The Sights & Sounds of moving...





Well, I suppose sounds doesn't really apply. But we're on the road finally after 6 weeks of moving out of our house, scarce sleep and dry and splitting hands. It was a very sad goodbye to Medford and our treasured friends there. Our last night was memorable as we stayed up until 2am hanging out with the Sampsons and playing Karaoke (yep, they actually got Alisha to sing!). We are really going to miss the people we've met and grown to love in our adopted hometown of Medford. God-willing, we'll be back someday!
We love Oregon and we love Medford. But for now, we've begun our trek into California to visit family and friends down here. We just finished 4 days in Davis staying at our longtime friends from college the DeJong's house and visiting with family as well. We went to basketball games - my brother Bret's KU Pelicans took 3rd place in the Dixon tournament, which pitted my dad's alma mater (Dixon, '57) vs. my mom's alma mater (KU, '57) in the semifinals. Like my dad said, he's been waiting 50 years to settle this argument once and for all, and now that's it's finally here, he has to root for KU!! (Dixon won 57-54 in a squeaker).
For now we've moved on to the bay area, where we've unloaded the U-Haul at Alisha's parent's house. All of our stuff for Africa (2 large suitcases each and a carryon) is now in the Berry's garage in Castro Valley, while we travel south for the next 3 weeks. We leave for San Diego early Thursday morning at 4am to spend a week at Alisha's brother Brian's house - our first visit to their place down there. We're excited to spend good time with family, but lingering in the back of our minds is that twinge of sadness as we know that the end of each stop along this trip means more goodbyes to loved ones. Looking forward we're excited for the adventure, but the sadness of goodbyes is inescapable.
In Africa, we're trying to rent a house that they found for us that is currently gutted but will be worked on once it's rented. The upside is it is huge and would be perfect for housing visitors, as is our hope! The walled-in yard is also quite large too, which would be so nice for the boys to have a place to play. But the best part is, it's within sight of the eMi office, so I would be in walking distance of home! They were asking an unusually high rent though, so we're trying to get them to accept about 30% less. We shall see...
The pictures: our U-haul train; moving takes its toll on me...er, I mean, that's me in deep prayer; two heroes during moving - neighbor Joan who helped in every way possible, from painting to watching the kids to letting us pile trash in her bin, and our other neighbors and dear friends the Carroways, who also took the boys off our hands at some critical points (Amanda is our regular babysitter); we took a ride with the Dejong kids on '1014', the oldest double decker bus from London running in Davis on its last day of operation before it is retired due to failing emissions standards; and finally, the boys with the Darke kids at the park in Davis. Ryan and Kim and their 3 kids, and Phil and his 3 kids all drove out from Roseville and Folsom respectfully to hang out before we depart; the boys, after playing hard at the park with the Darkes, and after 4 days straight of going to bed after 11pm!



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Kristen said…
Thanks for the update!! I hope you get a little more rest in the coming weeks.
Stevie said…
My favorite is all three boys sound asleep...gotta love Brodie with his mouth wide open. How I remember that sweet face when he was about 18 months old before our sessions! Hope you guys are having fun w/ your fam!! Tell your dad congrats on the win :)
inWorship said…
The kids sleeping in the last picture is adorable!
Katie Grace said…
Katie said she wish the best for the three boys who are very good-natured. We are always praying for the Crawford family for their journey in Africa that God will guide them and keep them safe. May God bless you for this Christmas season and may each day of the coming year brings you all happiness..
Emilie said…
We put our name in Sharpie on your mattress. Come back and fight us for it!

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