Sorry about falling off the face of the earth. The late fall and winter were particularly tumultuous what with dealing with a dreadful job working for unscrupulous people, losing said job (the week before Christmas), consulting a lawyer, etc. Also adding to the havoc are more happy things: Father has been assigned to a wonderful mission in Mississippi. We’ve been busy since Christmas with all of the behind-the-scenes work to do with that which has included two trips down there so far. The house is on the market as of two days ago which has necessitated massive renovating, cleaning and packing. All in all, it has been busy, to say the least.
Our moving date is mid-next week. Once the realtor came Tuesday to list the house and take pictures, we started tearing apart our carefully staged home. Let me tell you: the best boxes are the ones from package stores. They’re unbelievably sturdy and sometimes the dividers come in quite handy. We also are benefiting from Winn Dixie’s recent sale on apples. I feel like I could stand in our living room (empty box emporium) right now and smile while an off camera voice murmurs, “This move is brought to you by the fruit-growers association and the liquor board.” Seriously, boxes take on an unnatural importance when you’re moving. As we were driving to MS last Saturday, I spotted an empty box on the side of the road and thought: hmm, that looks like a nice box… (No, I didn’t stop.)
We managed to make Christmas wonderful despite the ongoing turmoil. The children were spared all of the unpleasantness.
We have had a few birthdays during the interim: Duchess turned 9, Pickles turned 3 and Flopsy turned 8. Father also had a birthday but since it’s always upstaged by the baby (same day), I’ll spare him his highlight.
One wonderful side-effect of the upcoming changes is that I’ll be able to be at home full-time! We’ve been trying to accomplish this for many years. I’d love to start by quilting some quilt tops that have been waiting simply forever but we’ll be first moving to a small rectory. There won’t be room for such frivolities as a quilting frame. In fact, there won’t be room for much at all: it’s a 3 BR/1 BA home. Making up for this is the fact that the house was built in the 20’s and is oozing character. The parish is also fixing it up quite a lot. I’ll throw a few pictures in. After we finally manage to sell this current house, we’ll start looking for a permanent house to buy.
Please keep us in your prayers as we haul up stakes and move. Also prays that our house sells!
I’ll try to do better keeping this blog updated!