James 1:2-4 ~ 2) Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3) because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4) Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
I'm alive and I'm in Texas. My wallet is a lot lighter, and finally I am coming up for air. I didn't bother checking off the rest of the list because it got really crazy Friday when we had a kink in our moving plans. The movers were going to charge us about 800$ more than we anticipated, so we rented a truck and had to do it ourselves to save some money. Of course, I'm not getting any younger, and without the help of our good friends, family and the help we hired, we would still be going up and down those apartment stairs with boxes right now. We have ended up with a lot of plan-B adjustments through this process. It has been an emotionally and physically draining week. Even with all the stress, I have seen the hand of God working in each day’s details.
One area we have definitely not suffered is our meal-times! Notice the "Powered by Chipotle" shirt in the moving van photo (that's me). We had a HUGE meal at Chipotle after we returned home. It had been nearly seven months since I had their marinated chicken. It was time for a “fix”. I asked Kevin why Chipotle chicken was like CRACK to me... and he told me it must have "voodoo" in it. I have been enjoying all the spicy wonders of Texas cuisine in-between our errands. Seeing familiar faces and getting to gorge on breakfast tacos with home-made pico de gallo is a welcome diversion to our moving and family crisis.
It rained BUCKETS on us while we unloaded the truck into storage. Literally sheets of rain. One of the hired laborers on the unpacking end must have been on mental vacation, too. He hardly did any work at all. Kev's computer box got dropped about 8 feet onto concrete - no telling if that thing will fire up when we unpack it. Somehow my underwear got packed into an obscure storage box (along with my phone charger). We have had to buy some new clothes and other necessary items, purchase additional storage, pay for extra things we weren't expecting, and get sleep whenever we could catch a spare moment.... not to mention that Kev had to go on an interview and we have had to travel between cities here at home as well. We’ve put in well over 1,000 miles (on both of our vehicles). It was a good thing the moving truck was diesel. It got better gas mileage than we expected.
We're staying with friends and family right now (and that has been emotional with last week’s family tragedy). My computer is up, but not connected to the internet still. I think Kevin is going to pick up a wireless device today. I am having to borrow friends' and family's PCs at the momment. In-between naps, errands, loading and unloading my vehicle, and eating Tex-Mex… I have time to check email. Hopefully I can get a little more bloggish as time goes by... but I do have to admit that we are ‘temporary’ for most of this month. We'll be looking for a place to live soon because KEVIN GOT THE JOB HE WANTED! Praise the Lord! Hang in there and have fun browsing the archives while I'm sifting through luggage for clean clothes and matching shoes! Maybe next month we'll be in a house again somewhere.
God bless you all - from Texas! May you all be as happy to be where you are as I am to be here. It is so good to be home.
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