Friday, December 5, 2014

What a Journey! From Hawaii to Texas via Colorado

It's been a while since my last post, because we've been so busy moving! and moving again!

We left Hawaii on October 1st and visited family in Idaho for a few days, before packing a big rental truck with our belongings that had been in storage.  Hubs and I had gorgeous weather as we drove south to Colorado Springs (towing our car behind!), thinking the entire time that we would be settling there.

It was more than wonderful to be with our 2 daughters, son-in-love, and 2 granddaughters. We started looking for jobs and houses right away, and right from the start doors were being closed.  First of all, Hubs was applying for jobs, however not many companies were hiring in his field in that area. Then, when we started the process to get a pre-approval for a home loan, we learned that there were some roadblocks there, also! (Thankfully, they are fixable.)

On Saturday, November 1st, I heard Hubs on a phone interview.  At the end, he said, "Okay, we'll see you next week!"  He excitedly told me that he had a job!!  In Texas! What!?  I was a bit stunned, but needless to say, we had asked God to open doors where He wanted us, and He did!

So, the very next day seemed like a repeat episode from 3 weeks prior. We again packed up a big rental truck, hooked up a tow dolly on the back for our car, and headed south.
Our son, who lives just 2 hours from our new town with his wife and our 2 grandchildren, volunteered to come up and help us unpack the truck. By Friday, we had rented a house and moved right in! (A door OPEN!)  The house is just 4 minutes from Hubs' new job, is very comfortable for the two of us and we have a large living room and an extra bedroom for when guests visit. (Son & his family will be here for Christmas! Yay!)

Last week, I suddenly realized that I needed to stop decorating the house, and start DECKING the house for Christmas. My favorite time of the year! Is it yours, too?

Here are a few 2014 Christmas decor photos for you:

New city, new home, new tree, lots of ornaments
that we've had for years that bring back floods of happy memories!





































Love having a fireplace mantle to decorate again!



I'm very excited about trying a new DIY project using tomato cages! Can you guess what they will be?