For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Catching Up

Well, saying that our Christmas passed in a blur is an understatement. I am not sure what all we accomplished, but we had lots of fun spending the time together as a family. Following our Thanksgiving weekend, we had thought that Brad would be taking a new job and that we would be moving. So began the "semi-frantic" race to get the house fixed-up and in saleable condition. We had new carpet installed, ripped the remaining paneling down,retextured and repainted. After the carpet installation, we decorated for Christmas; thus, postponing the remaining fix-up (some tileing and some bathroom repairs). In the meantime, we received news that the job placement was put on hold until after the new year. Not really a big deal to us as it gave us more time to fix up the house before putting it on the market. We went about our "busyness" and enjoyed a season filled with various activities and lots of time spent at home enjoying life as a family. We included our annual Christmas cookie decorating: unfortunately, our friends were unable to come share this fun activity, and we missed them. So we baked and decorated as a family...some got into it much more than others. I think there was a slight lack of enthusiasm since we weren't sharing the fun. We did our Christmas shopping in the following weeks, and did some service projects with our church community group over the spane of two weeks. Then it was pack up and travel time to spend Christmas with Brad's family. The kids look forward to spending that time every year with their cousins. It is always a fun,exciting, loud and boisterous time spent as a large family under one roof. During all this chaos, my hubby began to feel as if the new job and move weren't really in the works for our family. As his job here is still secure, he made a hard decision and turned down the new job. We both felt that we would better serve God's plan by staying put, and we love being here, being involved in the community, and being a part of our church family. So... at least I got new carpet and can enjoy the hard work we put into our home. God has revealed to us another plan in the works for our family. Hopefully we can share about it very soon... in the meantime, we pray that you have a blessed New Year!

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