Monthly Archives: February 2014
You sweet thing.
This has been a hard month in terms of anxiety for you. Your separation from da has turned into major separation anxiety and it comes off in clinginess to me. I definitely like that you love me but um multiple times a night isn’t necessary, k? ;)…
Some of my favorite things are…
You LOVE to sing different songs. In the car, if you decide you are done singing or even talking to me really, you shout “MUSIC” – I can take a hint…
You yell your daddy’s name “miCAH” and can say mine too. You are starting to be able to say Haddon “Isaiah”.
You just love little babies and like to say their names and then say “cute”. So for example, “Addy’s cute”. You tell me “mama’s cute” too. I have your future little brother or sister’s names picked out for if God should choose to bless us with them someday and sometimes I ask you to say them to see which you can say the easiest…
You finish songs that you are familiar with when we take turns singing.
You can help read with a select few of your favorite books. If we stop and let you interrupt, often times you have the correct words. Your memory astounds me.
You are learning to count but so far only really get, 1-3 and then go immediately to 8 its hilarious. Then you can get 8-10. I’m not sure where the others go but we might have to practice with blueberries or cheerios.
You point to our print in the hallway and say “train up” – I melt every time, thanks for reminding me of my job buddy.
You started to love these particular books about Jesus and ask to read them every day. One of my best Amazon purchases ever. As much as I love the Jesus Storybook Bible it doesn’t grasp you yet, too many word and too much to look at I think. These are perfect for your age. Sometimes you will read them on your own as well.
You have a sweet tooth – big time. I try not to feed it often but it is also really fun seeing you enjoy things so much. We took some cookies to the neighbors and you were not old enough to understand why we weren’t eating them, but you still gave them away.
This is our last weekend here Haddon, here in Newport News. Where you were born and raised for the first year and a half of life. You wont remember so sometimes that makes it easier to leave but it makes it harder as well.
When we take walks you know which house is yours. You know where MiMi lives and you can even tell in the car seat when we get on our road – “almost home”.
One thing that makes it hard is that you are so loved here little boy. People know you here. Not just as another little toddler boy but they really love you Haddon. I am praying for new friends for you and new people to love you well like our friends here.
I will cherish our pictures and memories here and remind you of your very first friends.
When we talk to you about your “new house” I tell you all the things that will be there, and always end it with, but most importantly – DA!
We’re going to be living together as a family in 3 days, at our “new house” that will over the days, weeks, and months become our home.
Throughout the course of a couple months I thought I was going to get fired, laid off, transferred, the company shut its Newport News location, etc. Each are long stories, none of which matter now.
I am so thankful for my time at C2 Technologies, Inc here at Newport News. It’s what brought us to Newport News. Well, God did, duh, but this is the mode He used to do it. I am forever thankful.
It has been a wonderful first job. I met amazing people, made great memories, gained invaluable experience on a variety of different projects, used my degree, helped my family, etc.
The plan for now is to work for them remotely.
I am in awe of God’s goodness and provision.
More to come on this topic…
Part 2: Our New Home
We are moving to Frederick, MD! I have been so eager to announce this for months but I didn’t want to make it “Facebook official” (what the heck – when did that become a term anyway?) until it was a done deal. Well we signed our next 30 years over today so that sounds pretty done to me.
As I mentioned in Part 1, we have been long distance since December. We have our rental home until March 1st. I figured I would help earn some more money, stay in our home since we were paying for it anyway, and see friends. I am very thankful for a gentle transition to leaving friends, church, my job, and home the last 3 years.
Micah was transferred to the MD/NOVA area, it is a large territory with highly trafficked roads.
Here are some major things we had to weigh while considering a new house:
- Oh my!
As you can see, that list doesn’t even include the normal “what to look for IN a home” type list. That was a big struggle for me. I wanted to look for my “dream” home.
When we started the hunt, I told Micah to pray for us because I thought we were going to fight more in the next couple months than ever in our relationship. I also reached out and asked friends to pray for us to have unity.
I can honestly say Micah and I were more united in house hunting than I could have ever dreamed possible. I am so thankful to God for that and to friends and family for praying.
Someday I will write about what God is teaching my wretched heart about contentment, satisfaction, and standards through this process, as I’m sure it will become even more apparent as I have a new home to decorate, etc.
Without further ado, here is our first home:
It is a three story townhouse with three beds and 2.5 baths. I’ve never had so many toilets in a house in my whole life!
It’s in a sweet little neighborhood with sidewalks, a pool, a tennis court, basketball court, playgrounds, etc. You pass a farm to get to the neighborhood! If you have been to my parents house before you know why I love this so much.
It was very important for us to put down 20%. We aren’t Dave Ramsey “followers” per say, but he does have some great advice. Doing the math that you pay in interest over 30 years alone makes my head spin – so with the added mortgage insurance we just didn’t want to put down less than that, which is why we didn’t buy a couple years ago and I guess now it’s a good thing that we didn’t.
Someday, I will also probably write about what it feels like now that my “security blanket” is gone… or at least in the dryer for the next 30 years…
Thanks to living at friend’s places for a few months over the last few years (Feldman and Borges family – special shout out to yall!), working hard, and not always having the latest and greatest we were able to do it.
I am so excited for a place to call our own! I’ve never painted one room of the four places that we have lived in together and I am SO excited to move in and make it ours.
We closed TODAY and will move in at the end of February (once all the painting and what not is finished).
As thrilled as I am, it is so bittersweet to leave. Transition is hard. Please pray for a church, for community, for people to minister to and people to minister to us, and also… that I learn how to budget!