Saturday, January 21, 2012

Moving Out & Moving On

Even though we just celebrated Wade's 26th and Andrew's 1st birthdays, I'm still going to try to recap what's been going on since....  before Thanksgiving.  Shameful, I know.  Buuuut that's what happens when we STILL don't have internet at the house!  {We heard they should be laying the cables in March!!!  Can we wait another 2 months...??  Ughhhh, it's going to be a looooong Februrary!}
Thankfully, though, Jen and Nathan have internet and so here I am!  :)

I FINALLY have a front porch to decorate!  :) 
The very SECOND thing I moved to the house {after hubby's Bible!}
were my 3 pumpkins and my Halloween/Thanksgiving wreath.  #priorities

I learned how to cook meals for our family
of three AND four on this stove...  :(
Here is Vannie, cooking our very last meal in the rent house...
Heather's Creamy Crawfish Pasta!

Simply. Fabulous. Print this one out, people. 
You will thank me, I promise!!!
Is 2 years old too early to teach them how to read?
And cook?  And do manual labor??  ;)

Apple Strudel Cheesecake Bars...  google the recipe. 

One the way to our new house, I had to marvel at how beautiful the roadway was... 
those gorgeous trees, just praising our Creator.  It reminded me of this verse::
Isaiah 55:12 - "For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands."

I have to say that I ADORE living in the country...  where you wake up to the smell of pine woods, look out across gorgeous green pastures, breath the fresh, clean air, and hear the trees rustle together to create a gentle whispering that resonates with your very being. 
 I know I sound crazy, but just come over to visit. 
You'll understand. 

Here are a few pictures of our rent house as we pack it up and say goodbye::
One shelf emptied by my little helpers....

Our very precious, very PRICELESS besties, Meggie and Justin,
 drove down from Shreveport to help us settle in!!!!! 
They were our very first houseguests!!!!!!! 

Ready for my license, Dad!!!

Y'all didn't know I had married a mighty lumberjack, didja???  :)

Here is our FIRST meal in the new house!!!!! 
And what else could it possibly be but
roast, carrots, and potatoes!  It's a family tradition!

How do we already have TWO children driving????? 

Not only is he a lumberjack, but Wade is also a carpenter!!!!  Look what he did all by himself!!!!!  Isn't it the most perfect mailbox EVER???????  {Disregard the crooked box part and how it's not centered...  We didn't have long enough screws, sooooo this is what's working for us now.}  Haaa!

I would put my new address here {it's SOOO pretty!! I was SOOOO excited about our street name!}, but I don't think you're supposed to do that on the internet, so when you're ready to send us mail to our new mailbox at our new house,
let me know and I'll send it to you!!!! 

I'm so glad I had Megan to document the next few pictures for us...
This is when we were almost completely finished packing up the rent house and
only had one last trip before turning in our keys....

We have had so many wonderful times in this rent house...  it's where we learned how to be parents.  The good, the bad, and the ugly.  It's where my babies learned how to eat, how to speak, how to walk.  The front window is where Savannah laid in her bassinett as a newborn baby when she had a touch of jaundice.  The back window is where Andrew pulled on the blinds as a toddler and our curtains came crashing down and we could never get them the same after that. The kitchen is where we taught the kids not to play in the refrigerator and that a stick of butter is not really a snack. The front bathroom had a crack on the inside of the doorframe and I would always worry that Savannah or Andrew would push on the door when someone was using the bathroom and it would push right open.  The front room was Andrew's nursery.  Who are we kidding...  it was our storage room with a crib in it.  Haa!  Savannah's room was in the middle, making it really easy access to our room on very dark nights...  {which were most nights, especially when Wade was working that dang night shift!}  Our room was in the back, but it's really where Dolly and Piggy and Rella spent most of their time and where the ceiling fan NEVER got cleaned.  Not even once.
Such sweet, sweet memories that I hope I never, never forget.

November 20-30ish::  Our last time in our "old house."

"Are you guys sure about this??"

Hahaha, this one just makes me laugh!

All that's left to show that the Pooles ever partied here... 
Savannah's writing on the wall. 

where Wade sat for HOURS by the a/c unit when Savannah was a newborn
because that was the ONLY place she would stop crying...
Now look who's crying...

One last shot of our Poole Party before locking up this rent house...
and our precious times there... forever.

Wade's face right here is written on my heart forever.
What a special, yet bittersweet, moment this was for our family.

Sometimes I wonder if I should have written the next residents a note...  letting them know that 8 is the perfect number to put the stove on when you need to boil pasta. That the fence doesn't always latch behind you, even if it sounds like it did.  That the neighbors across the street always decorate for the holidays with giant blow-up figures and that that makes for a great field for the kids. 
That clover patches in the front yard make for the best pictures, right, Shan???  :)
 That if you don't secure the garbage lids, a dang white cat WILL find it's way in.  That I've scrubbed those floors for the past 2 years and I'll be so mad if they mess them up.  And that I'm sorry for not ever cleaning that ceiling fan.

But I guess they'll have to figure all that out on their own...

I'll never forget what Wade said as we loaded up the car 
and drove off to our new home..
"It's time to go make some new memories."
And that's what we've been doing ever since...


  1. Why the heck did i almost cry reading this!!
    Donut holes and chocolate milk with Van on sunday mornings. napovers watching movies on the floor. its the perfect location to ask about bridesmaids. cooking parties. pantry cleaning parties. heart to hearts. babysitting time. So many good memories!
    Can you move back? My gas tank liked that house better :)

  2., Nathan, and Al are all crying now. You are such a good blogger...could you please start documenting my memories too??? I need to get better at this!!!! Love you and so glad you are making new memories so close by!!!

  3. Oh Lissie....What a wonderful story you have shared ...Daddy was crying when he was reading your blog...Isaiah 55:12 could not better summarize what joy we have watching God bless your family with His love...truly the trees of the field clap their hands in praise to our God. Every good gift comes down from the Father above... We love you and are so happy for your new memories you will now be making...

    Love, MOMMMY

  4. Ok, I had to stop to wipe my eyes three times. Then I had to stop again just to cry. Now my nose is all snotty.

    :) Mandy


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From childhood friends to high school sweethearts, and now newlyweds and brand-new parents, Wade and I can only thank Jesus for His incredible blessings. Our three children are the ULTIMATE gifts from God and we pray that our lives glorify Him. He is our everything.