Saturday, September 30, 2006


These are pictures we took on Lindsay's lawn while we were in Maryland this week. It was a gorgeous day and the kids had a great time.

Ok, so it has been about a week since I last wrote. I have been in PA all week long and it has been so wonderful. I have spent my time driving around and just in awe of the beautiful scenery. It is so gorgeous and picturesque. I can't believe it is our new home.

We went to our new ward last Sunday and everyone was so friendly. I actually had a difficult time leaving because there were so many people who wanted to talk to me. It was great. There seem to be a lot of young families and there are three families in our particular development. That will be nice. The church is literally in the middle of farmland. Across from the parking lot is a big barn and silos. It is great. Ryan's uncle Roby and aunt Pam have made us so welcome and are just wonderful. I feel right at home with them.

On Wednesday we drove down to Maryland to settle on our old house. It is finally done and the check is in the bank. Glory be and Halelujah! I thought this day would never come. Two weeks from today we will be in our new home! This will be a day of rejoicing. Angels will sing and shout! I am going to try and attach a picture of the house that I took on Friday on our way out of town. We looked in the windows and it still does not have a kitchen but it is getting there. It will be so nice to have a new home.

Friday, September 22, 2006

One more hour

It is seven pm and I am waiting patiently, or not so patiently, for Ryan to get home. He should be here in the next 30 minutes. This will end my single parenting for awhile. I am excited to finally head to PA. Actually staying there will make things feel more real. So far it just feels like I am on a really extended visit to the in-laws.

Wednesday will mark the beginning of the end of our long journey. Believe it or not it will be a little bittersweet. I do miss Maryland and all the wonderful people we love there. I can't really think about it too much or I will start crying. I really don't want that. I know that Wednesday will be a bit tough because of that.

We really miss Lindsay, Larry and Samantha. Evan does too. I wish we could bring them with us to PA. At least we are still close enough to see each other often. We have all made a deal to keep seeing each other a lot for the kids. Evan and Sam are the best of friends and we want it to stay that way forever.

Ok, now I really have to stop because I'm all choked up.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

This was taken on Sunday afternoon. Their first photos in matching shirts, but to their chagrin, not their last!

Oh my goodness, this kid is fun! He is just a big squeal and a laugh all day long. I love this picture because it is just so adorable. This was taken Tuesday.

This picture was taken on Labor Day weekend. He was given goggles by his aunt Camie and wore them for quite some time. He cracks me up. Plus, look how flushed he is. He plays so hard that he is always redfaced.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

One week

Well, it is just one week away from closing on our house in MD, but whose counting. HA! This weekend I will go with Ryan to stay in PA for the week so that we can go down to MD together for the closing. Then we will be back in NJ for conference weekend. It is also Graham and MacKenzie's birthday so we will be up for that. The following week I will stay in NJ again but hopefully this time with a car. It depends if we can find something suitable for Ryan in a short amount of time. We'll see how that works out. Then the 8th of Oct. it will be back to PA for all of us and we close on our PA house at the end of that week, which is the 13th. Then we will go to MD on the 14th to pick up our stuff and will be in our new home that night. Ahhhhh, I can't wait. When I write it out this way it doesn't seem so far away.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Just the usual

So life here is now pretty normal. Evan seems to be getting used to his new circumstances and Griffin is as laid back and happy as always. Evan is now in a big boy bed. He made that choice last weekend and hasn't gone back from it. It is harder to keep him in it but he does alright. He likes to have me lay my head on the pillow with him and then he strokes my hair and says, "I love you so much, mommy. I love you so much." He also asks for hugs and then says, "Hugs for my baby." What a sweetheart.

Monday, September 11, 2006


I am finally beginning to relax and feel like this is really going to happen and things will really work out this time. It is a great feeling. I am just so excited to get into our new place and begin our new little happy, rural lives.

I am also realizing that I have no idea what to expect from a rural setting. I know that our neighborhood looks extra friendly. On the night that we signed our contract we drove up around 7 and there were a ton of kids playing and parents chatting on the street. It just felt like such a good place to be. We have never had that. It was what I always pictured my dream neighborhood to look like. Ahhhh......I can't wait!

Friday, September 08, 2006


Everything is still fine but I keep waiting for the ax to fall. I guess it is because of all the times the rug was pulled out from under us this summer. I just can't believe that things might finally be coming to an end. I am so happy about it, though.

It is tough being without Ryan. I simply am not cut out for single parenting. I am so tired all of the time and I just can hardly wait to be in a more normal routine. I know that this time is short and we'll look back on it and it won't seem so bad but right now it is tough. I am not complaining, though. I enjoy staying with the Stewarts and they are so kind to us. It is nice for them to be able to see Griffin as he changes every day. All in all things could be so much worse.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Looong day but feeling good

Yesterday was one of the longest days of all time. I left the Stewart's house around 8:30am and went to East Brunswick to drop off Evan. After dropping him off I witnessed a woman savagely beating her little boy and called the police. That was emotionally draining. It was awful to see. I then drove about 2 hours to Jonestown, PA where we began our house search once and for all.

Ryan was able to meet us and we looked at 6 homes in the Jonestown/Harrisburg areas. We saw a lot of great houses and believe me, it was tough to choose but we decided on one that is less pricey, brand new and in a great neighborhood. We also really like the floor plan and that we were able to choose several of the options. The house will not be finished until Oct 13 but at this point we can wait another week. I will place a link here that will take you to the listing and if you click on the documents link you can see the floor plan. Ours is a bit different but you can get the basic idea.

We can't wait to close on our MD house on the 27th and then just a couple of weeks later our new place in PA. It has been a long time coming.......

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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Still going

Well, we are feeling very relieved now that we have a good signed contract that we feel very confident about. Tomorrow I will be heading up to PA to look at houses. There seem to be many on the market now that are a better deal than this summer. I guess since the market falls off in the fall we are looking at a good time. Perhaps this will all work out for our benefit. I am excited to find a good place tomorrow and we are looking at a lot of homes. We have decided that we will choose from what we see and not take time to look at more. Something will fit for us.

I'll keep you posted.

Evan is having a tough time adjusting to all of the changes. Aren't we all? He just needs a lot more attention than usual. I am trying to be patient with him and just give him all that he needs to get through this unscathed.

Griffin has no idea there is craziness and just knows he gets more attention when he squeals and laughs. So that is what he does all day. What a kid!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Woo Hoo!

We received another offer on our house and it is good! We accepted it and told the other lady (who was trying to lowball us anyway) to forget it. So we have a contract and we close on Sept. 27. We will be looking at new houses in PA on Wed and have several that seem very promising.

I ask that you still keep us in your thoughts and prayers until we are settled in and everything has worked out as planned. With all that has happened this summer you just never know.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Huge Smiles!

What a gorgeous smile! This is one happy kid. He is just a constant squeal and grin. It is hard to be upset or sad when he's around. What a blessing he has been in our lives.

Breathless Anticipation

Ok, so potentially good news here. We got an offer on the house, BUT, we counter offered. Yes, I know. Many of you are saying, "What's to negotiate? Take it!" As Ryan so nicely put it, "I'm not giving my house away." Ultimately we will go down in price but it can't hurt to counter and see what happens. We are currently waiting......and waiting....and waiting.....I hate the waiting! We also have to find a new house in PA because the one we liked and had a contigency contract on was sold. We do have many options in the area and will try and get a little closer to Ryan's work. I think it will work out for the best but I hate house shopping and now we begin again.

Anyway, keep your fingers, toes and anything else crossed for us and say a prayer now and then. I'll keep you posted.

I'm not fat for my height. I'm short for my weight.