Tuesday, December 4, 2012

On Leaving Iowa

Well, friends, we made the move we are officially Texans now. For better or worse here we are.
I'm not sure what to think of my new state, yet.  I've felt very unsettled so far and a little anxious, it's probably just new person jitters.

The kids started school Thursday, so I spent the day praying and being busy so that the day would go by faster. I remember moving and starting school when I was their age and that feeling in the pit of your stomach the first day, is well, kinda sickening.

But my kiddos did Awesome! 

Keeli came home and said the girls were fighting over who was going to walk her to her classes and show her around and they all wanted to sit next to her at lunch!! Praise God! That's all I can say, I'm so eternally grateful for God's show of mercy and goodness again. Why I doubt and worry I don't know, I guess I can blame my short term memory.

I didn't think I would miss Iowa as much as I do, but I do, I miss it. The sweet friends, my landlord and his family,  my church, all of them. It's hard starting over, and I don't know how the military families do it, it makes me have even more respect for them. Cause starting over is hard. You have to be so intentional about making community, it's not like it used to be when the neighbors would show up with bread or cookies and welcome you to the neighborhood. People just don't do that anymore. Now, if you want to meet the neighbors you better make your own bread and take it to them.

Keeli and her friends at the moving bonfire we let the kids have weekend before we moved.

Jackson and his buddies at the bonfire.

Me and Lori :) (Lori hope you don't mind ;))

Lee and Sandy-treated us like family while we rented his parents house-Thank You!!

Larry and Suzy-Brother to Lee, and took to the kids like a second set of grand kids ~Thank  You!!

The moving truck packing our little farm house to take us somewhere new

I've sorta neglected writing on the blog, because it's hard when you don't have Internet and your just too darn busy to do anything. But slowly I'm getting there and we are getting more settled. So hopefully all these words in my head will find a home here in this space soon.

I'm hoping everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and is preparing for Christmas. Can you believe it's already December?! Here in Texas it is 80 degrees, I'm not going to complain too much, but it doesn't feel like Christmas weather. We're out walking in shorts and had to turn the ac back on, oh well, I'll take it over 5 ft of snow any day :)

Many blessings to you...
I'm off to make something to introduce ourselves to the neighbors...wish me luck!

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  1. I miss you and I didn't even get to know you well! Miss seeing your cheerful face at bible study. I didn't realize you rented from the Ritgers! We know them well... especially Larry and Susie. Super nice people. I'm not surprised at all that they took you in like family. :) They are special people to us. Glad you are getting settled and your kids are doing well so far. Praying for you to meet some neighbors. You are right, the times are different now with neighbors. We try to welcome any new neighbors with food or a visit, but it's a rare thing these days. It's been very warm for Iowa lately so you would be walking around here with no coat or just a sweatshirt. It's odd for sure. You missed a lot of the sickness in the schools. Good timing. Glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving in Alabama! Have a blessed Christmas! Looking forward to more blog entries and pictures too. :)

    1. HI Sheryl!! Thank you for your sweet words, they mean a lot. I guess it just never came up where I was living :) But there will always be a special place in our hearts for the Rittgers, they def helped us when we moved to Iowa, especially with the kids.
      I hope you have a blessed Christmas as well!! Take care.

  2. Texas is a wonderful state! I lived there for 21 years before finally moving back to my home state of Louisiana. Depending on where in Texas you have landed, I'm sure you will find it to be filled with wonderful adventures! Visiting from the hop & now following you.

    1. Hi Mitzi, thanks for visiting and commenting! It's nice to "meet" you. Everyone that I have talked to about Texas loves it here, so I am anticipating the same thing, we're very excited and nervous to get started and settled.

  3. Oh, blessings to you, Alecia. Moving is such a bittersweet mix of exciting and terrifying. Your new neighbors are lucky to have "gained " your family! And I'm sure there are some neighbors in Iowa who will be feeling the hole left by your leaving. May God show Himself clearly in your new home :)

    1. Hi Alicia, it's so nice to see your sweet face here! Your so right it's very bittersweet, but trying to look ahead for what God has in store for us here, I can't help but be a little bit excited :)And God is showing Himself everywhere! Praise God!!!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Beautiful photos, I like this beautiful landscape.


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