So much has changed in the last several months, that it has truly just felt overwhelming to try to get on here and put it all into words, and I've continued putting it off. Well, today my van is in the shop, I'm stuck at home waiting for a load of laundry to dry, and I really don't have any excuses. I sat here and stared at the screen for a minute, and decided to jump in!
When I last posted, we were settling into life in sunny Arizona. It was just after Halloween, and even though I really missed my parents, we were finding our way.
We were fortunate to be able to spend Thanksgiving with my sister, Shannon, and her family in Glendale. I forgot my camera that afternoon, so I don't have any pictures, but we had a great time. Football was watched, football was played, food was eaten, and we counted our blessings. Too many to count, really.
The first week of December my mom came to visit. While we were shopping at Best Buy, I got a message from Russell. He simply said "Hey, you won't be able to call me back on this phone. I just lost my job, so I guess I'll see you at home."
Mom and I went home and picked him up, and we headed to Barro's Pizza to make us all feel better. It was such a shock. Such a slap in the face, after we had just paid thousands of dollars to move there a few months earlier. We were truly just lost as to what to do.
My Aunt Kelly and Uncle Wes own a home in Springfield, Missouri, where we came from before Texas, and they offered to let us stay in it while we looked for work. We talked about it and decided that moving back to Springfield was probably the "safest" thing for us to do. And, can I just say, how wonderful it is to have such a generous family? (Thank you, Wes and Kelly!)
Anyway, I decided to pretend the whole thing wasn't happening until after Christmas, so that's just what we did.
(And you'll have to excuse the grainy pictures. I didn't have my new camera yet.)
First we put up the tree.
We attended a couple of stellar school performances.
Carter displayed what an amazing big brother he is!
We soaked in the beautiful mountains in the fog.
And CJ and Kiwi each discovered a new favorite spot to rest.
We enjoyed the gorgeous roses that grew so big and fabulous in our yard.
We went to see the Temple lights, one of my all time favorite Christmas things to do.
And then it was Christmas.
One of our favorite parts of being in Gilbert was watching the progress on the Gilbert Arizona LDS Temple.
We were so excited to be able to be a part of that, and to live so amazingly close to a Temple.
When January came, it was time to get the show on the road. We packed up the house we had just finished decorating, loaded up and headed back to Missouri. The night before we were to leave, we stayed with Shannon, and took the kids to Rocket Fizz. It's an old fashioned candy store, with all the good stuff.
As of now, we're here back in Springfield, thouroughly enjoying the beauty that is so plenitful here. We're living on several acres of land and have a constant show of wildlife to watch in the backyard. It truly is awesome.
Russell was able to find a training job with Expedia here in town, and we are so thankful for that. It's a contract job, due to last until August, so we have that much time to keep looking. Both of us are still holdling out hope that we might end up back in Arizona, at least for a while. We felt so good and right about being there, so that's the goal.
You know, sometimes things happen in life that completely throw us for a loop. Just when we think we're "good" for a while, things change. Although I don't always understand, I know that Heavenly Father is in charge. He knows my family, He knows our needs, and He knows our wants. I trust Him.
One of my all-time favorite scriptures is when Nephi says "I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things."
I do know that He loves us. We'll keep plugging along, willing to be molded and shaped by Him until He sees fit to rest.
Hopefully I can be a bit better about keeping up with the blog. It's been.......well, it's just been. But things are good. The kids are doing well, Russell is enjoying his job, and I'm still blessed to be able to be home.
Things are good, indeed.