October 2, 2009

Life Moves On

Here’s a quick catch-up on life:
January- I made the monumental decision to no longer teach music, but be a stay-at-home-momma.
March- Found out we are having a baby girl. Got glasses (which I never wear). Carson and I went on our last band tour.
April- IHC. Met Jonathon and Stephanie for supper and to talk about a new job opportunity. Elementary music recital. Baby Charlotte (niece) joined the world; safe and sound.
May- Concert on the Lawn. Camp. Baby Peyton arrived (cousin’s baby). Spent a week in Idaho-checking out the new job opportunity. Carson turned 2.
June- Vacation with Andy’s parents. Vacation with my Mom and siblings to the outer banks. My Grandpa passed away. Decided to move to Idaho. J
July- Waited not so patiently for our baby! Sold our car, bought a Yukon. She finally came in her own sweet time.
August- Had the greatest time with my Dad in WV and most of my siblings-Donna and Wesley we missed you! Went to Michigan with my Mom to see family. Andy’s birthday. Kenzie dedicated. Donna and Wesley moved to Moldova for 10-12 months. wesleyanddonna.sendthefire.org Baby Jackson and Baby Lincoln born (cousins). Yes that is 5 babies in 5 months for my family.
September- Finished packing our treasures. Moved in with my Mom for a few days. Andy and his parents left with the moving truck. Portrait Innovations with the cousins and our 11 children- all under the age of 4, 5 of them still babies. Great times!!
Boarded a plane with my Mom, Jenny, Charlotte, Carson and Kenzie to fly to Idaho. Goodbye big city, hello country! The truck was unloaded, and some of our treasures were already unpacked and in the rooms where they belonged. God bless Andy, his parents, Jonathon and Stephanie, and some wonderful, helpful, hard-working church people!!
What we are doing: Andy is the associate and youth pastor of Community Bible Church. The senior pastor is Jonathon and Stephanie Phillips. I am privileged to be a stay-at-home-momma. (I am very excited about this!)
Where we live: We are renting a great house. After my small apartment with one closet- I think I have died and gone to heaven! 3 rooms, bonus room, 2 bathrooms, 4 closets, huge pantry, 2 car garage, fenced in back yard. I will post pictures when things look a little better.
What I can see, hear and smell from my kitchen window and back yard: I can see a barn and hear and smell several horses grazing in the pasture. Hear the roosters crowing. See the hills (mountains). Life is good.
Other random and cool things: There's a Sonic in this town. A wonderful farmer's market. Rarely hear a siren. The high school buildings are shaped like igloos. The football team is called the Huskies. We have to "go over the hill" to go shopping. The hottest time of the day is 6pm.
We just bought a jeep cherokee- we are once again a 2 car family.

Charlotte & Kenzie............... Carson........................ Kenzie & Carson


Jo said...

DIXIE!!!! So glad you posted. I have been wondering about you guys. Glad everything is going well.

mhunsaker said...

Ahh!! Sooo good to "hear" from you. I miss you so much and wish so bad that I could give you a big hug and sit down and have a chat.

You have two adorable children. Carson is getting so big and cute. I loved the video :)

Please keep in touch. Hope things continue to go well.

Julie Schultz said...

So glad to hear that everyone still loves Jesus! ;-)

Andy said...

yay!! loved the video. so happy you updated. can't wait to see pics of the house. miss you lots.

Anonymous said...

Hurray for a new post! I too am thankful that you have not strayed from the path. Loving Jesus is the best! ;-) Next time I get up on a clapform, I hope I can sing with as much enthusiasm.

Alanna said...

:) Such a happy post. I miss you all, but looks like ya'll are doing fine! :)

Dave Downing said...

Hi, glad to see you've updated the blog. Sure enjoyed the video of Rev Carson lecturing his sister. I'm sure his great grandfather would have been proud of him and it singing on the clapform. Keep up the good work.

Anth, Lash, Brayden & Navayah said...

Great Post Dixie, so glad to see the kiddos. Carson makes me laugh, and Kenzie has grown so much. Miss you guys tons!! LOVE YA!!

Anonymous said...

the video made me laugh...then cry. I'm crying now...haha.
Miss you all so much. Yay for heaven and hanging out eternally.

Deb said...

I sure enjoyed the blog and seeing the kids. I was packing Brayden and Navayah's lunches this morning and thought of Carson, when I packed grapes for them. He is a little clip off the Great Granddaddy's block and Kenzie has grown so much. They grow and change so fast at this age. Sure miss having you all close. What to do with all Bob's old magazines? Love you all MUCHA, MUCHA, MUCHA, A.D./MeeMee (Maybe Carson can tell Kenzie who MeeMee is) :-)

Sarah Cook said...

Hey, enjoyed this post! Will ya tell Stephanie hi for me... I have thought about them sooo much!
Your kids are so cute! Your house reminds me of mine... laundry on the couch and couch cushion on the floor... my kids used to use them to jump on. I am so glad you all are doing fine. I think your new home sounds grand! I like the country, too. Glad you can be a stay at home now... it is a tough job. I really loved your post!

Cindy said...

Aww... Dixie! It's so great to hear your voice...and Carson's :) What a little cutie! You have the most precious children. I would really love to come hang out with you...but alas...it's so far! But know that you are thought of, missed, and loved! Glad you're happy there in that there foreign country! lol

Stephanie said...

Ok! I just cracked up laughing - out loud - at your observations of Idaho at this point. That was great!