Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The state of things...

Things are a bit crazy right now with all that is going on, so I thought I'd give you a little taste of it.  Here we go...

A couple of nights after Andy accepted the job in Rome, I took him out for Christie Cookies to celebrate...and he got an ice cream cone.  Oh well, I tried.

Andy tossed his swim trunks at Duncan while we were at the beach and they ended up looking like this.  Hilarious, I tell you.

Several weekends ago we drove around Rome to look at a few rental houses.  This was the first one.  I didn't even want to go in, but Andy made me.  I walked through a giant spider web on the way in the door...the spider must have been friends with the belly-up bugs in the kitchen too.  We won't be staying here.

Although, if you look real close, Subway is just a hop, skip, and jump away.  Too bad.

Tennis is really BIG in Rome.  No, really.  And Andy is really quite good at tennis (insert Andy's eye roll here).  I am not.  He is fearful that I will embarrass him greatly on the courts in the near future, so he has been "coaching" me lately.  How does it look like it's going to you???

So the other night as he was hitting balls to me so that I could practice, I reared back ready to zip one past him...and I just knew I had made contact...but the ball had seemingly disappeared.  It took me a minute, but once I figured it out, we both found it pretty amusing (you do see the ball, right?).  Andy said that was a first for him...leave it to me!

Our happy little tennis evening ended quite abruptly though when Andy suggested I stand back and let him serve the balls across the court to me.  After dodging the first few, I decided I liked both of my eyeballs and I walked off the court to sit down.  Andy, attempting to be funny, hit a ball right at me as I was walking to my seat and nailed me directly in the gut.  Insert "wifely look of death" HERE.  His reasoning for smacking a ball into my belly was that, "He thought I was looking."  My response,"Not only was I NOT looking...I had NO racket in my hand!"  Needless to say, Andy took Duncan's place in the doghouse for a bit, but thankfully I survived the hit.  No, we haven't made it back to the courts yet.


Lastly, of all the comments I have received in response to my saying that I don't have a job lined up yet in Rome, I have a favorite.  I was told today that perhaps I could try being a single mom instead of teaching full time.  The term "stay-at-home mom" came up a little later in the conversation, so I can only assume that is what was meant.  But I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Back from the Beach...

Yep, that's right.  Andy and I slipped away for the week with some good friends to relax a bit on the shores of Topsail Island.  

Aaahhh.  What is it about the beach that just takes the stress of selling your home, moving AGAIN, etc. away?  At least for a little bit anyway.

And guess what?  Someone else got to go along.  Guess who?  Yep, the furry one.  He still hates the water, but he loved getting to go along on the trip.

But never fear, while we were gone the house went on the market, professional photographs of our home were taken and uploaded, and we had 3 showings.  Hopefully we are on the right track, but who knows.  Everyone we talk to says, "Oh, your house won't take any time to sell."  But unfortunately, we know it can take a while.  I'm hoping if we sold our last house in 3.5 months or so, maybe this one can sell a bit faster.  But again, who knows.  That's the thing about taking a leap of faith.  Things don't always work out the way you think they should and on your time table.  Sometimes, they work out the way that they need to in the amount of time that they need to.  God continues to show us He is good and has a plan, so we just need to breath, pack our bags, and trust.

Before I go, I'll leave a link to our MLS listing in case anyone knows of someone looking for a home in the greater Lenox Village area.  If nothing else, the pictures are prettier than anything I've taken around here lately!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

BIG News...

No, friends and future grandparents.  Andy and I are not jumping on the baby train quite yet.  Most everyone we've shared our news with half expects us to say we are with child, but we aren't quite there yet.  Sorry to all that we have disappointed.  :)  Our news actually involves this guy...

Getting a new job here...

Yep, you guessed it.  Andy has secretly been attending medical school and he is going to be a doctor!  Kidding, kidding.  Andy has accepted the Controller position at Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome, Georgia!  Crazy, right?  In case you don't know what a Controller does, he will be working with the accounting staff at the hospital know...control the money or something.  In fact, the only thing I really know is he will work in a hospital and do his accounting thing.  I apologize in advance to all of the Controllers in the world that I have offended (including Andy).

We prayed and stewed over the decision to even apply for weeks.  After he applied, we found out that he basically moved right through Round 1 (phone interview), and we later learned that he was one of three that would be going down to the facility to formally interview.  Well, remember that crazy IKEA/Benadryl shot weekend in Atlanta?  That was only half of the real story.  We traveled on to Rome from Atlanta (only about an hour, people!) and Andy interviewed that Monday.  I dropped him off at 7:45 or so that morning, and he didn't walk back out of the hospital doors until nearly 4:00 that afternoon!

Yes, this is me taking a picture from the car at the first sight of him.  I was like an overprotective mom on a child's first day of school.  I had been a ball of nerves all day wondering how it was going, how he would feel about his answers to questions, whether he had spilled anything from lunch on his new suit--you know, the important stuff.  To see this boy's face meant I could finally get some answers!

Well, fast forward a few weeks, and this guy must have done okay.  He was offered the job last Monday evening, and he accepted the next day.  It truly was an offer that we would be crazy to refuse, so here we are preparing our home for the market (don't get me started--this one is tough!), trying to find a place to rent in Rome, I'm hopefully securing employment, etc. 

In short, this was a long-term decision with short-term consequences (selling the house we've only been in a year, resigning my job, leaving our church, saying "goodbye" to family and friends in the area, you get the picture).  We knew Andy would eventually want to move on from audit to do something else, but we really felt like he should stay with HCA.  Thus, the decision to move into an HCA hospital came up, and out of all of the locations that could have been available, I feel certain Rome was a great option for us.  Many have asked, "Didn't you know moving would be a possibility before you bought your new home?"  Honest answer:  No.  When we chose to sell our first home and buy something different, it was because at the time that is what we thought needed to be done.  Moving on from audit seemed a world away to Andy (us) at that point, and we made the best decision we could at the time.  Should we have had more foresight way back when about the possibility of a move?  Maybe.  But to be honest, being newly married without children, you sometimes make choices in the moment because YOU CAN.  Andy and I are trying to move forth in the Rome direction and not worry so much about things we can't change now.  If we could go back in time and know all that we do now, would we still purchase our current home that we love dearly?  Likely not.  But then again, you know what they say about hindsight...

We have been told this will likely be a 3-5 year move, and then we will go from there.  I am extremely proud of Andy for stepping up and trying for this position, and even prouder that he got the job.  Of course, I have always known how smart and easy-to-work-with he can be, but I am so thankful that someone else saw that in him as well.  Is it going to be easy to make this transition?  No.  Not even close.  It has already been difficult.  But we are a team, and thankfully, we believe in each other.  We are praying for the best, and bracing for the worst.  

We are going to visit Rome again soon for me to interview for the one-and-only available teaching position in their two school districts--God must be at work for me to even have the opportunity to interview.  We will also be attempting (again) to secure a rental to live in.  We would greatly appreciate your prayers and thoughts in the coming weeks.  There is a lot going on and a lot that needs to come together at the right time.

And lastly, if you are finding out about our move for the first time through this post, I apologize.  Life has gotten so crazy that we have not even been able to think of all of the people we need to try to get in touch with to tell.  It isn't that we don't love you, we just can't think straight right now!

Updates to come. :)

Monday, July 2, 2012

Wedding Weekend...

Andy and I are back from yet another road trip.  We have traveled the last 3 weekends, and I have begged to stay home for a while.  Not that the road trips haven't been for important, worthwhile reasons, it's just...I miss being home!  And don't even ask what we have spent in gas this month--double our usual.  Ouchy.  Anywho, this weekend we helped celebrate with a childhood friend of Andy's as he got hitched.  Andy was a groomsman for what we think may be the 8th time--I always tell him he's the male version of 27 Dresses.  :)

This picture was taken several weeks ago at the man shower that was thrown for Andy's buddy, John.  It is so funny to me when guys get together for "showers."  Notice the table decor?  I literally had to pry the Smokey stuffed animal out of Andy's hand as we were leaving--he was just dying to take it with him (not!).  Andy  loved every moment of catching up with these guys--they are quite a crew, those Huntingdon boys.

This picture was clearly taken at the wedding on Saturday.  It was a BEAUTIFUL ceremony with numerous personal touches.  So glad we were able to be a part of it.  This was one of the last of the boys to get married--time sure marches on, doesn't it?  We wish this sweet couple the best!  Congrats John and Brianne!!!