Monday, February 27, 2012

Philippians 4:11...I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content

Well, I'm still working on that but I am in a new state!  Well, new to me, that is!  Tony bought a house in Virginia and I arrived here February 5th!  I only saw it in pictures until the day we drove up the driveway!  He did a great job finding this house!  Great location, a yard that the Scotties absolutely love (I can hardly get them to come in the house!), beautiful hardwood floors that Tony refinished before I got here, an already remodeled kitchen and bathrooms, great space, and wonderful neighbors!  Since it's been a while, let me give you a brief run-down of my time away from you over these past several months:

Tony decided to retire the end of May 2011 with his official date of August 31 2011, just short of 21 years in the Army! June, July, August were stressful months for me as he was searching for a new job and we were preparing to move with no idea where we were going.  In August Tony got a job (after only 2 interviews!) and we made the decision for me to move in with my parents due to my mom's declining health.  My dad needed some help and we needed time to figure out housing for us.  I blogged about this here and here.  September was an especially difficult month.  Tony had already moved to a one bedroom apartment in Virginia and started his new job September 6th.  My mom died September 13th. You can read what I wrote here and here.  October through January was taking care of my dad, and having good times with my sister!  Here, here, and here. And now, finally, I am back with my husband in our new (to us!) home in Virginia!  I am still living out of a suitcase though, as our household goods are, keep your fingers crossed, arriving by March 12.  Since I don't have all my stuff, I am working on some hand-piecing projects that I can't show you yet.  I can tell you this: one has 4543 pieces in it, if I counted right!

When we lived in San Antonio, Tony and I were able to go the Houston quilt show.  Wonderful times there! Here in Virginia they have the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival!  Luckily for me, it was this past weekend.  Tony and I had a wonderul time and the quilts were amazing!  I took so many pictures!  You should have seen some of the hand quilting!  Such tiny stitches, such precision!  Here's just one example of the hand stitching:
There were quilts that brought tears to my eyes (unfortunately I didn't get pictures of those because I was so overwhelmed), quilts that made me laugh out loud (the expression in his eyes is priceless!)
and quilts that made me stand there in awe.  Can you believe this one came in third?!

It was a cold and very windy day, but we stopped by the beach 15 minutes from our home!
Aye, just a wee bit windy!

I think Tony and I will be very happy in our new state! 

LaDonna

15 comments:

  1. So glad to hear from you!! So glad to know you are doing well and starting to settle into your new home! Blessings to you and Tony!

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  2. Beautiful post!!! I wish you much happiness in your new house and country!
    You will have much work to do now.....but a nice work!
    Have a good new week!

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  3. Good to hear from you! And glad to hear that you are getting settled..that always takes awhile, but new beginnings are always exciting too.

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  4. SOOOOOOOOO GLAD that you are back with your hubby in your new home and hopefully back to blogging on a regular basis. I don't care if you have no stitching to share - just share so that we know you are ok! I have missed you! Welcome home!

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  5. So glad you and Tony are back together in your new home,such a long time to be apart. It has been quite a year for you and now I hope you can get settled in you new home, find a quilt shop, and get back in the blogging world. We missed you! Hugs

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  6. So happy to hear of all your good news! What a sweetie you have to get all that done before you even arrived! Yay! Enjoy your new place! And I'm keeping my fingers crossed for your shipment of household goods. :o)

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  7. It's great that you both now have a base to start with. Can't wait to see photos of your progess with making your new house into your new home

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  8. Lovely eye candy! Nice to hear that you are both together again and enjoying your new home.

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  9. Sounds like your husband did a great job of picking a house for the two of you to start your new life in Virginia. Glad you are finally together.

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  10. It's great to hear from you again. You've had quite a year, haven't you? It sounds like you have a lovely place to call home and it will be wonderful for you to get your belongings again. I remember that feeling after a military move, and it felt like Christmas sometimes :-)

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  11. Welcome to Virginia and congratulations on your new home! My sister lived in Hampton and I used to go visit her the quilt show weekend, but I didn't go this year. I'm glad you were able to attend, and that you both enjoyed it. Have you decided yet which room will be your quilt studio? I know you can't wait to get up and sewing!

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  12. Your quilts/crafts are so fantastic! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world!
    www.quiltworld2.blogspot.com
    Hugs, Ulla (from Finland)

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  13. Wow, LaDonna! So much change in your life! Wishing you nothing but happiness and contentment:) And looking forward to you posting pix of your new abode!

    ~Cindy

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  14. Welcome back, LaDonna! We've all missed you and are very happy to see you and Tony reunited. Life has so many ups and downs, good and difficult times, but you show us how to handle it all with such grace. Thanks for sharing and please say hello to Diana for us.
    Mary

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  15. Welcome to your new home state...what a difficult time you have had! I was sad to hear of your mothers death, that must have been very difficult. I hope things settle down for you soon. I also look forward to seeing some pictures of your new home.

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