So, here are some bullets to help us all catch up.
- We are moving to Olathe. Like tomorrow. Well, that is a bit of a characteristic exaggeration. But after waiting so long to get things moving (no pun intended), we will be making the trip to Albuquerque and back (I am in Kansas as I write this) within a week. And in between we will finish packing up our house, do a concert for FCCabq, and load the trucks (yes, plural). I would appreciate your prayers for sanity in the coming days!
- We have a house!! To rent, that is. We have still had no offers on our Abq house and we have been given a peace about renting for a time. The house we have found is for sale, so we will have the option to buy when our house sells and if it will meet our needs as we think it might. It will be nice to have some time to really test it out!! Some stats on it: 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 2 half baths, 3 living areas (1 in the basement), 2 car garage, laundry on the bedroom floor (yay!), good closets, some very dated wall paper boarders and lighting fixtures (Too bad those can't come down right away!) but all the right bones to a great house. We are very excited!
- We have stayed this week with a host family from another church in the area. We have been so blessed by Bill and Marilyn's hospitality!! And the house? Oh. My. Word. Seriously!! Huge! We have the top floor with three bedrooms, two baths, the loft in between, and a phone booth!! Yep, a phone booth! Almost every closet I have found is a walk-in (even the hall closets!). The 60" TV in the basement with surround sound and leather couch has spoiled us too! Some of Reed's quotes that help to illustrate the luxury: 1. (While sitting in their built-in diner booth with wall-mounted flat screen) "It's just like Fuddruckers!" 2. "Dad, look! They have a path to their neighbor's house!" "Son, that's not the neighbor's. That's the garage!" 3. (Watching cartoons in the media room) "If we turn off all the lights, it's just like a movie theater!" 4. "They have their own personal river!!"
- So while we have enjoyed the great luxury, we have felt at home, too. They have 9 grandchildren who stop by regularly (we met 4 of them) so they do not expect things to get put away perfectly. They have let our kids be kids, which has enabled us to relax while we were here. Also, they made sure that we would help ourselves to anything and everything we could find to eat, and told us not to replace what we used. We have had great discussions on faith, and parenting, and life, etc. I just cannot tell you how much we have enjoyed being here.
- We are excited about what God has in store for us in Olathe. We have already met a homeschooling family with 4 kids--3 of whose ages align with ours. We met our 3 immediate neighbors in one night and are excited about the possibilities in our new neighborhood. I have even gone to the grocery store and liked it pretty well, at least at first sight. The long transition has helped my heart move here. The people I know I will desperately miss in Abq will still be a part of our lives, I know! Hooray for facebook!
- On a total side note, I am the least excited about football season as I have been in quite some time. I am not very excited about cheering for Brett Farve's former or current teams. I am VERY hesitant to cheer for the Chief's since I have tried to stay away from that all my life. I am not a huge Mizzou fan, but the Missouri part of me cannot just switch to KU loyalty either. And I cannot get excited about my fantasy football team because it is against league rules to do so (Joe Milan!!!)!!! So, in answer to "Are you ready for some football?" I would have to sadly say, "No."
One blog in over two months. More to come. Possibly way into the future!