Sunday, August 21, 2011

GOING BACK TO CALI

Hi everyone,
It's Sunday afternoon and what a beautiful day today. It's around 90 degrees Fahrenheit and feels like a bajillion outside...However, we've got nice air conditioning in the apartment. What a blessing :) :) :)
Church was really great today...and more special because next Sunday will be my last Sunday there...and we are literally pulling out of the church parking lot with the car and moving truck after service is over. 
Our storage unit is completely cleared out and empty. Praise God, because it was a lot of work. Let me see if I can find you all some photos....
I don't remember what the exact dimensions where on the storage unit. It was about 9 feet by 8 feet or something like that, and really tall, too. You can tell from this photo about how big it really was. We had it packed FULL of stuff.  My dad worked really hard to get rid of a lot of things. He donated 22 boxes of popular Christian books to a local Christian private school.  We threw out lots of junk. Then our pastor and his boys came to help my dad haul some stuff away. What a blessing. So on this day, my dad and I went back to pick up the final leftovers. Dad swept the storage unit clean.






















My dad finally shut the storage unit door for the LAST time. Oh, what a feeling of relief. It was a real blessing to be out of there. It's something I'd been wanting my dad to do for over a year now anyway. It just happened that with the move, we finally got it done. No matter, it's cleaned and empty...that is so perfect.






















My daddy broke out into a "happy daddy" dance where he's playing air guitar with the broom. He was so happy that we were finally leaving the storage unit for good. Isn't my daddy just the cutest? He's so funny :) :) :)
The last time we will ever have to drive by the storage facility offices. The people who own and run this storage facility are wonderfully nice people. Still it was money out of our pockets each month. It's a relief not to have that responsibility anymore.
The last time I will ever see this gate...

The last time I will ever see this sign, too....

So that's about it for today. I'll be taking photos like a crazy woman all the rest of this week, even as we're pulling out of the driveway to head to California.  I hope I have enough space on my memory card for the digital camera.  Maybe I'll buy an extra card just in case :) :) :)

Pray for us the rest of this week and on the drive down south. It will be a long drive...and we're praying that it's completely uneventful.  I'll see if I can get one more post up before we pack the computer away.  oh, it's really happening...and I've been going through feelings of excitement about moving, sadness because I don't want to move, and right now a touch of indifference. 

Thanks for being patient with me during the last few weeks. Moving is a process...but it's worth it, because when it's done right, everything runs smoothly :) : We'll have lots of help from our church to get boxes loaded onto the truck.

Oh, how will I "sign off" on my posts now? I won't be in Oregon anymore...so that will have to change after next Sunday. Any thoughts on how I can sign off in future posts? Let me know what your thoughts and ideas are on that matter :) :) :) That's the news from Oregon today. Love and hugs, Heather :)

14 comments:

Patti said...

Congratulations on getting the storage unit cleaned out!! That's quite an accomplishment.

My very best to you as you begin this new chapter in your life. I'll be praying for a smooth road and abundant blessings ahead of you.

Love,
Patti

Flat Creek Farm said...

Yay! Progress! Cute pic of your Dad too ;) I also see from the previous post you have a new, cute haircut!! Lots going on for you two right now, but you seem to be doing ok. I say, sign your posts your same sweet way.. but sub Cali or California! How exciting... we will stay tuned, and also keep you and your Dad in our prayers for a smooth and safe move. -Tammy

Susan said...

Cool pics, Heather :)

What an adventure you have around the corner!

Did you say you were from California? If so, how about a line from a song..."California here I come, right back where I started from..." lol. Just kidding. That's too long.
I will pray for you, your dad, and your trip.

Hugs from Texas,

Susan

Doni said...

Hi Heather! Well, it seems that one of the largest hurdles is over and the rrest should go well also. You and your dad have done a marvelous job with getting things all lined up for an easy transition and I will be praying that all goes smooth and safe for y'all for the move. Enjoy your last week and look forward to all God is doing with you. I know it's hard to move sometimes, but it is exciting as well.
May God bless you and keep you!!
And I love your new haircut by the way!!
Doni

aimee said...

Congratulations and GOOD JOB on getting so much done!! Very soon now you will be on your way to new adventures and new places to share with all of us! Looking forward to the next chapter of your life's story! Go with God:)
Blessings,
Aimee

Angela said...

God bless you and your daddy on the next part of "your journey". Try not to dwell on the friendships you are leaving behind (with the internet it is so much easier to stay in touch), but on the joy of all the new ones you are about to create!

Nita in South Carolina said...

Good luck with the move, and I look forward to hearing about your new life in California.

Rebecca said...

You'll soon be the "California Dreamer"! Congratulations on all the hard work behind you. You stuck with it...you got it done!

Can't wait to catch up with you in your new surroundings.

Miss Antoinette K. said...

Dearest Heather,

I will most certainly be praying for you and your dad (my momma prays for you too) and pray for safe travels as you head to our state! :)

I have been dying to hear from you, but will wait as patently as I can till you are able and continue to pray knowing once you settle into your new home then, just then, I may find a sweet e-mail with love and hugs from my dear sister in Christ! <3

Love you much!

Miss Antoinette
~Psalm 100~

Becky said...

I hope and Pray all goes well with your move. It's a BIG change but perhaps it will be just the thing to open a dozen doors for you both.

Jill said...

Best wishes and off to new adventures!

blessings,
Jill

Angie Berry said...

Wow, that place is spic and span! =] I remember that feeling too when we cleaned out our storage unit. Such a relief not to have that extra monthly payment. Glad you are outta there!

Be careful on your drive, will be praying for you and your dad!

Sheila said...

Good luck and best wished to you and your dad. Y'all are in our thoughts and prayers. Take care.

Annesphamily said...

I love the air guitar! Hee Hee! Your dad is sweet. I was praising God when we left our storage unit. After 10 years we could have built a new house!!!! The rent was ridiculous and yet we had to have it! Now I have a full storage shed in our yard with a two car garage. No room for the cars though! Ha Ha! Love you bunches and catch up once you get settled in! Anne