Monday, November 7, 2011

All according to plan........

We have done something pretty crazy.
As you know, our house has been up for sale for about 5 weeks now. We had always had a plan to sell it or if it doesn't sell in three months then we would put it up for rent; either way we would move into a rental and decide over the next year what we wanted to do with buying, building, or moving, etc.

Over the past week Juan and I decided it would be a good time to see what the rental market was like so we knew what to expect. Juan had the prerequesite that the house was new or at least close to it, and I had the simple prerequesite of four bedrooms, two bathrooms and two living rooms. For all of these requirements it meant the places we were looking at were not as cheap as others. We were making plans to apply for a couple of the houses when all of a sudden a random house appeared online that was just around the corner.

I had a look in it and was shocked that it was exactly like the style of house I had imagined us living in while renting. I knew what I wanted, and this was it. And it was only a year old, so I knew Juan would be happy too. And what's more, as a nice surprise it was $100 less per week than the other houses we were about to apply for! Even better!

So, after going through it and knowing I just had to have it, I took Juan to have a look and he agreed it was too good to let pass by... so we applied for it..... only three hours later we received a phone call.... We got the house!

That's right- we will be moving into a new house in three weeks!! How exciting!

Now all we have to do is sell this house!! Ahh!  :-O

So, we have a couple of options now... We sell it, we rent it out, or if we can't do either of those, we pay for both. Our desire is that is sells, and we do have one card to play, with the lady who has already made an offer. Because of the tight timeframe we are now willing to come down closer to her price, so we will be offering her another price this week. We are really praying that she will accept it so that we wont have to fuss with it all for too long. But if she doesn't and no other offers come in, then we will put it up for rent and hopefully someone very nice and clean will rent it out.

So anyway, that is our news on the home front (literally)! Very exciting times, and I often have to remind myself that we have to start to think about boxes and packing and moving furniture and everything involved with moving house. But one thing is very exciting to me above everything else -  we will have a Christmas tree up this year!! Yay!!! (And of course shopping for new furniture for my new and bigger house... Mwah-ha-haaa!! ;-)

Although the situation sounds nerve-wracking and may even sound foolish, we have honestly felt led throughout the entire process of selling the house. Even simple things like getting the thing we needed was on special that week, have led us to feel 100% that selling out house is the right thing. We still feel that it is, and hence, we are continuing to make plans to continue to move ahead... Whether that means selling or renting it out, either way we know it is time for our growing family to move out and move on. Meanwhile, we're fasting ourselves skinny and praying day and night that selling is the Lord's Will! Until we know more, we'll keep you posted. :-)

Just a cute pic because...


I can probably count on one hand the times an actual miracle has taken place in my life, or at least to me. But something happened recently that I really do believe was a miracle. I'll start from the beginning, but promise to get to the point quickly...

So Alisha and I were driving in separate cars out to a suburb about 25 minutes away to look at some land I might be interested in. I was in front and she was following as we were driving down the freeway. Suddenly in front of my wheel line I saw a small black tube-like piece of material and I wasn't able to avoid it and incidentally drove over it. I felt and heard a large clunk under my back left tyre and instantly thought "oh no... I hope I don't have a flat tyre...".

After about one kilometre I heard a faint whizzing sound. I knew I had a flat, but it wasn't doing the usual shuddering sound I was waiting for. I continued driving as I didn't want to pull over with the three kids and Alisha and Olivia and try and fix the tyre on the side of the freeway. I knew I could call Roadside Assist but did not want to wait for an hour or more until they came. So instead I just prayed and prayed I would make it to a quieter part off the freeway so I could change it myself (finally all those Young Womens Tuesday night 'car maintenance' classes would come in handy!).

As we came to a quieter section I still didn't feel I should pull over. By now I had driven at least five Ks since I ran over it. The whizzing was a little more prominent but I still didn't feel the shudder as I had once before with a flat tyre so I assumed it was still ok to go on a little more. I called Alisha to confirm that the tyre was in fact flat. She agreed that it looked lower than the others, so I made a plan to pull over within the next couple of kilometres. But as I came around the various bends I just didn't see a good place to pull over. The car was still making the whizzing sound, and now I could feel a slight tugging to the left and I knew I didn't have long to drive before my time would be up. I kept praying it would hold until I got to the small community I knew was up the road.
The roads seemed longer than I remembered, but the car still held on, however it was now pulling quite a lot to the left. Finally I saw a police station and I knew that would be a decent place to stop. I must have driven close to nine or ten kilometres (maybe even more) since the freeway.  I pulled over just in front of the station and Alisha and I got out to assess the situation. The tyre was completely flat. We opened the trunk and I searched around for the the new tyre, jack and the bolt un-doer (forgot the name for it). We had a new tyre, thank goodness, and I also found the jack. But for some reason I couldn't find the bolt un-doer. We tried Alisha's and to our surprise it was too big and couldn't undo the screws. By now we were just laughing. Four kids, two wives, two cars on the side of the road.. What to do? Of course! The Police station!

I went into the station and sure enough one of the police men offered to let me use his screw un-do thing. He brought it out and began changing the tyre. I offered to do it, but he insisted on helping the damsels in distress. So it looked like I wasn't going to get to use my tyre-changing skills after all...

So where is the miracle, you ask? Well, when the policeman took off the tyre, everyone stood back, shocked... This is what we saw:
That's one big hole!!

We were absolutely shocked! We were NOT expecting a hole like that! How did my car drive on as far as it did with that hole in the tyre? And why wasn't anything damaged? Needless to say we were all surprised. Looking at the tyre really made me grateful, and not only that we made it as far as we did. I was also grateful because if I had pulled over on the freeway and tried to change the tyre myself, we would not have had the tools and the tyre would have flattened before we could drive anywhere else. Also I was grateful we didn't have to wait the long time it usually took to call Roadside Assist - not fun with four kids under five years old on the side of the freeway!

So, it was quite the adventure, and I am happy to say we saw it as just that - it was fun and, even though I still haven't changed a real-life-situation tyre, I was still grateful for the experience and the reminder of how following the spirit can lead to miracles. :-)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Halloween 2011 - New Traditions!

Halloween 2011 was a lot of fun, and we have discovered new fun traditions to do with our friends. This year we were invited to a "Trunk or Treat", an activity where you line up your cars and decorate your boots and the kids go from trunk-to-trunk doing 'trick or treating'. I had no idea what to expect or what to do, but our trunk ended up pretty 'hallowweenish' considering about 5 minutes worth of effort went it to it five minutes before we left the house ;-) Shh! Don't tell anyone!

Needless to say, our girls looked adorable. Tori and Ivy swapped princess dresses for the event and Tori went as a dark haired Cinerella, while Ivy's blonde hair matched perfectly with the pink dress and went as Aurora. They were so cute - check it out:

Meanwhile Eadie and Kenzie were fairies and soo edible!! Eadie was asleep in the car for the first part and naturally, woke up tired and grumpy. She refused to leave Daddy's side, until.....
 Anabel wore the traditional 'first Halloween' costume that all of our girls have worn, and I must say she was the cutest pumpkin there ;-)
Leading up to the night Juan and I had pretty exciting costume plans as well. I was going to be a Fairy Godmother and I was going to force Juan to be a Prince. If Eadie had agreed to be a Mouse we would have had a perfect Cinderella fairytale story... But alas, is was not meant to be.. I wound up sick the night before and also the morning of (no, not pregnant! - thank goodness), and instead of running around getting us all fairy-tailed up, I was contemplating whether I could actually even go. Juan was only too happy to go as himself, so I'm sorry to say that all I did was put a kids bendy headband with little pumpkins stuck on the ends on  my head and tell everyone I was the "Mother of the Pumpkin"... But, we sure did have a great time with the kids anyway! Plans have already been set for another one next year, only this time we are hoping to have it a little later in the evening, and a BBQ and sparklers!! Looking forward to it already!


Ready for Summer!

We went shopping today for new swimmers and the girls love their togs so much they refuse to take them off! We went to a couple of different stores and I gave them the choice of whatever they would like. As I held up different styles I loved watching them look and assess and follow with either "No", or "Yeah..." and then finally a "Yes!" when they finally saw the pair they loved. Even though there were so many swimmers to pick from I think the different styles they chose match their personalities perfectly!

While I was doing the dishes they both said they wanted to "play bubbles" with the soap suds. I said that was fine, as long as they take off their togs so they don't get suds on them. They hesitantly took them off, but no kidding, within five minutes they were all done with the bubbles and asking for the togs to be put back on. That NEVER happens when they play with bubbles!!  So I thought I would put a pic of them all dolled up and ready for the beach! So cute!!