Oh my, we are having too much fun. What a reprieve we are having. We got a great monthly winter rate (cheaper than the hotels)  at this wonderful place:  http://www.thewoodward.com/   We are staying in the “Garden Guesthouse Two”. We have the upstairs and the downstairs and have plenty of beds to spread out, two kitchens and the homiest decor around. This is just a dream after being in hotels next to a man who sleeps all day so we had to tiptoe and put socks on the door latches to they wouldn’t hit too hard.  : (  After being turned down from probably 20 requests I put in for cheap vacation homes on homeaway.com (probably due to the ratio of kids to adults), the owner of these beautiful homes was open arms in letting us rent one of her homes. Her name is Elisabeth and she greeted me with a big hug, she’s a Christian too.  : ) After taking us into this home and making us feel at home right away, she took us down the street to her own home which she purchased 23 years ago and has hosted weddings, used as a B&B for years and served wonderful meals. It was by far one of the most beautiful homes I’d ever been in. It was just breathtaking to see all the beautiful woodwork and stained glass, high ceilings with arches everywhere. She bought her place when it was ready to fall apart and lovingly restored it. She then bought a home here and there on this block – two (this one), that she bought for only $2,000. What I like the most is that she loves what she does, she shared that it is her ministry and she loves meeting new people and serving them. How special. Anyways, we are just so happy to feel at home now. Now I can catch up on some e-mails and feel at home before we get in our home. What a joy and what a blessing it is to be here. I can’t tell you how it felt to buy things like butter and meat and spinach for salad today to put in the two kitchens (one in the upper unit and one in the bottom).

Now that we are settled, I’ll put out my camera cable tomorrow and start catching up on the blog soon.

Furnished Home

We are getting into a furnished B&B/vacation type home tomorrow for the duration of our wait to get into our home December 1st. I do not know if it has internet so if it doesn’t, I won’t be able to write e-mails or respond to any. If it does have internet, I’ll delete this post.  🙂



We put an offer on a home and it was accepted. It is 135K less than the one in Washington… while we wanted one much cheaper, this home has a second home on it in which my mother can stay when she is ready… she has Parkinson’s disease. I always wanted a second home to help others and to help my mother. It is very close to Topeka so my husband would be 15 minutes from the VA hospital instead of 4 1/2 hours…. I am going to have to adjust with having to go from going to Walmart with a town of 1,500 to a Walmart in a city with 127,000.  : (  That is my heart pain right now, but God has a plan for us here to help others… it’s not all about us and that’s what we’re trying to remember. The house is the most beautiful home we’ve ever been in with so much character. It’s like a French Victorian in excellent shape and craftsmanship. Matthew is very pleased with the structure of it…. it was built in 1880 but is solid like it was built yesterday. Nothing, absolutely nothing needs to be fixed.  It has 18 acres, a park like pond… very pretty, not like the typical muddy pond in Kansas, some barn like structures and two beautiful silos with ivy or something growing up them. I’d show the listing pictures but they are so bad, they don’t show a good representation of the house at all. I’ll share pictures when we move in or when the Inspector shows us what needs to be fixed. We looked at homes from 55K to 200K here and found to our disappointment after 25+ homes that they had water flowing in basements bad enough you could float a rubber ducky in it, floors so crooked that the fridge was tipped against the wall, horrible, horrible structural problems, smells of mold or just too tiny for our family (1400 sq ft with no basement or storage). The realtor shared that it is few are far in between that you could find a home for under 200K in Kansas anymore that are in decent shape… we have seen this and contemplated going elsewhere. So, while we really wanted a much cheaper home, it’s still going to give us an extra $700+ more a month to our benefit…. and we get an extra house on the property to help others. Now we’re trying to figure out if we have to stay in motels until December when the house closes or what to do. It’s hard to rent when they want you in a home for a year and we don’t want to bring the ABF truck out until we get into the home…. so that’s our update. I am only able to type now because we don’t have to drive to Timbucktoo to look at homes anywhere… oh, the miles and miles of endless dirt roads with my GPS not working and taking me in circles, kids getting carsick, having to use the bathroom, change diapers with no running water…. Whew. We’re done with the hard part. One of the kids had to go potty so we stopped to let her go in the potty seat, I decided to go as we were in nowheresville and here comes a truck. I had to cover myself, it got on my dress…. : (  I tipped hot tea all over myself in the hotel to the point of very red skin, I tipped over a bowl of oatmeal on the floor as I was preparing it in the motel lobby… I am never a clutz (my husband is somewhat naturally), but this move brought it out in me. Just overdone. Please pray for something other than the hotels for us until we get moved in. We are spending $1000 a week on the two side by side hotel rooms. We are in separate buildings at the same hotel right now as there are 3 events going on in Topeka right now. We’re in Holton Kansas, a very lovely town just North of Holton – we were able to take the kids to the park this morning for a good run around after sitting in the cars for over 2 weeks. They are acting up of course and talking back more than normal… pray for them too. It’s hard on them as well. Thank you….


We are in Rawlins, Wyoming right now after a wonderful visit with my mother in Oregon first…. We had a 4 hour picnic at the park on Saturday. We should be in Western Kansas tomorrow evening. My cord to my camera is packed in the truck with straps around the box so I won’t be able to share pictures until we are more stable. We have found our groove with driving with the kids and motels and such and it’s going wonderful now. Hard, hard start but I feel good and refreshed right now. I’ll share more later. All is well….  : )