Saturday, July 30, 2011

The strong one

This is chief, he is the leader of the tribe. He is my first in command, general in the army, President of the house, my BFF FF FF and FF.
Deciding to move back to Olympia without him is making me doubt going back at all. I know, I am a total wimp. He is unable to secure postions right now and there is no hope in sight for it at the moment. In fact we hear it may not even be till late January and thats just a small glimpse.
We both knew this may indeed be the issue but it was confirmed for us yesterday. We both decided that its best for the kids to start a new school year at their old school instead of mid year. Plus our Olympia house needs TLC and we know thats where we both want to be.
So I am being a whinny wimp because this guy in the butter to my bread, honey in my tea, okay you get the idea. He is the one that locks our doors at night, checks the kids before we retire for sleep, take out the nasty garbage, mows the lawn, makes sure there is oil in the car and check the radiator/transmit-or thinga- ma- giggys. Also on a tough kid day, I know I will get help when he comes home and some respite. Not to mention we really like each other and love being together even in mudane things such as watching deadliest catch and whale wars. If I am watching a comedy and he is not next to me I turn my head to laugh anyways, then I realize he is not in the chair next to me. I said that out loud, tell me some of you do that to?
Sigh sigh...sigh...sigh.
I can do this, I think I can I think I can. I don't want to wahhhh. This is my train of though lately. I am co-dependent, I admit. So.
PLEASE Be praying for job security. PLEASE pray that if nothing happens in that area, I would be BRAVE.
Who will make the coffee? sniff.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

You have heard it said: Never a dull moment

(I just did a quick search for crazy photos of our family. I would have 982 if I downloaded some more crazy ones!)

I have heard this so many times, in fact if I had a penny for every time I hear "Never a dull moment at the Teabos" I would be a gazillionare. True we live a life that frightens most folks out of their seats. True we make decisions based on where we feel the Lord is leading at the moment. True almost 98.99 % we look like total idiots to the outside world. True. Also true that we are now and maybe always be more fanatical and risk taking that the common folk. All that intro to tell you this...
WE MOVE BACK TO 5045 an awesome home on a cul-de-sac in Little South Olympia Washington. This all happening next month.
There are many details to iron out. Chiefs positions at work is not certain so I may be a single mama for a bit. Maybe longer than a bit.
We have plenty of questions we have been asked. I will answer a few of them, not because we feel like we have celebrity status or anything. ;0

WHY, Didn't you want to be closer to your family?
So, let me be the first to admit. I spent the first 12 years of our marriage wishing I was by my mom and dad and needing to be closer. DREADING rain, dreading the grey. When we saw that my dad was getting more and more ill, we did what we felt was needing to be done. We packed up family to be closer to him. My kids got to know my family, we had never had this opportunity before ever. Would not have happened otherwise. When we packed up from Olympia and headed South we really thought this would be a permanent move. We had prepared ourselves that this is something we needed to do, and we were going to be okay. A few months after our move (so normal with any move) our children began to miss home terribly. We found that in our own way we too were so sad. We kept trucking along. The sadness got stronger and never went away. Its okay, we move forward. It will one day become home to us...right? We began to pray and fast and seek. Still our hearts grew founder and grew more for home. I began to call Olympia home, I began to miss it terribly. Something that surprised me. Still to this day. Its a great place its beautiful, but it lacked my family and for me that was IS huge. Then the guilt. My parents moved from their home in Florida so we can finally in my deepest desire of my heart be together. It quilted me into needing things to just work out here. I could not do this to them. The sadness continued. My parents noticed. The gave me permission ..I know I am an adult, I don't need permission. I guess the blessing to do what I felt I needed to do for my own tribe. The feeling of longing growing stronger and stronger within me. Chief is a trooper , he is A Pacific Northwestern Breed and I love him to stinking pieces for taking on the heat, and the horrid humidity to try this out. He is the best kind of best. Also it really mended us close as a family. I am much more a Northwestern Greener than a Southern belle. I know so many are you are shocked to hear this, because I always complained of the weather and the northwest dreayness. So this really long explanation to say. We miss home. We don't feel the South is our home. We are moving forward.

Did you not like Georgia?
Oh goodness no. There were so many friends we made here, and so many things we do like. School being one, church at Four Points was amazing. Not to mention the best restaurants ever. HELLO family is here as well. Best cousins you could ask for. Endless blessings.
We do not like the humidity one single bit, We do not like that most summer days were spent indoors because we could not leave the house for fear of heat stroke. Snakes, not my fave, spiders not Franks fave and the ticks and fleas no thanks. Cicadas are from the devil. There are other detials I wont even bore you with.
Other than that its really pretty.

What about your family?
I know. This one aches a ton. We love them to heaven and back. It will be hard departing. They are so supportive of what is best for us. My parents are now retired and I am hoping this means more time on vacation when they visit us. Not the same, I know. I don't want to start on this one.

Do you even have friends still in Washington?
Ha, okay no one asked that but its the thought I get in my mind . What if everyone has moved on, and no one will be my friend now. :-) I know this to not be true. SO, I ask you this old pals. When we come home towards the end of the month (AUGUST!) hug my neck, I really want to be a better friend to all of you. Your awesome and I can not even wait to see Y'all again!

Prayer Request:
1. All the details I want Chief to get jobs settled, otherwise I will be solo, and I really do not like being away from him for longer than 10 hours!
2. Transition for the new kids. We have come a LOOONG way and I know we will face some behaviors for control battle again. sigh.
3. All the other details involved in a big move.
Thanks everyone.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

“Jesus, forgive and free me, when I live like a relational piranha—nibbling on others’ brokenness and inconsistencies more than I feast on the gospel… holding onto un-forgiveness just to gain advantage in a relationship…rehearsing the sins of others (to others) more than I remember the way you’ve forgiven me. Convict and forgive me when I’m being petty rather than patient… critical rather than compassionate… mean rather than merciful. Help me know when overlooking the failures of others wouldn’t be cowardice, but courage… when “covering a matter” wouldn’t be a cover up, but a gospel act. Help me learn how to conflict redemptively, rather than destructively… for your glory.

Lord Jesus, we’re free… I’m free… only because of you. Help us to steward this costly freedom in a world of broken people and broken relationships this very day, and tomorrow as well. So very Amen, we pray, in your glorious and grace-full name.”

Scotty Smith of Christ Community Church Tennessee

Dug this up from a friends blog, it has been something I have in the quiet in the deepness of solitude been chewing on. This Pastor Scotty Smith from Tennessee put into words what I have been struggling with for so long. Yes and Amen.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Meet my new nephew: Baby Ethan

Beware the plethora of baby pictures will make you want to jump on the baby wagon and start making babies right now. ;0

My sister the pretty mama
Big sister meets baby brother

I interrupt the blog silence by showing you what is taking up my heart lately. This little guy. My new nephew born on July 5, I can not stop holding him. Can not stop looking at him, smelling the gushy between his toes and watching him yawn and make funny baby faces. Born to my sister and her husband and little brother to my niece Natalie. I melt when I see him Chief goes back to melting days and I want to sneak him in my bag when I leave my moms house. The go back to Arkansas in three days and I can not stand it.
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Pray for sweet Abby Riggs!!