Monday, January 30, 2017

Boxes, Boxes, Everywhere!

One Day at aTime Sweet Jesus!

The next day... was a new day...
and we had a job to do-
get this family to Colorado!

We packed up all of our last minute things 
and hit the road by 10:30 am
with our children, pets and a Starbucks coffee!

I am so amazed by these kiddos! They are so brave and so trusting!
We are so thankful for each and everyone of our children!
Praise God for HIS blessings and for HIS provisions!

The plan was to drive straight through...
ya know...
were not quite as young as we used to be...
and we left much later than planned!

The fog was very thick and we didn't make it 
as far as we had hoped in Nebraska.
Thankfully we found a hotel that was "pet friendly"
and stopped there.

Mark and Sam had Daisy.
They did well and Daisy enjoyed sleeping on the bed with Sam!

Our teen girls had the cats and thankfully they did not get out of the room!
The cats, that is!
I don't really take pics when I'm not sure of the outcome...
I just pray and pray and pray!
Everyone slept... good enough!

The next day was beautiful-
crisp and sunny!
Perfect for the last leg of our drive!
We arrived at our new home around 1:00 pm and...
realized we had
of work to do!

It's wonderful...
just empty...

usually in these circumstances
I try not to have expectations.
I just pray moment by moment,
problem solve
and deal with it!

An empty house,
4 cats,
1 dog,
16 children,
1 big kid
and 2 parents,
(that don't have a clue what they are doing)!


No problem...
God's go this!


No problem...
God's go this!

You may have overheard me mutter to myself...
I trust YOU!

The simple silliness of the children always lightens the mood!

Once again we ended up staying in a hotel...
just one more night so we could tackle
the house the next day!
(One week later, we are still tackling the house!)

Anna had gotten
The Big Bag of Science" kit for Christmas!
She was dying to use it
but we encouraged her to wait until we arrived in Colorado.
Mark, our resident scientist was glad to help out!

He read the directions while the children followed along.
Mom and Dad worked in the house
except for an occasional break to snap a pic!

Big bro Matt came over to help us refigure our TV situation!

Mark flew home but the
science project continued!

So thankful to have Matt(our oldest bio son) and his family, nearby!

Bubble wrap is the newest rage!

And you can even
POP it,
in a wheelchair!

Our center island is
PERFECT for an extra large family!
We can fit everyone sitting/standing around it!

A couple days later the "YOU MOVE ME" trucks arrived!

And they started bringing our stuff in...
we brought a few things that we could have left behind...
we may have forgotten a few things in MN...

Oh Well!


in time, we will figure it out!

Thank you!
You did a great job!

There we go!
Now we are having a little more fun!

I really like our neighbors!
I haven't met any of the humans
but the horses
are gorgeous!

Some of the furniture arrived!
It fits us!

After Mark got Anna going on the science projects,
she was able to do it herself!
This is the
"how diapers absorb experiment"!

And her siblings joined in!

We highly recommend this for a Christmas gift
to any young potential scientist!

They made goo!

And more sibs joined in on the fun!

Then more bubble wrap popping!

A mountain of recycle!

Grace and Jacob are doing so well!

The transition has been easy!
I am amazed at how much they trust us.
They have not needed to "take control"
but have instead watched the other children and
happily followed along.

The hardest part has been the language.
They are both so fluent and accomplished in Mandarin
that changing languages
is not their first choice.
Once we get settled we will focus more on English acquisition
but for now they have been slowly transitioning
while some of the kids
have been speaking Mandarin with them.

The goo!

A Word of Warning-
remind your children to dispose of this in the garbage...
NOT down the drain!
We were able to stop a potential problem

We found the light sabers!

Even the big girls enjoyed it!

Don't tell them I got a pic!

Says Grace!

Okay, let me have a turn!

Colored goo...
can be kinda yucky!

Love our happy helpers!

We still have lots to do
but we are doing it

Hoping to get back to home school sometime this week?

While... continuing to make this house a


Jenny Leong said...

Oh my, Jean~~

Quite the move! You have such a wonderful can-do attitude, and both you and Hubby are always so upbeat. Grateful to read that you arrived safely to a lovely home.

Mary Adair said...

Wow... I'd love to see a picture of your home from a far... So glad you all are there safe and sound. Pet friendly hotels are hard to find from what I remember. Few and far between. Where are you located? Coming out that way in Fall. Would love to see meet your crew. My Lily would have a blast with your gang.

The Sappingtons said...

I love reading your posts and I love your family. I am thankful for the opportunity to get to meet you guys this last trip in China. ❤ you are a very neat couple and a very neat family. I pray the Lord blesses you guys in this transition time into your new home and that all His blessings are poured out on you!

Anonymous said...

I'm thankful you are safely in your new home. I was was so sad to read about your beautiful Sissy. Our precious furry family members leave their sweet paw prints on our hearts forever. It's so great to see your children all together and enjoying their fun activities. It's wonderful to see Jacob and Grace with all of their siblings. Since Sam was little, he has his hands in his pockets in many pictures. It's so stinkin' cute! Prayers for each one of you as you settle into your new home.

Sammy said...

Good luck in your new home! it looks lovely.

~Monica Utt~ Itty Bitty Land said...

Oh, I love the potential grotto in the entryway! Blessings for your new home!

Laurel said...

I am in MN this week . . . and you are now in CO. So sad.

I got to take a last minute trip . . . flew out to OK . . . visited 2 sons and 4 grandsons . . . rented a car, and drove from OKC to Brainerd with a daughter-in-law and 2 grandsons . . . we are here for the week to see 2 daughters and 3 more grandsons. Oh so fun!

Blessings to you all as you settle in to your new house in CO. I LOVE CO. I'll let you know if I take another road trip there. :)