Thursday, July 17, 2008

Life in the (not so) fast lane

Well, we made it. We are officially living in South Carolina. It's crazy how in the midst of the transition - getting the house ready to sell, finding a place to stay, cars to rent etc - it seemed like the "day" would never come. Then when we were boarding the airplane, it all seemed like it went so fast...to all of you helped paint, clean, fix, love and encourage - thank you beyond words.
Here a couple updates. First - our house in the Tri -Cities...God was SOOO in it! We listed it on Monday (last week) at about noon. By two someone had called to look at it and offered by 6pm. We countered, he countered and we accepted...amazing! Then yesterday while we were looking at a house (that I am in love with) the realtor called and said that the inspection passed and we were good to go. How good is our GOD!!!??? We still have not settled 100% on a house here, but have two really promising prospects...just waiting and listening. Hopefully my next post will have pictures of the new Thompson Landing!
The plane ride(s) went really well considering 4 young, tired, excited kids. Two notabe moments - on the descent into Minneapolis there was a TON of turbulence. I was not having fun---at all. The kids, on the other hand, had to be convinced they were not on a rollercoaster - kind of funny - to us anyway. Finally, we landed in Charlotte - we were tired and anxious and in the back of the plane. Everyone was standing, mostly patiently, and they finally turned of the seat belt and no-smoking signs. Dear Kylie said, quite loudly, "great, now we can smoke!" -- Oh - Kylie, Kylie, Kylie --- gotta love her!!!
So - Southern Living is definitely different. One of the "cart boy" at wal-mart the other day walked up and asked if he could load my groceries for me while I buckled the kids in...wow. Then at Starbucks (of which I have only seen two in the ENTIRE TOWN) I was waiting to go through the drive through - to no avail. Bubba in the truck in front of me was just sitting there. Hmmmm....then one of the employees walked out and informed me in a very charming southern drawl, that the drive through was closed for about 10 minutes while they poured concrete. He politely invited me to come in and order inside. I informed him that there was no way I was coming into a very small store with 4 kids. "Oh," he said "well just tell me what you want and I'll bring it out to you...in fact, why don't you park in the handicap spot so you can be closer." Wow - only in the south - I love it!!!
We are having a great time with Ty and Jenn - they are such saints to allow the 6 of us to join in their home life - What a blessing and encouragement they are....

We all miss everyone there sooo much - I feel like there is so much I want to say to everyone to the make the goodbye proper. But how do you say good bye to people who have encouraged and loved and corrected and upheld and poured into and blessed you. How do you tell people how proud you are of who they have become, how blessed you are to have been a part of their lives. I don't know if words can express the depth of out love for you...Thanks to all! I keep thinking of the verse "The Lord watch over you and me, while we are apart, one from another."

Until Later -- I have to go, and so do you (that one is for you, Rich) --

Danni

10 comments:

Tom Zawacki said...

Hey Danni:

Great to hear that you are all doing so well, God is indeed very good!

We love and miss all of you dearly! Give everyone a squeeze from me and Na.

Z

Dianna said...

I was wondering how the kids would do on the plane...."in case of emergency:SCREAM!"
Glad you are getting settled, can't wait to see the place you pick out!!
Love ya,
Di:)

Daddio said...

Yes our God is amazing isn't He? Wow, tons of blessings and many missings from our clan to yours...

Rico

Nadine said...

Kylie is funny. Gotta love her.

If you haven't filled Tom's request about giving a squeeze to everyone, please do now.

Demara said...

Wow! God is merciful and gracious to those who love Him, isn't He!?!?!? I'm so happy for you all.

Demara

Madison Richards said...

I miss you.

'Nuff said.

:(

Strider said...

I love Kylie's comment. She is so funny! I marvel at God's grace in working out every detail. Nothing could be working out, and it would still be God...but when you see doors opening up and the blessings flow, it is quite encouraging. I hope the house works out for you. Tiff will be there on the 24th. Ann and Tabs are coming August 6. Give my best to Big TY, Jenn, and the Z-man.

A Woman Who is: said...

Wow, what a whirlwind for all of you. But it sounds like you had a safe landing, in the arms of your Father. It is wonderful about the house selling so quickly. I know you will find the perfect home there to raise your brood. Love the new look of your blog...it might have been awhile since I have visited here…? Love all the family pictures. The orchards ones are cool.

Keep us updated…you are all gonna be missed sooooooooooooooo much.

Only in the storm said...

i laughed SO hard when i read about kylie on the airplane! wow, you've gotta love kids :0) we miss you SO much over here! i'm glad you guys are doing good over there :0)

love always, say hey to everyone

Mom T. said...

Hi there, it was great to see you all. Are you getting all moved into the new home? See you next time.