Monday, January 29

Jeffrey's Day

Happy Birthday, Jeffrey!
We are so proud of you!
We love you so much!

Our plans for the next couple of days (tomorrow is Jonathan's) are very simple! Tonight, Jeff has requested fajitas for dinner. We are very excited to have it all.
Jonathan has requested spaghetti for tomorrow night. We will have cupcakes with Cars decorations. Jonathan has also requested cookies. Today will be a fun day of making cookies and cupcakes and getting ready for all the fun. A few weeks ago, Jonathan requested to just have a small celebration. Hopefully toward the end of the week we will eat out with some friends at a very cool restaurant. It's called the TRex Cafe. They have a place where you can build a dinosaur. Jonathan did ask if we could do that this week too. So, those are the plans!

What a wonderful week!

Monday, January 15

What fun!

Oh, playing in the snow all together was so much fun! Adelaide loves the white stuff and Jonathan was so excited. He wanted to make snow-angel after snow angel. It was too cute! We all had a great time! We've got an album loaded at Click on the photo album link over to the right to see them!

News and Such...

Hello everyone! Good day to all! Happy January 15th! We are in the midst of quite a storm. Well, it really isn't all that bad. Starting Friday, we have had freezing rain, sleet and a tiny bit of snow all weekend. We were hoping for it to change to full snow on Sunday but that didn't happen. However, this morning Jeff woke me up and said, "Look out the window! We have snow!" So, I looked and it was snowing! The kids are very excited and we are all getting ready to head out and play in the snow! This will be the first time in two years! Yipee!

Now, for the news! Our house down in Killeen is under contract! Last week we had quite an excitement in that arena! Tuesday night, our realator called and told us that we had an offer on the house. It wasn't as good as we were hoping, but it was something. This offer was 3,000 less than our asking price and (something customary in Killeen) they want us to pay their part of the closing costs. We had two emotions: excited for the offer and yet disappointed that it wasn't better. So we continued our prayer for God to provide what we need to sell the house. After only having the place for just a year, we knew we'd be out of pocket, but we didn't want to be out that much! The next day, Jeff got to work trying to get things in order and figure out what we could do. And that evening in Bible class, (there is a ladies class on Wednesdays that I've been going to) I requested prayers for God to guide us to make the right decisions. Thursday came around and we were just about ready to call our agent and give her an answer of what we had decided. I was out with the kids and she called me! She asked if we got her email (I haven't been on the computer as much so we hadn't). She told me that she had some interesting news. We had received another offer on the house! This one was a little better and so we had something to consider! We decided to go ahead and counter both offers to see what would happen. Well, we didn't have to do that. Our agent called the first agent and told him that we had another offer come to the table. Okay, to finish up this story - God has blessed us so richly! The first couple came back with a second offer. They bumped thier original up to 1,000 more than our asking price, but still needed us to take care of closing costs. This would definitely help us out! They want the house so band and are ready to close by the end of the month! We are so excited about this. Now, we just have to wait to see if the appraisal comes in just right, and if it does we are set! Just to explain about the closing cost deal (I know that may be very strange to most of you), most people moving into Killeen are young and in the military. They don't have a lot of money saved up but have the means to afford a house payment. That is actually the very situation we had moving into Killeen but we didn't know about the customs there. That is why we were separated for two months, to save money for closing. So our arrangement is just fine. From what we heard about this family, they sound a lot like us. We are excited to see them fill the spot we left in the neighborhood.

Thursday, January 11

Wow, A New Year and . . .

Okay, so it's been a while since we posted anything. Sorry about the picture thing from Christmas, I'll try to work on that sometime, maybe. I might just make an album of that. Oh well, Christmas is over! It is time to concentrate on the new year!

We are getting settled in very nicely! It has been great. We are all loving Kansas (as long as we are together, it is home and we love it). We have actually now opened more boxes in the month that we've been here than we did in the year we were in Killeen! Imagine that! This week has been a time of trying to get back into routines, now that the holidays are over. We unpacked all of the pictures and have most of them on the walls. This is great for a few reasons: 1) we haven't seen any of them in over a year! 2) now it really feels like home and it makes the place so cozy! 3) it is so nice to look around our house and see the faces of those we love everyday.

We are getting involved in a congregation here in town and it is starting to feel like a famliy. The kids are slowly finding friends and getting more comfortable. Jeff is continuing to excell in his job and I am constantly learning new things with the kids. Keep us in your prayers. This has been a struggle for us all, but we are making it. Soon, we will have our house sold, everything unpacked and we can begin to LIVE in Kansas!

We've got exciting things coming up so come back sometime to keep up with the story!