Saturday, May 23, 2009

It's Going to be Quiet Around Here

When I say "here," I just mean on this blog. The rest of the house will be full of noise and commotion and the sound of packing tape running across boxes.

So life has been a little bit of a mystery for some time in this blogosphere. Life is wonderful having four small children. There is always laughter, always energy (for the kids, at least), lots of fun and crazy dance parties. There is also lots of diapers, laundry, cleaning, and on and on. It has been such a challenge to maintain sanity and walk with the Lord when there are constant demands on your very being.

This will also be no surprise to those of you who follow our blog- we have the most AMAZING family. My family (cousin and her husband, aunt and uncle), down here where we live, is awesome. They have blessed Caleb with a wonderful job, thrown birthday parties for my kids, fed us, loved us and have integrated us into a great group of friends. Caleb's family is also wonderful, and they all live in East Texas. Oma and Opa. Aunt Leigh and Uncle Jon. Aunt Margaret. Granny and Gramps. Aunt Gini, Aunt Rebekah, Aunt Nancy, Aunt Sara, Uncle James, Uncle Thomas. Great Nana. And many, many, many cousins.

These are not normal in-laws. They are fantastic. And ever since I was pregnant with Reece, there has been this desire to get closer to them- to get some help for a busy momma. The predicament- Caleb loves his job, but momma's gonna lose it! We have wonderful friends down here, a great church and a house that is dreamy for raising small kids. It has been a really hard decision, but when 4 o'clock rolls around and the kids go nuts, I am all about moving closer to the fam.

As some may know, we put our house on the market to sell. Well, that crazy day that I launched my new part-time job (which is going great, but kind of on hold, thanks for wondering), our house was showed to some perspective buyers and they put an offer in. After countering back and forth, we finally settled and went under contract...

Then, we get a not so fun call from our tenants in Colorado, they were going to break their lease and move out! Now, this was such unfortunate news, as we couldn't possibly try to relocate with a heavy mortgage. So we are under contract on our home and freakin' out about our rental house in Colorado, wondering if we are going to have to move out of our dreamy home into another house down here. The days continue to pass and my mom is showing our house in the Vail Valley again and again, but no buyers.

Finally, this past Wednesday, some perspective tenants came up to the Vail Valley to look at our house. And SIX others. All day long (really for a month now) we were praying that the Lord would bless us with tenants. At 1:30, they looked at our house and really liked it, but had others to look at so they said they would call my mom later that afternoon. That evening, they signed a lease and handed my mom the check for rent and deposit, and on the check it said, "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men (Titus 2:11)."

I love that verse. It was the same verse that I sent out with my graduation announcements from Texas A&M. I love it because it is Truth, God's grace did appear to all men through the person of Jesus Christ. He saves us from the penalty that is due to us for our sin. He makes that payment which we cannot afford because our works will never be enough.

But He also saves us from our very delicate circumstances- a heavy mortgage that we can't afford, a house that is selling and a plan that is foiled, four needy children and not enough energy for me to make it through the day without tears. And on this day, we did receive a full measure of His grace, and that was our salvation from these circumstances.

We are on the move. Caleb gave his notice at work and my uncle and cousin-in-law gave their blessing and understood Caleb's desire to meet his family's needs. Let me just take a minute and acknowledge how awesome my husband is. He really is, he put his marriage and family before his career. He has been carrying an incredible burden of a struggling wife, four needy (but joyful) children, two mortgages and a desire to glorify the Lord in all he does. I am so thankful for him. God works through this man in a really powerful and humble way.

So we are packing up our house. For every two things I put in a box, a little set of hands takes one thing out, it is a slow process. We are moving to East Texas in twelve days. 12. That's not very much time. So it's going to be quiet around here, keep us in your prayers!

15 comments:

Anna said...

Tyne - our family will be praying for you BIG TIME! I am so glad that God has put all of the pieces together for you guys to make the move. You know he must be smiling when just at the right moment he knocks down another wall that you thought was insurmountable! I pray that he gives you guys a smooth move and that he blesses your family like crazy!

Following Him said...

PRAYING for you guys! Moving is NEVER easy...wish it was! You guys are such a great family and you are doing the BEST thing possible for your situation! Good luck...will be thinking about you all!
~Elyse

Kristi said...

Sad to hear that you are going - but glad how God is providing. Look forward to hearing about His hand in the rest of the process.
Blessings!
Kristi

Loukia said...

Oh wow, what news! Good luck with it all - it must be difficult to do/organize, on top of everything else you do on a daily basis! Praying that you all have a smooth transition...

Erica said...

Praying, Tyne!

Katrina said...

so happy for you friend!!

Cassandra Raney said...

Tyne... so wish I could come down there and pack up the house for you! I pray for PEACE and REST as you say goodbye to everyone there. So wish we lived closer. You and Caleb are amazing people. Know we are praying!

thecarterfamily said...

Praise the Lord for his continual provision. I can't wait to see what He has in store for your family in east Texas. Love you guys!

Whito and Gabe

DR said...

Tyne - I am so sad to see all of the White's go... I know that the Lord will bless and guide you all over there in East Texas. Thanks for being such wonderful friends and for all the VALLEY memories.

Love ya,
Delia

Lisa@verybusymomwith4 said...

Praying for you all....God never gives bad gifts. I am sure you are going to LOVE your new home!

cheryl said...

WOW! Big news! I am looking forward to hearing how He provides all that you need in the coming months. Hold tight to His grace, friend!

Rachel Wilson said...

If you're needing some help in 2 weeks unpacking or anything, please let me know! I'm only an hour or 2 away! It's amazing to see how God has provided and am excited to see how God will continue to provide and guide yall! I will continue to pray! Love yall!

Katie W said...

Praying for you and the family, Tyne! I can imagine how wonderful it will be to be closer to the grandparents. Wish I could head out to TX to help!

Jen said...

Wow! I am overwhelmed for you! We know all too well your predicament here in the valley having a double mortgage with renters. We've just recently learned that our renter has decided to buy our home after 14 months of wondering when God would provide! It is always so great when His glory is revealed and gives us so much to be grateful for. I love the way you speak of Caleb. You are an awesome wife and mom! You will be in my prayers!

Vashey Fam said...

Praise God about your Colorado House!!! That is an answer to prayer! Thank you God for taking care of my family. I'm so glad you guys are coming!

Love you,
Auntie Leigh