Down the Halls

Come down the Hall with Tom, Michale, Thomas, Lizzie, And Emma Grace

My Quiet House June 26, 2007

Filed under: Family,Friends,Life — michalelhall @ 10:58 pm

I am here in my very quiet house.  It is not very often that my house is quiet.  Usually there are any number of kids and teenagers in my house.  But tonight it is just me.  Kind of nice for a change.  Yesterday, Thomas and Lizzie packed up and headed off to CAMP WHATEVER!  Thomas was very excited and Lizzie as well.  Thomas has made me promise that after we move that I will get him back to Smyrna to go to Camp next summer.  Chris, David, and Melanie do an awesome job with camp.  Please pray for all of those who went to camp this year.  They took over 300 youth this year.  I know many lives will be changed this week.  I remember back at all the youth camps I went to and what fun we had.

Well, back to my quiet house.  Emma Grace is spending the night with a neighbor friend and will spend the day with her while I go to work tomorrow.  Tom left today to go back to Arkansas.  I actually have the bed to myself tonight!  What a treat!  Not that I do not love sleeping next to my fabulous husband every night, but once in a great while it is nice to sleep by yourself.  Tom got to be here for a week.  We had a wonderfull going away party last Thursday night.  Thanks to everyone who came.  We had a wonderful time with all of our friends.  It meant more than you will ever know.  As I have said before, we have the most amazing friends.  I only hope we can find friends like you in Arkansas.  You all have left some pretty big shoes to fill.  I don’t think anyone will ever come close.  Thanks especially to Laura and Jenny for all your hard work getting all of that together.

Thanks also to everyone who contributed to the money tree.  It was very nice of you.  If you did not get to sign the picture mat, I will have it in the Crosswalk this Wednesday and Sunday.  Please come by and sign it for us.  Earlier in the week my bunco girls also had a nice suprise with some money in a very sweet card.  The money will be put to good use in our new house.  There will be many things to buy.  I may splurge with that money and get a small flat screen TV for our bathroom.  Tom found me the most wonderful bathtub (it is an airjet and it is huge) for our bathroom and there is a spot right above it that he had wired for cable.  He knows how I love to watch tv and I can’t wait to soak in the tub and watch my favorite tv shows.  I know it’s a little extravagant but that’s my husband for you.  He’s the best!

Tom is now in business for himself.  It will all be official this week.  The company has been divided and he is now in charge of Legacy Inc.  It was named Legacy because Neelie and Bobo left us their legacy to make this all possible.  Hopefully it will continue on to be a legacy to our children as well.  Also, I can’t help but think of FBC Smyrna when I hear legacy as well.

Well, it’s getting late and my big empty bed is calling out to my to come and enter and get a restfull night’s sleep.  I want to also say a huge congratulations to our dear friends Brad and Alison who adopted  a beautiful baby girl today.  Norah, I can’t wait to meet you and you have the most wonderful parents in the world!  To see their adoption story go here.

Good night!


Coming Home June 12, 2007

Filed under: Kids,Life — michalelhall @ 3:56 am

The girls and I are back from Arkansas.  I left the boys behind.  Tom stayed to work and over see the house renovation and Thomas just wanted to stay there.  Tom thought it would be easier to keep the house clean if I did not have all the kids here.  We had a great week in Arkansas.  The more I am there,  the more God is telling me this is where He has placed us for this time.  Not to say I will not miss Tennessee big time.  We drove into Smyrna last night and I just had to question God one more time “Do we really have to leave this wonderful place?” and once again He tells me He is in control and taking me to an even more wonderful place.  I have to trust Him and fully rely on Him. 

One of my biggest concerns about moving was school for the kids and we finally found a wonderful school for them.  They will be attending Arkansas Baptist School System.  It is  a ministry of the First Baptist Church of Little Rock.  It is the one we found that is the most like Lancaster and the kids felt very comfortable there.  Emma Grace will be at the church and Thomas and Lizzie will be at their Junior and Senior High Campus about 5 miles down the road.  The only bad part is that the school is in Little Rock and a little bit of a drive.  Tom says he will help me with the drive since he will be working from home.  The school can accomodate Thomas and that is huge praise.  Thomas took Algebra I and some 8th grade classes this year so if he would have stayed at LCA, he would have been in 9th grade instead of 8th grade.  ABSS can put him in Geometry and some advanced 8th grade classes.  I feel much better about that. I wasn’t ready to have a high schooler.  We really did not want him to graduate early but to be in class with his peers.  I have to brag on all 3 of the kids.  They did very well in school this year.  They all 3 made straight A’s all year long and scored very well on their standerdized tests.  We looked at at least 6 other schools, talked about Home Schooling, and look at public schools before we found this school and felt a peace about sending them there.  We are excited to have that decision taken care of.

Please continue to pray for the house to sell.  It only showed once last week.  I don’t know what I thought would happen, but I thought it would show more than that.  It is all in His hands and it will sell when it is supposed to.

 I will end with a funny story from our neice and nephew that live in Alaska.  This is Tom’s brother’s kids.  Their names are Sarah and Nathan.  Sarah is 5 and Nathan is 3.  Jeff was giving the kids their vitamins one morning and and they were dinosaur vitamins. Jeff poured out some vitamins in his hand for them to pick from.  Sarah said “Daddy, I ‘m going to have the Tri”Sarah”tops (triceretops) vitty. ” It really was a triceretops dinosaur. Nathan, not to be out done by his big sister, picks one out and tells his dad “Well, I want the Tri”Nathan”tops vitty.”  I thought he was pretty ingenious to come up with that statement. 


Ready, Set, Sell!!! June 3, 2007

Filed under: Family,Kids,Life — michalelhall @ 3:45 am

Yes, we finally have a For Sale sign in our yard!  After all these weeks of getting our house ready, we have finally done it.  Although I have come to the conclusion that there is always more that can be done.  We have spent untold amounts of money and time to get it to this point.  We looked up when we bought this house and it was June 20, 1997.  So we have been here 10 years.  You can imagine some of the stuff we have cleaned out after being here all this time.   I was surprised that the men who take our garbage took everything we put out for them yesterday.  I am determined to be clutter free in our new house.  I want to be organized and not become overwhelmed at my house.  I know this will be easier since now I will be able to stay at home again.  Some advice to those of you out there who might be reading my blog.  Don’t wait until you move to get your house “perfect”.  We never did anything to our bedroom or bathroom until now.  Now it wasn’t bad by any means, it just wasn’t how we would have wanted it to be all these years.  Now it looks beautiful and we are moving out of it.  If you have the means and abilities, do it while you are still there.  In the new house,  we will have an all new master bedroom and bathroom so I am going to enjoy it very much!  It will be just how I want it.  Today Lizzie asked if our house had ever been this clean before.  I didn’t know if I should be insulted that she thought my house had never been this clean or if she was impressed with my housekeeping abilities.  Regardless everything is in tip top shape. 

Please pray for a quick sell (even those of you who are out there praying we won’t go through with this).  Rhonda Allen is our agent and has told us the market has slowed down some.   We really pray that the right family comes and loves our house.  We have had so many wonderful memories here that I would love for a family to move in and experience that as well. 

We are leaving tomorrow for Arkansas and will be there a week.  We have many things there to get done on our new house.  We will try to keep you up to date with everything that is going on.  Thank you for all your prayers for us during all this transition.