Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I'll try to post pics later!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Franklin darted out into the street.
Right in front of the second car - not just a car, but a rather large SUV. My heart stopped. A life flashed before my very eyes that was not my own. Fortunately, the brakes on the SUV (and horn) worked rather well and they were able to stop in time. Wow. All of us are a little shaken up and decided to call it a night.
Thank you, God, for miraculously making the brakes work extra well on the SUV. Honestly, I believe in miracles and by the speed the vehicle was traveling and the timing that Franklin ran out, I don't think the vehicle should have been able to stop in time. Praise be to God!!
Now I sit here 30 minutes later... waiting for my pulse to slow down. Praying that my kids will remain safe for many, many years to come. Grateful for the joy they bring to my life.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Anyway, one of the topics that came up last night at small group was about Wal-Mart. I was unaware that there is a Wal-Mart about 10 minutes from my house in the opposite direction of the one I have been going to. The one I normally go to reminds me of the Wal-Mart near my old house - kinda dirty and long lines. The good news is that they are building a brand-new, upscale Wal-Mart in my town and it's about 1 mile from my house - yippee!!
Back to last night, the girls were telling me about this other Wal-Mart... so when I picked up Truman from school today - we set off to find it. Well, the highway that goes from my town to this other nearby town was closed completely off (not sure if it's simply construction or wind storm remnants)... so we drove around all sorts of country roads trying to find an alternate route to our destination (with no map).
It was fun to see the area around where we live. The cornfields are nearly dry and ready to harvest. The leaves are beginning to shed bright green color for darker green, orange, yellow and red. I can see that fall is nearly here and it makes me so happy! After about 30 minutes of exploring the countryside and exploring the nearby town, we found the Wal-Mart. Wow - it was as promised - clean with fewer lines. Amazing! And best of all, it only takes about 2-3 minutes longer to get to than my regular one. Plus, the drive is amazing. It reminds me a bit of the drive from Denton to Flower Mound - the back way. Curvy, hilly roads with overhanging trees.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
i am: a child of God
i think: that I have a long way to go in this life
i know: my salvation is secure
i want: to lose weight
i have: a cool new house & a great family
i wish: I had friends in my new area
i hate: liars
i miss: my friends in Texas
i fear: losing someone I love
i feel: lonely
i hear: Wii games & the sound of Tommie’s mouse clicking
i smell: wet dog
i crave: a smoothie
i search: the internet daily
i wonder: why God moved us here
i regret: not having closure in an old relationship
i love: my husband, my kids, our extended families
i ache: all over!
i care: about how my kids are raised
i always: say things like “always” and “never”
i am not: stupid :) (first word that popped into my head!)
i believe: in God the Father, almighty maker of heaven, maker of earth – and in Jesus Christ His only begotten Son, our Lord (quote from a Rich Mullins song)
i dance: when no one is looking
i sing: in the car
i don't always: floss my teeth
i fight: with Tommie mostly
i write: on my blog
i win: very few arguments with Tommie
i lose: most Wii games against Tommie
i never: want to forget to consider others before myself
i confuse: my emotions with feelings of hunger
i listen: to the silence when the boys go to school and enjoy it
i can usually be found: at home or Wal-Mart
i am scared: of losing my last grandparent
i need: hugs – a lot more often!
i am happy about: the fact that the great room remodel is almost done!
i tag: anyone who wants to be tagged!
Have you ever made a conscious effort to think of things that we will no longer enjoy in heaven? I mean, that sounds really silly - because heaven will be such a wonderful, glorious place...
Let me start over... have you ever begun to wax poetic and think deep theological thoughts when something in your brain clicks and you think:
"Oh my gosh, if I'm enjoying the sounds of RAIN on the window, then that means my PUPPIES are outside getting very, very WET!"
So, I rescued the poor, wet puppies - started a pot of coffee - and now I'm back at my keyboard. Not feeling so poetic or theological. Nope. Just feeling a little silly. Remind me to tell you how I feel about rain another time. I think it's a truly interesting theological opinion.
For now, I'm going to go pour a cup of coffee and try to actually wake up...
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Laundry Room After
Pantry In Process
Boxes in Great Room when moving truck left
Packing Paper Rolls - we had GOBS & GOBS of paper!!
Beginning the Great Room Flooring Project - pre-painting
My lovely flooring/painting outfit - my kneepads are made of leftover carpet pad taped to my knees. Not the best fashion statement ever, but hey - it works!!
Flooring & Paint done on living room end of room
Beginning to tear out the linoleum - we're making progress!
Monday, September 15, 2008
It was a completely amazing experience - 1,000 people in a dark room together worshipping God without lights, sound, cameras, videos or distraction. The faces of the worship leaders and preacher were lit by flashlight and the only other lights were cell phones and some light coming from the entrances. The sermon was shortened, but was very powerful - calling us to strengthen our relationships with those around us, because at the end of our lives when everything else falls away and all distractions are gone - all we are left with is God and other people. Those are the important things in life. In the wake of natural disasters like Ike, it forces us to recognize what is truly important in the light of eternity.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Man! Have we been busy!!
We closed on the house a week ago Wednesday and have accomplished the following since then:
- Painted laundry room
- Added 6 long wire shelves to laundry room for pantry space
- Painted master bedroom
- Uninstalled master bedroom light (still working on getting the ceiling fan in!)
- Painted master bathroom, installed new light fixture and all new hardware
- Painted 90% of great room (37x15 room) - still have to finish above the kitchen cabinets & behind the refrigerator
- Finished 75% of the new laminate floor in great room - tore out 1/2 carpet, 1/2 linoleum
- Unpacked 75% of household - still need to work on office & garage and settle everything into its new home, but most of it is done or at least out of the box!
I have been faithfully taking pictures during the process and will post them as soon as we get our wireless connected. We got internet connected on Thursday evening, then immediately had to move the computer desk in order to work on the floor underneath! Yesterday evening (Saturday), we finally finished the floor to the point of being able to move the desk back into place.
This morning is Connect Weekend at our new church, so I'm looking forward to leaving all of the screwdrivers, saws, wood, paint brushes and boxes behind in search of a new small group! We weren't able to be at church last weekend due to illnesses (Harrison & Tommie both have been struggling with a nasty, nasty upper respiratory infection), and I was out of town the two previous weekends - so it will be like going to this church for the first time again! We visited twice, joined & I haven't been back since. What a faithful member I am! ha, ha
I'll leave you with that for now... and I'll try to post pictures when this pesky floor project has been completed!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
We also found out that the moving truck is still coming on Friday (as originally scheduled), not Monday (as we were trying to reschedule for) - YIKES! So, we shifted our schedule & will try to get as much painting done in the next day or so as possible. We closed on the house at 2:00 p.m. and managed to get the whole laundry room painted this evening, as well as prepping the master bedroom. Tomorrow morning after I drop the boys off at school, I'll dive into that project. We are trying to hit the major rooms where it will be difficult to move the furniture to paint later. At least we will be pretty settled in by the time the boys go to school on Monday morning. :o) Life should somewhat settle into "normal" soon, I hope!
1 gallon down - 20 to go!
Today - closing
Tomorrow - painting begins
Monday - moving truck arrives & unpacking begins
Wednesday - flooring arrives & floor installation begins
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
First of all - updates:
- Our house in Texas SOLD and closed on Friday!
- We are closing on our new house in Indiana tomorrow afternoon!
- I traveled to Texas for 5 days to assist with the move & visit with friends (post coming soon!)
- I was home for less than 48 hours, then traveled to Illinois to visit family for 4 days (post coming soon!).
- We're back in Indiana and trying to wrap everything up before the closing tomorrow.
The moving van pulled up bright & early at 7 a.m. to start packing.
The front of our house (behind the massive moving truck!).
It's hard to believe that we have enough stuff to fill 2/3 of the truck... wow - maybe we'll have a big moving IN sale when we arrive to get rid of some of it!
Our sad, empty house. Two years was not nearly long enough to enjoy this wonderful house!