Hello blogging friends!
It's been ages since I have written a post for my blog...
well, it's been 2 weeks and that seems like ages :)
I MISS YOU!!
How have each one of you been?
I would love to hear about what has been going on.
How was your Christmas?
It seems like it came and went in one big flash!
My Christmas was delightful :)
My sweet hubby, son, and I spent Christmas Eve with my in-laws
and I had a jolly-good time playing with my nieces and nephews.
Then on Christmas day the three of us headed over to my parents home
and spent the day sledding, playing games, and eating way too much food!
How about New Year's Eve, how was yours?
I was a party-pooper and went to bed at 10:30,
but I was well-rested on New Year's day :)
I would like to wish each and everyone of you a Happy New Year
and I pray you are filled with God's sweet joys and His precious peace
during this year of 2014.
My previous post said I was taking a blogging break due to the holidays
and moving into a new home.
Well, we are still in the process of moving into our home.
Here is the story in a nutshell...
We bought a modular which is a home that is already built
and has to be moved in two pieces.
My husband and I bought this home the first part of November
and made plans with a mover to have it moved December 1st.
Well, that did not go as planned...
our original mover passed away from an enlarged heart a few days before our move.
We did not personally know this young man (he was only 31),
but our hearts are very sad and heavy over this terrible news.
After we found this out my husband and I got a hold of another mover
who said he could move the house the next week.
We hired him,
but then something happened to his moving truck which caused a small delay in the move.
Let me add that we had to have the house moved by the 1st of January
so this is why were in somewhat of a hurry :)
The day arrived for our new mover to move the house
and he was able to get half of the home onto our property.
He came back the next day and brought the other half,
but he ended up placing the other half of the home on a big shrub I had by the old house.
The gentleman that puts the home together attempted to roll the two sides together,
but ended up breaking some of his equipment in the process
because the shrub was so tangled up underneath.
Our next step was to crawl underneath the house and cut back the shrub...easier said than done.
It was about a 6 - 8 hour process of trying to remove this huge, overgrown bush,
but thanks to my in-laws, it was removed.
Now our guy who puts the house together could come back and finish the job :)
The house was put together and we could get the heat going...or so we thought!
We called our gas company to come get the heat on and they arrived in record time.
They got the heat running, but after an hour or two it shut off!
My dear hubby worked on the thing trying to figure out what the problem could be
and after several days he was finally able to fix the issue.
The next big step was turning on the water.
Because the house had been sitting for a while in the cold without water
we were fearful that the pipes were frozen and broken.
My darling got everything ready to turn the water on
and as he turned the handle we prayed and held our breath :)
There was a broken pipe by the water softener,
not a big deal for my hubby so he fixed it up licketysplit!
Then there was a small leak by the bathroom toilet, but he was able to fix that too :)
Praise the Lord! We did not have any other broken pipes!
Yes, we were grinning from ear-to-ear!
So then my husband, dad, and father-in-law worked on putting the skirting up around the house.
We used the steel that will rust over time
so they had to build a frame before they could cut the steel and screw it on.
They finished that project this past Wednesday
and now my husband will have to build two porches
with stairs and railings before we can "legally" move into our new home.
I have been cleaning and unpacking boxes
and have three rooms all ready and livable.
Just five more rooms to go :)
Can't wait to show you pictures!
The Lord has taught me SO much through this process,
especially patience and thankfulness.
My husband and I had everything planned, but God had different plans
and there was nothing we could do except go along for the ride and allow Him to teach us.
I am learning to be thankful for ALL things and IN all things :)
My husband teaches during the Sunday School opening at our church
and during the time we were going through the beginning of our move
he was speaking on being thankful for all things and in all things.
I jokingly told him to stop speaking on this particular subject
because the Lord was testing us on the very thing he was talking about!
I can say there have been some difficult moments,
but with God's strength and purpose He makes all things durable.
I am learning to look back on all of it and smile because God's hand has been in everything.
It's all about keeping my focus upon the Lord and allowing His will to take place.
So many times our plans are not His.
Okay, I said that would be in a nutshell ... I guess it is a big nutshell :)
I wanted to just share a little bit about what has been going on
since MANY of you have emailed me and asked how things were going.
Thank you for your prayers and kind thoughts.
I have greatly missed you, friends, and I look forward to when things calm down
and I can get back into blogging.
Big hugs to you and much love!