Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Safe and sound in Ohio

Well, we got here safely on Friday night. It was a LONG drive. We had a hard time getting anywhere. But after about 8 hours (it will usually take 5), we pulled into our new driveway. Things are going well now. We have most things unpacked, but it just takes forever. I can only work for a few hours at a time before my swollen ankles start aching. Today, Jamin wanted me to go take a nap for a while, so I slept for 3 hours. I have to learn to pace myself. :) But we're almost finished. I think by Friday, or at least by Monday we will be totally unpacked. I am longing for that day. I will post those pictures later.

The church people have been so sweet here. They have showered us with food, and at church they all talk to us and tell us how glad they are that we are here. We are really blessed with a close, loving church family. We are excited to get comfortable and find our place with them.

I know this is a short update, but there will be more later. Right now, please pray that we can find a dr. and hospital. I have a few places I want to try, but tomorrow I'm hoping to have it settled. Thank you all for your comments and your prayers!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Showers of blessings

So much to post, so little time. To tell you the truth, I'm just too tired to post any pictures. :) I just want to give a quick update. We are on schedule to move tomorrow. Click here to see where we are going. We have our UHaul in the driveway, and my family is all helping tomorrow. Please pray for me. My excitement has already I'm missing my mom. I know I just need some adjustment time, but I feel like I'm leaving home all over again. However, knowing I'm going to have my own home to keep again carries me through the sadness. ;) Having a house makes me so happy I want to giggle like a little giddy girl.

The Lord has worked everything out. The church we mostly attended on Wednesdays in Virginia voted to give us $250 to help us move. It was very kind of them! We grew to love the pastor and people there. Also, another church nearby is giving us $200/month for six months! What a blessing! The Lord has really confirmed in many ways that we are going the direction He wants us to go.

Also, the baby shower in Virginia went very well. I got my nice travel system, and tons of precious little outfits, other needed things, and an unbelievable amount of cash and gift cards! The Lord is good! And to think I was afraid my little boy wouldn't be spoiled enough. :)

The people of First Baptist will be there to welcome us this weekend. They are doing a lot to help us get settled. Alicia and some of the ladies cleaned the house for me nice. I'm not sure if they would do that if I wasn't a little huge right now. ;) And, the men are coming to help unload the truck. They are also bringing us some food to keep us until we have time for grocery shopping. They have been extremely thoughtful! I think we are going to have a wonderful church family!

Jamin and I really covet your prayers during this time. Going into a new ministry is a wonderful and exciting thing. But it is sobering at the same time. We want so much to please the Lord, and nothing else. It's so easy to get caught up in daily life and responsibilities and forget that our lives are for Him. We are not our own; we are bought with a price. He saved us to bring glory to Himself. We don't want to be a hindrance to the ministry in any way. He is so good to us!

Well, off we go. Please hang in there. It may be a while before I post again, but I shall return!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Setting things in motion

Well, we finally have a moving date. We're planning to pull out Friday, October 19th. When we moved from MI, it cost us dearly. Being a 13-hour drive in a car, you can imagine what it was like with a huge moving truck and three other vehicles. :) We had to stretch it over two days. It cost around $1,000 just for the truck and gas. It was snowing, too. :) This trip will be much easier. We think we can get there in around 7 hours, and it is only a fraction of the cost. And we're not planning on having snow. The Reagans and some people from the church are going to help us unpack the truck the next day.

We're so excited to be settled! Especially me. Women who are expecting babies usually go into a big "nesting" thing. I have been unable to do that for the entire six months. I'm ready to "nest." I'm ready to sit on my own couch, cook in my own pots, sweep with my own broom, look into my own mirror, vacuum with my own...well, you get the picture. I'm ready.

We are just as excited about being church members again. Now don't get me wrong. We have faithfully attended church all summer, just in different churches. It's not the same as belonging. We're ready to serve the Lord in "our" church. :)

So how is the baby? Well, he is kicking a LOT, and lately he has been finding it very amusing to stay under my ribs. I'm not sure if I like this. His name (in one book) means "full of personality." Hmm...should I be worried? Things are going great though. Sometimes I still can't believe it is real, but then I try to get off the couch and realize it is very real. :) It's amazing the things I didn't think I would miss, such as breathing. But we are so, so thankful for our precious blessing, and we look forward to the day when we can hold him and see his face. :) Please continue to pray. It's not the greatest time to be moving and finding a new doctor and hospital, etc. I am nervous about it all. I don't have much time to play with because I've already gone to two-week visits. But I know we are in the Lord's will and He will work it all out.

I haven't done great with the camera lately so I have no picture to post. I guess I'll find out who is like me and hates to read posts without pictures! More to come!