Monday, May 20, 2013

When Leaving becomes Going...

I'm not sure exactly when it happened. 

It could have been when I bought the airline tickets.

 It could have been when we went to have pictures taken for our residency cards. 

It could have been when I watched my boys tell their cousin, Riley, "see you soon" as they held hands and danced about in a circle being silly for a few moments longer all together. 

It could have been when Alex told me I could take whatever I can fit into 100 cubit feet of box and I crazily started sorting books, clothes and toys. 

It might have been when I realized the 18th marked one month until we drive to NY, the 19th made one month to fly out to Iceland, the 20th would be our arrival to the one month. 

Suddenly we are "leaving" has become we are "going"...

We are excited, we have worked hard, traveled much, packed little, prayed a lot, been blessed by God's people and their excitement to see His kingdom expand by sending our family to Holland to share His love!

We are sad and grieving the distance that will soon exist between parents, grandparents, siblings, nieces, nephews, friends, Church Family, and Chic-fil-a :0)

We have many new things ahead of without a car, lots of rain and walking, new language to acquire and the list could go on for a mighty long time!  And still  I cling to what has become my answer to it all:  Rejoice in Hope (and it's not just any hope it's the hope that God gives Romans 12). 

So, please hope alongside of us as we say "see you soon", as we get on the plane, as we walk into a new place and people!

A picture of what the front of our apartment will look like, though this is not it, they all look the same ;0)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Mother's Dayish Thoughts...

I really do think that Mother's Day is all that and a bag of chips (make mine jalapeno!) especially when 4 little men with the help of one big Daddy man try to make it so very special!  And they made it special not just for me but for Meme (my Mom) too!  Can we just say Jenny and Karen is "spoilt" by the Stewart boys?!  If it sounds like I'm bragging it's because I am; in a very thankful for what I've been given kind of way!

We were spoiled with good picture taking.

We were spoiled with going to McAlister's Deli for lunch (one of our favorite places, and not just because we love the name).

We were spoiled with our all time favorite: a trip to Target and then to 
Old Navy all just for the fun of it!

It was a wonderful day complete with seeing our van, Bessie, hit a fun milestone of 202020 on her odometer (I mean really, how often does that happen?)

So, this random post if from me to you to say I am thankful for my lovely Mother's Day and I just wanted you to know it!