July 19, 2007

Packing and Moving

My apologies, life is so crazy here right now that I don’t have time to give a good update. But I did write my family a nice e-mail yesterday that might suffice :) Needless to say, right now our apartment and world is turned upside down! But God is good and we are doing well!

An e-mail to my family:

Hi hi all, I just thought I’d take a break a minute and send you an update on how everything is going on this end of the world. I’m quite tired right now. I spent the morning digging through more cupboards and cleaning etc. Right now we have the guest room full of boxes that are ready to be packed on the truck next week. The table and kitchen is full of stuff that needs to be put into empty boxes yet and the couch is full of empty boxes :) I think the empty boxes out number the things to put in the boxes, so that is good :)

David has been busy using his lunch breaks to call people about utilities here and there and making sure the car is ready to go etc. It’s all coming along quite well. Last week and the beginning of this week we were both very very stressed. Work was busy for David and I was just over whelmed here about all there is to be done. God is good. Work is less stressful for David and God has given me peace about what there is to do here.

I hope to have two spoons finished yet by this weekend or Monday so I can send them to Kelly in Grand Rapids. One of them was supposed to be a nice long handled mixing spoon, but as I was carving the handle it turned into a zig zag handle instead, but it looks really cool! :) I’m pretty excited about it! Those are the only spoons I hope to finish before I leave. The rest I’ll have to make in NY and then send to people that have orders here. I do have a few orders, which is very exciting to me :) I’ve already sold 2 and have two ready for sale and people to buy them :) Lord willing it will be a nice little side business. Oh, and just so you know, we do have a webpage already for my spoons, but it doesn’t look pretty yet like we hope for. http://jarofwood.thehjellejar.com

I hope to be going to visit a lady from church this afternoon and she is going to see if we can make a pattren for my favorite pair of pants :)

I’m still doing Music Secretary work at church. I have a big project I am working on and hope to have finished yet this week. I don’t kow what I am going to be doing next week if I finish all I hope to finish this week yet :) Washing walls probably :)

This weekend we are going to David’s parents one more time. I have a lot of wood to cut into spoon shapes while I am there too. They are coming with us next weekend to NY too. I think we decided to drive our car instead of pull it, because its cheaper (not to mention less tiring! Whew! Hard on the arms!) So that will be 3 vehicles to drive about 20 hours. I think we are doing to leave Sunday afternoon the 29th instead of monday the 30th. Just for the extra time and then we can go slower. We hope to be there tuesday night and move in Wednesday :) How exciting!!!

Anyway, I just thought you might like to know how we are doing. God is good, I was stressed earlier, but now it’s going well!~ I can’t wait to see most of you in the next couple of months. Don’t forget we have a real guest room now and bedding even!

Love you! In Christ,


So, if you would like to see pictures of where we are moving, you can find them at: http://new.photos.yahoo.com/lifam/album/576460762342708268

Thank you for reading this :) Welcome back to Washington, Hannah and Nate :)

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July 09, 2007

Weekend In Minneapolis

So, it is about 3 weeks from today that we will be moving. It’s coming up quickly! There is so much to do! Every morning in my prayer time, I say exactly that. “God help me! There is so much to do!!” Our weekends have been packed already back in June. Two weekends ago we were able to get together with our growth group, this past weekend we took a trip to Minneapolis and next weekend we have Brittney and Amanda visiting!! And the weekend after that we are going to Fergus Falls to visit David’s parents and then the weekend after that is the packing weekend… Yes, it is busy. Thankfully the weekdays were not as busy, but the closer we get to moving, the busier they become!

Well, this past weekend we went to Minneapolis and visited as many people as we could fit in. God was so very good! We were able to visit all of our closest friends in Minneapolis, have a good relaxing time with them and not feel rushed or crushed about leaving when it was time to go.

Even before our trip began I was able to visit with Allison for a few hours, I am so glad for that! Then we went to Melanie and Colyn to stay over night. It was a lot of fun to see where they are living and to talk about wood with Colyn for a long time :) He had some exotic woods and I thought it would be years before I’d be able to see woods that I have been hearing, reading and seeing about in books and on the internet. That was very fun for me. As well as to enjoy their pool with them in the morning.

After a good swim we went to John and Heather’s for lunch. It felt like coming home a bit, to see people that have been such good friends recently, and because we have spent time in their home before. We were even able to see John’s mom and Heather’s family too. It was a hot day, so they headed to the beach while we went to visit Jenna.

We stayed over night with Jenna. It was a hot night, but an enjoyable visit. I especially liked meeting her boyfriend named Weasel. Yes, that is unexpected for Jenna, but it is true ;) We went out for supper to a fun Ecuadorian restaurant and all ordered a different dish then proceeded to eat off of any plate we desired. That was fun! Especially since we have never eaten Ecuadorian before. We also went out for ice cream just before bed time. :) Fun fun

Sunday morning we went to Church with Janelle. I’ve been to her church before and enjoyed going again. After church we went to a lake to walk and have lunch. As we did a LOT of talking :) (of course). And David politely walked behind us carrying all of my stuff, what a guy! It was really great to see Janelle again!

Our last stop of that Hot Hot sunday was to visit Joshua and Allison, Rosie was there too! She reminds me of my sister Debbie… I was a little sad that I was so tired, but it was still a good visit. Especially for David I think. I enjoyed seeing where they live and their fun yard. There was one spot in their yard that made me think of Family camp in New Brunswick. That is a great thing! It also cooled off a lot which was muchly appreciated by me :)

Now we are home, and tired. I spend the morning at Tops and water Aerobics Then in the afternoon worked for Dale at church a while, and spent a few hours working with the wood I have waiting to be cut down to size. Now, I’m late for bed. But I did have a long nap today.

I have updated some pictures too, I hope it all works out well :)

Love you! Thank you for reading about us again…

In Christ, Rita

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