So, my parents have dial up... that's why there hasn't been any updating until now. So, here's a quick overview of my life these days (without pictures of course - due to the before-mentioned absence of high-speed):

1. Living at my parents - staying in the same room with my daughter, who at one year of age, has decided not to sleep through the night anymore. NOT good for me. I was hoping sleep deprevation would go away after the child was 3 months old. Apparently, I haven't learned the lesson the Lord is trying to teach me through this. Lord, please hurry - I'm tired!

1. (con't) Chet has come in a few weekends. It's been GREAT to have him here even if we do have to sleep in a double bed (of which my precious man takes up the whole thing) in the same room with our no-need-for-sleep daughter. We may be walking around like zombies but we are together!!

2. My daughter will be one on Thursday. Wow - this Thursday... that means it's been a whole year and I STILL have baby weight to lose. Was it harder with the second child for everyone?

3. Our new home will be complete no later than June 4. That's the contract date, so I'm not holding my breath that it will be any sooner - however, our real estate agent has been by there several times and she says it's coming along great. The cabinets, molding, and painting are done... and Chet went last week to finish picking out appliances and light fixtures. I'm anxious to see what it all will look like!

4. My son will be 3 in June. We decided to have his party here before we go... so that means I'm planning two bday parties in the next three weeks. One with girly stuff which is more fun that I (who is not so girly) thought it would ever be... and one with Lightning, Mater, Sally, and the whole Cars bunch. It should be a big blowout with a spacewalk from Duvall's Amusement. My poor parents - they didn't really ask for all this excitement at their house!!

5. The last few days has been a chore cleaning out my parents' garage with a good bit of my grandparents' things. Garage sale will be May 12th. Hopefully it will all go - if not, I'm taking it to the Rescue Mission. NOT keeping any of it!!

Well, this is just a peek into our lives for the last few weeks. Hope you are all enlightened! Maybe I'll be able to persuade someone (Troy) to let me use his high speed internet and post some pictures after the aforementioned upcoming events.


House Found!

So, I used to think house hunting would be so much fun. Well, I guess if you're not in a hurry to find one it is. Monday was fun, Tuesday was okay, and Wednesday, I was so confused I couldn't remember what I looked at on Monday. Even the engineer within me who created a checklist for house hunting was confused!! More about the checklist later...

So, here it is:

This is the house we will inhabit - come end of May. It won't be complete until then, so we will be at mom and dad's a little longer than expected... however, we will have everything we wanted with this one. After looking at about 35 houses in three days, we decided this was the one. So, there you have it. We'll be Kansas residents come June. We're VERY excited!

And about the checklist - yes, this is the engineer type in me - I highly recommend making a checklist if you're looking at houses. I made one of all the things I "had to have" and "preferred to have" and "did NOT want" and it made looking a lot quicker. I just walked through each house and put checks and "x"es in the columns and on to the next house we went. It made reviewing them at the end of the day much easier - not to mention answering questions Chet had about them... since you can't take pictures and all.

Just for fun - here's what it looked like when we left for La this morning (yes, in April):
They say this isn't normal for April - I sure hope so!

And... I can't blog about this without saying how the Lord has completely taken us through this process step by step. He has blessed us with selling and buying in a short time, with Chet's new (really wonderful) job, with grandparents who are perfectly willing to keep the kids while we work out the details, and most of all, with His desire for us in, "...plans to prosper and not to harm you; plans to give you a hope and a future." May He be glorified in our lives.