Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Our New Home!

We finally found a place in Greeneville to live. We made an offer yesterday on a condo. We had been looking for a house but pickins were kinda slim with the market being like it is. So, we looked at a condo. We didn't really expect to like it, but we did! It is 4 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 1500 square feet with a one car garage. Plus it has a community pool which the kids are very excited about. We hope to close on this one on May 20th or so. It won't be long now until we are all in Greeneville full time. Yay! Here are some pictures.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

A New Addition to a Sweet Family

The following is a post from my sister-in-law, Samantha's blog. She and my brother just had their first baby, Elijah in January. He is the cutest little baby boy with the most irresistable, kissable cheeks! I wanted to post it here because I am so proud of my little brother for being the best new daddy. I am also very thankful that I have Sam as a sis. She loves her family deeply. They are the sweetest little family.

this was a picture taken of aaron and elijah at the beach a couple months ago. i love this picture. i love that aaron didn't realize i was taking it, so that look on his face is real. its the way he always looks at elijah, the way every father should look at their child.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Leaving a Home

We have some built-in book shelves in the living room of our home. When we first moved to our house, I put all kinds of nick-nacks on them but was very displeased as I stood back and looked at it all. So, I took suggestions from my sisters (thanks Susan and Samantha!) and painted the backs of the shelves a Mississippi Mud color. Then I displayed many black and white pictures of our family on them. It was a much cleaner, more dramatic look. Of course, it was also special because of all the precious pictures of the kids. I was very proud of it! I usually got many compliments on the wall when we had people over.

The other day I started to pack many of the things that are unnecessary to live over the next few weeks. With that, I packed the black and white pictures on the shelves. When I was finished, I looked up and was overcome with emotion as I looked at a cold, empty set of shelves.

This house is very special to us. I'm sure just about everyone who has bought and sold their first home can say the same. When we bought this house it was barely liveable. It had been unoccupied for awhile before we moved in since the old woman who lived here was moved to a nursing home because of Alzheimers. The kitchen was very scary. We lived on fast food and microwave meals for the first 4 months we were here.

As we have worked to make it a comfortable place to live, we have learned to love all of it's quirks, even the fact that the washer and dryer are in seperate rooms...okay, maybe not that. But, I know that I will have a hard time on our last day here as I walk back to the tiny nursery that we brought Jackson and Leah home from the hospital to. I did a lot of rocking in that room. The most special memories are of me rocking Jackson when he was a baby while my belly swelled as Leah grew inside. I got to rock both my babies at the same time!

Then there's also the beautiful kitchen that some very special men (my husband, dad, brother and father-in-law) worked their rear ends off to totally remodel during the three days that I was in the hospital for Jackson's delivery. It meant the world to me to bring a newborn home to a place where I could prepare baby bottles in a clean, safe kitchen.

And then there's Emma's bedroom where we cuddled together every night after prayers...even that special prayer when she prayed for Jesus to live in her heart.

There are a lot of memories here. As excited as we are to move to a new home, this move is hard. But, I take heart in knowing that we will make many more sweet memories in the years to come, in a new home. God knows where that home is and the right time for us to find it. And He knows that it will be very special to us too.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Children's Day at Church

Yesterday, at church, we had Children's Day. There was a parade, the kids did songs, specials and memory verses. For the parade, each family had a themed "float" and paraded through the sanctuary. Our's was Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (or Rack, Shack and Benny, the Veggie-Tale names).

They were the 3 guys who were thrown into the fiery furnace for not worshipping the kings false idol. The angel of the Lord saved them. They came out of the furnace with no harm done to them and the king thereafter declared "Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednago, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants" (Daniel 3:28)

So, I made the kids T-shirts. Each had one of the 3 names on their shirt and we used orange and yellow crepe paper for the flames. The crepe paper did not go over so well for Jackson and Leah. They shredded it.

During the song service, Jackson kept me in stitches. He did everything from stand on his head to pick his nose....seriously. He even flirted (imagine that) with a little girl that he just loves named Chloe. She had a solo and Jackson got up behind her and danced like showtunes or something.

I don't really have a good excuse since it was Children's Day but I did forget my camera (I know, I'm sorry). If anyone got some good pics of my kids let me know. I'll put them up on here if I find any.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Television Destroyers

A few months back, our TV in the living room went out. It had been a great one. My mom and dad had given it to us a long time ago. So, we moved the one out of our bedroom to the living room. My parents gave us another little 13 inch that they weren't using to replace the one in our bedroom. Well, last week Jackson pulled the TV in the living room off of the entertainment center onto the floor. He was trying to get some toy of his that had gotten pushed back behind the TV. Thank the Lord, the TV did not fall on him and he is fine. The TV, however, did not fair so nicely. It is dead. So, out came the little 13 inch from our bedroom. Well, you guessed it, tonight we flip on the 13 inch. We had sound but absolutely no picture. I had to listen to the American Idol results without any picture. I felt like I was in the early 50's listening to one of those radio broadcast shows. So, we have been awfully hard on TV's lately. My mom called tonight and told me that my brother and sister-in-law (not even knowing of our TV escapades) are going to generously give us a nice TV that they are not using anymore. Thanks guys! Hopefully we can be a little kinder to this one.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

My Little Playground Hottie

So, yesterday evening, while Josh was in class, we head over to Lakeshore Park to walk the trail. I huffed and puffed pushing the double stroller up and down the hills for 2 miles. We had packed a picnic so after our lap we stopped at the picnic pavilion and ate dinner. After that, I let the kids play on the playground equipment there. This is one of our favorite outings (except Emma really hates walking the trail). But yesterday I had to laugh when I saw Jackson across the playground. We had brought along some bubble bucket toys that my Mema Beverly sent to the kids. Jackson was over by the slide blowing bubbles for 3 other little girls about his age. They were all crowded around him laughing flirtatiously as he smiled, clearly eating it up. It was hysterical! There he was, the little playground stud muffin. I wish that I had brought my camera along. It was definitely a Kodak moment. Oh my goodness, am I in for it!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Our Home Inspection

We had our home inspection yesterday. It went well, I think. No surprises. The buyers were there and the way they talked, it sounds to me like they expect to do most of the repairs themselves. Today we will be having the termite inspection. So, everything is progressing nicely. Josh and I got a chance to look at some houses in Greeneville on Wednesday. We havn't found anything that we just love yet but we are hoping that some more houses will become available soon as it gets closer to time for school to be out.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Growing Too Fast

Is it just me or does it seem like there are a lot of songs out right now that talk about living in the moment with your kids. There's Trace Adkins' "You're Gonna Miss This" and one called "Stealing Cinderella" (I can't remember the singer but it's country too). Maybe they just speak to me more because that's where I'm at right now but here is another one that has made me turn into a puddle lately. It's called "Cinderella" by Steven Curtis Chapman. I'm realizing just how fast they grow up and it makes me a little sad.