Sunday, January 02, 2011
Most of you know that we have a very eventful life to begin with. Just when I thought we were settling into a new house, it all got crazier! We had been in the house for a little over 2 weeks when Az1 got the call that he would have an interview for a promotion. One that would involve a move back to Texas. Then after that interview, he got the call that he would have a face-to-face interview for that position. Then came the call that he got it - and we were moving. And he would need to report to his new position in three weeks. As in the week after our Ladybug's birthday. So we started praying and watching and waiting - and let's just be honest, I'm not very good at that. We also had to talk to our landlord, but just trusted that the Lord would take care of all of our details.
We discovered that it was going to end up that Az3 was going to Kids' Camp with church the exact days we would be looking for a house in our new town. We had done some research into the area and determined which school district we really really wanted to be in, so we started working with a realtor in the area looking for rentals. We put Az3 on the bus for camp with much prayer, and got on the road. We ended up looking at 6-7 houses and put an offer in on the last one we saw. While we were working on that, the Lord was working on Mr. Az3's heart, and he called us one night to say that he had asked Jesus to come into his heart and be his Lord and Savior! I cried on the phone - been praying for that boy (as I know many of you have!) for many years now.
What I loved about the way the Lord worked out all the details was His timing - the next weekend was our Ladybug's birthday (Az4), and we already had some family coming in for that party. After speaking with our pastor and explaining the situation, we were able to have Az3 baptized that Sunday morning with everyone still in town to see it. Great is our Lord and worthy of praise!
July 4th this year was totally different for the Hubby and I. We had already arranged for the kids to spend the long weekend at my parents' house, before we had ever thought about moving. (Looking back on the summer, I can see how the Lord already had arranged for us to have the kids away to allow us to have time alone and to work on the moves and the details!) The weekend before was our local fireworks show at the park across the street from our church. We had thought about not going, but ended up there after all. It was a great time! We parked at the church, and then had out our camping chairs to watch the show across the street. We saw a ton of our friends there, and the kids loved it as usual!
The actual July 4th weekend found us at a friend's house (my Mary Kay lady's) near a lake. We were thrilled - just hanging with good friends! Unfortunately the weather turned south on us at the last minute, but we still had a good time. It was more like fall weather - cool, misty/rainy, and we never got in the lake. We had a blast though, just relaxing and being there sans kiddos. Plus, we did head back into town and went to another friends' house for the night of the 4th. There, fireworks are legal in the city limits, and it is craziness! It literally looks like a warzone with all the smoke - you can't see across the street. Neighbors try to outdo eachother, and you hear the explosions almost continuously from dusk until the cutoff at eleven. I shot off my first Roman candle, and managed not to hurt anyone or anything! What a blast! (literally!)