies in my study know I have a blog or much less do they use a computer.) I'm not kidding. Only 5 out of my 12 ladies use an email.
Sunday began with the most incredible service I've been to at church so far. Music was amazing, and our friend Erik had his first weekend at Parkway. He is the sound, tech, lights, volunteer guru, Skip's right arm EVERYTHING production man. It was only his first week and the stage, and lights made me think I was somewhere else. Great job Erik! The best part of Erik coming on staff at Parkway is that his wife Laura is one of my bestest girlfriends. She isn't coming for a while because she has to sell the house and finish school this semester. I can't wait to have them here! Right after church, Skip and I did a mad rush back to Corpus so that he could do music for our friend's memorial service. I cried for a solid hour listening to the words of "I Will Walk By Faith", "You Never Let Go", and "I Can Only Imagine", and Bil spoke so beautifully about our friend who passed. He spoke directly to those precious girls who lost their daddy, and told them that he just went to sleep and woke up in the arms of Jesus. It was so sad. A happy note was seeing all the beautiful friends from Bay Area again. Many I had not seen in six months.
Thanks again for all the prayers and encouragement. I do not have an email to respond to you at this moment, but I look forward to talking to all of you soon. God bless and have a wonderful week!