Saturday, August 29, 2009

New Hampshire, New Home

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It has now officially been 2 weeks in New Hampshire and we have been exploring our new home.  It has been very eye opening and a lot of fun.  They do things a little different here, as you would imagine, but not so much so that we think they are completely nuts (but they sure may think we are!).  

There are so many little towns near us, and each with their own unique things to find and do. We have enjoyed that so much.  In our first two weeks we have driven to Maine for a lobster dinner, gone to the beach, eaten many new places (none of them chains) and seen everyone's new school.  And the favorite thing is that everynight, the boys have gone into our massive backyard and played baseball and hit golf balls because it feels so good outside!  That has been the best part!

 It has been busy to say the least.  The only thing we have not done is really spent time at the beach. It has rained both weekends we have been here due to some tropical storm or another.  But, this is just the beginning. We can't wait to see what the coming months have in store for us.  

Friday, August 21, 2009

Learning....

I have learned so much from God in regards to this move. He has taught me so much about His timing and learning how to wait on Him (something that I am 100% sure He is not done teaching me).

But there are some other things I have learned as well.

1) Driving across the country is not fun; in no way, shape, or form! Especially when you have no time to look at the neat things you are whizzing by.

2) I will, in no way, do this whole pack-and-move on your own thing again. (Mosier's, you had the right idea!)

3) If you put something for sale on Craigslist, you had really be ready to get rid of it!

4) We have way too much junk. I can't even call it stuff. Alot of what we found in boxes went into the category of "why did we need to move this 2000 miles?"

I am sure all this will either serve me well to remember next time we move, whenever that may be, or else I will completely forget these trials and think the Uhaul thing is the way to go. If option two is to happen, please someone shake me hard and remind me just how much "fun" this was!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

We have arrived....

Just over a week ago, our life looked much different from now.  Chris was finishing his dissertation, and we were living among boxes, and calling College Station home. 

Then, Chris defended and everything changed. We knew it was coming, but in all honesty did not expect it to happen. As the day got closer and closer, my head knew this was happening, but my heart was still holding on to "home."  

It has been a hard week.  It has been surreal that we aren't just on vacation but actually have a new place to call home.  The first day of driving was the hardest; as soon as Chris locked the door to our house, the crying finally came.  But the more miles we put behind us, the more we accepted what was happening. 

We got here Saturday night, ready to not drive anymore. Ready to sleep in our own bed. Ready to start our life here.  

Since getting here, we have explored the neighboring towns and celebrated Chris' birthday with a lobster dinner in Maine. Christopher is adjusting well and really likes to play around the house.  I am halfway done unpacking and Chris will start preparing for classes tomorrow.

Life goes on, even if we arent' ready for the change.  Thank you for all of your prayers and support during all this. We miss you all already!  

Monday, August 10, 2009

Finally....



5 months of research and writing.

5 Chapters ~ 264 pages

I proudly introduce Chris Harrist, Ph.D

Sunday, August 9, 2009

We are so blessed!





Today we were reminded of how blessed we have been while in College Station.

It took 9 1/2 amazing people a grand total of an hour and a half to completely load my house onto a Uhaul! Now, I must say 1 1/2 of these people live with me so there was no way they were getting out of this; and 3 more are very closely related, so they were roped in as well. But there were 4 blessings that, as of about a month ago, I did not even know their names!

Thank you for spending your Sunday afternoon with us and really reminding us that the God is in control. As our family sat down tonight to talk about our day, I remembered that when we moved here 3 years ago, we knew only 2 people. In such a short span of time, we have been infinitely blessed with so many people who we call friends, and in many cases extended family.

Now, as we leave, I am comforted by the fact that He will not just abandon us in the Northeast, but will take care of us there in ways that we have not even imagined we would need to be provided for. As we learned tonight, He is faithful by character!

He is teaching me so much about trusting Him in all of this, and I know I have so much more to learn.

Here we go. Down to less than 48 hours before we leave TX. We have no idea what will happen next, but we know that God has called us north. From here on out, I am going to have to let go.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

7 Days Away

With us being just one short week away from major change, I thought, "why not add something new to our lives?" And here it is. . . our new blog.

Isn't it beautiful!? Okay, so it is a work in progress, but at least it is finally started and not just a happy figment of my imagination. My hope is that we will be able to keep in better contact (i.e. I stink at communicating sometimes) to our wonderful friends and loving family that we are leaving here in the heat. (I will most likely be wishing for said heat come January 1st, but for now, you can have it!).

So, here you have it, our new communicator. Now, let's hope I am good at keeping it updated and really giving an accurate picture of New England life.

More to come soon.....