Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Flexible New Year

Sometime (alright.. lots of times) life doesn't go quite as planned, but things are a lot easier to handle if you are as flexible as possible, and just go with the flow. 

That is what happened on New Years Eve, the last and hardest day of moving.  Usually, New Years Eve at the Sauve house is a fancy affair.  We pull out the best china, the crystal glasses, have a couple courses of the tastiest food, try to find a nice table cloth, add candles and decorations.. you get the picture.  Alright now, think about moving all day, the house is full of boxes and stuff everywhere. The table in the living room is just set there, not even put together properly... and the fancy china.... uhh in which of the many miscellaneous boxes did we put those!?!  
Thankfully we had thrown a nice big roast in the crockpot that morning.. so at least we would have something to eat... when we could get to it.
Everything took longer than we thought.  We didn't get back to the old house to pick up the rest of the chickens till 7:00 and we were so worn out that getting to it, took forever. Then there was the case of the missing rooster... (gonna have to ask for that story) 

Anyway, it wasn't until nearly 9:00 when we finally sat down (collapsed) at the table minus the tablecloth and decorations, minus the china and candles.. but hey! We did find the crystal glasses and the cider was a fine replacement for the sparkling cranberry apple juice we couldn't find.
The roast was very done. :) and the rolls that we had thought ahead and froze the week before and rewarmed, were decadent!

And despite our level of exhaustion, we managed to accomplish our goal of having a fire in our woodstove insert on New Years eve. Then we crawled into bed and fell fast asleep.

New year's day was bright and chilly. We had decided not to do too much unpacking, but to take the day to relax.

Josiah had to get everything set up in his room though - all the books on the shelf, and his deer rug on the floor.

We were planning on having our very first company in the new house that afternoon. But before everyone arrived Faith and I headed out front with Sadie Rose for a walk down our loooonnnggg driveway.  Sadie is super excited about our new property. She loves jumping around in the grasses and exploring.

We had stashed away lots of food just for this day, along with this gem we found at a garage sale... my "Cheese and Quackers" Ducky board. :)

Lots of yummy snacks.

And desserts!

Josh, Theresa, and Baby-Nephew, along with Mr. Reiche, and a little later Grace, all joined us for our munchy afternoon.

It was nice and cozy down by the fireplace, and it was wonderful to be able to sit down, relax, and just chat and enjoy the food and everyone's company.

Josiah had bought us a puzzle at Lehmans when he was down in Virginia, one that combined 2 of the things we have a lot (some would say too much) of.  Books... and Puzzles!!  We had decided to save this puzzle for New Years day, so it was pulled out and slowly worked on.

Baby entertained everybody... Smiley face.

Mr. Squishy!!!  :) He puts up with a lot..

Moby and Shine had come up with Grace, and Moby was a little jealous of all the attention the baby was getting.

You can't blame us.. look at that face!!

{Kitten.. she has us all wrapped around her little paw, even Mom and Dad}

Josiah, Josh, Faith and Mr. Reiche went on an exploratory trip out back, while some of us napped, and others worked on the puzzle.

"Squishy" took over Kitten's spot on Dad's lap, ready for a nap himself.  

It was a wonderful day of being able to take a deep breath in the middle of all of our hurry, and looking back at God's faithfulness, and forward in trust of His sovereign will and mercy.