My blog is about the everyday life of a large family. Homeschooling, decorating, crafting and ministry are my passions. I love my family and hope this blog brings encouragement as I strive to live for Christ.
I have been sick now for two weeks. I'm on antibiotics but licking this sinus infection / bronchitis has been hard. I'm not one to ever be sick so this has been tough. Saying all that to say my new blog is on the back burner until I have enough brain cells to work on it. Stay with me, it will be up soon... Here's a peak at some of my fall decorating.
It's official..... I have a name for our new home "Cottage on the Hill". When you drive to our home it sits on top of a steep hill. I'm thinking about starting a new blog and retiring Nooks and Crannies. What do you think? The new blog will feature our Tennessee journey. We hope to share all that we are learning about living life from scratch...cooking, gardening, raising chickens, homeschooling and more.
Ive got great plans for this back porch. Its really long. I couldnt get all the pictures to upload but on the far end is an swing that hangs very close to a door that leads to the master bath. I love to go out threre in the morning and soak in the cool air.
I thought I would post pictures of our new house. It is a year old. We have become friendly with the previous owners and they have helped us navigate our new home. The first pictures are of our front porch. (we have a back porch too) when we were house hunting I knew that whatever we bought had to have a front porch! There was another house that was nice but it didn't have a front porch.... it was so hard to walk away from that house but I went with my heart and am so glad that I did. Not only did we get a front porch but a back porch too! And it was 30,000 cheaper and newer!
My first attempt at decorating the porch for fall. The porch is really long...not easy to decorate the whole thing! In time I hope to have more items to display but for now this is the little decorating that I did with the things I had. The wagon is ours... I wasn't going to bring it but I am so glad I did. I did buy the little crow pick, hay, mum and some gourds... very cheap.... less than 10.00
Sadie loves the front porch... she likes to sneak off of it and hit the trail that is across the street! There are many empty lots around us and she likes to explore them!
We were able to get someone to look at the truck Saturday afternoon and I think we were on the road by 3:00. Turns out there was nothing wrong with the truck. It actually had to much transmission fluid in it! Sigh...
We were not on the road for an hour when we saw something flying back at us... It was coming from the camper. We called Mark and had him pull over. One of the tires was loosing tread! Mark and Joey changed the tire and put on the spare. We stopped for the night somewhere around Virginia.
The next morning we woke up early, had breakfast, and got on the road. Things were going well but I was a wreck! I was so worried we would loose another tire on the camper and not have a spare to use or worse..... We would get into an accident. Rain started to fall and it was coming down hard! Our caravan of vehicles had 9 children and 5 adults traveling and I was anxious that an accident would happen. I have never prayed so hard! One hour from our Cookeville exit we saw tread flying again! The camper was loosing another tire. We called Mark and he decided to drive it anyways because the hotel that my sister and brother in law were staying at was right off the exit. He was able to get the camper into the hotel parking lot! We made it!
We still had to worry about getting the camper into our driveway which is a bit steep.... I left that in Joey and Marks hands! They got it in the driveway and the drama was finally over! Now, all we had to do was unpack and get settled.
On the first day in our new home we had friends from Nashville come over and help us unload the truck. Not only did they help us unload the truck but they brought dinner! What a blessing they were!
So here we are. A month has flown by and it still feels surreal to be here. We are settling in and waiting for the arrival of Cristian and his family on Thursday. We are thankful for all that the Lord has provided and for his hand of protection.
I thought I would write a post on our journey to the south. Leaving Jersey was so hard... I've cried more tears than I think I have ever cried in my life...
We left Manalapan on Friday August 17th. I wish I could say everything went smoothly but there were many bumps and obstacles to overcome. First, not all of our things fit in the moving truck! We were forced to load the camper with things which I thought would be ok since we borrowed my dads truck to pull it to TN. ( my suburban couldnt handle the extra weight) When we went to hitch up the truck we realized our hitch wouldn't fit the truck. I'm not sure what Mark did but a trip to Home Depot and some last minute drilling in the garage and he was hooked up. We left for his brothers house around 5pm. I left first in the suburban and Mark left about an hour after me. Our plan was to sleep at Marks brothers house and leave early in the morning for TN. When Mark got to his brothers house he informed us that my dads truck was leaking transmission fluid. We would have to have the truck looked at before we could leave for TN! Major delay.
Mark and I were sleeping in the camper with the baby while the kids stayed at my sister in laws. When we got to the camper we realized it was FULL of so much stuff that we could hardly get to the bed! Then there was the air conditioning! We could not get to it due to all the STUFF! It was so hot and humid. Mark decided to literally climb over stuff try and get to the air conditioning switch. He was my hero! Some how by the grace of God he got to the switch. We removed the stuff from the bed and climbed in.... All 3 of us! We froze that night! Unable to regulate the air conditioning, we had to deal with the freezing temperature! Then there was the issue of going to the bathroom! Yup,a detail we didn't think about! Did I mention it started to storm and rain! I had to use the bathroom and I didn't care what it was doing outside! We were sleeping in a church parking lot but fortunately there was a grassy area that was hidden behind the camper and moving truck. Yup! You guessed it! In the pouring rain I did my business and not only once but 3 times! needless to say, I did not sleep the entire night! My anxiety was sky high! I was freezing and used what blanket I had for the baby. I was also afraid of her falling off the bed so I stayed awake to make sure that didn't happen. This was only the beginning.