Sunday, March 29, 2009

MOVING fatigue!!!


The last time I felt this kind of utter exhaustion was when I had a newborn and wasn't sleeping much!

I'm vowing to stay in Florida once I get there.....because I don't wanna do this again!! :(

It'll be worth it, I know, but boy is this taxing on us. And on top of it all poor hubby is still battling a bad cold.

Tonight is our last night here in our little house. It's bittersweet; there's lots here we'll miss, but it's such an adventure that we're embarking on that it's hard to stay too sad too long. I may be crossing the Georgia state line before it finally really dawns on me that we're moving to Florida!!!

But boy am I gonna have fun updating this blog for everyone once we arrive and settle in!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Computer fatigue

My head is spinning.....If I have to look at one more post on craigslist, I may go nuts.


(Kim, don't count me out as far as looking over your way!!....if you find anything "too good to pass up" do let me know!)

Anywho, this is really becoming quite an adventure. But God gave us a miracle with our house on this end, and I know He'll come through on the other end. I just never thought I'd be this close to leaving and still have no place to go! :(

A house!....a house! kingdom for a house!

Well, you know, in all this planning and moving bit, I never thought finding a place to live was going to be the hard part! I always thought the job-hunting would be the challenge, but instead it has turned out to be quite the opposite. Hubby has a lead on a possible job already, but darned if I can find a decent and suitable place to rent.

The big apartment complexes are out because they require a 12-month commitment and proof of income. I've been scouring ads for rental homes but most of what I would consider "affordable" is in less-than-desirable neighborhoods. We had one hopeful prospect - not fantastic but do-able - and my dad even met with the landlords. His conversation with the man went very well but the wife seems to have gone all sneaky on him and took a deposit from someone else before we could solidify the deal. Grr.......

So now we have a local realtor trying to find us something temporary. I think we need to get down there and get settled and get our feet under us before people will talk to us. It will also give us a chance to really scour the various parts of town and see where we'd like to be and stay for a while.

But let's hope we find that short-term place SOON! I feel like I'm running out of time....

Friday, March 20, 2009

"What does it mean?"........."It's big."

That's what Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber said to each other as they stood and saw the huge "Stuff-Mart" go up in the neighborhood!

It's also the first thing to pop into my head when recently looking over what may well be my younger boys' new school! It has an enrollment of over 600 students!!!!!!!!! Compare that to the 79 students in their current school! Well, we knew this was going to be a big move! That's what happens when you move out of the woods.... lol!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

FLORIDA BOUND!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I'm pinching myself to believe it's finally happening.....We are finally moving to Florida! We close on our house on March 31st, and off we go.

I have waited so long to be able to circle a date on a calendar and say "THAT'S the day!" Now I can.

We're actively looking for a place to rent, and I'm starting to investigate schools (this is overwhelming to's very different in FL than here in NH!). We're packing up the house and have our U-Haul truck reserved. The kids are super excited. Everything is falling into place and it's so amazing to me to really watch God step into a situation and show you who He is! We don't know all the details yet, but each time we take a step forward, we have enough Light to take one more.


Thursday, March 12, 2009

The View From My Beach Chair: Raising Godly Children in an Ungodly World - Book Review & Book Giveaway!!

The View From My Beach Chair: Raising Godly Children in an Ungodly World - Book Review & Book Giveaway!!

My friend Mikki (Under the Florida Sun) over at "The View From My Beach Chair" (what a great blog title!!) is hosting a great book give-away!... Raising Godly Children in an Ungodly World by Ken Ham and Steve Ham She has the first chapter posted over there so be sure to stop by and take a peek! These are trying times simply to be living in as adults, never mind having the responsibility of bringing up our children in the ways of the Lord. Personally, I find that Godly insight and guidance is always helpful!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Show & Tell Saturday - My Favorite Vacation!

My favorite vacation.....are you KIDDING me??!....I'm supposed to pick ONE!? lol! Well, DH and I had a "vacation" of sorts to Alaska when we were first married, but it was for the purpose of a missions trip so it's not like we were up there just doin' our own thing. Plus that was in the day before digital cameras so all my photos are a) hard-copy, and b) packed!! For a true, honest-to-goodness vacation Show & Tell, it would have to be....
*drum roll please*....


(sorry Kim, no great new ideas for you from this blogger!! LOL!)

Our family just LOVES the World. Can't quite put my finger on it, but there truly is a magic to that place that is nowhere else. They go above and beyond in making a guest's experience special and unique. True escape from reality!

As a family, we've been three times, most recently last September. We always brave hurricane season because the crowds are generally lower. I think pictures will do the best job in this post, so I'll keep quiet and let you enjoy them!

(left to right: heading for the Magical Express bus - the grounds of Port Orleans resort - meeting Prince Caspian!)

(my guys w/Mickey! - with Tigger - Cinderella's castle in the Magic Kingdom - "Hallowishes" fireworks at the Magic Kingdom)

(boys w/Goofy & Pluto at Animal Kingdom - Expedition Everest ride @ Animal Kingdom - Magic Kingdom entrance)

(Epcot's Spaceship Earth at night)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Prayers for a family

McNabb Land

I don't have a lot of people come read my little blog like some others, but I'm putting this button here anyway because more is better. These little girls need all the prayers they can get, and please pray for comfort and strength for the parents as well.

Thanks and God bless...

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Some Sunday morning news

I don't normally post on Sundays. Not for any particular reason, it just usually seems sort of quiet in my circle of blog friends, so I lay low and wait for the posting frenzy to begin anew on Monday! Waiting

But what I want to post today is ALL about God's glory, so today seemed the perfect day to do it. We are moving, my friends. Our long-awaited prayer has been answered and we are on our way to a new adventure. What makes it remarkable is how it has all come about. And for that, you need a little background.

DH and I began praying about going to a Christian camp environment probably around four years ago now. At that point our house still needed lots of work to be ready to sell, so we knew it was going to be a bit of a wait before we could put our plan in action. Two years ago, through an on-line database that connects camps with potential employees, we were talking to two different camps and on the verge of moving to one that was our dream camp/job/location. But we needed just a few weeks longer to finish up the house than they were able to wait, so sadly we had to pass on the offer, and it faded off into history. We were devastated. But, determined to press on, in autumn that year we listed our house on the market and waited expectantly for God to move. The housing market was just starting to down-turn then, but it wasn't too bad. Yet. We had a lot of showings and a lot of "almost"s, but nothing went through until February of last year. We had an offer!! We hadn't be pursuing any camps at that point but were just sure that God would make the way once the house was sold. The very next day after the offer was accepted and the papers were signed, the man lost his job!!!!! That was the very abrupt end of that.

I will admit to you here and now that that one really shook my faith. Not the foundations of it, but the "WHY?, Lord?" I withdrew spiritually for over three months. God was still my Father, but I wasn't speaking to Him! I felt like the rug had just been completely ripped out from under me and I fell flat on my back with all the wind knocked out of me. I was the bruised reed that had indeed been crushed!! How much more was I supposed to take?

Fast forward to this winter. We put the house on the market in mid-January. At this point the economy has tanked, my DH's job is very tenuous (his company is automotive-related, which should tell you something!), and if we don't sell the house the bank is gonna get it.... We are backed into a corner. Helpless. Our hands are tied.

Hmm....isn't that just where God often wants us, so He can do His best work?!?

Yep! And He did! Less than 30 days after listing our house, we had an offer!! And the very same week, DH was contacted by two different camps seeking him for a position!

We are still waiting for some little details to fall into place with the house, but it's moving forward as it should (so my realtor tells me!) and I trust God for those details. We should have a closing date at the end of the month! Meanwhile, hubby is flying to Texas in a few days to meet with the camp director in person. He is so excited about this and I am so happy about that; he has been in a job where he's miserable for so, so long. It'll make me happy to see him so happy in his new role! My dream of moving to Florida hasn't happened, but God has set this all in place and there's a reason for it. On a purely practical level, the unemployment rate in FL is currently around 8%....that's very high and to just move on down and hope we can find work is quite a gamble. If the Lord had led us to do so, of course we'd trust Him for the next step, but He's leading us another way and I know it'll be best. On the "sunny side," we'll only be a 2-day drive from FL instead of our currrent 3, and I still get a warm climate!....yay!!!!


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