"If the God you believe in as an idea doesn’t start showing up in what happens to you in your own life, you have as much cause for concern as if the God you don’t believe in as an idea does start showing up. It is absolutely crucial, therefore, to keep in constant touch with what is going on in your own life’s story and to pay close attention to what is going on in the stories of others’ lives. If God is present anywhere, it is in those stories that God is present. If God is not present in those stories, then they are scarcely worth telling." ~ Frederick Buechner

19 November 2012

A House, A Fridge, & More

I'll start with the most exciting news first: Today, we spent more money than we ever have in our whole entire lives. We are homeowners!

It's all a bit surreal.

Then we drove all over kingdom come trying to buy a refrigerator.

Good news: Sears, Lowes, and every other major appliance store has amazing prices on their refrigerators for Black Friday.

Bad news: Everybody and their cousin's best friend seems to be buying refrigerators, because most of the ones we had looked at last Friday night (and were still in stock then) were back-ordered through the end of next month.

Since we couldn't very well go a month without a refrigerator, we decided to just get the one that was available where we were. I think it was meant to be anyway, because the other ones would have been just a little too wide for the space we have. They will deliver it tomorrow afternoon.

The movers will come early tomorrow morning to drop off our belongings (hurray for familiar things!), and we will begin the craziness of unpacking. But how nice to think that this will be the last time we unpack a home for a good, long time!

Wait a minute. Did I just say that?
This morning, the little man and I went to the store this morning to stock up on cleaning supplies for the new house. As I wheeled the cart up to my car, an older lady was getting out of her car next to my spot. She exclaimed, "That is one beautiful child!" and proceeded to chat with Little B while I loaded my trunk with my shopping bags.

And this afternoon, we sat down to a late lunch at Chick-fil-A. B was being quite rambunctious, chattering up a storm, waving hi to strangers, and patting people's legs as they walked by. A woman sitting near us with her mom and two children kept laughing at B's antics, and when we got up to leave, said, "Oh, he's just so cute."

It's so nice to have other people, especially strangers, say kind things about our children. Especially when they're being less-than-angelic.
I might have some more exciting news to share soon, but I don't want to jump the gun. So while I leave you in suspense, check out these photos from the past few days.
A little bear accompanied us to the playground last week.
A nearby preschool class came to play during their recess. B was a little intimidated by their teacher.

So he kept an eye on her from the safety of his "hiding spot" behind the slide ladder.
I think these are so neat. They have all the planets with the names in 7 languages.
"Do it!" is one of B's most common phrases lately. It means he wants to do it himself without any parental help.
Rocks make good, clinking noises against metal posts.
A very persistent little man ... he was at this for a WHILE.
Isn't this a fun name for a maternity store?!
We joined friends for their family reunion. B discovers he likes salsa.
"Donkey Tail": hot dog in a tortilla. B wasn't impressed.
He loved the horses outside the restaurant, though. "Ride, ride, ride!"
All that black in the sky? Birds. It was enough to give me nightmares.
B had a hole in his sock today, and kept taking his shoe off to tell me his "lock" (sock) was "bwokie" (broken).
Why didn't we think of this sooner? Flipping through this little booklet kept B entertained for the entire time we shopped for a fridge today. He liked the page with the electric razors, pointing to the blue ones and saying, "Daddy? Razor?"
But this, of course, was his favorite page.


  1. Haha, soo cute! Sounds like y'all are liking TX :) and TX is liking y'all!

  2. My sister always said "Me Do It Mama". So maybe its a first child independence? He is so cute and smart. Glad you guys will be "home" soon and were able to get a fridge. Excited for you guys and can't wait to see pictures of the new place.

  3. At least they're birds and not bats!!! Glad you're getting settled into your new home.....are you pregnant? :) Congratulations on your house again! Megan

    1. Ohhh, SO true! Birds are creepy, but bats are even worse, since they are rodents.

      And nope, no new baby. :)