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. 🙂 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. 🙂 **Random little pictures from our trip**

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Then we got to Michigan. FINALLY!!!  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. 🙂 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! 🙂

*alyssa*

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The Beginning of the End (In A Way)

   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. 🙂

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….) 😀

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. 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. 🙂 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! 🙂

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.  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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Happy Campers

How many of you like camping? I do. Very muchly. 🙂 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. 🙂

(Click on the picture if you want to enlarge it.)

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 a  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.) 🙂
(Sorry Tracey, I just had to put this picture on my blog…hahaha) 🙂

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. 🙂 (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! 🙂

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. 🙂

 

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

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

*~ALYSSA~*

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.  But I don’t care.  Because I’m gonna do it anyway. 🙂  I am gonna steal my brother Austin’s post from turningcrosswind.blogspot.com.  Don’t worry, I got permission from him  🙂  A lot of you may have read it already, but I can’t think of anything better!  So……Here ya go, the latest post from my brother’s blog.  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. 🙂  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.  Clinging to a post, he tried to hide from the mower.  I kept mowing, and after a while I looked back where he was sitting.  Instead of seeing a brown lizard, I saw a bright green lizard.  He had changed colors to try to hide.
Sometimes as Christians we try to blend in with the world.  It just seems to be easier than standing out.  We don’t want people to think we’re strange.  We want to fit in.  Nobody likes to be the lone stranger.  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 🙂  How’d ya like it?  Yeah, I thought it was pretty good too.

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

Have a wonderful day!

Bubbly Bubbles ~*

Greetings! I have a short, random post for y’all. My younger sister and brother were playing with bubbles yesterday, so hey, why not take this as a wonderful photo opportunity!?!? 🙂 So, here ya go….Some random pictures of my sister, my brother, and their bubbles.

*Wouldn’t it be wonderful to live in a world filled with bubbles?* 🙂

*This picture didn’t turn out too good. But it looks like fun, right?*

*Blow, blow, blow*

*I really like this picture* 🙂


***Note: I am studying up on a subject and should have a small ‘devotional’ post soon…. 🙂

Have a wonderful rest-of-the-day! 🙂

Later,