Welcome New…….

It is now 2014.  2014??  2014!!  We have now been in our new house for 2 weeks.  What a crazy few months it has been.  But we ALL survived it!  Including our wonderful Grandma and Grandpa who let us live with them for 4 and a half months.  Their small house invaded with five extra people…. and four of them who homeschooled there, and the all books, and all the legos….. plus a very overweight cat. And D who was in the craziness of a new job, a new RETAIL job – during the busiest season of the year.  Along with being extremely involved in the house building process.  Some nights he got only three hours of sleep!

We survived moving in a couple of days before Christmas, finding out half our furniture was lost, finding that said furniture, said furniture delivered on Christmas Eve, hosting Christmas Eve and Day for D’s family!  And all went VERY well!!!  Once all the family got here with their food and gifts, you couldn’t even tell how messy our house was! Was a wonderful day!!  Hadn’t seen my husband that content in a while!  Kids had so much fun with their cousins.  D is living vicariously through his children – getting them BB guns, planning a tree house, teaching them to drive the ATV….  making GOOD memories!  

 

We got a NEW dog!  We had been waiting to get a dog for so long!  So we finally got one a week before we moved into the house.  It was NOT the smartest thing we have done – not at all!  Having the grandparents put up with a non-housetrained dog, moving in with tons of boxes with a non-housetrained dog….  But, hallelujah, that we decided to put hard surfaces on the main portion of the house!  This poor pound puppy did not have a name for 2 weeks.  We couldn’t agree on her name and D was working crazy hours so we couldn’t discuss it.  BUT after Christmas, we mutually agreed that her name is Eula Mae!  It had to be short, not end with the “ee”sound, and not be ANY OTHER dog name D had ever had.  Eula was the name of Katherine Hepburn’s character in the John Wayne classic “Rooster Cogburn.”  And if you know D, he is huge fan of ALL of Mr. Wayne’s movies.  Eula is a sweet mix of black lab and blue heeler.  We are truly enjoying her – well, other than the puddles we get a couple of times a day.

I am so very thankful and blessed for all that has happened and how it has happened.  God is truly taking care of us.

I am SO VERY excited to see where He will take us in this NEW year.  This is a NEW beginning in many ways.  Last night we hosted a get together for the youth aged kids in the area.  Didn’t know if we would have any other than our own “youth” aged daughter but ended up having 11!  So we are starting a NEW youth group. 

I can’t wait to see this NEW house get set up!  I’d love to share some pictures but nothing has found its organized home yet.

I can’t wait to get to know our NEW neighbors and build a community!  One that will last longer than 2 years!

I can’t wait to start NEW regular mom talks here in this house!  I see that need in myself and other moms in our little community.  How many cups of coffee will we share here together?

I can’t wait to set up our NEW schedule!  D will be closing on Monday nights so my plan is to update at least on those nights.  The kids need to get on a better bedtime schedule, a better chore schedule, a better school schedule and now we can!!!

I am so excited for our new HOUSE, new YEAR, and new BEGINNINGS!

I have to close with the Doxology – it just flows from my mouth so much!

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost

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