Wednesday, August 17, 2011

We Moved!

Well, we are moving things over to the new house everyday.  I've named our new house Big Yellow Cottage.  Slowly our new cottage is getting filled up with our things.  This Saturday we will be moving all the big pieces of furniture with help from our friends.  I have opened a new blog at Big Yellow Cottage.  Please follow me to my new home. 

Saturday, August 13, 2011

We are Homeowners!

Friday morning my husband and I drove to our realtor's office.  In a conference room was our realtor, the realtor for the property we purchased and a woman from our title company.  We signed papers for an hour.  After all the signing was done the realtor for the property we purchased handed us the key.  Property purchases here in Colorado are much different from California.  In California we always have dealt with escrow companies.  We never once dealt with an escrow company here in Colorado.

We left the office, got in our car and drove to the house.  In the refrigerator the previous owners had left us a bottle of champagne to celebrate.  We are so blessed of the Lord.  Everything with the purchase went smoothly and our house payment is going to be less than what we have been paying in rent.  Praise God!!

In the afternoon my men began loading up all their manly tools and whatnot.  While they were doing that a girlfriend of mine called.  She said she was close by and wanted to visit.  She came with her pick-up truck, so we loaded up my patio table and chairs, my potted flowers and various garden items.  We joyfully took them over to the new house and set them in the backyard.  Then I gave her a tour of the house.  I am so blessed that the Lord let me share my joy with her.

Friday, August 12, 2011


This week I took the boys to register for school.  Our summer vacation is nearly gone as the boys will begin school right after we move into the new house (August 22).  I got to thinking how fast summer has gone by.  We did not take a vacation this year.  With Eric working the whole summer, we just stayed home.  His internship in HVAC has been a valuable experience for him.  Also, Eric had to have oral surgery.  He had 5 impacted wisdom teeth.  Yes, five.  I like to say he got blessed with extra wisdom (hehe).  He chose to have all five removed at the same time.  After the surgery he was not sure he should have done it as his mouth swelled up pretty bad as seen in the picture below.  But amazingly after five days the swelling had decreased and he was feeling much better.

Eric all swollen from his oral surgery.

We did have a visitor from California during the summer.  I was so pleased to have the boys' friend, Austin, visit with us for a week.  We had fun showing him around.  He also got to see our new house as we had our home inspection the week that he was visiting.

Both these boys used to be shorter than me!

Summer time view from Lookout Mountain.

Mark and I also took many a summer walk in the evenings.  Lilac season came and went and then other summer flowers made their appearances.  Below are some wildflowers I picked while on a summer walk.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Moving On

This Friday, August 12th, we will be receiving the keys to our new home.  The days of living at House on the Hill are coming to a close.  We have grown fond of House on the Hill.  We have received many blessings through the many trials we have experienced in this part of our journey.  Surely the Lord has been with us in an amazing way.  He has provided for our needs in so many ways that are amazing to both Mark and myself.  We praise Him for all.

We will begin life at our new home on August 20th.  As a result of moving I will be opening a new blog.  I have yet to come up with a name for my new abode.  As I begin spending time there, I am sure it will come to me.  Until then, if you have any ideas, please, by all means, post and let me know.  

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

God is with me and you too!

I went to the doctor for my yearly physical.  They said I needed to update my vaccines.  They gave me a tetanus shot.  Well, I should have said NO.  After the shot I began to feel quite odd.  Then I began to experience weakness and tingling in my limbs.  At night I felt sick to my stomach.  I went to bed thinking I will feel better in the morning.  Not so.  I still had the weakness and some tingling.  I have been drinking lots of fluids.

I went to my doctor this morning.  His examination of me turned up nothing.  He said he has not had a patient have a bad reaction to the shot, so he seemed baffled as to what to say to me.  He told me if I do not feel better by Friday to come back.  Maybe I am being overly concerned about this, but given my track record with the world of medicine I am extra sensitive.  From this day forward I will refuse vaccines.

Our house deal is going through.  I packed one box on Monday before my physical.   The reality of moving again is bringing up feelings.  So much has happened these past years.  Even though the Lord as been with me every step of the way, I haven't processed it all.  So this move may help me process the past more fully and hopefully bring a greater peace.

Do you ever have those times when you know the Lord is speaking to you?  At those times I just want to grab on to His feet and stay.  On my way to the doctor today, He spoke and let me know that He is with me.  Later, in the afternoon,  He told me that just because there is chaos in my life, it does not mean that I am out of step with Him.  That is something I desperately needed to hear today.  Thank you Lord!

Monday, July 11, 2011

In the process...

This is the house that we are in the process of buying.  This Wednesday is the home inspection.  I feel peace about this house.  Remember Mesa View Manor and how that deal fell through?  I never felt peace about that house.  After we signed the contract I had a terrible feeling that I had done something wrong.  Horrible, but the Lord was there and helped us get back on track.

 This is the view from the backyard.

We have been trying and trying to purchase a house in Golden and the doors were not opening.  One morning in church we spoke to a couple who said that they had also been renting in Golden and wanted to buy.  They said they finally found a house they could afford.  The Lord planted in a home outside Golden.  The next day we had a conversation with our pastor's wife and she also told us that they could not afford Golden.  So Mark and I took these words as the Lord's way of guiding us.  That same week we viewed this house outside Golden.  We made an offer on it after one viewing.  I felt such peace in the house and did not want to leave it. We made our offer.  Another offer was made at the same time.  Amazingly, our offer was accepted.  So far everything is going very well.  The home inspection is this Wednesday, so please pray for us.

Otherwise we are trying to do our best with raising our two challenging boys.  Also, I am still having health issues with dizziness.  I was prescribed a steroid spray.  I was using it, but it was not helping so I have an appointment to see an ENT.  My tummy is still causing me discomfort.  After moving surgery will probably be the next thing we tackle as soon as we get my balance issue cleared up.  Having surgery will require a huge amount of faith.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Prayers for Pam & family

My blog friend Pam is on my heart tonight.  I ask that you please lift Pam and her family in your prayers.  You see, Pam's hubby has been out of a full-time job for quite some time now.  They have been making due as best they can, but now are planning to sell their house.  If you can, please stop by Pam's blog Chaos Cottage and offer some words of encouragement.. Thanks friends!