Sometimes everything is NOT awesome.

Yesterday I posted on Facebook about how everything sucks right now. And it is true, it is really hard right now. Stress is high for everyone- it's the two week window right after we move somewhere. This time always gets us and we know that, and yet, it still gets us. EVERYTIME.

Yesterday after dragging the boys to six houses, we found a house that everyone LOVED. It had carpet for Ben, a fabulous kitchen for me, a backyard and great schools for the boys. I told the agent that we wanted it. She told me that no one had put in an application for it yet, and to fill in an application to get the process going. In the time it took for her to get back to the office and for us to go home to fill out the application, someone had already put in an application. Unfortunately for us, it is first come first serve. Talk about disappointment. Well not a few hours later, we get a call and the person who put in the application had the wrong house! There are two houses for rent next to each other and he wanted the other! Woot woot! So as long as our application is approved, we could have the house! Lots of prayers going on in our house right now.

Another great bit of news. Ben went up to DC this week to see some of the people in his chain of command. When he was there, they told him that they don't call guys from Ben's office very often to travel! So we could have another two years of not having Ben traveling very much for work!

As we can all see- not everything sucks.

Things are stressful, but there are some good things happening as well.

And we are almost out of the two week zone. We can do this.


Ridiculously Awesome

Being a mom can be rough. However there is nothing like the awesomeness that comes when you aren't expecting it, like these gems. 

"You don't know me...I'm 100% awesome." ~ Jack

Standing on the soda aisle, looking at caffeine free Coke -"This is why America is awesome". ~Jack

Jack: What is your third favorite color?
Thomas: Black
Jack: No, it can't be. Black isn't a color, it's a shade. 
Ben: If it's in the crayon box, it's a color. 

"I'm really close to being a man, but Thomas, you still have a few years". ~Jack

Man my kids rock. 


Hello Greensboro.

We made it. As we speak I am sitting in our hotel room and it is raining. We can't go anywhere because poor Jack is sick. Throwing up several times yesterday, he is currently hiding away in a very comfortable bed watching movies. 

The good and bad so far:

1. Jack is totally sick, and hopefully NOT contagious. 
2.  The first house we went to was less than epic, and made me a bit discouraged. 
3. Ben is going out of town next week. 

1. Greensboro is beautiful and green, and the weather has been nice and cool. 
2. The second house we looked at was more encouraging. 
3. The people here are super nice. Yesterday when Jack threw up, a lady gave us all sorts of supplies to help us out. And there were others that offered help. 
4. We got a car! Driving is pretty sweet. 

Greensboro. I think I like you. 

We just need to find a place to live. 


Almost done.

We've been in Utah for almost a month, and we have loved spending time with family and friends. I have discovered things like "dirty Dr. Pepper" (if you don't know what it is- google it) and kindling a new love of Utah. 

It has been awesome.  Oh and I now have bangs. 

There you have it. Our time here in pictures. We have celebrated both Jack and Thomas' birthdays, ans celebrate Ben's this week. 

We still have a lot to fit in our last week here. And then we will be off to our next adventure in North Carolina. 

I'm very grateful for this adventure that is our life. We have so many people to love and to be loved by. It gives me the strength and courage I need for all of the challenges of life. 

Hugs and kisses. 


The time is coming.

The airplane isn't very far away.  As I type, we have less than a week left. I am unable to clearly identify my feelings, but here are some of them.
I am sad to leave friends here.  I have met some extraordinary people here, who I will be lifelong friends with. Then there are other people who have meant a lot to me, but realistically, I probably won't see again. 

I am nervous about home leave.  We have 30 days of vacation, which is great, but I keep having these really bad dreams about fighting with family and not having a place to stay. 

I am excited to move to North Carolina.  I have only been thinking of the good things, and haven't even considered that there are any negative possibilities.  I am pretty confident that it is going to be great, except for the dream that we had to move into a converted garage that did not have a working toilet, only a squatter out back.

I am relieved that we are leaving Colombo- as Dengue has hit here really hard.  It has always been a problem, but in the last few weeks, several friends have been affected, and one family had 3 of 5 members of their family in the hospital.  Let's just say, in every single one of our prayers, we pray that we won't get it.  And we start each day with a good dose of deet.

I can't wait to have a car.  Two years of tuk-tuks and taxis have had a lot of benefits, but there are also frustrations. It will be fantastic to have a car, and not have the unorganized chaos that is traffic here.

I am leaving here a different person.  I think mostly for the better.  I was able to do most of what I wanted to do.  I got out of it what I put in, and for that I am completely satisfied.  

Sri Lanka will now be a part of me, and a part of my story.  And for that I am grateful.

Here are a few pictures of our time here.  In no particular order.