Thursday, November 25, 2010

What a Difference a Month (Plus a Little More) Makes!

Well, life got really busy and it's been a while since I've written anything. Much has changed since my last post. We are moved, into a much smaller house, which was expected, and we did find one that we liked with nice paint, and trees in the yard! I can't tell you how many houses we looked at that were in a "wasteland" of gravel, one or 2 bushes and NO trees! So I feel blessed that we have trees in the front and back yard and even a patch of grass in the backyard! :)

It hasn't been an easy time, though. Packing up our dream home was hard, and then the week before we were supposed to move, I got really sick! All I could do was lay down quietly and rest. And even when I finally started feeling better, I had NO energy and would tire very quickly once I got up and started doing something. NOT a good way to be the week before moving. My girls were a complete blessing, though, as they finished up most of the packing including the hardest room of all... the KITCHEN! I have to say that it's been interesting unpacking some of those boxes as my 14 year old's way of packing is a little more, shall we say, creative than my way of packing! ;) But I am NOT complaining! In fact, I am grateful for my 3 girls who once again showed me that they are girls of character and they stepped up and did what needed to be done.

So, the weekend of November 6th, we moved. We actually started on the 5th, and we didn't completely finish until the morning of the 9th! So many odds and ends of stuff! And that brings up another HUGE blessing! All of our friends, and friends of friends, who came to help! Everyday, starting on the 5th through the 9th, people showed up to help us! You all know who you are, and I am SO grateful for you and feel as though I can never express enough thanks for your help in our time of need! You all were angels with skin on, truly!  And I don't know what we would have done without you! This was the hardest move we've ever had to make, and it has definitely taken it's toll on us, for me both mentally and physically as I've still not been completely well for several weeks now! When we turned our keys in on November 9th, it was with many tears and emotions. And I still feel sad about our loss and will for some time, I think. It's almost like a death in many ways, and we just have to go through the mourning process. And sadly, we have had to mourn another loss, our church home. I have felt that loss very deeply as we've gone through this move, because I always thought our church family would be going through this with us, coming along side us and helping us. Instead, except for a very few, they chose to judge us and criticize us and gossip about us, and then shun us because we did not respond to their judging and criticizing as they thought we should. I am still working through the pain from that. But, I'm also doing my best to rise above this and focus on what we DO still have, and that is our family which has remained fiercely in tact throughout this storm, our true friends who have come along side us and been there for us, and a stronger and a deeper faith in God.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. ~ Galatians 6:9-10

So now, we unpack, get rid of more stuff, because we still have WAY too much of it! And we make this smaller house into a home. Actually it already is, because we are here as a family! I'm also grateful that my parents and sister are here for the week and we'll be spending Thanksgiving together. My energy finally seems to be returning and my health is improving, so I'm finally feeling like I'm making some progress getting settled in, and it's great having my mom and sister's help this week, too! :)  Bob's new job is going well. He finishes his training this week, and then will start his regular shift of 2:30 to 11:00pm. I'm not crazy about those hours, but it's a full time job for him and for that I am grateful!

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him. ~Psalm 28:7

And speaking of being grateful, Thanksgiving is almost here, and I truly AM grateful for so many things! Family, friends, a roof over our head and food in the pantry. God has provided for us each and every month over the past year when we had no savings left and it seemed like we'd never make it. Each month the necessary bills somehow got paid and we never went hungry. So I am grateful! I am grateful for a God who loves me and cares for me. I am grateful for my family, and that because of Him, we are still together even though we've come through some of the worst trials of our life! I'm grateful for my friends, my true friends, who have stuck by us and helped us in so many different ways! I'm just grateful!  So HAPPY THANKGIVING everyone!!!!! May you and yours be blessed as you celebrate a day of giving thanks.

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations. ~Psalm 100