Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Our move east

Like many military family's before us, we picked up, packed up, and moved for the 2nd time in less than a year. We enjoyed (almost) every minute of our 11 months in the beautiful state of Missouri. While we enjoyed the location (the gorgeous green trees, the amazing shades of autumn, the rivers, the wildlife, and yes, even the humidity) we enjoyed the people even more. God blessed us with some of the best friendships we've ever had, and for one of the first times in our lives we were able to have Army friends that were also Christian friends. I still can't get over the fact that our closest military friends (with which we shared the camaraderie and challenges of deployments, moves, and who know all those lovely Army abbreviations) were also members of our church. Wow!

But, as I said, we picked up, packed up and moved. Since Nick had some extra time off work since he completed his Masters Degree, we thought it would be the perfect time to try a DITY move. That is, a Do-IT-Yourself move.

So, as I said before, we picked up (ourselves), packed up (ourselves) and moved (ourselves) to our new duty station

It went really well. Really really well. I won't say it wasn't a lot of work, but still, it was definitely worth it, and I think we'd say we'd do it again.

The boys loved the moving truck and took turns fighting over which one of them would drive it (as though either of them would actually drive it... funny the things little boys fight over...).

It was a bit of an ordeal to drive the 26+ ft truck towing the Jeep 900+ miles to our new duty station. But that was an ordeal that Nick underwent on his own. :) Haha. All I had to do was drive 900+ miles in a minivan with 3 kids, 3 years and under. Did I mention one was a newborn?? Yes. Nick and I both had our work cut out for us.

And God blessed us and protected us every mile of the journey. First, He sent my dear sister in law Kimera to help. She arrived the day we loaded the truck and stayed with us till we arrived at our destination. What a blessing that sweet wonderful Aunt Kimmy was!! I enjoyed her fellowship, her maturity, and her babysitting skills.

God blessed us with great traveling mercies as well. Kimmy, the boys and I drove ahead of Nick (who had to maintain a lower speed limit due to the heavily loaded truck hauling a trailer) and encountered a lot of weather (tornadoes!!) on our journey. The rain poured and the wind blew like nothing I'd ever seen. I was afraid to pull off the road, because we could barely see the road, so we turned on our hazard lights and inched along. It was pretty scary. It was only afterwards when we stopped for dinner in a small town that we heard the townsfolk talking about the tornado that had passed through. Yikes!! The amazing thing is that the 20 minutes Nick was behind us on the road, removed him from the severe weather (Thank you, Lord!!)

Although, Nick encountered a near miss on a car crash himself. The roads were soaked and a pick-up truck hydroplaned right in front of Nick. The pick-up hit the guard rail going 60+ miles and hour, spun out across traffic, and thank the Lord, Nick was able to stop the heavily loaded truck in time. The accident literally happened right in front of Nick, so Nick got out to help and wait for the emergency vehicles to arrive. Thankfully it appeared no one was obviously injured. God is good.

We drove through some gorgeous country and made it safely to our new home.

We couldn't be happier with our new home. It's a roomy 4 bedroom ranch, with a spacious kitchen, beautiful deck and large backyard. Not only is our landlord kind and gracious, but we're getting the home for a real steal (we seriously think our landlord could rent the home for $300 or $400 more a month). The neighborhood is beautiful (and safe!!) with well kept yards and lovely homes all around. We are SO thankful!!


The Eskestrands said...

i just got ALL updated and feel more in the loop! I am SO glad the Lord blessed you with a good move, safe travels, and friends. :)

Andy and Amy said...

Your new house looks great! I'm so glad you arrived safely. I'm sure you will make many wonderful memories there! Miss you!



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