This week we have:
* Used up the last of the packing tape and all of the cardboard boxes available within a 100 mile radius
* Loaded two trailer loads and pickup truck beds
* Dug up perennials
* Went to our new home, The Villa, and realized that our belongings couldn't be brought in.
* Unloaded two trailer loads and pickup truck beds in a barn
* Cleaned up about 2 years worth of feed, garbage, and dust from an old workshop so that our furniture could be brought and PLACED somewhere.
* Sweated the equivalent of the Red Sea
* Replanted perennials in one random spot, until our property can be bushhogged.
* Made two 8 hour round trips with one still yet to come.
* Emptied our bank account assuming it would be worth it.
* Got our first MAIL in our new home.
* Cashed in our change jar for a grand total of $137.87!!! That is about 40 pounds less we had to move! ;-)
* Watched as only HALF of our stuff fit in the truck that we were assured could haul it all.
* Watched the kids have so much fun living at Grandma and Grandpa's house that they may never want to move with US!
* Decided that as soon as a toilet is in place and water is available, we will be moving to our new home. Regardless of a completed kitchen or Amish guys hanging from the raftors.
It has been a tremendously busy time for Matt and I, and due to various issues, all the brunt work has been placed on Matt and I. That means, the list above was done by me and my swollen belly and Matt with his swollen biceps. I know in my head that pregnant people ought not to lift so much or work so hard, but when there is no other option (and no-there wasn't) one must rise to the occasion. Matt has been a gem and has worked so hard-and has praised me for all my work, and apologized for the need of it, and been frustrated to see me at it. I just sort of joke, we are pioneers in the 21st century. Modern day Charles and Mary Ingalls. People got through it all, in worse conditions, and we will too. Not only that, but we will step out from the work as it is finished with our heads held high and our smiles proud. Proud that we accomplished so much. Proud that we worked well, worked faithfully, and did it all TOGETHER.
It has been a difficult adjustment living in the home of another. Family routines are not just altered, but abandoned altogether. Discipline has been adjusted, bedtimes lengthened, and roles of the family sacrificed. It is hard to be the leader of your family in your father's house-and this is what Matt is trying valiantly to contend with. My own roles have changed drastically too-too much.
Much in this situation has not gone RIGHT. We could have gone off the deep end many a time: in regret, disregard, unfaithfulness, unbelief and absolute MISERY. While all this MAY be true: I CHOOSE not to look at it that way. I CHOOSE to see this situation for the good it has brought and is bringing. So, I choose to not only realize, but remember and VALUE the great good that is being revealed.
~ That though we emptied ourselves of every spare penny we had, I am thankful that we DID have the necessary funds available. Our last move was made on a credit card.
~ I am thankful that Matt was able to sell mower and truck, giving us a little extra while also ridding us of the responsibility (and cost) of moving these things.
~ That I was able to be present for my new nieces' baptism, something I was unable to do at my last nieces'.
~ That Matt and I are unified in the way we feel and that we are going through it all together. It would be infinitely harder knowing that my feelings were not met with understanding.
~ That Grandma and Grandpa were able to keep the children with them on our last eight-hour trip, freeing them from being cooped up in the car unnecessarily.
~ The recognition that hasn't always been there, but is now starting to bud in Andrew's face as He enjoys our relatives.
~ That our new home happens to be snug in the midst of family and friends. While I do not really relish living in someone else's abode, I am grateful we have an option other than living among paint fumes and pulling up a bush! ;-)
~That today is the first day of Matt's new and long-coveted job.
~ That we are slowly getting closer to dreams fulfilled.
~ That through it all, we have God's promises to lift us up and make us strong. He is here for us and He is in control. And He will not give us more than we can handle.
I have been able to get access to a computer only the (now) two times I have posted since this all began and so, return comments are out of the picture. So are visiting other blogs, commenting on them, and even posting pictures to my posts