Friday, September 14, 2018

Noir Thursday

Since we have moved to Bratislava I have decided to move Noir Tuesday to Thursdays. I started this series because it is interesting to see a day captured just in black and white. I have really enjoyed looking back on these days myself. The point of my blog is to capture the everyday beauty, our lives and how our days were spent. With all of that said, let's get to Thursday.

It was a very good day in many ways. First off was the news that we got our mortgage all straightened out. It's been months in waiting so it was much exciting news indeed. We still don't know when we get to actually live in our new place, but we are now closer.

One thing that changed me yesterday was the decision to be happy and thankful to a loving God even though things aren't just how I would like them. Yesterday my husband decided that Augustin and I would wait for him at the mall while he had a church meeting. Honestly, I wasn't thrilled about it. I would have rather been at home. Instead of being at home I was stuck at a mall and needing to entertain my kid. It wasn't my idea of a great time at the moment. After getting popsicles, walking around the park, waiting at the playground for ages and then at the bookstore even longer I knew this was not a good idea. But then something happened. I decided to have a heart change and instead be thankful and glad that I got to get out of the house and spend some fun time with my son at the mall doing all the things he loves to do. We ended the day with a phone game of 'Tickets to Ride' and hot choclate. 

After that heart change my day was actually the best of days. I found the joy and blessings and then joy actually came to me. I really need to remember this lesson. I know that God looks at my heart. He looks at whether or not I choose to complain or be thankful. I get annoyed with my child for complaining, but I do it too. Actually this whole week has been a heart shift for me. 

We also did other things throughout the day like give our dog a good wash for his grooming appointment. I also finished a cardigan and started a new project. 

Friday, August 31, 2018

House Sitting This Week 8/13th-19th

We did it!! We moved out of our rental. I must say that there was plenty of drama to get our deposit back and it was many days of hard work plus going back and forth, but in the end it all got done and we got our deposit back which was no small sum.

I enjoyed the rental, but honestly, I am happy to be out of that place. It wasn't mine. I added my own touch where I could, but it didn't feel like a place I could really enjoy. We were blessed with the lake nearby and the beautiful town of Piestany, but it was a lonely place to Augustin and I. We had no friends there. It also required by husband to have long hours of committing to Bratislava, which left us with very little family time. 

We have permanently moved out, but our new flat is not finished nor has our mortgage gone through like the bank said it would by now. We are in a rough place in the fact that we, yet again, remain without a home. We have been here when we sold our house before we set off on our year long airstream trip across America. We have been here before and after moving to Slovakia and here we are again. 

We have a place to stay this week as we are house sitting for pastor's while they are away for a week. They have two dogs, fish and plants that need to be taken care of. After this week we have no clue what's next. Our new flat is a dead end at this moment. I am ever so grateful for a place to stay this week. It's been a place where we go for 2 mile walks with the dog, plus a few more with our own dog. It's been a place where the city center is a tram ride away and our new flat close enough to get things done like installing the kitchen and adding wallpaper. 

The truth is, I am not very good at this adventurous 'in-between' seasons. I'm not sure how others are, but its been rough. My friend just moved from Washington to California and she almost spent a whole month in a hotel as they waited for their new home. I'm sure that was tough! I'm now "feeling" in the same spot. Through all of this, through all my emotions and feelings about our move I know that I can rest in a God who loves me and wants to best for me. I am trusting that He is working out all the details that will benefit us in the end. I don't see the things He does. I am out of my comfort zone, but it doesn't say in the bible that He will keep us in our comfort zones. It actually says the opposite because we all know that's where the 'growing' happens.

A good example of God taking care of us is the week long opportunity to housesit. It's been a blessing  for sure!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Noir Tuesday

I did a Noir Tuesday post a few months ago and thought I'd do it this Tuesday. unfortunately this Tuesday has not been as eventful as that one, but its life and I still blog the 'life'.

 There are only a few things to note from today:

1. My sweet momma went out in the morning and picked me some roses from our yard while her kettle of tea was boiling. So sweet! 

2. I stated tackling Augustin monster mess of a room. It's been on my hate list for while, but today I did it. I still have so much more to do. He cried because I threw away a lego box that he had two of. Imagine how he's handling throwing away toys we do not need.

Tomorrow it's more cleaning and boxing.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Summer Storms

We had one yesterday and we are having one now. They make the puddle in front of our rental a forever puddle that hasn't dried for 10 months plus some. It may ruins the days outing plans, but it makes the air fresh and clean.

We also been having a continuation of summer storms with our move. Every day it's something new. Yesterday something came up and today has been the same story. Turns out the workers installing our floors didn't show up and haven't for the past four days after a two week vacations. Our kitchen needs to be put in on Saturday and Sunday, but can't go in without that floor first.

So yeah, them storms are an interesting thing.

The important part is that storms pass no matter how intense they get. The weather changes, with it the seasons. I have to remember this because there are so many moments where we feel like nothing is ever going to change. God made the earth go through a continuation of seasons and changes and that's how he designed our lives.

We had a great weekend packing up our rental. Despite the unknown we are still getting ready for what's to come, a move. After a days work we went out for ice cream as a family. It was a quick one hour trip to town, but it was a perfect time together. On Sunday we got to take some boxes and items to our garage that we finally got access to. We did get to go out with friends before stopping by the place. It was a good step in the right direction.

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