Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Princess Olivia Turns 5!

She has been waiting for this all year and it finally came!  On May 22nd Olivia turned 5.  She was so excited to have her special day.  We celebrated in Idaho with Michael's family the weekend before her birthday.  She got to have cupcakes and open presents with all the family.

Then, the day before her birthday she and I went out to lunch and had pretzels.  She wore her birthday crown and got to pick out cupcakes to take to school on her birthday.  For her birthday we went to Applebee's for supper (she wanted them to sing to her) and then came back and had cake.  We invited the neighbor kids over to help celebrate.  Michael was working but he made a couple of phone calls to her during the day and she loved being able to tell him all about her day.

 She wore her new birthday clothes to school (she picked out the shoes and socks).  She loves clothes and shoes!
She is so much fun to have around and we are so blessed to have her in our lives!  She is a true princess, from her long wavy hair and closet full of clothes to her sweet spirit and loving heart.  I waited three years for her to come and I can't imagine our family without her.  We love you Princess Olivia!

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Days Are Going Quickly

We are now almost done with the second week of May.  What was once lots of time to get everything done has now turned into 4 weeks before we head out.  The house inspection has been done.  There were no major issues thank goodness!  There may be a few minor repairs the buyer wants done but we haven't heard for sure yet.  The appraisal will be next week.  Once that's done everything can be finalized and signed.  Four weeks seems like a while still but when you add all the extra stuff to the everyday stuff, it goes quickly!  Baseball and softball are in full swing.  Most nights consist of multiple kids at multiple fields either in practice or games.  I usually make it to the end of each game.  Hopefully next week when Michael is home I will be able to watch more of the games and actually see my kids play and not just get there in time for the teams to shake hands and hand out treats!  We are also in the middle of field trip season at school!  The kids love it!  Makenna got an overnight trip to Cody, WY. Today she is on a trip to some ranch somewhere for a hay ride and a hotdog roast and who knows what else.  She has several more to go on yet.  Zane has got three coming up, Dillon has at least two and Zeke has one.  Dance is coming to a close this month too. Olivia has already stopped going. Makenna will have her final show in a few weeks and then she will be done too. Scouts is ongoing of course but only a once a week thing.  The Hershey track meet is also coming up and I have 3 who want to participate this year.  We'll see how it coincides with baseball as to who gets to run! The weather has been beautiful lately so being outside has been a bonus. Olivia and I have been walking her to school and back with trips to the park along the way.  I have still been trying to pack and sort through things a little at a time.  Our storage shed is filling up and our house is slowly emptying out.  I have decided I kind of like it empty!  Not sure I will allow all those other things back in the house after we move!  House hunting in Hendricks is coming along.  There are a couple of leads there.  Hopefully everything will get settled there soon.  Then I will be able to relax and just focus on packing and getting ready to move.  Michael gets to come home Sunday night!  I am so excited!  This will be his last week off before moving week.  He only has one more hitch to go.  We are both very grateful for that. So that's our update.  Hopefully next week I can take pictures of some of our adventures and get them posted!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Blessings Continue...

This morning I talked with my amazing and beautiful friend, Pam.  She has been trying to find us a place in or around Hendricks to live when we move next month (can  you believe it - next month!?).  Well, the rentals are few and far between.  She, along with others, has been calling and asking any one and everyone if their empty houses are for rent or sale.  The favorite answer has seemed to be no!  Well, over the weekend and the beginning of this week as things were being pout into motion here, things started happening there.  A guy that had some land that Pam's husband had been interested in buying (the man at the time was not interested in selling) called Chad and told him that he was trying to buy a house in a different town and wanted to know if Chad wanted to buy this land.  The fact that this guy was buying a house elsewhere meant he would be moving out of his house next to the land.  Chad asked if he would be willing to rent the house.  The guy said yes.  Pam and Chad went and looked at the house yesterday and while it may not be the biggest house ever, it is available!  It is cheap, it has more than one bathroom :), it has beautiful views of the lake, a deck off the master bedroom, and a huge yard for the kids to run free in.  The guy is supposed to close on his new house sometime this week and start moving out so it should be ready by the time we get there in 5 weeks.  As I told Pam about how things worked out here and how it had to be because of help form God she said it was the same there.  All of a sudden everything fell into place.  Once again I am overwhelmed at His presence in all that we do.  He is so aware of us.  If we will but move forward in faith doing our best to do what is right, He will be there.  Things don't always go perfect, I'm sure we'll still have bumps to get over, but He is aware and He is in control.  He will bless us and carry us along.  My heart is full of joy and peace.  I wish Michael were here so I could share all these moments with him in person and not over the phone.  We are definitely grateful for the opportunity to come here.  It has brought many blessings to us that will continue to help us as we leave again.  We don't always know the why's and how come's to all of what life offers but I do know that He knows and if we follow Him we will be okay.  There is a song that we sing in church called "Be Thou Humble." The words of the hymn say, "Be thou humble in thy weakness and the Lord thy God shall lead thee, shall lead thee by the hand and give thee answer to thy prayers. Be thou humble in thy pleading, and the Lord thy God shall bless thee, shall bless thee with a sweet and calm assurance that he cares."  I love this hymn.  The words are so true.  He will lead us and bless us.  For this I am eternally grateful. I am so thankful to everyone who has helped us over the last month or so.  It has been a roller coaster at times and there have been a few who have stuck with us for the whole ride and have done all they can to help and support us.  Thank you!  I love you all!  You are a part of these blessings that have come to my family.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

So Blessed

It seems, over the last twlevish years, that Michael and I have gone against the flow many times. There have been so many instances when we have felt prompted or lead to do things or move places in the face of a lot opposition. Some of that opposition has come from family and close friends. It has been hard to follow our hearts and stick to the feelings we had because of all the things that were being said to and about us. Yet, in every instance, Heavenly Father has not left us alone. He has provided peace, comfort and strength when needed. He has helped Michael and I pull together instead of apart. He has helped us see eye to eye and feel the same promptings. He has provided blessings and opportunities to help us achieve what we needed. This time has been no different. Our decision to move was not accepted with great joy from some. But during it all we pulled together and stuck to the feelings of our hearts. It was hard, but I couldn't go back on the promptings I had and neither could Michael. There was uncertainty in it all. We had a house to sell that we had only owned for 6 months. We had to find a place to live in a small community that didn't have much in the way of empty houses. Tonight it has all come together. After only a day and a half on the market, we got two offers on our house - both above asking price. I also got a text from a friend stating that they think they have found a place for us to move in to for a very reasonable price. We will also have money for a down payment if we want to buy a house. The Lord's hand is in this. I am overwhelmed at His love and concern for me and my family. He knows our needs. He knows our hearts and will help us in our righteous endevours. I am so thankful. My heart is overflowing from His tender mercies. I am a little nobody according to the standards of the world. But I am important enough to my Heavenly Father that He will hear my prayers and answer them - sometimes more fully then I could have ever imagined!