The final assessment?
"LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance." Psalm 16:5-6
Ours is a story of what God can do with two silly teens, starting off with no clue;
And baby thrown in, just for good measure. We didn’t know that God would increase our treasure
With four added on in rapid succession, filling our lives with joy and hard lessons.
We’ve had our share of valleys and hills, of times of abundance, and unpaid bills.
We once thought success would bring us bliss; we’ve learned that loss does a better job of this,
As we lean on our Savior, Who always delivers, regardless of the size of our quiver.
Although we’re grateful for the times of ease, the hard times are useful for learning to please
Our Heavenly Father, learning to walk in His Truth, of which we often talk.
May the Lord help us humbly and faithfully serve, staying mindful that the next generation observes.
Prop up your feet and grab a cup of coffee or tea while I open up
The book of my life, without further ado, and narrate the musings of my heart to you.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
The final assessment?
|Some nice family member unloaded a box and tossed some fabric onto the shelves for me to organize. Thank you, Person.|
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
|Right around 1400 miles is the distance between our old and new homes. Caelyn was my sleepy-time driving relief, but the guys got no such luxury.|
|This was one of our frequent stops for food/fuel/potty. Many thanks to Kaitlyn for assembling our sandwiches while I finished packing.|
(We miss you, Kait!)
|Morgan's even adorable while eating a sandwich at the side of an interstate highway!|
|This family really ministered to ours, and our children had a wonderful time talking, playing with the dogs and seeing the farm.|
After a refreshing breakfast & lots of stimulating conversation, we were off...
|We stood on the roadside of I-40, about halfway between Nashville & Memphis, for close to three hours. It was a perfect opportunity for family bonding & more stimulating conversation.|
|The dogs traveled very well. I'm sure they were relieved by our own frequent stops for potty breaks.|
|Rhodes wasn't the only one in need of exercise after so many miles.|
*Having family in Houston*
We were pleasantly surprised to find that they had already been to our new home.
|I love the sign they made. Notice Chloe's clarification of where "Home" is located.|
|And so it begins...|
Sunday, July 10, 2011
|On Memorial Day, we went for a walk by one of the rivers, enjoying the sunshine (that arrives so late in Pittsburgh each year).|
|On one afternoon, the girls & I visited Aunt Marion, who was temporarily staying in a nursing home for rehabilitation on a hip injury. Aunt Marion is the only sister of my late Grandma Betty.|
|One of the children's special requests was to have one last visit to Kennywood Park before moving. This ended up being Gabriela's birthday treat, since her birthday was spent packing our house a week later. Jon, Kaitlyn and Zach went with us.|
|Mom and Daddy met us at Kennywood, as well as our "nephew", EJ. It was so fun having them with us, and Daddy LOVES rollercoasters!|
|Zach & Jon had a moment of silliness with the prizes won by Craig & EJ at the basketball toss.|
|Several people stopped by our house on our last day in Pittsburgh, including "Aunt" Paulette, who was smitten by our cute little Penelope.|
|We were especially excited to see our great-niece, Ava (who apparently wasn't as enthusiastic as the rest of us). We don't see much of her, now that she lives in NC.|
|Kaitlyn has been such a blessing to us. She's a wonderful friend to Caelyn, and our entire family has come to love her and Zach as our own. The two of them, as well as Jon, spent an entire week coming to our house in the evening to help us pack.|
|To loosen things up a bit, the guys had a wrestling session in the living room.|
|It's not all fun and games with these guys. They carved out intentional time to get into the Word of God together, even in the midst of moving.|
We were so grateful for the meal that Kaitlyn fixed for our family. She's a very thoughtful and generous friend.
|Gabriela worked so hard on packing her own room and helping in other areas. Kaitlyn & Zach thought it would be fun to give her a manicure and pedicure.|
|The girls' friend, Meghan, donated several hours of her time to helping pack.|
|This is drama, but Caelyn really was tuckered out! All of the children worked so hard to make the move possible.|
|I could write a book on all of the things that my parents do and have done to make life easier, but I'm especially grateful to my mom in this case for packing my sensitive antique items.|
|Daddy carefully wrapped all of our glass shelves, among many other things.|
|One 26-footer down, one to go|