Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Past Two Weeks...

What a whirlwind...
There is just too much to recap from the past couple of weeks... Here are some pictures and short commentaries to give you an idea... ;--)
Saturday: Thanks, Neva, for the giant marshmallow smores! The kids had a blast (mama too) devouring the sticky chocolate delicatessen, ha...


Sunday: Mothers Day in our Hattiesburg home... my 5 (and a half) kids...
We had house church family worship together... it was all I could do to keep from crying when our kids belted out, "You are stronger, Your are stronger, Sin is broken, You have saved us, It is written, Christ is risen, Jesus you are Lord of all!"...
Tuesday: A day before the moving company arrived was parent/teacher conference day and lunch with mom for Victoria's class...
Eyasu (a.k.a. Joshua;-) had lunch at the same time, so I enjoyed a 2 for 1...


Victoria loves Ms. Yonge...
Eyasu loves Mrs. Waites...
Eyasu, "Take picture with my friends..."

Eyasu wanted to bring Mrs. Knight with us to NC... he loves Mrs. Knight :)
Wednesday: Angela got to spend one last afternoon with her sweet friend, Olivia, while the movers were busily packing us up... What a busy, busy day... stirring up all sorts of dust, allergies and sinus trouble ;0)
Thursday: Moving Day. The day started with (aside from dropping the kids off for their last day at school) our dog, Titus, snagging his dew claw (?) in all his anxiety with the move. His whining prompted a 8 AM trip to the vet. It worked out well to have him sedated and cared for there (removing the claw) while other errands needed to be run. Here are some random pictures of picking the kids up at the primary school. Unfortunately, I forgot to pull out my camera to snap some at the lower and upper elementary schools... ;-(



We stopped back at the house one last time for the kids to say goodbye to their rooms...


I wasn't prepared for the shower of tears when we pulled out of the driveway...
How deep the Father's love for us, how vast beyond all measure that He should give His only Son, to make a wretch His treasure...
We made it Thursday night to Birmingham and we able to connect with some special friends: Jana Lombardo and Donna Houston of Lifeline Children's Services. I'll never forget the Friday morning phone call from Jana saying, "Are you sitting down? You need to be in country by Tuesday!" In other words, "The time has finally arrived for you to travel to Ukraine to adopt your children!" Ha ha... Normally you get a little more warning than just 3 days! In HIS time... So grateful for Lifeline and their ministry!
Friday: We enjoyed breakfast at our hotel with friend Jonathan Howe before hitting the road for Kentucky... Titus, all bandaged up, is a good little traveler...
Of course, we had to stop at a Dairy Queen along the way... ;0)
We made it to Tony's parents' house late afternoon so grateful...
Saturday: We drove up to Georgetown, Kentucky to watch Tony's nephews play baseball and soccer. Titus stayed on my lap most of the time nursing his wound.
It was a rainy day. The little kids retreated to the van. Eyasu and James joined cousin Beniam, following his game, for some tag in the rain. The girls stayed in our van and took turns braiding each others hair...
Fighting a sinus infection and damp chills from the rain...
...but, it was so worth it to see family, let the cousins play and watch the ball games! (Below: our view of Manny and Adam's soccer game from the van:)
Sunday: An incredible day of worship and celebration of new life. Nephews Noah and Adam shared two songs in the service... loved it.
Tony preached on Mark 8:27-38...
Cousins huddled together...

Tony had the honor of baptizing his dad. What a sweet day of celebration, worship and fellowship. There aren't really words to share the joy felt.
(Below: Pastor Jake, Tony's dad Gary, and Tony)
After celebrating with Mexican food for lunch (of course), we hit the road for Wake Forest, North Carolina. The Lord graciously granted a smooth trip, both from MS to KY via AL and KY to NC via VA. Two neat driving experiences: the very minute we crossed into Virginia my phone rang with my Dad on the other line. I laughed when I answered telling him where we were, to which he responded, "Well, I just wanted to call and welcome you to Virginia." Ha ha. (VA is where my parents live :). Secondly, when we crossed the North Carolina state line through the mountains on I 77, there was a huge rainbow. It felt as though the Lord was giving us another mark of affirmation in His call to NC. We made it around 11 PM EDT.

Monday: Move in Day... 8 AM EDT came early, but we were excited. :) Shane & Alicia Shaddix came to watch our kids for several hours. What a blessing...
James stayed with us to help. He had a blast running the dolly with boxes up and down the hill. He slept well that night (ha ha)... The truck was done by 3:30 PM and we all took a nap!
Some of the SEBTS staff welcoming us to the house. I just had to take a picture, ha. Tony is in good company :)
The kids were helpful. At times. Ha. Oh what fun empty boxes can be!
The days blur together from this past week...
A trip to Red Robbin Restaurant for dinner and Goodberrys for dessert with the Akins. What a treat!
Titus is especially enjoying our window bench seating area at the kitchen table. He, the rotten dog that he is, can jump up and join us for our meals?!.
Here's a glimpse of the house making its way to order... (Many thanks to Penny Keathley for helping get the kitchen unpacked!!! Thanks to Anna Harvey helping with all sorts of projects in the rest of the house!)


The kids are settling well and really enjoying the little nooks and crannies in this house... particularly the high closet space in the girls' room...
The boys are awaiting bunk beds, but this room has good wall space to set up the dresser/desk/shelves that Mack & Vickie Grubbs gave us a little while back in Hattiesburg. It is perfect!
Sitting down for our first homemade meal together. Tony is showing off his special Kentucky soda called Ale 8, ha.
Saturday morning we walked downtown for the Farmers Market. I love being able to walk downtown from our house! Historic Wake Forest is beautiful!
[Our only downside at present, is getting the tick population around our house under control. So far I have pulled off 6 ticks (they've come two by two on Jana, James and Tony)... plus the dog's colony. Who knew I'd get a crash course on tick management? Yikes. Spray and bush trimming are on the to do list...]
Sunday, we enjoyed visiting Vintage 21 church in downtown Raleigh. We are grateful for their friendship and partnership in the Gospel. After church, we joined friends, Tom & Cindy Asta, for lunch at their house. While we were there they received a Skype call from their two girls in Uganda they plan to adopt and bring home this summer. It was special to be able to share the joy of that moment with them. Please pray for them as they wait and prepare...
Sunday evening, we made a quick run to Smithfield's BBQ to take food to our friends who drove in from Hattiesburg, MS Saturday night. We are excited to have Donnie & Meghan Hollis and Michael & Alex Britt be a part of Imago Dei Church! The kids had fun invading their new apartments :)
Here's a video of Tony baptizing his father...
video
It's almost midnight here as I close out my post. Thank you so much for your continued prayers as we settle in to this new season. We are so grateful for you...

3 comments:

acolliercrm said...

Miss you, but are SO excited for you guys and this new season! Thanks for sharing photo and video of Tony baptizing his father! Amazing!

It does look like Tony is in good company in North Carolina! Loved that photo! =-)

Kids seem to be adjusting well. May the Lord continue to amaze you with the plans He has in store for the seven of you this new season!!!
much love, Alice Collier

Conethia and Jim Bob said...

You guys have been busy!! Congrats on your safe travels! You have such a beautiful extended family!!

SUNSHINE said...

Enjoyed "catching up". Miss and love you all! Can't wait to visit.