Monday, April 4, 2011


After waiting a week that seemed like a month, we finally got the news we were waiting for!!  We are Moving to TEXAS!!!

About a week and a half ago, my Husband went on a job interview in Texas.  Everything went really well, the job is a perfect fit! This past Thursday, they sent him the official offer, and it is exactly what he had asked for! Late Friday night, he signed and faxed it over to the company........

I am truly a bit freaked out by all of this.  He will be leaving months before my Parents, Children, and I are able to. 

Other than his job interview, I have spent all day everyday with him for the last year.  I don't know how I am going to adjust to his absence.  He isn't only my Husband, he is my best friend. And I really enjoy his company.

God's provision and faithfulness throughout all of this has been truly amazing!  I will write about how he has orchestrated all of this at another time.... It is a long story with amazing and abundant blessings, but for now I will leave you with some pictures of the state I have called home for over 35 yrs.

No matter how bad this state has become...there are things I will always miss about it.  First and foremost is the most BEAUTIFUL city in the whole country!!

No matter how awful our politicians are, how much they raise our taxes or tolls, or even how many dead people can never detract from her magnificent beauty.  She is gorgeous, isn't she?

I have many fond memories of the awesome museums our wonderful city has to offer.

Museum of Science and Industry.

Art Museum.

Shedd aquarium

Sue! @ the Chicago Field Museum.

U-505 submarine @ the Science and Industry Museum.

Ian, next to Sue's REAL head.  It is too heavy to be on her body in the main hall.

Sue's Arm length.  Either I have REALLY long arms or she has REALLY short ones.  LOL  "I have a Big head, and little arms!"  Name THAT movie!

Lexi and Ian a gillion years ago......actually it only FEELS that way.  It was about 5 years ago.  They are sitting in a Dino foot print!
Then of course I couldn't say goodbye to my lovely City without paying tribute to our amazing sports teams.  

If you are a Northsider, typically you are a Cubbies Fan!!  Let's Go Cubbies (clap clap clapclapclap)

If you are a Southsider.....typically you are a Sox fan.  You call cellular field "Sox Park!!"  My Hubby is a Sox Fan, but I forgive him.  :)

 Soldier Field,where the Da Bears play!!  If Texas IS football they owe a debt of "thanks" to Papa Bear, George Halas one of the founding Fathers of the NFL!!  Sadly, I haven't ever been to a football game at Soldier Field.  Sniff... Sniff...

My Boys!!! Marching out of the tunnel at Soldier Field.  I NEVER miss a game, and NEVER will.  Go BEARS!!! 

Also, I have to mention the food.  We don't have much.....being a melting pot and all. There are only a few things that are uniquely Chicago, but I will miss them terribly.

Chicago Style Hot dog, drug through the garden just like we like them.  Neon green relish, and don't forget the celery is THE most important ingredient.
Chicago Deep dish pizza.  I swear you could feed 3 families on one of these bad boys....but nobody wants to share!!!  Mmmm now I am hungry.
It would be wrong for me to mention "The City", without mentioning the city I spent 10 years of my life living in, and is home to My Brother and his family and My Aunt and her family.

Elgin, Illinois.  A place that will be dear to me no matter where I am.  Not just because it is where we bought our first home, or where I raised my babies, but because some of the people I love most in this world live here!
Yes.......those are BISON.  I don't think I EVER knew why there were Bison in Lord's Park...there just always have been.

Lord's Park, Elgin Illinois. 

 I couldn't leave home without mentioning how much I will miss the Fall.  It is my favorite time of the year.  The days are warm and the nights are cool.  The trees turn some of the most vibrant colors you could imagine.  Apple Cider, pumpkin pie, roasted corn on the cob, and shuffling through leaves as you walk along the sidewalk will be things I miss dearly.

 What I will miss more than anything is My Niece and Nephews.  They have grown up with my kids more like bothers and sister rather than cousins.  Leaving them tears my heart out.

Now for what I WON"T miss!!!
Lake Shore Drive blizzard 2011
You betcha!
I won't EVER miss that kind of snow, or cold!!  Well....Maybe just for Christmas  :)

I have spent the last 35 yrs in this state, and have never even VISITED Texas.  But I am assured God has a plan.

Jeremiah 29:11

 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 

As a family we have been praying that the Lord would lead, and that we would be obedient and follow.  Now it is time to keep up our end of the deal!!  Through tears of happiness and sorrow, I am ready to do the work ahead and watch the Master unfold His plan.  

My children have been memorizing this bible verse for the last few weeks. I thought I would close this post with it.  God has been preparing their hearts all the way along, and they are excited to be moving.  Not one bit of hesitation from any of them.  Now THAT is how BIG our God is!!!

Proverbs 3:5-6

  Trust in the LORD with all your heart
   and lean not on your own understanding;
 in all your ways submit to him,
   and he will make your paths straight.

Blessings!!!  <3 Paula