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Guest post: Overwhelmtion

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Today, we have a very special guest to share about overwhelmtion.

This person is in fact my favorite person in the whole world.

This person is caring and compassionate, gives sacrificially and is the funniest person I know.

This person also makes my heart spin and I look forward to each and every day we have together.

In case you haven’t guessed yet, our special guest is the one and only Patrick, my amazing husband.

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We’re moving!

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It was only a matter of time before we moved again, right?

Well, thankfully, this time we aren’t going too far.

We’ve been talking with Pat’s mom for awhile now about her moving in with us. Our target date was sometime this spring.

For the past few months she’s been noticing dark marks on the bottom of her cupboards. She’s done everything to clean it, but nothing works. The maintenance guy had looked at it numerous times and kept saying there was no water leak. We were pretty certain it was mold though.

This weekend things got real interesting. On Thursday or Friday she called to tell us water was coming out of the dishwasher. The maintenance guy looked at it and said he couldn’t fix it. A plumber came and said he couldn’t fix it. Another plumber came and took some pictures.

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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.

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Good neighbors

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Our acreage/farm is a little bit unique for out here in the wide-open corn fields of Iowa. Unique in that we have a neighbor.

It was such an answer to prayer when we moved out here, as one of Pat’s concerns was that the kids wouldn’t have friends to play with. The first time saw the place, we drove up to see three kids (ages 5, 6 and 8) playing in their yard, right next to our house. They have turned out to be wonderful neighbors, the kids are best buds, they love the Lord like we do, and we are so thankful!

And it’s not just the people who we consider good neighbors.

There’s Trapper, our neighbor’s dog.

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Hey buddy. Trapper comes over to see us all the time. And our dogs, well mostly Molly, goes over to their house all the time to bother Trapper.

The neighbors have chickens too. They are the dark red ones right in the middle of the picture.

You can also see our neighbor’s house in this picture. They are pretty close for being out here in farmland!

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As you can see in the next picture, our rooster, Ferdinand, has started a relationship with these pretty ladies. He will go over to their house and then a little bit later they’ll all come over to our house. And then at night they all go back to their home coop. Honestly, it’s very strange.  We didn’t realize it, but we learned this weekend from our neighbors that our red chickens have been going over to their house. They found a nest with 22 eggs in it! We thought our girls weren’t laying as many eggs because of the cold, but I guess not!

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This past weekend we were hoping to get all our leaves raked. We have amazing, huge, beautiful trees in our front yard.

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But those trees have a lot of leaves!  Thankfully Caleb and one of the neighbor friends decided to help us out.

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Although I think they had ulterior motives!

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It was crazy windy so our leaf raking didn’t last long. I went back into the house to do some cleaning and baking, and about 30 minutes later I looked out the window to see Pat standing on top of the bucket of a skid steer, way up in the air with a chainsaw reaching up trying to cut off a branch.

Holy canoli.

I said a prayer for my crazy darling husband. And then I went and got the camera.

But I was too slow. By the time I got back to the window they had moved on to bigger and better projects. They being Pat and our neighbor John. Bigger and better projects being deciding to cut down some of the trees in our tree claim between our properties that had gotten damaged in the ice storm last spring.

I kinda stood in awe as they cut the first one down. There wasn’t a lot of space for that big tree to fall. It had to fall exactly right. If not there was our barn, the chicken coop barn, or our apple trees that were going to get damaged.  But sure enough it fell just right. It made a huge crash as it landed and the kids cheered. Haha, I wish I would have gotten it on video.

But I did video tape the 2nd and 3rd trees they decided to take down.

Here’s the 2nd one.

The last one was a little bit more tricky. This video was about 10 minutes into the operation. They got it sawed and it started to fall but then it stopped. It ended up getting stuck on the tree next to it. So John went and got the skid steer and as you can just barely see in this video, he had to push against the tree with the bucket.

Just a little bit nerve-racking. And who was the idiot standing there video taping anyway. Geez. : )

So after the trees were cut down, we had the fun job of hauling all the wood to our big burn pit. (Not.) But John and his wife Joy helped us and so we got the job done pretty quick.

Dogs. Chickens. Borrowing skid steers. But most of all, good friends and neighbors. We’ve been blessed.