Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Emily Prays

We have a family prayer that Emily enjoys singing before meals, and I wanted to record it so that I can listen to it when she's sixteen and screaming at me for not letting her borrow the car to drive to her boyfriend's house.

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In case you need some translating, the words are:
Heavenly Father, Heavenly Father
We thank You, We thank You
For our many blessings, For our many blessings
Amen, Amen.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Our Future Home

Last weekend, our family made a quick - but busy - trip to Pittsburgh.  Eric and I toured several houses that we could potentially rent while he completes his program at Pitt, while my mom graciously watched Emily so we could better concentrate on the pros and cons of all the houses we visited.  Our goals were to find a house that a) is close to Oakland, the part of downtown where Eric will commute for the majority of his classwork, b) is somewhat close to my parents, so that they can more easily help with childcare we can see them more often and c) provides enough space (both inside and out) that we can live as a family of four without losing our sanity.  We toured several homes, some new and shiny and others older and rundown.  In all, I was surprised at the poor condition that some renters kept their residences.  I hope our renters like to clean!  Maybe that should be part of our application.  When you spill juice on the floor, do you a) clean it right away with the appropriate cleaner, b) wipe a paper towel over it or c) pretend that you can't see it and maybe it will go away?  Anyway, we found a house that met our criteria in Bellevue, a neighborhood just to the North of the city of Pittsburgh.  It is a fairly nice walkable neighborhood for walks and runs, and we got a lot of house for our money (3 BR, 2 Bath).  There is a great fenced in backyard, and the previous renters are even leaving us their swingset.  Score!

One more thing we can check off our list.  Now we pray steadfastly for the right people to find our Grand Rapids home!  Here's a picture of our new place.

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Count is On!

My life right now in numbers:

44 - Days until Baby Plantinga #2 is due to arrive.

68 - Days until we are planning to move to Pittsburgh.

90 - Days until Emily turns 3 whole years old.

3 - Number of classes I have left to teach this fall.

12 - Days of work I have left (my last day is 11/5/2010, but I only work part-time).

2 - Number of tours that our current favorites to rent our house have been on.  Our fingers are crossed.  Please cross yours too.

7 - Number of houses that our on our list to tour and possibly rent in Pittsburgh.

1,050 - the estimate of the moving truck company to get our 4 BR house moved to Pittsburgh.

2-3 - Days that the company estimates it will take to get all of our stuff driven to Pittsburgh.

91 - Days until Eric begins his Masters in Anesthesia Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

0 - What our income (from jobs, not loans/grants/etc.) will be for the first part of 2011.  Are we crazy?!

1 - Number of times I almost had a panic attack this morning after making this list.