Down the Halls

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

All is Well! August 29, 2007

Filed under: Family,House,Life — michalelhall @ 8:43 pm

Well it has been awhile since I’ve posted. I keep thinking I will get around to it, but the time to get around to it never comes. We have been busy around here. The kids are in their 3rd week of school and it is going better than we thought. The kids are really adjusting well. When they got in the car the first day they only had good things to say about their day. This is a huge praise! When we decided to move, one of our greatest concerns is how the kids would adjust. So far they are doing great. They have all made some friends and are liking their school.

I am enjoying doing very little. We are still not in the house. It is getting closer but I am not sure when we will be in it. Right now they are working on the tile in the bathrooms. Most of the house has been painted. I am really loving the colors. The kitchen, living room, and sunroom will be painted soon. Hopefully we will be in our house soon.

Tom has officially started work for Legacy Commercial Properties. So far he is enjoying everything. It is so nice to have him around all day. It may get old later, but right now we are enjoying our time together. He has been helping me get the kids ready for school. He usually makes their breakfast. He makes sure they get a good meal to start their day. We have never been a family to eat breakfast together. The last couple of years breakfast usually consisted of poptarts or granola bars. Whatever they could eat in the car on the way to school. It has been nice to start our day together.

We will be in Smyrna this weekend. Emma Grace is getting baptized Sunday in the second service. We hope to see everyone. I always say I will try to get pictures but I am still using Tom’s mom’s MAC and I can’t figure out how to get the pictures thumbnail size to post them. I need some MAC training. I hope everyone is having a great day and we will see you this weekend.


Children July 31, 2007

Filed under: Family,House,Kids,Life — michalelhall @ 8:13 pm

III John 4 says “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

Please join Tom and I on September 2nd at the 10:30 service for Emma Grace’s baptism. We will be coming to Smyrna for Labor Day Weekend for this joyous event. We wanted to give our nearest and dearest friends a heads up on when she will be baptized. Thanks for keeping up with us.

Lizzie and I will be heading to TN tomorrow to finish packing up the house. The truck comes Thursday and we close on Friday. It is hard to think that this chapter of our lives is coming to a close. We will always cherish our time in Smyrna. We will be making visits, so you have not seen the last of us.

Girls- When the annual trip is planned you better count me in because I will be there!!

If anyone is looking to have a little fun, come by and do some packing. We will be there Wednesday and Thursday.

Also, no one has claimed our lovely dryer. We would love to give it to a good home that needs it.


Update July 29, 2007

Filed under: House,Life — michalelhall @ 9:12 pm

We finally are seeing some progress here in Arkansas. The contractors came the end of last week and worked really hard. We probably have a couple more days of work and then the painters can come in. So that means I am staying here while Tom is going back to Tennessee to pack our house. The movers come on Thursday to load the truck. I really want to be there to pack, but I also need to be here to make sure the paint they are putting on my walls is right. I am hoping to come to Tennessee on Wednesday. Thomas and Lizzie really would like to go on a Wednesday night one more time. I would too. When I left almost 2 weeks ago, I didn’t think the last time I was at church was my last time to be there before moving.

We probably will not be in our house until the middle of August. Which means we will be moving in and starting school all at the same time. Not really how we wanted to have things work out, but there’s nothing we can do about it. If they get to paint this week, then next week the floors will be done. We are having every kind of floor there is put in this house. We have carpets in the bedrooms downstairs, hardwood in the entry and hallway, tile in the bathrooms, tile to be repaired in the rest of the downstairs. Upstairs there was hardwood already down, so we are having that refinished, which will take a week to get done, so that will be the holdup of us getting into the house. The movers are delivering our stuff on 8/7. We are hoping the downstairs bedrooms will be finished and the kitchen/greatroom area will be through so we can put our stuff somewhere.

Tom will be adding photos to this post sometime. I am on his mom’s MAC and can not figure out how to make the photos small where they do not take up the entire screen. So check back for updated pictures of the house and pictures of the swans.

Also, we have a dryer that we will no longer need. We bought a new one to match the washer we bought last year. The dryer is around 5 yrs old and runs well. So if anyone knows someone who needs a dryer please let me know. We need it to be picked up on Thursday for whoever wants it.


Have Patience, Have Patience, Don’t Be In Such A Hurry! July 22, 2007

Filed under: Friends,House — michalelhall @ 7:21 pm

Here I sit in Arkansas looking out at the lake. It is beautiful. There are a couple of fishermen out on the lake. Our swans are swimming in front of me. We have four swans that live on the lake. Two are the parents and we have two babies. Although the babies are almost as big as their parents. We couldn’t ask for a better place to live (other than Tennessee). If only we could live in OUR house all would be better. This remodel is taking forever!! We thought we would be in the house by the time we close on our house in TN, but now we are less than two weeks away from that. I do not see how how that will happen. We have been put on the back burners with our contractors. They were supposed to work all weekend and yet we never saw them. The painters are supposed to start Tuesday but I do not think that will happen since nothing happened this weekend. This project is teaching us all about patience. I have never been one to have a whole lot of patience so this is very trying. My laid back husband is just about to explode all over someone. We really want to be in the house before the kids start school. Hopefully that will happen. Tom’s parents are still in Alaska, so we are staying at their house. They will not be home until August 8th. The house will be beautiful when it is finished. We are so excited to be in a house like this and feel extremley blessed. We want to thank Kyle, Amy, Jordan, Peyton, and Evan for stopping by to see us yesterday. We will love it when our friends come to see us. Our house will always be opened to any of our friends who would like to stop by and see us. We hope many of you will! Thanks for listening to my rant about our house. Maybe next time I will have better news about our house. Those contractors had better get a ton of work done our house this week!

I want to say a special thanks to boomama and Monk and Neagle. This last week boomama had a giveaway and I got this awesome CD. I can’t wait for it to get here this week. Thanks again! Click on this banner below to hear some of their songs. These guys are also live in my hometown of Amarillo, Texas so they have to be great!
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If you would like to get in on some giveaways in blog world then go to Rocks in My Dryer starting tomorrow – July 23 at 8:00 am CST. Have fun getting free stuff. I know I will. Let me know if you end up with anything. Have a great night!


GONE! July 13, 2007

Filed under: Family,Friends,House — michalelhall @ 11:13 pm

Well, we did it! We have a contract on our house.  I told the “girls” at dinner last night that it is finally happening.  I have known all along that we were moving, but signing that contract tonight made it final.  We really are leaving.  We are so excited about our new life in Arkansas, but is so hard to leave.  Those of you who know me at all, know that I cry at the drop of a hat and boy have I shed some tears these last few days.  I was thinking today, that FBC is where all three of the kids have come to know Christ as their LORD.  There is a verse that says something to the effect of “I delight that my children walk in the LORD.”  Let me tell you I am delighted!! We are planning for Emma Grace’s baptism before we leave and when that happens all of them will have been baptized there as well.  We will forever be connected to our friends and our church.  They have been a part of all of our spiritual journeys.  I feel so blessed to have three children who are Christ followers.  My prayer now is that we find a church that will continue the work that is happening in my children’s lives.  One that will challenge, encourage, love, walk beside, teach, be exciting, life changing, and all the other wonderful things FBC is.  We have been so blessed by many of  the ministries at FBC.  Thanks to all of those who have been involved in our lives and our childrens’ lives.  We love you all!!  So, I will close before I bring myself to more tears (or any of you reading this)!!

 P.S. (do you really put a p.s. at the end of your blog if you need to add something? I may be breaking all kinds of blog rules but oh well.)

I found out this week that my dad has prostate cancer.  Please pray for him and my mom.  They are deciding on treatment in the next few weeks. He will probably have it removed.  The doctors have told him that it is small and they have caught th cancer in time.  He told me he was going to be just fine and I believe him.  Thanks for your prayers.


Going, Going, Gone? July 12, 2007

Filed under: House,Life — michalelhall @ 12:50 am

We almost have a contract on our house.  They offered, we counter offered, they counter offered back and now we have to decide if the offer is okay with us.  They have offered quite a bit less than we would have hoped, but the market has slowed and Rhonda(our agent) thinks it is okay.  We are probably going to take it.  They have a contract on their house and want to close Aug 3rd which is when our house in Arkansas is supposed to be ready.  We can also use that as leverage with our contractors to have our house ready by then.   I am so confused as to what to do.  We will probably accept their offer, but then a part of me wants to say NO!  This is my house and it is worth more than you are offering!!  It is just a few thousand dollars that is separating the offers and we are on the losing end of this deal.  I am just being greedy thinking of what a few thousand dollars can buy for our new house.  Then the flip side is if we don’t accept the offer we might not get one for a while and spend a few thousand in house payments.  So I guess reasoning will win this arguement and we will accept their offer.  I will let you know if it all works out.  I have some updates on the house but I will let you know all about that later.  It is very late and I am off to bed.  Sweet dreams everybody!!