Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Goodbye!!!

Today, is our last day here in PA. We are spending today loading up our moving truck, packing up last minute belongings & getting a few things we need for our 20-24 hour trip to WI. It's very surreal that we are actually moving & Tim & I aren't quite in the realization stage yet...but soon enough...we will be in our new residency!

We will miss all of our friends & family & hope we can stay in touch! Thank you for those of you who made it to our going away party. We had a wonderful time visiting with friends & family. I will post some pictures at some point once we are settled. :-)

There's only one thing more to say....GOODBYE!!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Busy...

Well, I don't have a ton of time...nor do I have any pictures to post (yes, boring...I know...yawn) but I just wanted to give a quick update!

We've been semi-busy packing...well, I've been doing every ounce of laundry we own (Tim's been folding :-) and getting all of our clothing sorted...what fits, what doesn't, what we give to someone who needs it & what is donation worthy. Not an easy task! And that is JUST the laundry! YIKES! But, we're so grateful that we have some friends who can use some Landis hand-me-downs. :-) All the while...I have scheduled photo sessions nearly every day this week & next, including 2 shore sessions & a wedding. Makes my head spin just thinking about it...but I am not scheduling anything in September in Wisconsin...so I will have the entire month to complete the second half of August work. :-) PLUS, Makenzie & I are heading to the big apple with one of my dear friends, Tracy (who also just re-located...to Georgia) so for her daughter's birthday, she is taking Makenzie & I to New York & as a last hurrah for us girls & we're going to a broadway show & Tracy has some other fun things planned as well. Plus, my favorite...we're shooting Jillian's 6 year pictures in New York! I'm so excited. :-) She actually was booked for a photo session this Saturday, but with her moving & us moving...it kind of got away from us...so we thought no better place to have fun & be creative then in the big apple! I know it's a lot to try to go to NYC right now...but I need a break. And I need some time with Makenzie. It will be nice to spend some alone time with her. It's been such a busy summer & with the move coming & her starting 1st grade immediately upon arriving in Wisconsin...we need a little unwinding girl time. :-) So, I will most likely be pulling two all nighters tonight & tomorrow. Well, I at least have to try. :-)

Once September hits...I will be able to post some pictures from the second half of our summer...or at least put them in a slideshow or something!

Other than the busyness of life...we are just having to "go through" more than we have to pack. Most of our belongings are still packed in our storage unit...so the daunting task is going back through some of that & giving things away or tossing things. I've been trying to find places that are in need of children's toys, etc. If anyone knows of any organizations or causes that could use some children's toys (boys & girls toys, some baby toys & materials) I'd be happy to get their number. Maybe a shelter or a needy family?

Emotionally...it's surreal that we're actually making our move. We're scared, we're nervous, we're excited, we're hopeful, we're trusting, we're HAPPY. We are just so eager to see where God is taking us & what is going to transpire in our lives over the next few months.

Friday, August 08, 2008

So blessed!

With everything that we have going on...it's very difficult to always remember to say thank you to those who have gone above & beyond. This past year has been a tough one for us. Emotionally & financially...it has been a rollercoaster of a year. I even hate to call it a struggle because I know so many people go through things much worse than this...but for us, this has been our struggle & it has not been an easy year.

Today, our message at church was about suffering. It was a really good message & was a wonderful reminder of God's faithfulness to us in the midst of our struggles. We have learned so much about ourselves, others around us & how we can be a blessing to others. We've really learned who our true friends are & have been so thankful to our friends & family who have encouraged us, taken the time to be a part of our lives, allowed us to be in theirs & have gone out of their way to let us know that they care. In the message today, the pastor spoke about our hardtimes & during our times of suffering & hardships, we need others around us...and sometimes we just need others around us to know that they care...that they are willing to just be there for you...a phone call, a dinner invite, anything to make you feel a part of the real world to keep life going & a means to get through our hardships. And in return, we can be a blessing to others & be a source of friendship for those who struggle or need us. I'm so grateful to those friends & family of ours who haven't allowed the busyness of life to interfere with them taking the time to let us know they are thinking about us. I'm grateful to those friends & family who have taken the time to be a listening ear when we've needed it. I'm grateful to those who have made us feel a part of things...even when we have struggled to initiate getting in touch with them. When we struggle, sometimes we can feel very alone, hence re-tracting from people, experiences and many other things in life. Thank you to those of you who were sensitive to the times when we have been refraining & have reached out to us above & beyond to help us get free from that mindset of sometimes refraining from things, people & activities when we're hurting. Some people give up on others or pull away during times of others difficulties & our situation has not been exempt from those types of people. However, in the reality of life, it's more times than not a blessing in disguise when people do pull away because you can truly know who God needs you to have in your life & you can feel confident in those friendships & people who are in your life...and know those who are in it for the longhaul. :-)

We are so blessed & are looking forward to all that God has for us as we move our lives & family to Wisconsin. We pray that we can be a blessing to others around us & we pray that all that has been done for us...we'll be able to bless others in their times of need. There always is a light at the end of the tunnel. We're beginning to see ours. So blessed.