Sunday, September 26, 2010

We're Moving In

We began moving into our new house yeterday.  I am enjoying setting up a house and home again.  As I sat today looking around our new home, I was in awe at God's goodness and faithfulness.  I sat and looked at the things He has provided for us through the generosity of friends, garage sales and Craig's List with tears filling my eyes.  I was amazed to see how our new home was coming together.  We continue to thank all of you who have supported us either finacially, through gifts of furniture and very importantly, through prayer.  As you continue to pray for us, please pray that the water gets turned on at our new house.  We would have been sleeping there tonight if it had been. We called the water company on Thursday to have the water turned on Friday and they said there would be no problem.  Unfortunately, they didn't get it turned on so there is still not water at the house and therefore, we can't sleep there yet.  Erin was very disappointed but we hope to be sleeping there on Monday.  Here are a few pictures of our new home.

Living Room
 Dining Room and Kitchen
Jim's bother and sister-in-law gave us an armoir and we are using it for a bookcase.  It helps to hide some of the clutter that can happen with bookcases.  I really enjoy this piece of furniture.   Thanks Luke and Angie!
 Desk and Armoir (Closed)
 Closer picture of the kitchen.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

What's Been Happening?

     I realize that it has been a while since I updated our blog so I thought I would take a moment and update you on how we have been doing.
     We are still adjusting to being back in the United States which comes with everything from shopping, driving, missing the kids and people at Esperanza Viva, living arrangements, jobs and lots more.
     We are currently living with Jim's mom in our old house.   It has been an interesting thing to move back into the house we left but it is not really our home.   Jim's mother has been living here for the past year and loves it.  The house is 1512 square feet with three bedrooms, two baths and an office which is now serving as Mother's bedroom.  It's a little snug but we are getting along.  With prices and interest rates so low, we decided to put in an offer on another house on our same street.  It is a bit smaller, 1220 sq. ft. but the floor plan is great for us and we are looking forward, Lord willing, to be moving into it by the end of September or earlier. 
     As far as work, Jim is going back to work for Adrian in San Jose once more.  We are looking forward to that.  Also, I have applied for a job at our church as the administative assistant in student mimistries.  This would be quite the change for me as I have not worked outside the home for many years.  If I do get the job, we would most likely be putting Erin in a private christian school, which is what she is rooting for while Jonathan would continue to do independant studies at home.  The job would be Tuesday through Friday, five hours each day.  The school we would like Erin to go to is half day every Monday and then full days Tuesday through Friday which would work well for my schedule since I will need to oversee Jonathan's school on Monday.  It is a lot to think about and we are leaving it in God's hands.  If this is what He wants, then everything will fall into place.  For now, we beginning our 2010-2011 homeschooling journey.  Please keep us in prayer as we continue homeschooling and for God's will to be done in the job situation.
     I will be starting Ministry Training Institute at our church tonight.  This is an intensive, one night a week class for 36 weeks, that prepares you and trains you for many types of ministries.  I am really looking forward to it.  It will be a lot of work, but I think I am up to the challenge.
     We have been going to a lot of garage sales picking up things we will need.  We bought a beautiful solid oak table with six chairs, a mission chair with an ottoman, a glider rocker with an ottoman, a coffee table and many odds and ends.  The kids have enjoyed the garage sales also.  Erin got a small CD/Radio stereo for only $1.00.  One speaker wasn't working but thanks to my very talented husband, she now has a perfectly good stereo with two working speakers.  Jonathan got three extra controllers for his X-Box for only $10.00 for all three and it included the X-Box.  Okay, the X-Box has what is called the red ring of death, but he is having fun taking it apart to see if he can fix it under the supervision of Jim, just the controllers run $50 each new so it does not matter if the Xbox ever gets fixed for it to be a great value. 
     We continue to enjoy getting together with friends, hugging our grandbabies and seeing our adult children.  We are also checking out a small group at our church and went to a Labor Day BB-Q.  It was a lot of fun and the kids had a blast also.

The house we are trying to buy.
The kitchen.
The living room/dining room area
The pantry.
Some of our garage sale finds...
glider rocker and mission chair
Our grarage sale oak dining room set - it also has a leaf to make it bigger and two more chairs. The dining area in the new house is smaller so we wanted a table that could be round most of the time.  This is perfect.
coffee table - only $10.00
Erin's $1.00 stereo
At the small group BB-Q visiting with new freinds.
Erin and I play a game of Mexican Horse Shoes. At least that's what they called it.
Jim visiting with our great friends, Rod and Lynn.
Jonathan playing on the trampoline with the kids.  He is so good with the younger kids.
The whole group.