What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Once there was a girl named Rebecca who had a blog...

...and ACTUALLY blogged there.

Well here I am, on the flip side of a major move, feeling like quite the stranger to my own blog~ it feels almost foreign to me to be looking into a computer screen and making odd little click, clicking sounds with my fingers.

I fully intended to blog more often through this ordeal, and would have welcomed a diversion allowing me to sit down at least three weeks ago, had certain difficulties not arisen...like say, waiting a week and a half for the internet guy to be able to come and 'hook us up'. Then of course, another few days to re-glue the legs on our computer desk which we had to saw off in order to get it up the stairs. Then a few more days at the realization that an ungrounded plug in the room would not be sufficient for the computer wiring without an adapter (and hence, a trip to the store when I was too busy to go) and THEN, tack on a few MORE days upon realizing that our wireless USB went AWOL during the move. All this to say---TOTALLY not my fault.

But I am here now, and wondering with this long absence~
Where to begin? or if I even should....

We successfully turned the pages of a month and, with a lick and a flip ended a new chapter of this Story of ours. It had its moments of intrigue and moments of bliss, a few fairly profound jolts but mostly it was just colorless redundancy: pack, haul, pack, haul, pack, haul.

I worked from morning until night with just a short mouth-shoving break for meals. I survived the long nights, intense and energy-draining days by draining Coke by I.V. and my poor family ate more chips and pizza than we have ever eaten before (to the point of being grossed out by it.) I can now boast being 10 pounds more squeezable, if only that were boastable. It has been nice having home cooked meals (and the cooking has become FUN again!) and VEGETABLES and eggs and potatoes. And I have given up Coke.

There were a few moments of Matt holding me in the kitchen while I stood blubbering "We can't do it!", "I can't do this!", "I......can't..........sniff DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO wail..........this!!!!...........slobber, slobber" with Matt assuring me that we can. There were a few other meltdowns on Matt's part, but we won't talk about those. ;-)

We eventually came through, however, and now the packing and making trip after trip in our van and a pickup is just a story past and the beginning of this new chapter is upon us. Still, many a box surrounding us and much work left undone, we have begun our new life in a new home and had our fair share of new excitements to make our fondness for the place kindle and flame.

It isn't hard falling in love with a place when you see it as Gods place for you and it isn't difficult to see the extraordinary in your Story when it is God's fingers flipping the pages.

The extraordinary abound even amidst the cardboard and clutter~ and I am determined to take note.
Renaissances' long lost blogger,



Megan @ Purple Dancing Dahlias said...

I can so relate. Every since my youngest started chemo life has been a whirl. The time I get to be on the computer I sit and stare at the screen with so many words in my head but not knowing how to put them on 'paper'.

The year is almost done and his chemo is almost done. A new year to start anew. I will be doing a 365 project next year to capture all of lifes little moments.

Yea! for being done with the heavy work. Enjoy your new house. :)

Victorianlady8 said...

I am so happy that you blogged....I was wondering if a very large box fell on your head while you were moving...and you lost it all :) I am so thankful your times of stress are coming to an end..? end? With a full house and a husband at home! God bless all the Newmans as they enjoy His incredible TREASURES! Family and Faith!

Bonnie said...

My Rebecca is back! Oh how I've missed you!
A long fat letter is in the works per your request, and hopefully will be mailed Saturday.
I didn't even read the post just jumped straight to the comments! Yay!

Terri said...

So good to hear from you! I'm glad you made it in and now comes the fun part - settling in.

Leah T. said...

I'm so glad you were finally able to let us know how you are doing. I was getting worried!!! I kept asking Scott if he had heard anything from Matt. I look forward to regular posts again. And pictures!!! :D

Father's Grace Ministries said...

Welcome back to the online world, Rebecca. So glad to hear you're settling in after all the dramas! Enjoy making Hopestead yours!
Did you get my email? You've probably got quite a backlog to wade through.

Claire & Family

Louise said...

Enjoy getting settled into your new home. If you're like me, which you are not, because you accomplish huge amounts of work in small amounts of time, you could take a year to finish unpacking... Anyway I am glad you are now in your own home, and the moving stage is a thing of the past.

Post at leisure, or don't. Sit in your rocking chair and sip tea.
We (the people of the blogosphere) aren't going anywhere.

May God's peace be with you and your family.

...they call me mommy... said...

Yay!!! *waves wildly* So glad to have you back, friend!!!

ulli said...

So happy you're back and have survived the move. Take your time, take a deep breath, take a long bubble bath, and post when you can. We'll be here. Happy New Home!

Davene Grace said...

It's so good to hear from you again! I, too, was wondering and wondering about you. Aren't you glad you've been missed? ;-)

In this post, I particularly liked the sentence that began, "It isn't hard falling in love..." So true and profound!

Tracy said...

I've been waiting and waiting for this post. Please hurry back. With more photos, please!

peggy said...

I'm so relieved to see you back. I was fixin to call out the national guard or something. That pile of dust you left us with was beginning to look ominous.Glad to know ya'll are ok. Looking forward as usual to your posts.

Mr. G's Mrs. G said...

So glad to see you again, Rebecca! I'm excited to hear all about your adventures.

MameyJane said...

Yes! She's alive! It's so sweet to read your blog again. Glad to hear of your progress.

Riahli said...

So great to see your posts again! I was getting a bit worried for you all, but I had a feeling it was something along the lines of what you just shared with us... Glad you are all settling in now, and I look forward to your future posts. :)

aeolian said...

Yay! I'm glad you're back! I've never commented on your blog before, so I know you don't know who I am, but I stumbled across it about a year ago when I found your kitchen blog, and I've been reading it ever since. (Is that creepy? I hope not.) Being a new wife, and now a new mom, I love keeping up with your posts, you've been a huge encouragement to me although you don't know it.
So, all that to say, I'm really glad you're back and that the worst of the move is (Lord willing) behind you, and I look forward to reading more. :)

Leah said...

Yes! You're still alive and kicking!
And writing as beautifully as ever.

I'm glad you're "Home."

"...it isn't difficult to see the extraordinary in your Story when it is God's fingers flipping the pages."

That is indeed comforting when brought to remembrance.

Anonymous said...

so glad you are back!!! i admire you so much for being so brave (even with tears, courage doesnt exist without fear)to take on this adventure, i'm envious of the sense of your forever home..

the lessons you teach your kids will be remembered..and the stories to tell will be amazings...

celina from canada..now celina in virginia!!!

abigail said...

Great post; lovely words.

And hurrah for the blogging revival (renaissance?)!

I'm having fun catching up. :)