A lot going on around here! We have officially moved and are in San Antonio. Moving was so hard. I am going to miss so many people. My year in Boiling Springs will always stay so close to my heart. We made it through a lot of hard times during that year. We grew so much. We made friends that were truly heaven sent. We lived in a beautiful little home that was perfect for us; we enjoyed everything from the kitchen sink to yard work to our perfect neighbors who we quickly realized we're our soul mates!
Our goodbye to them was the hardest for me. Pictures to come once I can get them uploaded! They deserve a post all their own! We spent the next couple nights with our sweet friends the Hansens and had so much fun just relaxing. Oh, those kids together are just to die for!
Dan drove the car out and slept at rest stops and took breaks on beaches alpng the way. Jude and I barely made it through a day of travelling to Charlotte then to Houston then to San Antonio. a busy, tired toddler plus a mama with two heavy bags and no stroller or other form of child restraint was hard. adding nearly impossible to work with allergies in the mix made lunch time/trying to eat/not get peanut crumbs on us haitis. We survived an almoat three hour layover during nap time and after a long tantrum he finally fell asleep on the twenty-five minute flight and woke up even more angry. Dan was there to greet us and I immediately burst into tears of exhaustion. We stayed at the cheapest Extended Stay America the first two nights we were here ($33/night!, moldy tub included free of charge) and tonight we are splurging and using our credit card points to stay at a Quality Inn and Suites. livin large. :) The apartment search has been completely exhausting, overwhelming, and disappointing overall. We are trying to find that perfect place in a relatively good location that's reasonably priced and not a total dump. We have a list for tomorrow and we really have high hopes we will find something, sign a lease, and have a place to call home tomorrow night.
Today we really learned that Heavenly Father is the master planner of our lives. We chose a ward to attend today that we may be in depending on what apartments we end up in. We headed up to see the bishop after sacrament meeting to ask him if he could refer us to anyone who could give us some guidance on apartments/areas. I heard someone call my name on the way up the aisle, dismissed it as I thought there is no way they're calling this Rachael... Heard it again, looked over and saw one of my cute friends from high school... Kara (Robison) Martin! We hadn't seen each other since high school but seeing a new friend was just like, ahh, so nice. We caught up and she introduced us to a few other couples in Optometry School and before we knew it we were surrounded by friendly faces and warm smiles, extending any help they can give and just being so nice! Not to mention, Kara has an adorable little boy who is two days older than Jude! They had us over for dinner and it was like spending the evening with a group of good friends, not people who we had mostly just met! We couldn't feel more grateful to truly have a family anywhere we go, thanks to this amazing church we belong to. Its an indescribable feeling to have an instant connection and bond with people you just met because you know you share the same core values and life goals.
We are blessed! We are enjoying the king size bed here at the Quality Inn and Suites but will be more than happy to trade it in for an aero bed in a room of our very own, hopefully tomorrow night! :)