Figuring Things Out (Pt. 2)

Alright, I realize that last week's post was pretty pessimistic... how about some optimistic things about moving?

1. I enjoy the Dallas Morning News. I honestly don't know if there's a better newspaper in the country. Jean-Jacques Jones is the man when it comes to Sports reporting.

2. Kolaches - this place actually knows what kolaches are! Kolache is not Czech for "pig-in-a-blanket." Kolache is Czech for delicious breakfast pastry.

3. Our house is so cozy! It's sort of like a "big" bungalow. Carrie's done an amazing job of getting everything set up and looking great!

4. There is a Starbucks on LITERALLY every corner. Even with SBucks closing down a few of its stores, there's still like 327 in the Metroplex to choose from!

5. Stonebriar Mall / Legacy Town Centre (notice the British spelling of the word... that automatically means it's swanky) - two great places to just come and hang out a little bit with the wife and little one. The two-storied Barnes and Noble has already become one of our favorite places to go.

6. Rooster's - a barbershop in McKinney where you can get a great haircut, face shave, shoulder massage, sports updates, and beverage for $24. Having only paid $10 for a haircut for the past five years, it seemed steep... then I started hearing about the prices at other places for all of that which I just mentioned... yikes.

7. Providence - we already feel at home with our new church here! Our small group is great (although it'll be hard to stack up with VELOCITY), the worship has been so refreshing, and the overall church has welcomed us immensely.

So, there are good things about moving! To those of you who might have thought that I was just wanting to harp and complain, there ya go! Totally kidding, by the way. Hope you enjoy!!!
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Figuring Things Out

So the Wileys have been here, in the Metroplex, for two and a half weeks, now. We are discovering that pretty much everything is thirty minutes away, that TollTags were well worth the cost, that finding a gym could be a little difficult (but we're praying it's not), and that it gets really hot here! We're also learning about how our yard guys do their thing, dishwashers, and attempting to get along with people we really don't want to, not to mention the dynamics of a brand new church and small group (hard to compete with Velocity!). One other thing we discovered... Dickey's doesn't seem to be as popular down here as in Lubbock. In terms of with people and in terms of with my tummy.

Evidently, when you move, you figure out all sorts of stuff, and not just in being in a new place and finding the rhythms of being there. You find the ins and outs of yourself, too.

I don't like how everyone is in such a hurry, even in our little suburb of Little Elm. Over-caffeinated, over-energized, over-rushed people.

I don't like the fact that none of our neighbors are EVER outside.

I don't like the fact that the cost of living goes up as you go to bigger cities.

I don't like people not using their turn-signals, but what's new with that?

However, we do love being here, and knowing that this is where God has us, for a reason to better us, strengthen us, bless us, and most importantly, glorify His Name.
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Settling In

Driving home from Carrie's birthday dinner at The Cheesecake Factory, we both looked out across the sweeping hills of our new area and breathed deep of knowing God is good and His promises can be fully trusted and held onto. We have both struggled to trust, yet tonight, it was all so evident how worth it it's been, thus far, and will continue to be.

So, that being said, we're almost completely moved in to our new home at 1072 Ponderosa Ridge in Little Elm, TX. There are still a few boxes being put away but, for the most part, we're moved in. Still waiting on bringing the neighbors over, but still.

Thank you all so so so much for the prayers and constant support. We'd love to hear from you soon!

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We're Outta Here!

Well, everyone, the time has come for us to say goodbye to our hometown and follow where the Lord has led. Our last few days here, in Lubbock, have come and gone quite quickly... mostly spent packing up our apartments and offices and preparing to load them onto the moving van, which will begin shortly (as I'm writing this, I'm finishing up my last Market Street burrito for a while and sipping Peet's coffee at United). We're praying for plenty of people to come help us move our stuff, especially after yesterday with moving numerous boxes up and down, up and down, up and down our apartment's staircase.

As Carrie, Laura Kate and I leave Lubbock, we know that we are leaving behind so many great friends, memories, and yes, our families. In a way, we're doing like Indiana Jones in the Last Crusade as he steps out into the void and crosses the chasm to a great treasure. We know that God has led us to this place, and, as we, too, prepare to cross a void, we know that there is a great treasure waiting for us as we follow where the Lord has led and go on staff with NEXT Worldwide. I don't know if we can really describe the excitement that we have, the passion we have for our new roles with NEXT, and yet, the skepticism that sometimes unexpectedly creeps in and attempts to steal away joy from this time in our lives.

We have a very short time left, here in Lubbock. If we have not gotten to say goodbye to you, personally, know that we would love for you to stop by the apartment to bid us farewell. If not that, then know that we love you and will be praying for you as we leave. If you are reading this blog, then the chances are that we consider you family. If you are living in the Metroplex, know that we are excited to be hanging out with you more! We cannot wait to be there.

Monday, we're outta here!

Soli Deo Gloria. All things that we do and go through, in life, are for our gracious Lord and Saviour's glory. Live like it!

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