Wednesday, August 20, 2008

School Days

This morning we dropped Daddy off at the metro station before we headed off for a grocery trip. The following conversation took place soon after we drove away.

Anna: Where's Daddy's train go?
Me: Daddy's train takes him to school.
Anna: I wanna go to school too!
Me: You'll go to school when you get bigger.
(A short pause)
Anna: I think I'm a little bigger now!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Making Do

We've arrived in Alexandria and it's nice to be back in our home state. I guess Anna is no longer a sweet "carolina girl," but it would be too tricky to change that now, so I guess our blog address will remain "sweet carolanna girl."

Anyway, we like our new house a lot. We have ample space that we have a lot of options for and I'm wishing I had some home organizational/decorating skills. The truck comes tomorrow with our stuff. Yeah, on a Sunday. Weird. We've been happy living simply with our requisite computer and internet running today (priorities!), air mattress, camp chairs, and plastic ware, but it will be nice to have our familiar comforts. Anna has been great and enjoyed the few days we stayed with our friends, the Gigrich's. They have 4 boys - 7, 5, and twin 2-year a dog, so there was fun all over that house!

We've met some neighbors and they seem nice. Of course, we'll always prefer familiar faces, so make plans to come see us. Plenty of room for guests!

Here's a photo of Anna yesterday morning with her breakfast. We put her little booster chair on top of a foot locker so she could reach her TV table. Perfect.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

The Cloud is Moving

"Whenever the cloud lifted from above the Tent, the Israelites set out; wherever the cloud settled, the Israelites encamped. At the Lord's command the Israelites set out, and at his command they encamped. As long as the cloud stayed over the tabernacle, they remained in camp. When the cloud remained over the tabernacle a long time, the Israelites obeyed the Lord's order and did not set out. Sometimes the cloud was over the tabernacle only a few days; at the Lord's command they would encamp, and then at his command they would set out. Sometimes the cloud stayed only from evening till morning, and when it lifted in the morning, they set out. Whether by day or by night, whenever the cloud lifted, they set out. Whether the cloud stayed over the tabernacle for days or a month or a year, the Israelites would remain in camp and not set out; but when it lifted, they would set out. At the Lord's command they encamped, and at the Lord's command they set out. They obeyed the Lord's order, in accordance with his command through Moses." Numbers 9:17-23

These words were read at our wedding and for the last seven years have proven to be a picture of our life. This fifth move is a physical reminder that we're all on a pilgrimage . Each place has marked season of our lives. Well, it's time for a new season and one we're excited about! Many of you already know that John will be studying at Georgetown University for the next 2 years, pursuing a Master's in Public Policy. We're looking forward to living in the DC area, as we have many friends there and we will be taking advantage of all there is to see and do. Our new address will be forthcoming soon by email.

I'm always thankful the Army pays for these moves, but there is still always a lot of sorting and organizing to be done, neither of which are my natural tendencies! Today John braved the Afghan-hot attic and brought all that stuff down. We're hopeful everything will fit into the surprisingly spacious town home we're renting. Yes, enough room for guests! So, come visit!

Anna's aware of the move and is excited about her "new, clean house!" Somehow she's taken on the notion that this one is her "old, dirty house." It's true that at 7 weeks' pregnant I haven't kept up with my cleaning as much as I'd like, but I still wouldn't say it's "dirty" around here. Yes, that's right. A sibling's on the way! We're delighted, but it's a lot to face a move when you're feeling nauseous and tired. We'd welcome your prayers!

Meanwhile, we're in the process of saying good-bye to friends here. We're praying for peace for our little girl's heart as she'll soon realize we're not returning to the familiar surroundings of our home, church, and friends' homes. Here's a photo of her hugging Iona, one of her friends from church that we got to play with on Tuesday.

We're also thankful that someone else's cloud is settling over our home here. A nice family from Denver will rent our house as soon as we move out. God always provides! We look forward to seeing just how He'll provide again as we settle into a new life.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Second-hand toys

Isn't it great to have friends pass down their toys (and clothes)?? The Humphrey girls have graduated from their kitchen and thought Anna would get some more fun out of it. We're so glad they thought of us! Anna's been cheffing it up in there, creating pizzas, pancakes, ice cream and all kinds of other yummies.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Overheard this morning...

Daddy was helping Anna get dressed in her room this morning:

Daddy: Hey Anna, wanna wrestle?
Anna: Yeah.
Daddy: OK, try to push me over....whoa....