Eleanor is only 3 weeks old and so much has happened in that time! Ben flew to Texas for some job interviews July 25-28, leaving me at home with a two week old alone. It was good for me though, because I became a lot more confident in taking Ellie out of the house. Thank goodness for my wonderful cousin Crystal who let me spend a lot of time at her house.
While Ben was interviewing in Texas he discovered that most of the ews teacher trainings would begin August 5, just a week away! So we prayed and decided to pack up and move to Texas August 3. Ben's parents drove up their truck and we rented a trailer and packed them and our Corolla to the brim. To give you an idea of the insanity of last week, here's what our schedule was:
Tuesday July 28: Pick up Ben from the airport (I had to nurse Ellie in the Park & Wait and Ben walked to us. It was an adventure)
Wednesday: Ben's parents, Don and Deon, drive all day/night from Texas and arrive...
Thursday: We start packing, and get a lot of it done with Don and Deon's help. A farewell dinner at Olive Garden with Crystal and Aaron King (my awesome cousin). We even tried to go see Harry Potter 6, but Ellie only made it half way through before she was throwing a fit. I forgot how deafening movie theatres are.
Friday: More packing. Dinner in Sandy with Ben's grandfather, parents, and aunt and uncle who were in town also.
Saturday, August 1: (here's where it really goes nuts) I go to my Aunt Lisa's sealing at the Provo Temple (which was a beautiful occassion) at 11:30, and then Ben brings Ellie up afterward for pictures. Then we race back home to make sure we are set for loading up the trailer. Don and Deon arrive with the truck and trailer at about 2, along with some men from our ward who tackle the herculean task of loading all our stuff into such a small space. It was like a bad jigsaw puzzle, but they did it! At about 5:30 we head over to my Aunt Rachel's house for the reception. I discover that very rich chocolate cheesecake doesn't really agree with Ellie. Nor is she up for sleeping in strange places (namely my cousin's crib). But the reception was wonderful and was a great opportunity for spending time with my Konold relatives before we left.
Sunday: Eleanor's blessing. Surprisingly, she was the only baby blessed this week (our ward is notorious for 2 or 3 blessings every fast Sunday). She was cute adorable in her dress and Deon gave her some very cute socks and shoes. But more on that later...
After the blessing we went back to our house, and I loaded up my stuff with my parents to drive down to Vegas. And Ben and his parents loaded up the rest of our stuff and drove up to Sandy. They will drive back to Texas and I'll fly in on Wednesday. It's sad to be apart again, but we know it's short term!
So here is the faith aspect, we still don't have a job. But we feel that this is the right move to make. Things have fallen into place, and though the Lord hasn't let us in on the whole plan yet, we are certain that He won't leave us high and dry. I know each one of us are His children and he looks out for us. He may lead us in directions that we didn't expect, but as long as we follow faithfully, He will guide our steps.