Sunday, May 30, 2010


{This} is joy.

The past three weeks have been filled with:
playdates on the beach.
making new friends.
reconnecting with old friends.
visiting churches.
driving {LOTS of driving}.
And mostly...loving.

Loving life. Loving people. Loving God.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Texas: Week One

Aloha! Oh wait, wrong state. Let me try again.

Howdy, ya'll! (I swear that I steer clear of saying "howdy" in real life, but it's simply too charming not to pick up saying "ya'll." Don't judge me.)

So we made it-- in once piece. Let me see if I can update in a nutshell what our week has entailed. How 'bout if I just do a day-by-day recap. M'kay? [Update: No nutshells happening on this blog today. I think I'll break this story down into bite-size pieces.]

Thursday/Friday- The kiddos and I set off ALONE on a 10 hour drive from Lafayette, IN to White Hall, AR. You know what? They were ah-maze-ing. Seriously! Who would've known? It makes me a little less nervous to consider throwing them into the van whenever I have a wild-hare (and let me just pause to tell you that I had to "Google" that phrase before I typed it. I guess I hadn't ever written it before. Let's just say that there is a significant amount of debate surrounding whether or not the term is "wild hair" or "wild hare"-- stick this tidbit away in your back pocket for future meaningless banter with strangers-- unless you're an introvert like me who would never, under any circumstances, discuss such things. And now, back to our regularly scheduled blog update. Thank you for your patience) to load up and go on a grand adventure. [insert deep breath]

On Friday the kiddos went to the zoo with their Grammy and Poppy (Jeremy's parents. Their house was our stopping point). I sat in a Rally's parking lot and wrote a blog post. Jeremy made it down with the big moving truck-- less the things that are still up in Indiana because they wouldn't fit-- on Friday evening. And yes, I did say that not everything fit in to the moving truck. Those things will just have to make it down a little later. *shrugs* What can you do?

I think that's probably enough for today or this post would be too long for you to actually read. In the meantime, enjoy the photo collage. They are a little glimpse of what's up next:

New friends. Old friends. A rodeo. Fried pies. Whataburger. Swimming. Brittani Cicirelli. And Boxes.

Well, maybe I'll spare you and leave the boxes out of it. ;)
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Friday, May 7, 2010

Road Trip

I'm 2/3 of the way into our big move to the huge metropolis of Lindale, TX. It's pretty much the southern equivalent of Lafayette-- only add lakes, wild boar, scorpions, fire ants, and subtract our close friends and family. 1 out of 5 ain't bad, right? I mean, who doesn't love wild boar?

In all honesty, the 10 hour van ride down with the kiddos went swimmingly. They were polite and joyful the entire day. We stopped at a rest stop for lunch and ate at a picnic table with an adorable 80-year-old woman. It was a joy. When we stopped the next time, Peyton and Parker just kept hugging each other. I mean, really? If you have any doubts about the power of prayer, yesterday was PROOF. (Let's not discuss this morning.) Moving right along...

Peyton and Parker are visiting the Little Rock zoo today with Grammy and Poppy while I get to soak up some alone time. If I weren't in the armpit of the United States, that might just be delightful. BUT rather than sipping a steaming raspberry mocha and sinking down into a couch at Panera, I'm sitting Indian-style in the drivers seat of my van, in the parking lot of Rally's pirating WiFi from the KFC next door. And no, I'm not stealing it for real. I bought my drink from there, so I'm gravy folks. Pine Bluff, AR is a doozy.

Isn't "doozy" a weird word? I'm not entirely comfortable with it. But I'll let it stay-- this time.


Our Internet will be up and running at the new house on Tuesday evening. I'll post pictures then! *Really* Stay-tuned. I promised to bring you on the adventure and right now the adventure is at a Rally's parking lot, but tomorrow it will be in TEXAS! That part will be more fun. Lots to explore. Lots to talk about. Lots to see.

(wink...see ya soon!)

PS We couldn't fit all of our stuff in the moving truck even AFTER selling half of our stuff. Don't you love those little curve-balls. We'll get it sooner or later. *shrugs*