31 October 2009

trick or treat!

once again, excuse the picture order... really wish I could just drag them around like the old days... moving on...

So, here are the guys trick-or-treating. I know you can't really see them, I just had to take this picture to show you these weird sections of our neighborhood where four houses share a driveway... these two houses are tucked in behind other houses... funny, huh? here are the boys in their "PCS 09" shirts from Aunt Becky... they traced our roadtrip out on the USA maps... I have no idea what Brad was saying to them when he took this picture, but it must've been funny.
Here they are... boogity, boogity, boogity, let's go racing, boys and howdy pardner!
Oh, and this was my solution for the over-the-cupboard-open-space-dilemma. I will probably put some Christmas stuff up there in a few weeks, and maybe come up with a permanent solution by January. Good goal-setting, huh?

We trick-or-treated around our neighborhood for a bit, then we went to something called "Ark in the Park" which was sponsored by a local church. I think we are going to visit that church tomorrow. On their flyers, they said their two emphases are 1. Sunday School and 2. Missions. The event tonight was fun and well-attended. It was drizzly and cold by the time we got there, so we didn't stay too long. We have a full candy bowl, so everyone is happy =)

29 October 2009

a messy little tour...

well, our household goods were delivered minutes after we signed our lease... the driver was actually at our house before we were... so we've been unpacking boxes around here... excuse the mess, please, and I will give you a glimpse into our home. (but if you are going to comment on the mess, then you must stop reading now... NOW!)

Ahem, now on with the tour. Here is the front door... to the left is the living room, behind the door is a small powder room. Next to the stairs to the right is a coat closet, as well as the entrance to the kitchen and dining room... Here is the dining room... I was standing in front of the door to the back (side) yard when I took this picture. See the playground across the street?

and the kitchen... the laundry room is through the open door, and the other door is to the garage. There is a pantry just this side of the laundry door.

And the living room....

going up the stairs...

looking across the upstairs hallway/landing. The first closet door is storage, the next door is the mechanical room... Brad is in the computer nook...
Standing in the doorway to the computer nook, looking toward the 3rd bedroom, which may become "Wilson's Room", and of course, will be available for guests...

and the boys' room, which might soon be "Walker's Room."

Today I am going to see about getting Wilson enrolled at school. I haven't a clue what that entails... I would like to walk him through the school before he actually starts. He is a bit nervous/anxious, so please continue to pray for him and us as he transitions. It has been so great to see him giving God the credit for our house, and in turn, we've been able to remind him about how God is also taking care of the school details too.
Our first night here, Wilson asked Brad if they could wear their star pajamas because "God picked out the right house for us, and God made the stars." Sweet, sweet boy!
So school enrollment, and more boxes to unpack are on the schedule for today. I don't mind putting stuff away; but when it comes to the decorating part, its a bit of a challenge for me. Let me know if you want to come help...
Thank you for your prayers, we continue to appreciate them. We are so thankful to God for providing thus far. He is so good.

26 October 2009

I hope you are sitting down for this...

...tomorrow we will sign the papers for this house!

This is the view across the street, from the front steps...
...and the garage. Oh my!
Also, the bus stops are painted on the curb throughout the neighborhood, and there is one just a few feet down from that playground.

We are tremendously overwhelmed by the provision of our Heavenly Father. Thank you for your prayers, we so appreciate them!

We don't know exactly when our moving truck will be here with our stuff. The driver called today and said he should be in town tonight... so with our 11am appointment; there is a possibility that things will go in storage. We trust God's timing as we wait again to see how things turn out. The boys were thrilled that we have stairs in our new house!

Jenn, I am thinking I might have to look for a UL "Welcome" in linen for that front door. Will be in touch soon, for that order ;)

Borderline-giddy here in Georgia, thank you Lord, for your good gifts!!

25 October 2009

we have arrived way down yonder...

...on the Chattahoochee. We had three perfect-weather-travel days. The boys are excellent travelers, and our vehicles ran well. Thank you for your prayers. It is good to be here. When we pulled onto post this evening to check things out, the guard said, "Welcome Home!" So as we adventured around post we found a dog park for the big girl. She already made a few friends off-leash! We also found a playground for the boys to run around on...

Wilson declared it the best playground he has ever been to!
Here's a picture at Pinnacle State Park in Little Rock, Ark. We spent a little while there before hitting the road yesterday. It was really pretty... and their state parks are free!!!! Walker gave it a thumbs-up.
And this was at the Arkansas welcome center on day one. It was chilly out that day...

Again, we thank you for your prayers on our behalf. We were able to check-out of our house with no charges! Amen! And we arrived safely, with no troubles along the way. Thank you, Jesus! God is faithful, and we are encouraged to see His hand working in the big and small ways. Tomorrow morning we have our housing meeting. We really don't know what to expect, but we fully trust that God has all the details worked out already. We will let you know, when we know. Its reassuring to know that God already knows.

19 October 2009

lessons from the run

So most of you know that I have been attempting to become a runner. Brad printed out a work-out titled "Couch to 5k." So, thankfully, it has been gradual. I've been learning some things along the way.

Like last week, I found out that Muskoka is scared of those -light-up-inflatable-halloween decorations...at least when it is dark outside...she nearly took me down trying to avoid one.

I also learned that running is hard. This might sound naive, but I thought after awhile, it would just get easy. Maybe its because I have read articles in Runner's World about incredible distances some people have run. Or maybe its because one of my sisters from PWOC runs marathons, and she has three kids! Whatever the reason, I have discovered that after 7 weeks, running is still hard. Granted, I am gradually getting better at it, and if I went back and did the Week 1 Day 1 work-out, it would probably be relatively easy. But why would I want to go back to week 1?

I didn't really have any lofty goals when I started running. I just wanted to be healthy and also to understand the ups and downs that Brad faces in running - since it is part of his job. Now that I realize its hard, its going to take a little more focus to keep going.

I finally got over the 2-mile mark last week. I had run two miles at the end of week 5, but I hadn't successfully run more than that. I would always walk a little bit here and there. But leave it to Brad to inspire me, last Thursday he simply said, "Don't walk." And I didn't.

As I ran, God pointed out the parallel between running and this life. Neither are easy. And we aren't all capable of the same thing. It was naive of me to assume that this would get easy, just because some people make it look easy. Its naive of me to assume those people don't work super hard every day to accomplish what they do.

James tells us that we will face various trials. Not only are the trials within my own life 'various,' but the trials I face vary differently from the trials others face. Nobody gets a free pass. We all struggle. As we grow in our Christian lives, our struggles remain difficult. But we press on. I'll keep running, and we'll keep living...knowing that the hard work will pay off. Knowing that it requires a firm focus on eternity to keep us going.

Does that make any sense?

"Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance." James 1:2-3

"Struggling successfully and profitably brings a deeper joy than even trouble-free living." - From Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas

18 October 2009

last lawton weekend...

the boys 'helped' Daddy take down the swing set. Thankfully they all got the memo for jeans and grey-hooded-sweatshirts for the work day. Earlier in the day they were dazzling me with their puzzle skills. Geniuses, these two.
And some Sunday morning pictures. Just because they're all so good-looking.

And because Daddy thinks if he gets his picture taken with the boys, than I need to as well.

Now we are off to the park, thankful some nice sunny weather to enjoy this afternoon!

17 October 2009

For Julie...

Queen of Hearts and Alice in Wonderland Costume Set GIVEAWAY!!!!

I entered the above contest in hopes of winning this little set for you, Julie. =)

16 October 2009

moving right along...

we are spending part of Fall Break getting ready for the big move. Yesterday we moved everything out of the storm shelter so we can use it as our "Moving HQ" On the day the packers come, there will be a big sign on the door that says, "DO NOT PACK" Remember, it used to be the "Reading Room." Granted, it was much fuller and messier than this yesterday, but it was the first picture I could find of the storm shelter in our picture file this morning. {Look how tiny the boys are!}

Thanks again for all of the prayers. I have to share a little reminder God sent me this week. Sometime last week, Brad and I were talking about our next church, and we mentioned that it might be kind of fun if we find a church that has Awana. We think the boys would love it! Of course, Wilson wanted to know all about what this thing called Awana was... His eyes lit up when Brad told him about it. Of course, after that discussion I said, "But, we don't know if there are any churches that have Awana, ok?" Wilson never forgets anything, so I feel like I have to remind him that we don't know for sure, so he doesn't get his hopes up too high...
Earlier this week when I was looking on Fort Benning's home page to find out some stuff about the schools, I found this article. (click here.) I love that we know a personal Savior that willingly reminds us that He has all the details taken care of!

13 October 2009

Jehovah-Jireh - The God who Provides

Our move is next week! Already! God has graciously given me a sense of excitement as we prepare for our next place. He is ministering to my spirit daily and reminding me of the good and wonderful things He has done, is doing, and will do. He is good, all the time. He is the God that provides and we are trusting Him to provide for us in big and small ways.

I know many of you have been faithfully praying for us in preparation for our move. I thought I would offer some specifics that you can be praying about over the next two weeks...
  • Pray that Brad can easily finish his 'clearing' (signing off with all of the agencies on this post).
  • Pray that we can clear housing here, without too many fees.
  • Pray for our housing. God knows exactly what we need, and He also knows exactly what we want. Pray that we will trust Him for the best; including our neighbors and which school Wilson will attend. We would love on-post housing that we can move into ASAP so that we don't have to unpack twice.
  • Please, please, please pray that there are a few Godly men in Brad's next unit. Pray that Brad will be well received as a hard-working leader with integrity and wisdom. Pray that he would have a mentor that he respects.
  • Pray for Wilson's transition. Y'all know that boy keeps his thoughts and feelings inside. Help us to be sensitive to his needs and please pray that his new teacher will be fabulous!
  • Pray for our next home church. Pray that there will be an opportunity for Brad and I to minister together there. Pray that the kids would quickly feel at home there.
  • Pray for health and safety as we travel. I don't remember the last time I have driven a car for more than a couple hours at a time... Brad and I will each be driving a vehicle, so I'm gonna have to do my share of driving =)

It means so very much to know we have people praying for us. I know so many are facing much bigger issues than moving; know that you are in our prayers as well. We fully trust and believe that God will provide... in better ways than we can guess or imagine. He is faithful.

05 October 2009

after school special

While Wilson and I were sipping hot cocoa this afternoon at the dining room table -- he was finishing his homework, while I was working on my meal plan/grocery list -- he asks me, "Mom can I watch a grown-up show with you?"

"Like what?" I ask, wondering what on earth kind of show he wants to watch and who on earth is talking about these grown-up shows at school anyway.

"Like, This Old House or House Hunters," he replies with his little grin.

I smiled back, relieved.

Now Walker is awake and they are playing with a Pez dispenser, maybe we'll catch a grown-up show after dinner.

So, do you think this means he is over the cartoon scene??? Doubtful.

02 October 2009

confidence booster

have you ever had one of those days where you sort of mentally beat yourself up? it seems as though you just can't do anything right, and your judgement seems questionable at best...

If so, then bookmark this post, because playing this old game with Walker will boost your confidence in your decision-making skills. every. single. time.

Here he is, hiding the trains in his little fists... Now the tricky part - guess if you dare - which hand are the trains in???

YOU got it!!!!
He has marveled at my mental prowess every time that I have guessed right. Brad too. Right now, this kid thinks his parents are the smartest in the world (or possibly the smartest in the west, if I were to ask him).