So, we made it to Mississippi! After many many many days of traveling and many many many miles in the air and on the road we are finally “HOME”! I really feel like THIS is where we are supposed to be. The people here have been so incredibly nice to our family and have welcomed us with open arms. It makes this transition so much easier!
If you’re friends with me on Facebook, you know there were some issues with our house when we arrived. While we were on the road from Texas to Mississippi on Sunday, our next door neighbor texted us to see if it was OK for him to stop by and drop some things off. (Our neighbors and other members of our new church joined together to furnish our home with things for us to borrow until OUR things arrive from Hawaii! Our shipment was pushed back almost 3 weeks – so we were coming home to an empty house. SO THANKFUL FOR SUCH WONDERFUL PEOPLE!). A few moments later, he mentioned that he was going to clean and set some things up.. and wanted to know if that was OK. I saw the world “clean” and my heart dropped a little bit. Why did he need to clean? It was supposed to have been CLEAN after the current tenants moved out. IT WAS NOT.. and it was DIRTY. Without hesitation, our neighbors and those same wonderful people who loaned us household goods rallied together to clean our house and make it ready for us to come home that night. We arrived home to a full welcome wagon. We were absolutely BLOWN AWAY. People we had only met one time and many people we had never met before did that FOR US. We felt so humbled, thankful, and so welcomed to Mississippi.
I just couldn’t help but think of what it would have been like without them – we would have gotten home at 10PM to a dark, dirty, and empty house after driving for 2 days. SO THANKFUL that’s not our story of arriving in Mississippi!
We are slowly settling into life here! I cooked dinner for the first time last night. It was nice to have a home cooked meal, but I felt like I was clueless about cooking! ha! I guess 2 months without cooking will do that to you! We went to the store and stocked up on groceries and I can cook every night for the rest of the month. We are trying to establish some routines for the kids, especially since school starts less than a week after our belongings arrive! The kids LOVE our next door neighbors kids – that makes me so happy that they have sweet friends right next door! Shelby has already started on cleaning up our yard and area around the house. It was really overgrown and neglected, and it already looks TONS better. I can’t wait to make this house OUR HOME and make it something we can be proud of! (WE ARE RENTING this house – and yes, we probably care more about our home than most renters do about their homes.. but that’s just the way we are!)
I have more to say, but right now I’m sitting at Starbucks borrowing their internet since we don’t have any at our house yet. haha. I need to get home soon and start some things around the house and get dinner going before church tonight! We are excited to visit our church for the first time – I’m so ready to make new friendships here!
There are lots of fun things running around in my head – mainly about decorating the house. I will post more on that later!
And I’m STILL looking for a job – I feel a little down about it, but I know God will provide! I’m finding out it’s REALLY hard to get a job in this town if you don’t know anyone…. and well, I don’t know anyone!
I hope everyone is having a fantastic week! I will be back soon!