Not much lately if you're me! I got some grief about that from Tim, as in Vince's good friend Tim & his wife Sandy. We met them last Friday evening for dinner at "Monks" in downtown Baraboo and had such a great time! Tim took the opportunity to nudge me (and Vince) to write more in our blogs, so here I am...
Things are moving along in our lives. We close on our new house on April 30th ~ PTL!! If you've never purchased a home before, it's like this...hurry! hurry! hurry! Get the paperwork in that they need, right away! Then wait..............then hurry and fax! email! call! Aaaaaand then wait. Uggh. It probably wouldn't be so complicated except for the fact that we don't live in the same town and I have to get Vince's signatures on everything over the weekends when we are either here or there. And we haven't done this just once.....we got quotes from three different mortgage lenders to determine which one would give us the best deal, so multiply all the calls, faxes, and emails by THREE....aaak! My mind is racing, can you tell? But we are in the home stretch now, and what a blessing it is =)
Our plan is to take possession of the new house soon after the closing, but the boys and I will stay in my house until the wedding. Since my house has been sold, the new owner is renting it to us until July. (See how God works all things out for our good?! Romans 8:28!) When Vince gets a job secured and he & the kids are ready to move, they can move right into the new house. In the mean time, we can both start moving things gradually so there isn't so much to do all at once. Last weekend I was in Baraboo and we did alot of work packing up and getting rid of things at their house in preparation for not only the move, but Brittany's graduation party. We got through the kitchen, some closets, Vinny & Trevors clothes, and Hope's room. She was quite the trooper, and was willing to donate alot of very cute clothes that she has been unwilling to part with (and wear) for a while now! We have quite a task - downsizing both of our households to fit into one. Because of our commitment to the kids each having their own rooms, we will have limited storage space in the house, so we have no choice but to purge. I believe it is a blessing in disguise. Why do we accumulate so much "stuff", only to let it sit in storage???
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21 This is my prayer for our new home...that we will be focused on the things of God rather than the "things" of this world that do not satisfy the longings of our hearts.
The boys have started baseball! They are pretty excited, especially Kyle, as this is his first year playing "real" baseball, not T-ball. He looks so rippin' cute in his little baseball pants too =) Between both Nick & Kyle, there are only two days a week that they DON'T have baseball practice, and we dont' even have the game schedule yet! Good thing our new house is right across the street from the baseball field & city park =) Another "yay God"!! He has planned this out so well =)
Please continue to pray for Vince's job search. We know that God will provide a job for him, and we have no reason to worry! God knows our needs and the timing of everything, so we are trusting Him to open doors and close others at the just right time.