So after getting somewhat settled in the townhouse in College Station, we spent our days trying to get acclimated and also praying a lot for our house in Friendswood to sell! The following is the rest of the month of September and October, and actually into November, just so you can peak into our moving experience and our first few days back in Aggieland. 🙂 Again, marathon post so hang in there haha!
AND in the middle of ALL of this….
I’ll leave you with this verse below. I read this in my Bible App this week and it hit my face like a ton of bricks. If you would have asked me last year where we would be at this point in time, I would of said in Friendswood of course, because we had plans to stay there long term. It never felt exactly right though to me, and I could never place my finger on it or understand what the solution would be to our lack of family time and Jacob’s hour and 15-20 minute commute each way… but we prayed about it, because we knew things needed to be better for our family. Jacob looked for jobs in Houston for over a year, and we continued to just feel kind of stuck. Feeling like we needed a change but having no idea what to do or feeling like, could we really make a change and take a plunge. When this job in College Station popped up out of no where, it was almost too good to be true and really shook us up a little and we were unsure if it was stable and something we could count on. Someone told us, “You know, a lot of people pray for things in their lives, but then they are unsure or afraid to take advantage of the opportunities to have their prayers answered because they are scared of one thing or another.” And when I heard those words, I knew for sure this is what we were meant to do at this point in our lives. Who knows how long we will be here, hopefully for a little while at least because moving is exhausting haha… but as long as we are here, we will be so ever thankful for our time together and the opportunity to grow as a family and slow down and live our lives together rather than rushing past each other during the day. God has plans for His children, things that our eyes have never seen and our minds have never even considered.
I’ve been a tad M.I.A. lately… mainly because over the last 4-5 months we have been in transition MOVING! And it has been CRAY CRAY! Jacob got a job offer for a private company in College Station, TX, and while we were SO incredibly sad to leave our friends and family, it has been such a blessing for us. He is home so much more, we eat dinner together every night, a five minute commute vs. an hour and 20 min… we are so much more at peace here and having the opportunity to catch up with some of our friends we haven’t been close to since we were in college. So I thought it was appropriate to do a couple of “Catching Up with the Campbells” posts so you can kind of see what we’ve been up to over this past summer and fall. And just to warn you… these posts are going to be looooonnng… we’ve been some busy people lately!
So this whole summer we were very back and forth between Friendswood and College Station, trying to find a house and then picking out interior features for it, and then also celebrating birthdays for Jackson and my mom in June, me in July and also our TENTH anniversary… Jacob also got kidney stones that week of our anniversary, my cousin passed away suddenly and tragically and I was so sad I couldn’t attend his funeral… we had swim lessons for Jackson for two weeks that were a tad torturous, and in the middle of all of it we were getting our house ready to sell and then preparing for showings… which if you have ever tried to do with toddlers, you know it is just about the worst game you can play with them hehe… Jackson had oral surgery to take care of some cavities in July, we celebrated the fourth of July in there too and went to an Astros game and tried to hit up all of our favorite Houston “things to do” while we were still in town. We visited my parents, I met up with my former teaching gals, traded in our car and had a fabulous going away party. WHEW! And that was just June, July and August haha!!!!
Then September hit… my last living grandmother passed away the week before we were supposed to move up to College Station, so we traveled to Vidor to celebrate my Maw-Maw’s life and death, and then came back to Friendswood just in time for Hurricane Harvey to wreck the entire Texas coast. Some of my best friends lost their home, my parents had six feet of water in their home… and with so much to process in such a short amount of time, we pushed our move off another week. We sadly left the following weekend to move into a townhouse that Jacob’s company owned, for us to use in kind of a transitional period while we waited for our house to sell and for our new house to be finished. We moved up just in time for Jackson to start his Pre-School, and he did so well with it, especially considering everything that little guy had just been through and witnessed. He was so nervous going and I was so proud of him for being so brave. So the following pictures are from the month of September. I told you we have been busy! 🙂
Whew! So serious update here! If you made it to the end, I think you deserve a trophy… or at least a cookie. I’ll be following up with Part 2 once I can get around to it!