Saturday, December 29, 2007

Getting Settled

We enjoyed a wonderful Christmas with our families. Wednesday, December 26th, we were blessed with helpful hands loading the moving truck and our car, as well as helping pack the remaining items (which were not a few). Also, we were blessed with a delicious lunch provided by our friend Michelle from upstairs. Thank you to all! What a blessing!

The guys had the "fun" challenge of trying to strategically fit everything into our moving truck. When all was said and done basically everything fit (my mom will have to bring one of our laundry baskets and a baby bouncy seat with her when she visits in the spring).

Steve drove the moving truck while I napped a good portion of the time on Thursday, December 27th. My parents followed behind in their car (we towed our car behind the moving truck). We made pretty good time, inspite of driving slower with the truck. We reached GR a little after 9pm. A group of friends were there, ready to unload us. We weren't planning on unloading until the next day, but what a blessing to get it out of the way! We were all unloaded within 3 hours. Thank you!!

Our apartment is all-around smaller than our home in MN was. (Except we have another bedroom here). After unloading, we had a narrow walkway amidst towering stacks of boxes through the livingroom and kitchen (the bedrooms were pretty clear, as well as the bathroom - so that we could unpack into them.) Yesterday, Steve and I spent our time unpacking and made quite a dent. It's been enjoyable so far and we look forward to continuing settling in.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Moving - 4 Weeks and Counting...

For anyone who's available and would like to help us with our move:

Wednesday, December 26th we plan on loading the vehicles
Thursday, December 27th we leave for GR, Michigan
Friday, December 28th we plan on unloading at our apartment in GR

If you're available to help us pack here in MN, please let me know and we can arrange a time.
If you'd like to help us load on the 26th, please let me know and show up at our place.
If you'd like to help us unload on the 28th, please show up at our new place anytime, we'll be there all day.

Email or call me for details of how to get to our place(s). Thank you!

Trip to Grand Rapids, MI

Steve and I are very grateful to the Lord's goodness and faithfulness during our trip to Grand Rapids, MI. We headed out a couple days after Thanksgiving on Saturday, November 24th and came back home on Friday, November 30th.

Steve took this picture just after we passed Mackinaw Bridge. It was a bit windy. We hit some weather on the way to GR, so it took a little longer to get there than anticipated. (Our little Focus just isn't that same as Steve's Jimmy was!) But we made it!

We found and secured a place to live! We were able to get a deal on the apartment because the seminary where Steve will be attending has an agreement with the apartments. We're very grateful!

We visited the college that Steve has about 1 year left at (after that he'll attend seminary). We also visited the Seminary, attended worship and checked out the bookstore.

We had a nice time visiting with some friends, connecting with our church family and getting to know the area a little bit more. We applied for work, opened a bank account, saw our midwife, etc., etc. It was a very encouraging time for both Steve and I, as the "puzzle pieces" came together quite nicely. We're so grateful to the Lord.

And now... we've a busy 4 weeks ahead of us, filled with packing, work, Christmas parties, baby showers, etc., etc. But all is well and we look forward to it!

5 Months Along

I'm five months along now. Things have flipped. Up until about a month ago, Steve was more sick than I this pregnancy. But, this past month has been the most trying for me as far as health is concerned (overlooking the weekend of the incarcerated uterus). I've been fighting some type of cold or virus for pretty much the whole time. Yesterday I couldn't keep food down. Looking forward to feeling well again! :) I'm thankful that Steve is doing well, though!