Wednesday, June 24, 2009

One More Week!

We thought that since it had been several weeks, we would post some pictures of Addalie. Not much has changed, we have just been busy packing and tying up loose ends here. Daniel passed one of his insurance tests today and has another one on Monday. He has been studying like crazy and was excited to get one behind him. I have finished work at the mission so now I can spend time packing and getting ready for the move.

We are excited to be moving out next week, but sad to leave friends and our home. We plan on leaving here on Wednesday and being in Round Rock on Friday so this will probably be our last update before the move, so these pictures will have to hold you off till then.

Addalie is smiling more and more everyday. She started doing this really cute chuckle and snort when she gets excited.

We think Addalie is going through a growth spurt because she has been eating more these days, as you can tell by the extra chins!

This is Daniel and Addalie on Father's Day. Addalie likes playing guitar with her daddy!

Daniel is going to have a hard time going back to work after being off work a week. He loves spending time with his girl.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Texas Bound

We are very excited to announce that we are moving back to Texas!  After a lot of praying over the last year God has started opening doors for us and creating a path for us to move closer to family!

We will be apart of a ministry called Apartment Life in Round Rock, Texas.  You can read about Apartment life here.  Basically we will be moving into an apartment complex and working with the management to build community with the residents and help the complex retain it's tenants.  It is a great way to build relationships and minister to the needs of those we meet and live with.  This past week we were confirmed as a CARES Team and were able to pick out our apartment.  Here is where we will be living.

Another answer to prayer is that Daniel was able to find a job quickly.  He will be working as a Farmers Insurance Agent and is in the process of being licensed.  The next few months will be very busy for him as he tries to get out and make contacts and build his client base.  

We are also excited to be able to attend Hill Country Bible Church Round Rock, which is a church plant that was started almost 2 years ago.  My sister Jada and brother-in-law Nick, who serves on staff at the church, helped plant the church.  We are excited to be able to go to the same church as family and be apart of all the great things that are happening there.  

Some things that we would love for you to be praying about:

  • Our house needs to sell.  We are trusting that God will provide a buyer in his timing and we are patiently waiting.
  • Our move home - We plan on leaving Hamilton July 1st and be in Round Rock by the 4th. Pray that Addalie does well on such a long trip!
  • The residents that we will be ministering to in the apartment complex. 
We are looking forward to the chance to see many of you more often! We will keep you updated on everything!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Texas Trip

We just got back from a long trip to Texas. Though it seems like we were gone forever, it's never enough time to see everybody we want to see. We were constantly on the move, trying to visit everyone and actually get some good visiting time in. We had a great time though and can't wait to get back! 

There are a lot of pictures on this post, but not even a fraction of what we took.
 I should note that if you ever want to look at our pictures, just click on the link at the upper right corner of our blog that says "Come See Us." 

Our first stop was in El Paso to see Gran-D, Pop, and Gam. It was fun to go back to Scotsdale Baptist to see old friends. 

We had dinner with Mike and Paula Carnahan and their family. Addalie thought their granddaughter Maddie was pretty funny!

Maddy and Addy!

Next stop was Welch. We were fortunate enough to be close to Ryan and Suzanne in Earth so we spent a night with them. It was Addalie's first time to meet her cousin Bonnie!

We then returned to Welch so Addalie could meet the millions of family members that live around there!

Addalie getting some floor time after being in her car seat all day long.  

Addalie just talking to Papa!

Nana knew how to make Addalie laugh!

Addalie and 4 of her great-grandparents. (Mama & Papa Brown and Meme & Grandad)

Addalie got to meet her 3rd cousin Cory. We could not get them interested in each other! Cory just wanted to sleep and Addalie seemed indifferent.

We stopped in Abilene on our way to Round Rock to see some friends and visit our old college campuses. We realized just how much we love and miss Abilene and the people there. We had an awesome time having dinner with old friends. Daniel and I agree that given the chance to go back, we would in a heartbeat.

Daniel getting to show Addalie around the Hardin-Simmons campus.

Our final stop was Round Rock where we visited my sister Jada and her family. Addalie hadn't met anybody except Jada and Emry, and it was a lot of fun watching the other kids with her. 

Keirah loved holding Addalie.

Emry and Addalie took a bath together.  Emry seemed to enjoy it.....Addalie, not so much!

Aunt Jada with Addalie after her bath.

The girls hanging out outside on Jada's new swing.

One last picture before we got back on the plane back to Dayton.  We all had a great time visiting with family.  Addalie's first long distance trip was a success and she did so good with all the traveling.