My life with the 3stephensboys is exciting, trying, fulfilling, entertaining, amazing, tiring, inspiring... what God made me for & what I love. Therefore, you may not see many pictures of Darrin or me, but you will get an eye full of my 3stephensboys in all of their glory, amazement and cuteness! Thanks for visiting! Enjoy!

Friday, July 14, 2006

A Long Time Coming!!! From Texas????

Wow!!! When I got on here to see how long it had been, I had no idea it was 3 months ago! Time Flies!!

Have lots of new info to give you and to update you on!!!

First and most importantly, we have a new address and phone #. Yes, I am sitting in College Station, Texas writing this and we have been here 1 week! To some of you this may come as a surprise, but others of you know.

When Darrin was laid off in September, he sent out resumes everywhere! As there weren't any animating jobs in Lincoln, he found a job in October with the company he had been with before we went to Tennessee. He went back to teaching and doing web design, but that isn't animating! The pay was low and there weren't any benefits, but somehow we were making ends meet, barely. He didn't hear anything for many months, but then out of the blue he kept getting called in March with possibilities in Orlando, Austin and then at Texas A&M. Darrin flew down over Memorial weekend and several weeks later was officially offered the job. With only 2 weeks to pack and get ready, we weren't able to come down and find a place, so we set off with our stuff in an U-Haul and knowing that God would find a place when we arrived.

God has been in the middle of this adventure from the get go and His timing is perfect! We left Lincoln on July the 3rd late in the day. We literally went around the corner from our house and the trailer that Darrin was pulling in the truck had a flat tire! We waited for an hour for someone to come and fix it and then started out again around 3:00. It was slow going as the truck would sway back and forth frightening so! We were going 45-5o mph! 94 miles later somewhere in Kansas, we had another flat, this time on the truck itself. We were on the side of a 2 lane highway with nothing around!!! After 2 1/2 hours of waiting, someone came and another 1/2 hour later we were on our way again. BUT we had Darrin's truck which was on the trailer too heavy, so we had to unload the back of the Dakota and leave some of our things along side the road.

I reminded Dakota that we were like the pioneers who had to leave their things along the Oregon trail and that everything we were leaving was replaceable! So after lightening the load, Darrin was able to handle the truck a whole lot better and we were able to go faster! Darrin said that the 2nd flat was a blessing so the way was easier. Due to the delay, we didn't arrive in College Station as we had hoped and our 1 day to find a place to live turned into 4 hours. Needless to say, we didn't find a place on Wednesday, but learned where we did and didn't want to live, which is important!

Darrin had to be to work on Thursday, so the boys and I set out to find a place and then again on Friday. Dakota and I knew that God had a place for us on Friday and we both said that by 5:00 that night we would have a place, and just like God sometimes does, almost last minute, by 4:00 we had signed a lease to a duplex that we were able to get into for under$1500 including deposits and all! Another answer to prayer!!!

So we are settling in and getting familiar with our new town and the new level of humidity that is here!:) We are anxious to see what God has planned for us in Texas as I wouldn't ever have dreamed that I would be living in "God's Country" in my life!!:)

Darrin is getting into a pattern at work, having 1 week under his belt and I wish I could tell you more about what he is doing, but I'm pretty clueless! He is animating for TEEX which is a part of Texas A&M. Hopefully I will be able to tell you all more at a later date!

To update you since Kru's surgery, he is doing fine! April was busy with Kye's 4th birthday and a week long visit from Aunt Shel-Shel and Uncle Kory. We all had a blast!!!May was busy with school and soccer winding down and getting ready for VBS. June was a blur!!!:) We had 1 week of Summer vacation before VBS, which was a ton of fun again this year and then we packed and packed and packed! We didn't forget about Kru's 1st birthday however, and my dad was able to come for a week to celebrate his youngest grandson's big day! We took some pictures of the boys and I will add many more later, but for now these will have to do! Check back soon for more photos!

If you want to come visit us or write here is our new info!!!

3704 Oldenburg Ln

College Station, TX 77845


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Miss you all and hope all is well with you and yours!

Love Kari

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