Month: May 2014

When life hands you lemons resist the urge to throw them at people

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We’ve been in our new house now, back in the big city, for a little over a week.

We’ve met 7 of our neighbors already. 3 of which have brought us either breakfast or supper. And the kids have made some great friends. Seriously. Best neighborhood in town.

We’ve had a garage sale.

And Pat’s lost his job.

Oh life. When are you going to get interesting?

So yes, a very unexpected turn of events. After working at the same company for over half his life, 24 years and 3 months to be exact, Pat was let go yesterday.

No need to go into details about that.

What I will go into details about is the fact that my husband is one amazing man. He’s at peace about it and listens to me vent and then says, “Missy you just need to let it go.”

And then he prays and asks God for direction and peace and guidance. And trusts that everything will be all right.

Today he took the kids to the zoo and he’s been doing an amazing job of unpacking the gazillion boxes we still have to unpack. I love my man.

All of this was definitely an answer to prayer about whether or not I should go back to working full-time. I’ve been applying to jobs, had an interview today, but holding out for one in particular. The challenge is knowing how long to hold out. And honestly in my opinion why get a full-time job when we are going to move to Florida?

Ha! That’s my plan so that we can be close to my sweet little baby niece that is going to make an appearance in a few short months. And I suppose being close to my brother and sister-in-law would be nice too. : )

But Pat isn’t quite convinced that Florida is God’s will for our lives.  Ok, he’s not at all convinced.

Well that’s really about all that’s going on in our life right now.

If you are familiar with my blog at all, you know that music is something that reaches deep into my soul. Yesterday I came across a new song by David Crowder. There were so many things yesterday that God used to make himself known to us in such a huge way. This song was one of those things.

I write this post knowing that despite some of these “hard” things going on in our life, our life is not hard. We have no idea what hard is. We are blessed beyond measure. Just as sure as God watches over the sparrow, even more so does He watch over us. And so even in the confusion and questions we know and trust that really it will all be ok.



Goodbye farm – an update

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It’s been two weeks since I shared about our move off the farm.  Here’s an update on how things are going.

~I’ve cried alot. But I think I’m past that. Although I think I might have said that in the last post. So no guarantees.

~The kids are super excited. They’ve been counting down the days and have already started asking about having their friends over.  And going to the swimming pool. And walking to the park. I think they’ll be just fine.

~Speaking of the park we stopped by “our park” the other day. It’s about 3 blocks from our new house. What am I crying about again? :- )

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~All the paperwork has been completed for the farm contract. The owners let us out of the contract even before they secured someone else to take it over. We are just so grateful to them and their understanding. Thankfully they were able to find someone and papers were signed a few days ago. So we officially have until June 1 to get all our stuff off the farm.

~We start moving all that stuff tomorrow. Pat picked up the keys tonight and while I’m at praise team practice they might try to get one load brought in. Otherwise we’ll start tomorrow. We have our pick-up, my brother’s pick-up and his trailer. We are going to get as much as we can tomorrow and then we have a Uhaul truck reserved for Friday. Pat seems to think we might not need it, but I think Pat is going to be sorely disappointed in his wife’s lifting abilities.

(If you live in Sioux Falls or near-by you are invited to help us move the big stuff Friday night!  I know, how exciting, right! We’ll treat you and any of your family to ice cream sundaes afterwards. Email me for more information if you can help!)

~I can’t decide if I should decorate my new kitchen with the same decor I have now. Roosters. Will it make me sad? Will it make me happy? Do you care? Yes, life is real hard when that is one of the biggest concerns.

~We brought the cats up to my sister’s house last weekend. They are also going to be just fine.  My sister sent this to me the day we dropped them off. They are such sweet kitties, we are sure going to miss them. But I’m so thankful Danelle was able to take them and we’ll be able to visit.

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~Poor Molly is going to be traumatized to be a city dog. She is a major farm dog and loves to run all over and especially run over to the neighbors and find old pig carcasses. I am beyond thrilled that we won’t have to give her a bath 4 times a week from now on. But she’s going to have some major adjusting to do.

~The greenhouse in our hometown of Redfield gave us 2 blue spruce trees in honor of Mom and Dad. We planted them out at the farm and we were stressed about what to do with them. Thankfully my brother Tracy was able to take one of them and plant it in his yard. We are going to leave Mom and Dad’s garden. I guess if we can’t be on the farm, we can at least let them stay there. : – )

~I started some tomato and pepper plants from seeds a few weeks ago. They are ready to get put in the garden but the garden at our new house is going to have to be in some type of containers as there’s not really room for a real garden. It’s a little hard to think about that because the last conversation I had with Dad was about what type of planters I should use for my plants when we lived in the apartment. I’m hoping that when I look at them in the backyard I can look at them with joy and think about what a great dad I was blessed with.

~Pat is excited to be able to ride his motorcycle more often. He also thinks I’m going to ride with him. He is wrong.

~We appreciate your prayers over the next few days as we get moved and get the farm house cleaned out. I’m going to be extremely vulnerable here and also ask that you pray for us and our financial situation. I know God will provide, but it’s hard to let go of the worry sometimes.

~I’ll be singing this song at church on Sunday. I posted it at the end of my last post. How “ironic” the timing of me singing it. I’m so thankful for God’s constant reminder of His love and nearness.