Saturday, January 31, 2009

I hate moving

It has been five years since we moved. The last time it was to Hernando from south Florida. We had only been in FL three years and had a lot less stuff. When you stay in one spot (as I guess most people have a tendency to do) you accumulate a lot of stuff. We found things we had actually packed when we graduated from college, moved to Good Hope, then to FL and then to MS without ever really going through it. It would go from place to place and be put into storage and then forgotten about. Well, this time we decided we did not want to move it again. We got most of it gone through, found some crazy stuff we have saved (papers from high school, poetry we had each written - in high school! and other various things that made us laugh.) Well then we got sick. It started with Farm Boy getting a fever virus the Monday before we were supposed to leave MS. Then I got it. Then I got the flu. Then Music Man got the fever virus. And then, just for fun, Jason reacted to an environmental allergy in a job he was finishing up. So we were pitiful. And we couldn't pack, let along think about leaving MS. I was overwhelmed by the amount of things I had to do before we left. The short of it is, I would probably still been there had a wonderful friend not come in and taken over. He got us packed up and loaded and we were on our way on Tuesday. All of us. Jason was in a very full Rider truck (in anticipation of bad weather coming in - very good decision by the way!) I was in my very full Suburban with two rowdy boys and two freaked out cats. We pulled in Tuesday night about 7:00pm. We were glad to be here, exhausted and wanting warm food and hot showers (we got both and very quickly and then fell into bed.)

Jason and his dad left out on Thursday heading back to Mississippi to get his work trucks and clean up the house. I am so thankful for good friends again as they would probably still not be back had he attempted to do everything on his own. I didn't realize how much we had actually left in MS, but due to some gracious friends, they were able to pack it all in. They were also well fed, well entertained and had a warm place to lay their heads. They got up early Sunday morning and headed out before the snow and ice arrived.

My Saturday was equally eventful. I had been looking for my clothes for three days. I had a few things, but couldn't remember if my clothes were in a box or a suitcase. I had a few things to wear but had no idea what I was going to wear to church on Sunday. Saturday I found them in a suitcase in our closet. Oh yes, you read correctly. My brain was mush. I so painstakingly tried to put my clothes where I could find them (I assume on Wednesday) that I in turn hid them from myself.

So now we are trying to organize our life again. We are staying at Jason's parents' house right now (just 200 yards or so from his grandparent's house where we will be living eventually.) We are slowly unpacking, cleaning out some things we didn't get to clean out before me left (due to the illnesses) and just having a great time hanging out with his parents. We just spent two weeks with them at Christmas, but after being gone from GA for the last eight years we have a lot of catching up to do on "just hanging out." Jason is networking and I am actually working on my resume as well. We are hoping he will be able to continue his landscaping business and also to get back into ministry.

I know many of you are wondering about Music Man and his schooling. That is a separate post. I am working on it but it may be another few days before it is ready to be published.

Friday, January 16, 2009

2009: A New Chapter

With the beginning of the new year comes a new chapter in our life. This was a somewhat difficult decision to make and a bittersweet one as well. We are leaving Hernando and moving back to Good Hope, at least temporarily. We are excited to be moving a lot closer to family but very sad to be leaving the friends we have made in the five years that we have called Hernando our home. This is the only place our children have known.

I know that many of you have questions about why we are doing this now. The short reason is that Jason’s business has dried up due to the economy and our cost of living will decrease in GA. We will be staying at his grandparents' farm just down the street from his parents' house, for at least a little while. Jason has some job prospects. Music Man will finish the school year in Walton County. Dawn is most likely going ahead sooner than Jason and taking the boys.

We are very ready to get back into ministry again. Please pray with us that God will lead us where He wants us. Pray for our small group. Pray the transition goes smoothly for the boys.

We have been immensely blessed over the years to have been in such a loving community. The friends we have made will always be near and dear to our hearts. We would love to see each one of you before we leave, but fear that to be impossible. But feel free to stop by if you would like and give us a hug! We are sure gonna miss you all!

We will keep our cell phone numbers at least for now. Email addresses will not change either. Find us on Facebook – we are both on there several times a day!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Biggest Full Moon of 2009 Happens Tonight!

The biggest and brightest full moon of the year happens tonight! I am excited and hope it will be clear tonight! There is more info on NASA's webpage.
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