Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Ode to Granna!

My sweet mother-in-law has been our hero this week. She drove back with Dustin from TX (he made his 3rd trip down there this summer, this time to pick up some furniture), and she has been working SO hard to help us move and make our new place a home. As I type (a break between tutoring sessions), she is painting a TREE in the baby's room! We have a woods-y theme that you can check out here, although we don't want every part of the collection, just some of it. Baby's walls are light blue, we borrowed an amazing crib from family, bought a great red-orange-fox-colored dresser (which will double as a changing table) from IKEA, and I got a sage glider on clearance from BabiesRUs. It's really coming together! So fun!

"Granna" has also scrubbed floors, moved boxes, helped me set up my kitchen, painted, cleaned, you name it. We are so appreciative. We are thinking of celebrating by putting on real clothes (we've all been living in old t-shirts/tennis shoes) and heading to see Harry Potter tonight. She heads back home tomorrow morning, which also happens to be our 3rd anniversary. These past 3 years have flown by, and I'm so thankful to be Dustin's wife.

So, pictures will come, but for now... a public THANK YOU to Granna! Me and my pregnant belly couldn't have done nearly as much without her. It's amazing that most everything is already unpacked in our new place. And, it's so home-y, thanks to her hard work and joyful help! We love you!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Why the lack of posts...

Well, we are transitioning back from 2 trips to TX. The first one was for Dustin's grandfather's funeral. We were thankful to be able to fly down and be there. The second trip was our planned vacation. We drove. A lot. We stopped in OKC to visit our friends, the Gerlts, then to Lampasas where we headed out with the Butts' fam for the beach in Port Aransas, then back to Lampasas, then to Gatesville to spend time with Nana, then to Dallas to see the Moore fam and meet my friends' new adopted son, and then we hit up Siloam Springs on the way home to catch up with our friends, Tim and Meagan. It has been great to visit family and friends, but we are also glad to be back and getting into the swing of things here. For example, we have missed 4 Sundays at our church!

We are moving... again. I know, we are a bit crazy, but there were several pros to moving, both financially and having a home that is a bit more baby-friendly. We'll even be able to have a washer and dryer that doesn't demand our quarters! And a dining room! At this new apartment, we are allowed to paint! So, that's what we are currently doing, in between tutoring and unpacking and whatnot, we are getting started on cleaning and painting at the new place. The green kitchen was project #1 from last night, and we love it! Baby room is next, I think!

Speaking of, the little one ("small wonder" is Dustin's new name - although you will still catch us saying "peanut") is moving and grooving, and it's sooo fun!

Do you ever get caught up in projects? It's SO easy! We are trying to work at not starting the day hitting the ground running, so to speak? It's so easy to live as if we are independent, with no need for a heavenly Father or his help. It's easier to hop up, lace the tennis shoes and get to painting or packing, with no thought of God. It's scary. We are attempting to guard against this. Life NEVER slows down. And neither does our great need for a great God, without whom we can do nothing. And to whom, our lives must point.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Summer Fun

From seeing the Gerlts in Oklahoma to going to the beach in Port Aransas to meeting Sam (our friends' adopted son), we are having a great time! More pictures can be found on facebook...