Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Always updating!

I pinned and customized daily planner pages today, and on them I put blog time so hopefully I will stay caught up! Well we are living in Raleigh North Carolina now. Serenity and Bryan and their family moved too, as well as Brinae and Josh. We are a family of ten living in one house. Sometimes that can cause  a little chaos and stress. So far so good though.
We had a few miracles in helping us get here and settling down.  It all started with us knowing for a few years now that we should move. One day Brinae and Serenity were looking at various states and wondering where sounded cool. When they mentioned the Carolinas I said I want to live near the ocean. I went to work and they,with Donnell, started looking seriously at jobs and houses near Greenville, then the Apex/Cary area. That is where we thought we wanted.  We started applying for houses. We were accepted for this house. We started to think it was small, we found a bigger one, and Donnell talked to the lady. There seemed to be issues so Serenity and Donnell made a rush trip out here with the hopes of securing the bigger house. They went and looked at it, but didn't feel comfortable with it, it smelled musty in the full basement. They decided to just drive  the smaller house and cross it off the list. They pulled in the driveway and immediately the handyman pulled in behind them. He was very nice and let them look at the house and gave them ideas, they realized that the bedrooms were a very good size. They talked to the landlady and met her. She is extremely nice and talked about how even though we sign a years lease with her, if she gets a bigger house(supposed to have one ready in August) we will have the option to go with that one.  They really felt like it was all an answer to prayer.  We decided to take the house and got to work packing. Bryan and my last days of work was at the end of May. Our tentative date to leave was the 10th of June. We had a few setbacks due to 401K getting released. THe day we were supposed to get the big Penske truck it rained, so it was a little miracle that we weren't ready for it. We got the truck on Wednesday and Connor Whitson was off and able to come and help pack it. That day we had a few miracles, one was the fact that Connor was able to help. When the guys were trying to get the queen size mattress in the truck they just couldn't get it, all of a sudden a neighbor(whom we didn't know) just walked down the street and jumped right in to help. He stayed and kept helping. Right near the end of  filling the truck, the guys were trying to load our ride on lawnmower and once again there was not enough help when all of a sudden the neighbor's friend just happended to be walking by helped load the lawnmower and then off he went.The truck was loaded and we still didn't have all the stuff packed, we realized that we needed another little trailer. We called and the little one we wanted was not available in Alma. They called Ft Smith and off they went. They got there and found out that they didn't have one either. they got the next size and it was still small too. We were able to get some more of our stuff packed on the trailer. It was so late and we were exhausted. We did not have enough room to take everything and our house was left a mess. My bestie Sara Howard and a lady from her Church went and cleaned and got it ready for the Morgans-which was another miracle in that they decided to move in our house and take over payments.
Traveling here, Donnell called the Elder's Quorum president and left a message. He called back and they made arrangements to help us unpack on Saturday morning, We pulled in Friday at dinner time, our landlady Yan pulled in with fried chicken for us and the lease. She also called her handyman to come and help unload on Saturday.
Saturday morning at 8:00 five priesthood holders and Brock the handyman showed up at our house. What took us fourteen hours to load, those men had it unloaded in less than a hour and 1/2! The missionaries came later that day and helped us move boxes and such around. What blessings all the help were! We went to Church on Sunday(they start at 9:00) and there were so many people ready to greet us! We felt welcomed and at home there-9 weeks later we still do!!!
To date, Donnell and Bryan both have factory jobs, Brinae started a nanny job, and Serenity has an interview on Friday morning that she is beyond excited about.
The city is beautiful and we are feeling like we are home!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

When a door closes......

I have not been posting due to a few things, sickness had been through our home and recently something happened that I just didn't want to broadcast.
My sweet hubby lost his job. We thought it might happen and over the weekend, we kept praying for Heavenly Father's will be done. I know that He knows what is best for our family. Donnell and I made different plans according to different scenarios. He had his meeting on Monday and when he picked me up for my lunch break, it broke my heart to see him like he was. He kept apologizing for letting me down and promising to do everything and anything to make sure the bills get paid. I assured him that he did not let me down ever and that his past actions since the day I married him has shown me his character and that I knew he would still provide for us. I know that this has the potential to be a very big blessing for us, if we lean on Heavenly Father. He went today and applied for unemployment, this step will allow him to go back to school in the fall and finish his computer programming. He will have this time to heal his back and get healthy and to be able to spend more time with Josh in preparing for a mission. The things I am most afraid of is the lack of insurance for my husband and son. Donnell takes blood pressure meds and Josh needs to do all the dentist and doctor stuff for his mission. I love Donnell and I know that we will be fine, just need to learn to budget better and we won't have as much "fluff" stuff that we like to do. Trials are to make us stronger and I am determined to help this one become a true blessing. I have fear and worries a lot, but am trying. Each day another thought will creep in my head, yesterday it was the lack of life insurance. We had a really good policy through his work and heaven knows I want my Donnell here, it was a safety net. I did not want to post about this as I wanted to protect Donnell. Sometimes people judge and then I realized that anyone that knows him. They know the strong, funny, hard working man that he is. I am grateful for the family that I have.
Gratitude list:
1. thankful for my job-although it doesn't pay great, it is something I love to do and it helps with the bills now.
2. Donnell being accepted for unemployment although we don't know when it will kick in.
3. My testimony of the gospel and how I know Heavenly Father is aware of me.
4. That Brinae has a good job and has good health benefits.
5. grateful that I just got my new glasses on Donnell's insurance before the loss of job!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Keyboard is going to make this blogging so much easier

I had been using Serenity's laptop as mine is messed up, imagine Savanna wanting it back haha(She loves to watch Seventh Heaven on it), so Donnell bought me a keyboard yesterday so I can use my Ipad to do my blogging and computer stuff-can I say I love it!!!!
This has been a busy but fun weekend. We spent the day yesterday shopping, a lot of it was window shopping and planning. Josh had gone with the youth to the Oklahoma City Temple, so Brinae went with us.
I'm still having a hard time with trying to figure out how to document my OLW project. I'm not sure that I want to use the divided page protectors, but I can't find a Smash book that will work either. I'm leaning towards making my own.  I need to take some more time and just really delve into studying my word-light.
My gratitude list:
1. being able to go to Church to hear Brinae's talk on kindness.
2. Brinae being willing to teach my lesson today as I was sick.
3. Donnell making dinner for us-yummy pork chops and mac and cheese.
4. Learning a new game Settlers of Catan-fun fun fun
5. being able to take Cassandra's kids to Church, all my grandkids were able to be in Church today-a good feeling!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Ice and cold

Today was a weather nightmare! It started with rain and then bam! ice everywhere. We watched as the sidewalks and parking lots froze at work, just wanting to leave for the safety of our own homes. We were able to leave at noon. Driving home was slow, I saw remains of an accident on the side of the road. I went and picked up Josh, he said the office was calling student names every few seconds, as more and more parents came to pick up their kids. Alma school district only ran a few of their buses, after parents that could picked up their kids, approx. 25 kids were left to maybe stay the night at school. The county sheriff took them home just a while ago. Crazy weather!! I just found out that one of my story time parents and her twin boys were not able to make it home and were holed up in a motel room, the last room they had available because of the ice.
We had cake and karaoke to celebrate Elvis Presleys birthday-he would have been 79 yrs. old.
Today is also my dad's birthday. He passed away in 1989 from brain cancer. I sure wish my younger kids could have met him. Serenity and Cassandra had him when they were younger. I have many happy memories of him.
I was able to work a bit on my OLW pages today. Still looking for a picture to make my word visible and a quote. I will post pictures soon of my pages.
Gratitude list:
1making it home safe and sound.
2. getting to leave work early
3 trying a new recipe(white chicken chili) and loving it
4 so grateful that all my kids and grandkids are safe in their homes tonight
5 grateful that Donnell was able to make it to work safely amidst all the ice(he said it was awful)

yesterday's gratitude list

Gratitude list for Tuesday Jan 7
1/ had fun at work
2. bought yummy healthy snacks at Walmart
3Donnell's dr. report was not as bad as feared, have to work on his taking meds on time and daily for blood pressure
4able to take a hot shower in my own bathroom
5 grateful to climb in bed tonight!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Brr it's cold!

This morning I woke up to very cold weather. I went to take a shower and found out our pipes had froze in the night. I had let the water drip in my bathroom, but I guess not enough. I melted ice cubes in the microwave so I could brush my teeth, I faked everything else and went to work.
Work was steady today, I didn't get half my to do list done, but I kept plugging away.
At lunch today we talked about one little word and Lynnette said she thought of a word for her this year and it is build. We explained to Amy and she picked less. I was so excited to have girls understand what I'm trying to do. It just makes it nice to have someone to talk to about and share the excitement.
Gratitude list:
1 Serenity sharing her shower with Josh and I tonight
2. Coming home to finding our water back on(at least to half the house)
3. Fuzzy warm blanket to cuddle on couch with
4. scripture study everyday so far this year
5 kneeling around the coffee table for family prayer together

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Another quiet day

There were a lot of empty seats at Church today, probably due to the weather. I t was snowing, although it wasn't sticking, and cold. We did find out some of the people in Mountainburg and higher areas, could not get out.
Our Relief Society lesson was on repentance and God's open arms. Sister Pinot did a great lesson.
Gratitude list:
1 able to get my numbers transferred over to the new phone
2. quiet afternoon-even took a nap
3 Sister Pinot's lesson
4 yummy lunch waiting when I got home from Church(Donnell's back only allowed him to sit for Sacrament)
5finished my letter to Kyle.