Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Psalm 82:3

What if there are children who will suffer somehow because I failed to obey God?
What if my cowardice costs even one child somewhere in the world his or her life?
(excerpt from The Hole in Our Gospel)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Hello NC...home at last.

Lots of stuff has happened since my last pathetic post; the overwhelming majority being positive this time around.  Notice the parents?  Smiling?  Sadly, that hadn't happened in over 3 months.

Before we left you-know-where, though, we had to finish end of the year programs for the girls.


 Have a "fancy" tea party...
(there WAS a dress code for the affair)


 Celebrate an awesome school year for one super-smart young man...

and High-5 this one for having the hightest GPA
in his academic career (3.675 :o)

 Send this one to basketball camp...

and visit a museum made especially for him :o)

Then, once we got to NC, we had to teach a certain someone how to bowl....NOT using a Wii remote.
(look at how far he THREW it before it rolled)

 Even did a chicken dance while patiently waiting for our turn.

We immediately had visitors come stay with us for a month.  Yep, our cousins and grandma came just to help us move in (haha...and they thought this was going to be a 'vacation').

Found a 4th of July carnival...

Watched some fireworks.

Went to a local park and found some paddle boats, too. See the small dots in the water?  That would be rain BEFORE the rain.  The moment all 10 of
us were loaded onto 3 boats, it POURED. 

The kids who volunteered to paddle didn't think it would be "that hard".  HA!  They were exhausted and only one of them begged and complained so badly that one parent ended up trading him places in the boat for the ride back to the dock.  That child's name will remain nameless...for now...hehe

We won't forget this trip to the park, though.  Never went paddle boating in the pouring rain and thunder before...that was fun!

These were the bravest girls on the fastest boat, if I do say so myself. 

And when it's raining, who doesn't enjoy a nice quite game of HedBanz?

Once we got moved into our new home (finally-yea!),
the girls had a lemonade stand / bake sale to say "hello"
to our new neighbors (and to make a few $).

They even played musical instruments to get some added publicity.

Our neighborhood has a pool, too, so that's a HUGE bonus.  No platform dives...and I can't tell you how many times I hear how much certain kids around here miss those!  But we do have a slide.

Can you tell which photo was scripted?

I told Chels she should consider diving lessons...look at that form!

Who knew she could stand on water? Walking on the ground in flip-flops throws her off balance :o)
And finally, we've had some rather unique entertainment.  A live fashion show. 

As you can hopefully see, N.C is WAY better than VA.

As far as us leaving VA and all of the "mess" that ensued, as of today we've not been contacted further by the man we now NOT-so-affectionately refer to as "bob the builder".  Our attorney doesn't think we'll ever hear from him, but if we do, we feel good about our decision to walk away.  In the end, our little "mess" was turning into some kind of Erin Brockovich story (nope, not kidding at all) and God moved mountains to get us to where we are.  Huge, brutal and evil mountains!!!!  The day we closed on our home here the agents and attorney said they've never seen a home be sold so quickly, paperwork and inspections done in such a short amount of time and all closing documents ready to go in the blink of an eye.  Can you say "Answered Prayer"?  WE CAN.  Thank You prayer warriors....Thank You!