Welcome to OKLAHOMA!

Moving.  I moved 5 times in a 10 year period as a kid.  Thankfully it was all in the same county and in a 20 mile radius of where I grew up.  However things change when you move across state lines.

I first experienced a state to state move after I got married.  Tennessee Southern Belle moved to the Northern state of Pennsylvania. Now that was only me, myself and my bedroom.  But I still needed a large truck to move all my girly stuff!  LOL!

Fast-forward almost 13 years and 4 kids later.  A lot changed in those nearly 13 years.  We moved locally from the apartment to the house we lived in until April 7th.  12 years of memories with children, ranging from birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, and just life happening.

I admit that having only 3 weeks to pack up 13 years of life is daunting.  Unfortunately some things did have to get left behind, but due to some understanding we will be able to go back in September and collect the last of our things.

The trip itself was challenging.  Darren drove the 26 foot truck the entire 1000+ mile journey.  Going through the mountains of WV and Ohio, then the flat lands of Indiana and Illinois and then the Ozarks in Missouri and NE Oklahoma was such a beautiful trip.  I followed Darren with our van and helped him navigate his way through traffic.  Challenging! 

We left at 9pm April 7th and arrived in Tulsa at 6pm April 9th.  I admit that tears fell as we drove through Pittsburgh that evening.  I never once thought we would leave the city, the place I had come to know as my home.  But circumstances happened in such a way that it worked pretty seamlessly.

So now we start a new chapter in our journey.  Life in the Midwest.  Life in a state that I only dreamed of visiting. 

I am so thankful for all of my family, friends and church family that helped us during these past few months and especially the past 4 weeks.  Thank you friends who watched our children so we could pack, thank you friends who came over and packed even on our last day in PA, thank you to the Men’s group from our church who came to load the big items in our truck on a Saturday morning, thank you to the family who came over on the last day to help us finish the truck and also watch the kids so we could load the truck.  We are so grateful to you all.

We are already missing everyone in PA.  The past 12+ years have been a blessing and everyone who came in to my life has made some sort of impact.  God bless you all!  Look forward to visiting my “other” home in the future!

Life is ALWAYS an Adventure!

We are MOVING!

Well, this is something that we weren’t quite expecting to happen this year. However, on January 15 my husband found out that because of the merger between the company and another that he was being let go.  Too many duplicate positions.  But he was being placed on a redeployment list (internal applications get looked at before external applications).

So Darren (hubby) started job hunting.  We made the decision to try and stay with the company if we could because they have great benefits, good pay and are pretty good to their employees overall.  Stuff just happens when mergers take place.  We just weren’t expecting it so soon.

We also made the decision to not limit our options and also look out of state.  The company has offices in Tulsa and Houston and Darren applied for jobs in both places.

We heard from Tulsa first at the end of February and he interviewed.  He felt the interview went well.  But we didn’t hear anything for nearly two weeks. 

March came and we didn’t hear anything.  Then Darren interviewed for a position here in Pittsburgh.  That too went well and we would know within a week because they really wanted to hire someone.   Or so they thought.  Also, they were re-hiring for his position as well…(go figure on that one) 

Eventually the Pennsylvania positions were pulled for reevaluation.  That same day Darren got a call about the job in Tulsa.  They wanted to hire him!  Well of course a 24 hour prayer time was needed.  Financially it would be a big hit and not necessarily something we were totally prepared for.  But God was prepared! 

God has been so faithful in providing things.  From the finances to housing and everything in between, He has been faithful.  These past 3 months have been so stressful but God has never left our side. 

We have been so blessed also with friends who live in the Tulsa area who have been so kind to go look at houses since we are in PA until the move.

I can’t leave out my PA friends (though some are more like family) & family.  Between watching our kids so we can pack, bringing us boxes, praying for us, providing a meal or just being there for us to talk to.  We are so blessed by our PA friends/family. 

Another group of people we will be missing is our Church family.  We started going to Riverside Community Church when our 2nd son was born.  They welcomed us with open arms and these past 7 years have been awesome.  Riverside is an extension of our family and we will miss everyone there.  The relationships made there will be missed greatly. 

So when might all this be happening?  We move April 7th as Darren has to be at his new job on the 14th. 

Pennsylvania will always hold a special place in our hearts.  It is where our 4 children have been born and raised.  My husband grew up here and brought me to his home.  The past 13 years have been an adventure and we are looking forward to our new adventure in Oklahoma!