Sunday, March 29, 2015

Go Red Sox

It's baseball time of year again for Will!  He was so sad when upwards basketball was over but luckily for him, there was only about a week before baseball started!  This year his team is the Boston Red Sox!  The season has started out with a lot of rain!  All but two practices were rained out before the first game but that didn't keep these boys from being super excited to play.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Feed the children

Last week was world reach week at church. Obviously it was our first experience with world reach but it was Valleydale's 10th year of doing it. It was such an incredible week. One of the things I love about our church is the emphasis placed on missions. During world teach we celebrate this focus by bringing in the many missionaries from all over the world that we support. It was so great to hear from them and be challenged to think about how I am spending my life. 

One of my favorite parts of the week was the Feeding Children Everywhere night.  An incredible number of people came together to pack over 110,000 meals that will be sent to starving children in North Korea. The best part is that my kids got to be involved. They worked hard the whole time with very little complaining and I was so proud of them. I pray that God is working in their lives and giving them a heart to serve others!

       Training before we started

Isabel was not sure about wearing the hair net at first. My 8 year old was worried everyone would think she looked "silly."

         Hard working little man!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Moving day!

God is good! After 7 LOOONNNGGG months of waiting and praying and waiting and praying, our house in TN sold and we were able to move into our new house here in Alabama.  I cannot even begin to tell you the relief and excitement that we feel to finally be able to truly get settled here.

I wish that I could say I was calm and patient and peacefully waited on God the whole 7 months but the truth is that I got pretty impatient and frustrated plenty of times.  However I know that God is good.  I know that He was with us and that it could have been so. much. worse!  We could have been separated with Josh in AL and the kids in and I in TN.  We could have been trying to pay rent and pay our mortgage which would have been impossible for so long.  I'm so thankful that my wonderful mom basically let us take over her house for months.  I'm thankful that we were able to get the kids registered in the school the house we wanted to buy was zoned for, even though we were not living in zone while at my mom's house.  I'm thankful that because our house didn't sell, we were able to make multiple trips back to Hendersonville to visit our friends there.  I'm even thankful that God let the gas prices fall lower than they have been in so long when Josh and I were both having to get gas at least twice as often since we were having to drive further than usual.  I'm also ridiculously thankful that God kept the house we wanted to buy for us for seven months!  I know that doesn't just happen without God.  It is such a great house in the perfect location!  Like I said, God is good!

As excited as we were to finally be moving into our house, it was still a stressful and emotional time for all of us.  It had been a crazy month leading up to the move with disciple now weekend, Josh officiating his cousin's wedding one weekend in St. Louis, a trip to Hendersonville to pack and then crazy snow and ice in Hendersonville that kept us from making extra trips.  There was also tons of paperwork, inspections and trying to get things fixed from a state away.  The kids were excited one moment and then crying the next.  Even though we had moved months ago, this made it permanent and that made it hard on all of us.  Fortunately our kids are amazing and we all survived days of packing, saying goodbye to friends, trucks loading (and getting stuck in our grass!!), closings and then unloading!

    sooooooo many boxes!!  How do we have this much stuff?

                     These two were such troopers all weekend!

   When there is no food or furniture in your house, you have a picnic from sonic on the floor while the movers keep loading the truck!

We are so incredibly happy to be in our new home and excited to see what God has planned for us!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Southern Snow

We don't get a lot of snow in the south.  We got a little in Hendersonville but they get even less here in Birmingham (except for a snowpocolypse every once in a while).  Therefore, the city basically shuts down if there is even the possibility of ice or snow.  Over the past week or two, the kids have had multiple late openings and 2 days off of school because of "snow".  However, there has been very little snow.

Last Wednesday we waited all. day. long. for the promised snow.  Nothing happened until the kids were ready for bed.  All of the sudden there were beautiful big flakes falling down.  I knew it wouldn't last long so we threw coats on over the kids pajamas and played out in the snow for a while.

throwing snow balls

there was more snow on the car than anywhere else

Will's "snow castle"