The Move 2013 (Part 2)

Okay y’all, here’s the second part of the story of our big move.

(Here’s our new house in Michigan.)

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So, picking up where we left off, we left Lott the next morning (Sunday) and drove. And drove. And drove some more. All that day and most of the next day. It gets very tiring and boring. We saw crazy things, like the guy in a convertible wearing a funky hat, and a police car on fire. At one time I happened to have all the phones that were in the van, which I think is kinda cool. We got to eat fast food, homemade whoopie pies, frappes, and other yummy junk food. πŸ™‚ Then Alex got one of those funky hats too, so he was wearing it, and then I stole it from him. Watching movies helped pass the time, as did listening to music and driving. Only I wasn’t allowed to drive. Not yet. πŸ™‚ **Random little pictures from our trip**

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Then we got to Michigan. FINALLY!!!Β  We started unloading the truck the next day, and then started the unpacking and the decorating and the organizing. With friends of course.

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Oh wait, I did get to drive! Nooo, just kidding. Sorry for that heart attack I just gave you. But it was fun sitting in the big driver’s seat of the moving truck. πŸ™‚ It was so fun to be able to see and hang out with our cousins and friends, too.

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There will be awesome times and there will be bad times here, and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for our family in the future. He has showed us that, through all of this, He will be there for us. And through all of your troubles and good times, He will be there with you too.

Have a wonderful day, friends! πŸ™‚

*alyssa*

The Move 2013 (Part 1)

Okay, I finally got around to editing all of our almost-200 moving pictures, and I decided to share some with you. I put them into collages so you can see more of them and it won’t take up so much room in my post. Comprendo? πŸ™‚

Ya wanna make the pictures bigger? Click on them, it might help.

(This was our house in Texas.)

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The last few weeks were filled with packing, and now unpacking. The weeks included a surprise visit from our cousin, Adriana, and her dad, lots and lots of boxes, Grandma coming to help us out with packing, awesome picture opportunities, crazy duct tape messages from my dad, and lots more.

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Then came all the goodbyes. We went over to our neighbor’s house one evening for supper and said goodbye to them, and two of our other neighbor girls came over the next day to say goodbye and give us a cute little teddy bear (which we then named DB). πŸ™‚ We will miss our neighbors; they were pretty cool.

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Then, before we knew it, moving day came. We quickly ate breakfast and got ready for the day, and all our helpers came. A big thank you to everyone that came to help! We carried boxes, wrapped mirrors and pictures in blankets, carried more boxes, cleaned floors and bathrooms, and carried more stuff to the moving truck. It was quite exhausting, I must say.

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Then it was lunchtime and we children kinda took a little siesta. And took videos. And laughed at how crazy we looked in the video camera.

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Annnnnnd just like that, they put the last piece of furniture, our last piece of the Miller house in Texas, into the moving truck and shut and locked the big door. A while later we bid our uncle and cousin farewell and sent them on their way to Michigan with the moving truck and all our treasures and belongings. (That huge truck, by the way, has a very small horn.)

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We had to say goodbye to this wonderful family. They were the ones that met for church with us for over a year. We got to know each other very well; it was like we were a big family. Saying goodbye was hard. But, on the bright side, it gives us something to look forward to when we visit Texas again! πŸ™‚

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Then we drove up to Lott to stay overnight there. We had a yummy supper with our cousins, aunts, and uncles at Grandpa’s house, hung out a little with friends and cousins, and then tried to get a good night’s rest so we would be able to get up and drive all day the next day. (Notice in the bottom left picture: Ya think we look alike? We are actually cousins, not sisters. But we like to say we’re twins, even though we are a few years apart.) πŸ™‚ Gonna miss all you Lott people. Yet another thing to look forward to when we come visit Texas, though! Oh, and don’t forget, y’all are supposed to come visit US up here too! πŸ˜€

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The next morning we left. And we drove. And drove. And DROVE. There was a lot of driving, in case you didn’t know.

***Read part two for the rest…. πŸ™‚

The Beginning of the End (In A Way)

Β  Β Six more days. This next week is going to be a week of ‘lasts’ for us.

The last Sunday together with our small group of friends. The last Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, etc. in Texas. The last time I dust all the furniture. The last time we go Downtown. The last time we shop at H.E.B. The last time I hang up my clothes in my closet. The last time we see our aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends in Lott for a long time.

It will be hard saying goodbye to Texas. There are many memories that we’ve made here. We’ve had many good times and bad times.

 

The next few weeks/months to come will be filled with firsts, though. The first time we call my Grandma’s house ‘home.’ The first time I can babysit my baby cousin. The first time I drive on the road (hopefully). The first time we children will take on the role of pastor’s kids (which, like I said before, we won’t be any different!).

It’s going to be yet another adventure in the life of the Miller family. My goodness, we should write a book. πŸ™‚

This chapter of our life is ending, and a new one is starting. It reminds me of a song that Mandisa sings, called ‘Say Goodbye.’ It says:
Say goodbye to the one that I used to be……. Hello, hello, this is where it starts now, everything can turn around in a moment; here’s your moment where you say goodbye.

We could put this into a spiritual perspective. You see, we thought we were moving to SA for good. We thought we were here to stay. But all that changed. When God is in control, anything can change. Even your life. You can say goodbye to the old, sinful you and say hello to the new, refined, purified you.

Moving: Our Story (The shortened version)

Wow. Sorry I haven’t written for like forever. Well, technically it wasn’t forever, but so what. I’m not quite sure what all this post will cover, but I’m planning on telling you a little bit about our move from Michigan to Texas and now back to Michigan. Sound interesting enough? I know, I know, you see the title I’ve given this post and you’re thinking, “Oh shoot, not one of those loooong posts about her life story or all her thoughts on how they moved.” Well, lemme break it to ya: If you’re thinking that right now, you’d better stop reading right here. No, I won’t tell my life story, but I will tell you about our move and a few updates on how it’s going. Okay, moving on….. (See what I did there? We’re moving…… moving on….) πŸ˜€

Okay, as most of you know already, we moved from Michigan to Texas in 2011. Wow, was it that long ago already? Anyways, we moved on June 22, 2011, with hopes of starting an outreach church here in San Antonio. Now fast-forward about a year…… The doors were closing for us; we older kids didn’t really have any other older children to hang out with down here, we were feeling a little ‘alone’ and away from church fellowship, and stuff like that. There was a family that was planning on moving down here to be with us, but that didn’t work out after all. We had been feeling like maybe God was leading us to move back to Michigan, and hearing that the family won’t be moving down here anymore just confirmed it. We were moving back to Michigan.Β Then God decided to throw in another little piece of His plan for us. The church we went to in Michigan before we moved was now having a pastor ordination. My dad ended up being one of the guys that had a possibility of being ordained. So they decided to have the ordination when we went back to visit our friends and family in Michigan for Christmas 2012. Annnnnd this is the part where my dad gets ordained as one of the pastors of that church. So yes, now I’m a pastor’s kid, but don’t think of me as any different. I’m still the same old, un-perfect, crazy me. πŸ™‚ Once we got back here to San Antonio, we put my dad’s lawn care business up for sale again and started doing a little packing. We still didn’t know for sure when we would be moving out of Texas and back to Michigan, but we figured it would be soon. After about a month, my dad’s business sold to one of our friends down here. Then we decided that our moving date would be set for March 2, 2013. So now our days are filled with trying to quickly do school and then pack, pack, and pack some more! As our mission here in San Antonio is coming to a close, we are having lots of mixed feelings about it. One day I can’t wait to move back to Michigan and get to know some of my friends again, and the next day I would rather just stay right here in Texas. When we first moved here I hated it, but the awesomeness of Texas gradually grows on you. I will definitely miss the warm weather and my cousins and friends who live about 3 hours away. All you people from Lott, it just means that y’all are gonna have to come visit us sometime in Michigan! πŸ™‚

So, we have only 11 more days in Texas, then all of y’all in Michigan are gonna have to learn to put up with us! Like I said before, there’s a lot of mixed feelings. But I can say personally that in the almost-2-years that we have lived here, I have grown closer to God and my family, I have made some pretty cool friends from Lott, I also got to know my Miller cousins better, and I have developed my love for photography and music.

We’ve had many hard, lonely times down here in San Antonio, but there has also been some pretty awesome, memorable times.

I’m not quite sure how to bring this to a close, and I don’t even know if what I wrote is making any sense to you. So I’ll just say this: I know I couldn’t have done any of this without my friends, my family, and most importantly, my amazing God. Β I’ve learned that when in doubt, just trust Him. He’s already got it all figured out. So, if you’re not sure why you’re where you are right now, just trust God. If you’re wondering why He is letting something happen that you don’t want to happen, just trust Him. Believe me, He knows what He’s doing. His way is the best way to go.

*alyssa*

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Still in the Christmas Mood

After a 2 1/2 week vacation, I’m finally getting my Christmas pictures uploaded and edited. So that’s why I’m still “in a Christmas mood.” πŸ™‚

For Christmas we went to Michigan, which turned out to be very fun!

*We got to see an amazing Christmas play, make Christmas candies, get matching pajamas from our wonderful Grandma, have a real “Geigley Christmas” (as you can see on the top right picture), and so on and so forth. πŸ™‚

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*I was also able to hang out/go shopping with my wonderful friends, play some funny games, and see my old school friends. Oh, and my brother had a crazy/kinda awesome hat and a cool bass guitar so I thought I would put that picture in too. πŸ™‚

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*Me and my awesome cousin being crazy. It was great to be able to goof off with my cousins again. πŸ™‚

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* My little cousin. He is crazy adorable.

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*We got to play in the wonderful snow while we were there! It was so fun to be able to make snow angels, eat the snow, watch it fall silently to the ground, try to catch it on your tongue, stuff your face into the snow, then go inside and drink warm hot chocolate or tea. πŸ™‚
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*Then we traveled back to another part of Texas. We got to hang out with some other wonderful cousins and awesome friends for the weekend. It was fun playing volleyball, going out to eat, going to some friends’ house, holding that fluffy little puppy that felt like a pillow (what was his name….Bentley?), and other awesome things. πŸ™‚

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It was a very fun 2 weeks, I enjoyed pretty much every moment of it! Buuuut, I am glad to be back in my own room, with my own closet (not suitcases), and my own guitar and mandolin again! πŸ™‚

As 2012 comes to a close, I want to thank God, my family, and my friends for making this year wonderful! (Maybe I’ll write a post about New Year’s. Maybe.)
Have a wonderful New Year’s everyone!

Alyssa ~*

My Thankfuls

Hello once again my wonderful blog readers! Sorry I have not written for a while….. I’ve been experiencing something called writer’s block, apparently.

Today I’ve decided to write about some of my ‘thankfuls.’ Β Yeah, I know, lots of people are writing about what they’re thankful for and you might be getting tired of all this “I’m thankful for this….I’m thankful for that” stuff, but, hey, why not take some time and think about all the blessings God has given you!

So here is my kind of thankful list….With PICTURES!!!! πŸ™‚

 

***Click on the pictures if you want to enlarge them.***

 

*First of all, I am thankful for my two wonderful parents. VERY thankful. I don’t know what I would do without them.

*I am thankful for my siblings. We do fightΒ most of the timeΒ  sometimes, but we do love each other. Really.

 

*I am thankful for my family in general. I love remembering all the good times and adventures we have had, and I can’t imagine what adventures we’ll get into later in life!

 

 

*I am very very very very very (ok ok, enough) VERY thankful for my friends. I can’t imagine what life would be like if we had no friends….

 

 

*I am thankful for little children. Ahhh, how I love playing with little ones… Their laughter, their crazy, made-up words, their innocence…. πŸ™‚

 

 

*I am extremely thankful for music. It’s amazing how music can make you feel sad, or happy, or make you feel like jumping 20 feet into the air… Just make sure the music is made to glorify the one and only God! πŸ™‚

 

*I am thankful for God’s colorful creation. What would life be like without color? I just find it amazing how God can make everything from a small, fragile, pink flower to a giant, strong oak tree, all with his bare hands! How can we see the little miracles in creation every day and yet still say there isn’t a God that loves us, a God that cares about us?! Anyway, THAT is a blog post for another time. πŸ™‚

 

*I am also thankful for animals. That kinda goes in the creation category, but, oh well… πŸ˜€

 

*Annnd, random as I am, I am thankful for the random little things in life. Short stop signs, yummy food, shoes, the ability to draw, bubbles, volley-ball, candy…..Yeah. Lots of little things to thank God for. πŸ™‚

*Last but definitely not least, I am thankful for God’s never-ending love for us. Imagine this: He loves us day in and day out, from sunrise to sunset, 24/7…. I am just amazed that there is a God who actually cares about me, who actually wants to know about my problems, my needs, even just how my day went. I just want to encourage you to talk to Him, thank Him for the little things, the big things, and the in-between things in life. Even though He already loves you radically with a love that won’t ever end, He would like you to tell Him you love Him back. He desperately wants you, his beloved child, to give your life totally to Him. Have you?

 

 

*alyssa*

Happy Campers

How many of you like camping? I do. Very muchly. πŸ™‚ So, as you have probably figured out by now, my family and I went camping with some good friends, I took too many pictures, and now I am putting some of them on my blog so you can get a little glimpse of our weekend. πŸ™‚

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Here is just some little snippets and snapshots of flowers, a cute little bridge, scenery, and weeds.

Camping is a time to sit around the campfire and share funny stories, have church, play instruments, take naps, and just be lazy.

I thought this sunset was so pretty. My picture just doesn’t do justice, really.

From our point of view at the camp, the sun rose through the trees every morning. It was very beautiful.

I tried to get a picture of the moon and the lights from the campers, but it didn’t turn out quite right…

And I couldn’t just leave without taking some pictures of the campfire! So, here are some pictures of the lovely fire. The temperatures were perfect! Hot enough to swim in the daytime, chilly enough for a campfire in the morning and evening.

Yes, swimming most of the day Saturday made some of us very tired…I mean, who wouldn’t be tired after climbing to the top of a 40 ft. rock and aΒ  20 ft. rock, jumping or flipping off of it into the water below, then swimming back to the rocks to do it again!?!?! (Don’t worry, I didn’t jump.) πŸ™‚
(Sorry Tracey, I just had to put this picture on my blog…hahaha) πŸ™‚

Oh, Karena. One of the silliest people I know. Oh, she’s so fun! We found out this weekend that we are alike in some ways. πŸ™‚ (On the second picture we thought she looked like a box, all cuddled up in her sweatshirt)

Alex + his cousin Travis + coonskin hat + the great outdoors = Hours of fun! πŸ™‚

Ashley + her two friends, Bryanna and Lorissa = Lots of fun!

Then came Sunday. Out came the instruments! They had lots of fun playing around with each other’s instruments. πŸ™‚

 

Oh, and I can’t forget the time we went on the jet ski! I went 2 times, and they were both very thrilling πŸ™‚ (I even got to DRIVE it! And yes, I did make it back to the shore safely.) πŸ™‚

So, that pretty much sums up my weekend. It was so fun! πŸ™‚ How was your weekend?

*~ALYSSA~*

A’Traveling We Did Go

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Hello all, how is everyone today? I am doing pretty good, except for the uncomfortableness (is that a word?) of the ACE bandage on my hand. For those of you who don’t know, I sprained my wrist the other day while doing push-ups, bad idea I tell you! πŸ™‚ So hopefully that will be healing over the next week or so…

Ok, back to what my original post was about. This post is a little late, I’m sorry to say. I just haven’t really got around to writing lately…. Last weekend my family and I took a trip up to Iowa for a friend’s wedding. So, being the little photographer I am, I just couldn’t resist taking a few pictures. πŸ™‚ They are not at all professional, let me tell you that right now. Ok, first of all, we had to travel. In a van. For 18 hours. (Thankfully we did stop at a motel for the night.)

We ran into a dust storm and some crazy looking clouds on the way to Iowa. It turned out to be a cold front. The temperature went from 108* to 61* in 2 hours!Β  Yikesers.

Wonderful Kansas prairies………

On Saturday we went to the wedding. It was such a beautiful outdoor setting and it was such a wonderful couple getting married there. πŸ™‚

The pretty set-up in front….

Then the ceremony started.Β  Here’s little Nate with the “Here Comes The Bride” sign.Β  He is so cute πŸ™‚


The wonderful bride, Heidi, walking down the path that will change her life. Oh, and her dad is in the picture too. πŸ™‚

Fast forward a little bit and now it’s time for the vows. Please excuse the bad quality photography. We were sitting near the back and I did an over-everyone’s-head shot. πŸ™‚

Ooookaaaay, they got married and they ushered everybody out, and now I’m just taking random pictures of the couple, hoping some will turn out. I like this picture of the bride, except she didn’t know I was taking the picture and she didn’t smile. πŸ™‚

I kind of like the lighting in this photo, soooo, even though they aren’t smiling, I decided to put the photo on my blog anywayΒ  (Hope ya don’t mind, Heidi…) πŸ™‚

This is one of my favoritest photos I got of the two. πŸ™‚

Heidi took care of Nate, the little boy on the left, while she lived in Thailand. He was adopted by the couple (the ones standing up) in 2008. They also adopted the other boy on the right, Chayodom, when he was a baby. Wonderful people. Wonderful people. πŸ™‚

My brother Alex and Nate lived together with Heidi until they both got adopted. Here they are, with the bride and groom. Priceless pictures.

Alex and Nate, reunited after almost 4 years. They had such fun together. πŸ™‚

Just little tidbits from the wedding. The cutest little sign, flowers on the table, the set-up at the reception, with all its sparkly lights, and I thought that oil lamp looked really cool with the picture of Kenny & Heidi (the bride and groom) and the lights in the background.

On the way home, I saw this wonderful sunset, so I tried to get a few pictures of it and here’s how they turned out.

ANNOUNCING MR. AND MRS. KENNETH COBLENTZ!!!!! Kenny and Heidi, you had such a beautiful wedding, thanks for inviting us! πŸ™‚

Well, that’s pretty much all I have for this blog update. Have a wonderful day people! πŸ™‚

*~ALYSSA~*

Good Ol’ San Antonio

Greetings my wonderful friends! How are you this fine day?Β  I just thought I would do another blog update……This time it’s about downtown San Antonio! My family and I went downtown for Labor Day, and we had an awesome time!Β  So I decided to risk looking like a crazy tourist and take lots of pictures of random things down there for you, my blog readers. I ended up having TONS of pictures, so I downsized a little bit and put them into collages. Ok, so here’s what I have….. πŸ™‚

Downtown San Antonio really is a wonderful place. Just look at the pictures.

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There is the Alamo, with it’s old stonework, shady gardens, and beautiful trees.

There are trolleys and double decker tour buses all over the place. There are horses and carriages too, but I didn’t get a picture of them.

There are lots of beautiful flowers. It’s so much fun photographing them. πŸ™‚

There is awesome food, yummy snow cones, funny lunch buddies (aka a bird), and lots of other birds and ducks. (The ducks are not shown) (And yes, as a matter of fact, I DID eat all that food) πŸ™‚

There are stores everywhere: In the mall, out by the streets, all over!

There are awesome stores there, like Aeropostale and American Eagle (as you can see from me and my brother) πŸ™‚ Lots of little shops all over the place….

There are entertainers, with all their music and stuff, colorful umbrellas, riverboats, tall buildings, and cool old buildings with interesting designs cut out of the stone on the buildings.

Little things inside the shops along the street, snow cones, and rental bicycles.

There are also some pretty cool places to take pictures of people πŸ™‚ (My photo courtesy of Ashley, my sister)(And sorry, I didn’t get a picture of Austin, my other brother…)

Aaaaand…..There are some pretty crazy looking people downtown too! (Not including me and my family) πŸ˜€ I tried to sneak a picture of this guy while we were turning the corner πŸ™‚

So that’s all the pictures I have for you for now….What did you do for Labor Day?

It’s called ‘Writer’s Block’

Ok, I have a terrible case of writer’s block right now, so I am gonna do something that some of you may think is kinda lame.Β  But I don’t care.Β  Because I’m gonna do it anyway. πŸ™‚Β  I am gonna steal my brother Austin’s post from turningcrosswind.blogspot.com.Β  Don’t worry, I got permission from himΒ  πŸ™‚Β  A lot of you may have read it already, but I can’t think of anything better!Β  So……Here ya go, the latest post from my brother’s blog.Β  I told you I would do a devotional post sometime soon, so I am just using this as a ‘guest post’ and there is the devotional post. πŸ™‚Β  Happy Reading!

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A few days ago I was mowing a lawn when I saw a little brown lizard scamper up a fence.Β  Clinging to a post, he tried to hide from the mower.Β  I kept mowing, and after a while I looked back where he was sitting.Β  Instead of seeing a brown lizard, I saw a bright green lizard.Β  He had changed colors to try to hide.
Sometimes as Christians we try to blend in with the world.Β  It just seems to be easier than standing out.Β  We don’t want people to think we’re strange.Β  We want to fit in.Β  Nobody likes to be the lone stranger.Β  But if we want to spread God’s love, we will have to stand out.
So maybe let’s stop trying to blend in, and start trying to spread God’s love. Even if we have to stand out.

 

So there is his latest blog post πŸ™‚Β  How’d ya like it?Β  Yeah, I thought it was pretty good too.

Ok, I have a question for ya.Β  Any ideas for what I can write about next time?Β  And I might even ask you to write it and put you on here as one of those ‘guest posts’ πŸ™‚

Have a wonderful day!