Sunday, January 28, 2007

Everything is OK! (Pun Intended)

If had written this post last Sunday, my tone would have been one of a beaten down and frustrated mommy. The girls and I had taken all we could carry in my mini-van and arrived the previous Wednesday only to find out that another snowstorm carrying 8"-12" of snow and ice was likely and knowing we would only get to visit with T for one night before he flew off to Chicago and back to Dallas for a few days.

I was, however, thankful to get here in one piece and that T was here to help me unload my van since it was a solid sheet of 8" ice where a sidewalk would normally be. (Crocs have amazing traction in the ice just in case you ever need that little tidbit of info.)

So to quickly recap the first few days, which I am not at all bitter about:

Bad: Wallet with driver's license and cash and credit cards stolen.
Good: Terry hadn't left town yet, so he brought another card to the apt. so we could you know, get groceries and not starve while he was gone.

Bad: Couldn't get new Oklahoma DL without my old one or my birth certificate, social security card, and marriage certificate
Good: Terry was going to be in Dallas anyway and was able to bring them all back!

Bad: Couldn't get a pediatrician to see Mini-me for her last few shots so she could start school.
Good: Oklahoma Department of Health. They did it and for free! They didn't even mind Mini-me screaming like we were pulling her arms off of her body before, during and after.

Bad: Tiny apartment with a very bright light outside our bedroom window to illuminate the building number.
Good: It's much easier to clean 1100 sq feet of space, and I am adjusting to the bright room at night. Also, I am realizing how much of our stuff we don't really need and how much I will appreciate our new home when it is finished.

Good, good, good: We went to church last Sunday as a family. And since T's day off is now Saturday, we get to go as a family every week on Saturday nights. And, I love it!

We've had a few bumps along the way, but God has taken care of them all. I still have moments when I wish we were back in Dallas. I miss my friends and my leisure time. But I am at such a peace knowing we are right where we are supposed to be. It may not be what I would have chosen, but I have a feeling I will look back a year from now and won't be able to imagine my life any other way.


Clemntine said...

So, you're here! Did you enjoy the five to ten inches of invisible snow? My kids felt royally ripped off!

Welcome, and may you continue to see God's hand in your everyday circumstances. If there's anything I can do to help you acclimate, don't hesitate to ask.

hcreek7 said...

Glad to hear you made it to your next place in one piece! Let us know when you are back in town!
Love and hugs, girlie!

Jennifer said...

I have been thinking of you so much in the last week and praying for your sweet family as you make this giant transition. I am so glad the Lord is keeping everything in perspective. Call me soon and tell me everything!
Lots of Hugs,

Susie said...

Robin, so glad to hear a post from you. I have been praying for you and the family, not knowing exactly where you are or what is happening. You sound like such a trooper through all these changes. T is blessed to have such an understanding and willing wife. May God bless you in your new home(or apt. as the case may be).

Terry said...

Susie, you are so right. I am VERY blessed to be married to such a wonderful woman. Robin you have been amazing and I love you so much. Thank you for being such a rock for our family. There is no other place that I would rather be than in the center of His will with you at my side.

I love you...

Barb said...

Well, that comment from Terry made me a little misty-eyed, Robin. Congratulations on surviving the transition in spite of all the annoying stumbling blocks. I love that you found a solution to every single obstacle thrown at you.

I'll bet you DO look back a year from now and see that it was all worth it. Your positive attitude is great.

Addie said...

Ah, now that comment from Terry was just beautiful. I've plumb forgotten what I was going to say.

Oh, right. As always Robin, I love your perspective. When I heard of all the craziness you encountered as you moved, it seemed like such an obvious counter-attack to your obedience to God. I know God is going to bless you for your willingness to yield to HIS plans.

Sarah's In the Midst of It said...

I'm very glad there were some goods at the end of this list! Rotten thieves!!

We're missing you here in the Midst household--I just told Caiden that Reia moved, and he was not too happy about that one!

I hope this week goes better :)

Carol said...

I'm having to jump through hoops to get all those cards and certificates in order to get a passport. My birth certificate is now housed in Washington, D.C. and the red tape is unbelievable!

I really do exist. I do, I do!

I hope there are more Good's coming you way now.

Lori Bailey said...

Hey Robin,

It's tough when the hits just keep on coming, isn't it?! We've hit a couple rough stretches like that in the last few years when we felt like we were doing exactly what God wanted us to, but life just kept throwing us nasty surprises. At one point I was trying to console us by saying, "Well at least our shower isn't leaking anymore." Which was followed the next day by, you guessed it, the return of the leaky shower. During this time, someone I respect reminded me that it rains on the just and the unjust and that you can't lend too much existential meaning to these types of occurences.

Anyway, you've definitely got the right attitude by focusing on the postitive. And your sense of humor is a great survival tool ;) I'll be thinking of you guys and praying for you!


Jan said...

Yay! You're here!

Some of us have been waiting for you! How do you like that? Total strangers waiting for you.

I'm glad you're here and I hope we'll meet someday. This is the worst winter in Oklahoma EVER. Usually our weather is like Dallas only 10 degrees cooler, which is nicer in the summer and not so bad in the winter. But the best thing? You'll meet the nicest people. I promise, you will.

p.s. I've been blogging three years and never saw such a nice comment as Terry's. : )