Monday, September 1, 2014

new chapter

We have been in our new house for one month, today! When we started the process of buying this house, Brad's brother asked me, "Would you have bought this house if it was the first house you looked at?" I didn't have to think about it at all...."no!" But nearly 3 months after deciding to buy it, I really feel we are where the Lord wants us to be.

So why wouldn't we have picked this house in the very beginning? We wanted so much more; property, 4 bedrooms, lots of trees/woods, big work area for Brad, laundry room not closet. Wanted. Always wanting more. After so many months of looking, we eventually had to settle. That was how we felt back then. After spending 8 months living with other people, tho, I told my dad I would live in a dog house just to have my own place again! Did we really settle when we bought this house? I don't think so anymore. We are doing a lot of adjusting but we are very happy here! Here are some of the things we are learning to love:

School starts later (yay for sleeping in!)
But it also ends an hour later (boo for not getting home until nearly 4 o'clock)
Everyone we talk to states how good the school is
subdivision life is not what we wanted but who has time to cut acres of grass?? Not BRad!
It is a lot quieter than we thought it would be, which we like....
but the kids get bored without tons of neighbor kids to play with.
Being only 8 minutes from the interstate and lots of shopping is a huge plus compared to WV
We think we may have found a church. This is my first time ever getting involved in a church that my parents are not involved with. That's a whole 'nother post in itself!
Ryan and Abby sharing a room is going amazingly well.
Hannah having her own room was the right decision....for now.
We are learning to love "country" as found in NC. I have always said Brad and I will probably end up back in WV when we retire but I'm not so sure now!
And the biggest thing we are learning here is that God probably has different plans than we do!

We are excited for this new chapter in our lives. It's a chapter I never saw coming so I'm excited to live it and share it with the ones I love.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

One year, again

Tomorrow is a big day for us. I hope I am not jumping the gun in blogging about it just 12 hours early. But, as you know, things have a way of going the opposite as we want them to so I'm still not convinced the plan won't change before tomorrow.

Anyway, if you had told me it would take us a whole year from the day we put our house on the market to get to the closing of our new house, I would have said, "forget this!" It has been a very trying year but as I sit here and think of the past year, all I can say is I'm so thankful to serve a GOd who has my best interest in mind when making things happen (or not happen) in my life. Things rarely went the way we would have planned them over the past year but somehow I know things went the way they were supposed to. Let's just review the main points from the last year:

Aug 2013-house goes on the market

Dec 2013-house sells to the first person that actually walks thru the house. Yes, it took over 3 months to get anyone inside. And she had cash.

January 2014-move out of house, move in with Grandma next door and leave for a cruise the next day.

June 2014-school is finally over so we can go to NC. FInd a house we like, finally.

Aug 2014-after months of searching, and even longer working on paperwork, we can finally close on the house!


And I'm going to end on that note because BRad just walked in and he's been gone all week and we miss him! =)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


We have been in NC a week now. That is one step closer to our goal! Things are going well with the house. We've had all inspections and everything is in the works. Closing is scheduled for July 25. I like to think we will be able to get in right away but a water softener has to be added so while we can go to the house, I don't think we will be able to stay there right away. Brad is still staying in the hotel close to work since mom's house would be well over an hour commute for him. We are all pretty much tired of that! Then I think of all the military families I know who spend sometimes a year at a time away from a spouse and wonder what I'm complaining about!
Anyway, while we are stuck waiting, we are enjoying the things of summer. I have been letting the kids stay up until 10 so I have been enjoying sleeping in. There have been a couple mornings I didn't wake IP until 9!! So nice for a change. Usually when we visit grandma it is a vacation for me. She has the meals planned for the weekend, spends every minute with the kids and I relax. Since we live here for the time bring, I'm trying to be more mindful of her time and space. after all, she does have other things to do! So I buy.our own groceries, cook our food, do our laundry and so on. That doesn't mean we aren't allowed to eat anything of theirs but you know what mean!
We have been going to the free kids movies, eating lots of ice cream, catching lightning bugs, swimming and making them read, practice multiplication tables and states/capitals.
So far, so fun!