Timing is everything. Trying to plan a home purchase, utilities sign-up, insurance costs, bank accounts, automobile registration, licensing and smog inspection along with church shopping, store shopping and post office shopping, the list is long for setting up our home in a different state, culture and neighborhood.
Yet, it is invigorating to start-up a new life. New friends abound, new sights fill up our eyes, new road trips lead us in all directions of the compass. Of course our palate is looking for different ways to cook beef, chicken, pork and fish. Here in Texas there are distinct flavors of food that make the locals very proud.
The Texas heat made us get creative quickly. We found places to go where the inside A/C was so refreshing. Sometimes it was a shopping mall, other times it was a movie theater. Still at other times we let the air conditioning of a friend’s home welcome us inside from the heat.
High on our memories of our move to Texas one year ago was juggling the timing of purchasing a home and moving our “priceless stuff” from the West Coast. Our home in Texas had not yet closed. The moving company was ready to pick up our possessions in California.
Movers charge according the time that personal goods are in their possession. Keeping that time to a minimum was important. Stewardship means a lot to us.
Juggling our California departure, my Texas work start date and the closing of the house all had to be coordinated. If you take it too seriously, you could lose your mind. We were determined to roll with the punches, adjust and flex.
To do so meant that we ended up being in our new home before our furniture arrived. Trying to be prepared, we threw a folding table into the back of my pickup truck along with two folding chairs. Then, we added a box of pots, pans, dishes and flatware.
Once the real estate agents handed us the house keys, we ceremoniously walked into our new home. It was very spartan, almost “collegesque”. To us it was part of the adventure. It was like a picnic in our newly adopted state. God gives us blessings no matter how odd they may seem.
photo credit: brucefong cellphone photography