|This is a panorama shot of our Texas sized backyard. It makes it look like we live in a forest with a pool growing in it. You can't really tell that you can easily see the fence in the back or the neighbors yards.|
Beautiful, but TOTALLY deceiving.
This story begins in mid 2012.
We spent all of that summer showing our California house to prospective buyers, convinced it would never sell. Then days before we were set to take it off the market, we had a buyer. Within a month we were on the road. Though far from family, our new home in Magnolia, Texas has been a blessing in so many ways. Looking back we can see God’s hand in this move.
First we said goodbye to California...
and headed to the Lone Star state.
3 kids + 2 years of lessons in California = 2 swimming across the top a bit
3 kids + 1 month in a backyard pool = 3 swimmers
Y'all come see us some time!
Memories in short...
From the end of 2012:
- Our Song playing the first time Jim saw our new house.
- Thanksgiving Dinner cooked by Kroger
- Michelle’s first view of our kitchen: every surface covered with dishes and other kitcheny things.
- Watching live while white smoke came pouring out of the Vatican chimney.
- Meeting the Cowboy In Charge at Red Robin
- Our first Christmas in Texas.
- Meeting Grandma at the Airport
- A frog in Jim’s shoe
- A brand new cousin is born (Hi Sophia!)
- New friends, complete with a big sister to come and play with the K kids while Mama gets a break!
- Oil museum on Galveston Island
- Hangin' with the neighbors (Hi Swartz's!)
- Finding the Irish Pub just in time for Fish and Chips Fridays
- Swimming on Easter Sunday
- The Houston Rodeo
- Meeting blog friends IRL
- Growing sunflowers
- The red fox running through the backyard during dinner
- The deer leaping over our fence during lunch
- D mastering the zip line
- Annabelle's first Confession
- The First Annual Oor Wullie and The Broons day
- Visiting the Sisters in Austin
- Visiting Fr. Tony S.O.L.T. in Corpus Christi
- Jim and D goin' shootin'
- The San Antonio River Walk
- The Alamo
- Re-discovering British Football (there are no troubling commercials---practically no commercials at all!)