We put an offer on a home and it was accepted. It is 135K less than the one in Washington… while we wanted one much cheaper, this home has a second home on it in which my mother can stay when she is ready… she has Parkinson’s disease. I always wanted a second home to help others and to help my mother. It is very close to Topeka so my husband would be 15 minutes from the VA hospital instead of 4 1/2 hours…. I am going to have to adjust with having to go from going to Walmart with a town of 1,500 to a Walmart in a city with 127,000.  : (  That is my heart pain right now, but God has a plan for us here to help others… it’s not all about us and that’s what we’re trying to remember. The house is the most beautiful home we’ve ever been in with so much character. It’s like a French Victorian in excellent shape and craftsmanship. Matthew is very pleased with the structure of it…. it was built in 1880 but is solid like it was built yesterday. Nothing, absolutely nothing needs to be fixed.  It has 18 acres, a park like pond… very pretty, not like the typical muddy pond in Kansas, some barn like structures and two beautiful silos with ivy or something growing up them. I’d show the listing pictures but they are so bad, they don’t show a good representation of the house at all. I’ll share pictures when we move in or when the Inspector shows us what needs to be fixed. We looked at homes from 55K to 200K here and found to our disappointment after 25+ homes that they had water flowing in basements bad enough you could float a rubber ducky in it, floors so crooked that the fridge was tipped against the wall, horrible, horrible structural problems, smells of mold or just too tiny for our family (1400 sq ft with no basement or storage). The realtor shared that it is few are far in between that you could find a home for under 200K in Kansas anymore that are in decent shape… we have seen this and contemplated going elsewhere. So, while we really wanted a much cheaper home, it’s still going to give us an extra $700+ more a month to our benefit…. and we get an extra house on the property to help others. Now we’re trying to figure out if we have to stay in motels until December when the house closes or what to do. It’s hard to rent when they want you in a home for a year and we don’t want to bring the ABF truck out until we get into the home…. so that’s our update. I am only able to type now because we don’t have to drive to Timbucktoo to look at homes anywhere… oh, the miles and miles of endless dirt roads with my GPS not working and taking me in circles, kids getting carsick, having to use the bathroom, change diapers with no running water…. Whew. We’re done with the hard part. One of the kids had to go potty so we stopped to let her go in the potty seat, I decided to go as we were in nowheresville and here comes a truck. I had to cover myself, it got on my dress…. : (  I tipped hot tea all over myself in the hotel to the point of very red skin, I tipped over a bowl of oatmeal on the floor as I was preparing it in the motel lobby… I am never a clutz (my husband is somewhat naturally), but this move brought it out in me. Just overdone. Please pray for something other than the hotels for us until we get moved in. We are spending $1000 a week on the two side by side hotel rooms. We are in separate buildings at the same hotel right now as there are 3 events going on in Topeka right now. We’re in Holton Kansas, a very lovely town just North of Holton – we were able to take the kids to the park this morning for a good run around after sitting in the cars for over 2 weeks. They are acting up of course and talking back more than normal… pray for them too. It’s hard on them as well. Thank you….


We are in Rawlins, Wyoming right now after a wonderful visit with my mother in Oregon first…. We had a 4 hour picnic at the park on Saturday. We should be in Western Kansas tomorrow evening. My cord to my camera is packed in the truck with straps around the box so I won’t be able to share pictures until we are more stable. We have found our groove with driving with the kids and motels and such and it’s going wonderful now. Hard, hard start but I feel good and refreshed right now. I’ll share more later. All is well….  : )

The Holy Word of God

What I meant by our “Last Washington Post” is that I probably won’t put up anymore pictures from Washington. The appraisal went through last week so we should hear on a closing date any day now – most likely we’ll be moving next week. We are almost there….

Also, I put up a new post on Harlotry in the Church:  http://harlotryinthechurch.com/2016/09/bible-jesus-taught/  It is in regards to the Apocrypha – the part of the Bible that Jesus and the Apostles read and taught from. Please be open to the Lord about it and don’t be too quick to dismiss what has been a part of the church and Jesus’ teachings until lately. Do some study on church history yourself if you are feeling restless about the topic. You’ll be surprised about what you find. We cannot continue to lie down in our ignorance.

Last Washington Post

While I’m twiddling my thumbs waiting for the closing date, I thought I would post our last post from Washington State… unless I sneak a few of Benjamin since he’s changing so fast.  : )  Many of these are about a month or so old.


Daddy getting honey from his hive… p1030191 p1030181

Just beautiful and so fragrant. p1030195

Pretty beeswax…


The wax processed.  It smells soooo incredibly good. p1030169

Someone’s eating strawberries. p1030173

Miriam on her 5th birthday last month. p1030174 p1030176

The girls got sick from going to the hospital last month for Benjamin’s MRI. We all got sick and stayed sick for several weeks. p1030177 Laying in Momma’s bed!


The kids cutting strawberries for Miriam’s birthday cake.


Pie pumpkins… I made some good pies with these.


Leah with a very messy face.


Our new head coverings from Amazon. They are only $8.00 a piece. They are called Peppercorn Kids Head Scarf in case anyone is interested. p1030295


Before Benjamin’s haircut. Oh, how I wish we didn’t cut his sweet hair. I miss his little baby look. I am growing it back. I’ll never cut it again.  ; )


He did very well.


All grown up looking (sniff, sniff). p1030255


Working on your standing after seeing the therapist… he is now crawling everywhere at 14 months. Isn’t that wonderful? p1030287


Your smile looks like my first from 28 years ago… I feel a mix of love and sadness.


The twins brushing each other’s hair and being silly. p1030271 p1030270 p1030269


Why we finally get to move.  : )  : )  : )

Update – Tomorrow

Update – Truck scheduled for the 28th but it looks like it will be put out again as we haven’t heard what the appraisal is yet. He did come out and do the appraisal and said he’d submit it to the bank Monday or Tuesday at the lastest… we think it’s held up at the bank again. Will keep updated… Things are still moving…

The Appraiser is coming out tomorrow  (Thursday) at noon. Yeah! The buyers are already approved for the loan so the rest of this should go very quickly. The inspection is complete, the 4 way water test came back perfect, the house is clean and packed and everything else is in order. We have the truck scheduled to come out on the 23rd, we hope we can stick to that plan and not have to postpone it again. Either way, things are going to move quickly now… due to many troubles the buyers had with the bank, they have been pushed to the front and are getting full attention and indemnification for their troubles.     : )