Monthly Archives: February 2013

Part of the Woodlands Church Family!

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That’s right – our family has grown…by about 17,000! Today, we joined (well, I re-joined) Woodlands Church. And we are SO excited about it! We really feel right at home here and love Pastor Kerry Shook – we love a pastor/church that is committed to and unapologetic about the Truth of the Word – and that’s exactly Pastor Kerry. The church is so warm and inviting, with so many opportunities to serve – we’re excited to get plugged in!

The only sad part is that two of our good friends, Jennifer and Aaron, moved from Houston to Austin recently, so they are no longer at the church! Jennifer was the volunteer coordinator for Small World (the little babies – crawlers) and did such an amazing job there. I’ve signed up to help out in Small World because someone has to help fill her shoes! Though she’s so awesome, it’ll take at least 5 people to do that :)

We’ve also volunteered to host a small group in our home, beginning the week after Easter! We’ll be all moved in by then and can’t wait to start teaching and sharing the Word in our home. We hope that our house will be one where God is glorified and exalted every day! And we can’t wait to meet new couples through Bible study. In fact, one of the women’s ministry and one of the men’s ministry leaders we met today were SO excited to introduce us to a young, newly married couple! Yay for new friends!

We talked to the missions pastor about going to China, since we really have a heart for that nation. While Woodlands Church isn’t yet in the stage where they can take teams to China, they’re developing relationships and partners and hope to begin sending teams in 4-5 years. We hope to be on those teams! So we’ll be praying about missions in China and will also be listening for God to lead us to other parts of the world in the meantime.

If any of our friends are looking for a church or are in town visiting, we’d love to take you to Woodlands Church!

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We Passed Inspection!

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That’s right! Our house is perfect inside and out, top to bottom. Well, minus a few minor details :)

We had the inspection on Saturday and are pleased to report that there is nothing major wrong with the house. Aside from a few very minor things and a few hundred dollars worth of roof patching (thanks to someone ripping out a satellite dish and not patching it properly), we are ready to move in! Except for that whole “we don’t have any keys and haven’t signed any papers” thing :)

By popular demand, here are a few pictures of our soon-to-be home:

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But we did write a really big earnest money check (that’s fun, let me tell you!) and have a meeting with our lender tomorrow to give her the billions of required papers for the mortgage. The good news is, we have all the papers! Hopefully there is no bad news :)

Our contract says we will close on the house “on or before March 28.” We’re praying for March 15 because 1) That’s Spring Break week and 2) Why wouldn’t we want to close as soon as possible?! Too bad it isn’t entirely in our hands :( But we’ll do everything we can to get an early closing! Please pray for us!

The Game of Life

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Oy – I thought last week was great! This week has taken the cake – and it isn’t even over yet!

Chad put it best last night when he said it’s like we’re playing The Game of Life…and WINNING! It seems we’re spinning all the right numbers and landing on all the right spaces this week. Not that we really have anything to do with it – to GOD be the glory! We’ve prayed earnestly for these things to happen in His timing, and that’s exactly what’s happening.

The week started off on Sunday – a great message at church, an impromptu lunch date and then we drove out to Cleveland to meet our brand new PUPPY! His name is Cooper and he was born on February 7 – that’s right, we share a birthday! He’s a pure bred Corgi (the breed we’ve wanted for so long!) and can officially come home with us once he’s old enough – April 2.

Then on Monday we got the news we’d be anxiously awaiting for 8 days – WE GOT THE HOUSE!!! We’re officially under contract for our first home in Spring, Texas. Things get REALLY real when you start writing big checks! The inspection is Saturday, so we’re praying for nothing but good news.

Tuesday was Mardi Gras – we didn’t do anything to celebrate, but it’s just a fun time of year. Thanks to our NOLA friends for sharing your pictures!

On Wednesday, a group of friends gathered at a favorite Irish pub and pizza joint (just trust me on this – it’s delicious) to celebrate my belated birthday. It was great to see some people I hadn’t seen in a very long time – we laughed, we ate, we drank – a solid Wednesday night!

Today is Valentine’s Day AND Chad’s first day at his new job!!! We’ll exchange cards and such tonight, but will forgo the day-of celebration since now we both have to go to bed early :) I am SO proud of him and excited for him – I can’t wait to hear about his first day when I get home tonight!

Tomorrow is when we’ll actually celebrate Valentine’s Day – we got a hotel in The Woodlands and plan to grab some Chinese takeout and just relax, just the two of us. Sounds pretty perfect if you ask me!

And then Saturday, as I mentioned, is inspection day! And that night we’re having dinner with the Brogans. HUZZAH!

This has been a GREAT week!!!

What a Week!

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I had a really great first week at my “new” job! There was a lot of laughing and learning, and I am even more excited than I was last time I was here :) I’m on some very diverse accounts and have some steep learning curves ahead, but it’s so challenging and rewarding. Love it!

It was also my 27th birthday yesterday! Thank you all for your kind words of love via social media, texts, phone calls and cards. I have the best friends and family members in the world! Chad and I celebrated by having a very lovely dinner together at Americas in the Woodlands Waterway. It was gorgeous! And the food was delicious! Plus, they gave me a free piece of tres leches cake for my birthday – you KNOW how I feel about cake! Especially free cake! And as always, Chad spoiled me with gifts – a massage and a Hobby Lobby gift card, to help decorate our future home! Thanks also to my family-in-love for pitching in on those awesome gifts, and to my blood family for the awesome new work clothes! You know I needed them!

But the party doesn’t end there – on Saturday, we’re going to Papa’s house! Gigi is making crab legs and assorted Cajun goodies (she’s from Louisiana, you know!), and the whole family will be there. Whoo hoo!

And for those of you who’ve asked – no, we have not heard back on the house we put an offer on! BOO! We seriously have the WORST luck when it comes to house hunting!! What is the deal with that???

A Big Week Ahead!!

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Greetings, blog readers! It’s been a while since my last post, but that isn’t for a lack of on goings! And a lot of big stuff is happening this week, so I’ll catch you up :)

First, I resigned from my job at Acxiom at the beginning of the month. I know, crazy! But I’m beyond excited to start my new job at my old company. That’s right! I’m going back to Pierpont Communications to work on several PR accounts. PR is my first and true love, and I can’t wait to get back to it. I start Monday!

Second, Chad takes his final teaching certification test on Tuesday! He’s one small step from being completely certified, which is a great thing, since he’s been offered a teaching job! I won’t go into specifics since the contract hasn’t been executed just yet, but its teaching math at an excellent high school nearby…

Third…and by “nearby” I mean near the house we put an offer on today! Mom (our realtor) submitted the paperwork, but we won’t hear back until at least Monday, since the home is a foreclosure and foreclosure agents only work M-F from 9-5. We are praying this is THE place for us! Expect a longer, more detailed post about the house if we get it :) We put a bid on another house a few weeks ago, but lost it :( It was heartbreaking! And you KNOW how I am a House Hunter¬†connoisseur¬†– they never show the people who lose the bids on that show! And they also never show the people who have to look at dozens of houses over several trips – like we did. When it’s all said and done, I think we’ve looked at about 20-24 houses (right now). God willing that number will not go up!

Fourth, Thursday is my birthday! That’s right, I’m turning the big 2-7 :) I”m excited to celebrate – I just need to figure out how! Though I think pizza and beer are on the agenda – and you KNOW how I feel about agendas! Love.

And finally, there’s this little thing called the Super Bowl tomorrow! Being the football lover that I am, the Super Bowl is like a holiday for me – and a great way to start off the week! Though I may have to call it a night early, since I plan to wake up early and hit the gym before going to work on Monday morning.

So there you have it! A recap of what we’ve been up to for the past few weeks. I’ll keep you posted on the house hunt!