Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Two weeks from tonight (Monday) - we will officially be in the Lone Star state!! We have rented one of the green/gold/silver trucks many of you have probably seen on the road from ABF, a moving company where we load and unload the truck, but they drive it down for us. They were quite a bit cheaper than a U-Haul, and we didn't have to figure out how to get both cars, and a truck loaded with our things down there! We'll receive our trailer on Wednesday, July 16th (Happy Birthday Chas!) - and will be loading it up on Saturday, July 19th! We would hate for anyone to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience...so if you'd like to help us load - come on over! :-) (we'll feed you!)
Depending on how quickly loading the trailer goes, we will either leave Indiana on Saturday afternoon or early Sunday morning - making our arrival into Corpus Christi on Monday! We are so excited!!! God has just orchestrated everything so perfectly with both houses. We will close on our Indiana house this Wednesday!! Pray that everything with this closing goes well, and that the buyers will pull together everything they need to for a smooth closing! We will likely close on our Texas house on July 21st or 22nd - we'll keep you posted on that one!
Dan's job search has kicked into high gear. He has two interviews scheduled in the next couple of weeks!! The first is at the school I will be teaching at (Texas A&M-Kingsville) and is a sports information director position. The other is at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and is an assistant athletic director position. Both jobs were on the top of his list - and we are confident God is pulling everything together even now! We'll be sure to keep you posted on this - please keep praying that these doors will continue to open up, and that Dan will be sensitive to the Spirit's leading as he begins making decisions!
Friday, June 27, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
The Prayer Requests...
- Dan's job search - he has some very promising leads, two at TAMUK where I will be working! One of these is in the athletic department, and looks to be a good fit for him. We are waiting for the position to officially post, but my (Stacey) department chair has put him in contact with the Athletic Director pre-posting. Universities are often good about hiring spouses when they can, so we are hopeful that this will work out! He also has applied for positions at TAMU-Corpus Christi (ah - the rival school!) in their athletic department, and at various philanthropic agencies in the Corpus Christi area (American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, etc.). Pray that the details of his job will be revealed to us soon! We know that God has it all worked out, and are eager to see what His plan is! :-)
- Texas house - we had most of our inspections done last week, and will finish up today with the plumbing. Everything looks to be in really good shape, so we are thankful that the house is "healthy"! The only thing remaining at this point is the appraisal for our lender - this should be happening in the next week or so. Pray that it goes well!
- Indiana house - the buyers will likely be doing their inspections this week or next. Pray that these inspections go well, and that there will be no major defects on the house! Pray also that everything will progress smoothly with their financing. This house will also be appraised shortly, please pray that it will appraise for the price the buyers have offered us! We have made many updates to the house, and are fairly confident it will be fine!
Again - thanks so much for your prayers and support!!
We are so thankful that we serve a MIGHTY GOD!!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Some new news, and updates on some old news...and most importantly - ways that you can be praying for us!
- We are officially under contract on our new house in Corpus Christi! We'll be doing inspections (well, we won't - but the professionals will be!) on the home this week. Please pray that these will go well and that we will select the right inspectors for the job!! Our agent is going to be at the house for all of these for us - we are so blessed to have her helping us through this process!
- We have our first showing on our Indiana house tomorrow (Monday)!! It will be between 11am-12pm (EST) - so you can be praying for that! We know that God is bringing everything together in His time - and just have to remind our fleshly worries that HE IS ON THE THRONE and IN CONTROL!!!
- We received some good news this week regarding our home loan. It looks like we will be able to work with my (Stacey) hometown bank - and that the loan will NOT be contingent upon the sale of our Indiana home! Praise God! Of course, we are still praying for the sale of our home here in the hopes of avoiding the financial burden of paying 2 mortgages/home insurances/utilities/etc.
- Dan is still looking for jobs in Corpus Christi - he has applied for various philanthropic, event coordinator, and athletic positions. We appreciate your continued prayer for him to find a job so he doesn't have to be a cabana boy in chapps (please...pray! :-)).
- One last prayer request - please be praying for us to quickly find a new church home in Corpus Christi. We have done some searching online and found some nearby churches when we were out there - but ultimately we want to be where God wants us and where we will be most effective for His Kingdom! So your prayers for us to be lead by the Spirit in this (and all!) avenues of our move are greatly appreciated!
We'll be sure to update you on any new developments - we really appreciate your prayers and support during this relocation!
Saturday, May 31, 2008
The upper window on the left side is in the bonus room (office), and the lower window is in the kitchen.
Laundry room! It's huge and has tons of storage/hanging space! I'm so excited to not have to stand in the hall to do laundry!
this picture isn't doing it justice!
We'll use it as an office now, and eventually it will be a playroom for the kiddos! (nope, not pregnant...
just in case you were wondering!)
Friday, May 30, 2008
- Go to www.vickycorreasellshomes.com
- Click on PROPERTY SEARCH
- Click on RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES
- In the MLS NUMBER box, type - 74384
And viola! There is the listing for the house we put an offer on! Don't mind the cheesy popcorn bowls...those will be going! :-)
I'll post some actual pictures that we took tomorrow!
So we drove from the Calallen house to Kingsville first...33 minutes (on a jaded sample because our new GPS - whom we have lovingly named M.J. - took us through a town instead of hiways).
In Kingsville - I took Dan around campus to show him where I'll be working. But not before having to pull over to let M.J. tell us where to go, after which I proceeded to lodge our car onto a curb! Dan was pleased! :-) All is well - no harm, no foul! We had lunch at a yummy Mexican restaurant (there are lots of those down here!) - then headed to campus. I was excited to see my name on the door which will be my office - and I have a mailbox already! I think that's part of the torture of graduate school...if they make you feel like a slave who deserves nothing - when you get your first job, you celebrate things like your name on a door! Dan got to meet some of the people I'll be working with - and they gave us some good advice on the 2 areas that we were looking at houses.
Picture of the building I will mostly be working in...
On our trip back - we drove to the second house in South Corpus, where we met our realtor to look at the house again (Dan's favorite). As we walked through it again - I fell in love with it. I'm sure it was 90% God changing my heart, and 10% me mixing it up with one of the other 17 houses we looked at the day before! So we put in an offer on it - and are currently negotiating the contract with the seller, and working out our financing. Prayers are definately appreciated as we wander through this abyss known as buying/selling a house!
After the 3 most stressful hours of my life - pulling together the contract - we had dinner at a fabulous seafood restaurant on the waterfront. Another place we'll be sure to take you when you come visit!!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
So we arrived in Corpus Christi (after another delay!) around 9:30 this morning and promptly met with our realtor down here. She is a HUGE blessing from God - very efficient, organized, and a Christian herself. It was just a little hug from Him that He would orchestrate that she be our realtor!
Here are some highlights of the day:
- I nearly knocked myself out with a shelf that was sticking out of a wall...where, because I hit my head on it, I knocked off some figurines and proceeded to break the head off a doll and a Panama something-or-other. As we toured that house, I saw about 3 million similar figurines so I didn't feel as bad - and the nice man who owned the house didn't seem to mind.
- Dan and I were both highly disappointed in our top choices (as we looked through the listings online before arriving). Mine was a trash-hole - and the people who lived there were still home when we arrived...so as we walked upstairs to look at the bedrooms - Dan walked in on some guy lounging on his bed. Fabulous. Needless to say, we didn't get the full tour of that house, we were happy to leave as we saw 30 years worth of cobwebs hanging from the ceilings! Dan's favorite was a little better - but a classic example of an agent taking some really good pictures of a not so really good house.
- We saw pink countertops, pink tile in the bathroom, carpet that I swear was from my Mom and Dad's living room - 2 carpets ago...and smelled some things I hope to never smell again!
All in all though - we did have about 10 homes that were "livable" (ironically, neither of our internet favorites made that cut!) - and both of our top 2 were the same homes. Unfortunately, my favorite wasn't Dan's favorite - rats! So we spent the evening praying about it, and decided to see what the commute from each house was to Kingsville (where I will work).
Had dinner at Joe Cotten's - a legendary BBQ joint just outside of Corpus Christi...you can bet that we'll be taking you there if you come to visit - very yummy!!
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
The Texas A&M-Kingsville athletic mascot is the javelina, and the school is the only college or university in the nation with this mascot.
Any time the Javelina athletic teams venture outside Texas, one of the first questions asked has been, “What is a javelina?”
Texas A&M-Kingsville has had the javelina as a mascot since opening its doors in 1925. An article in an early edition of the South Texan campus newspaper explained the picking of the name and a description of the animal.
“Last summer (1925), the pioneer students of this college voted to accept the javelina as our college mascot...after hearing some almost unbelievable but highly interesting tales of the fighting spirit of Mr. Javelina, they elected him mascot by a large majority.
“Wherever the javelina is known, his reputation as an intrepid and relentless fighter also is known. The word javelina (pronounced hah-vuh-lee-nah, with the accent on the third syllable) is the Spanish name for the peccary, a species of wild hog indigenous of the New World and ranging from Texas to Pantagonia.
“They are small animals, seldom attaining 40 inches in length and more than 20 inches in height. Biologically, they are related to swine, though their teeth are different and their stomachs are in some respects characteristic of a ruminant.
“They also vary from swine in that the young are born in pairs. They usually range in pairs, although it is not uncommon to find them in flocks of eight to ten.
“Their greatest enemy is the Mexican jaguar, but when attacked they stand their ground with a ferocious determination that often sends the jaguar scurrying to the safety of a high limb.
“There is nothing unusual in their style of fighting. Its main characteristic is vicious intrepidity. When attacked, they boldly face their enemy and begin crowding in on him with a short, driving rush and with their jaws snapping with the suddenness of steel traps, and the animal is in a sorrowful plight that fails to keep his carcass out of range of their knife-like teeth.
“Another characteristic of the javelina is that one flock, if aware that another flock is being attacked, will rush to its assistance, and when once attacked, flight is unthought of.
“They will stay in the fight until the last pig is dead or until the enemy is either killed or driven off.
“The javelina is not easily domesticated and tamed, and they do not make very trustworthy pets. They never forget how to bite if the least bit provoked.”
The species, from Texas to Central America, is known as the collared peccary because of its white stripe running down each shoulder from the withers to around the throat.
Javelina mascots have been frequent at Texas A&M-Kingsville and the present mascot has appeared at all home games since 1969. Today, the animals are caged. At one time the mascots were allowed to run loose on campus.
In September, 1929, Dr. R.B. Cousins, the first president of the school, was attacked by one of the two mascots kept on campus. It was found to be rabid, and Cousins underwent the Pasteur treatment for rabies.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Kingsville is about 30 minutes southwest of Corpus Christi - which has some good potential job opportunities for Dan - we we will likely be living in Corpus Christi, which is a fabulous vacation spot we're heard - beaches, warm weather, resorts! (Just so you know in case you want to stop by for a visit!)
Dan has his heart set on becoming a cabana boy in chaps if nothing else turns up...so we appreciate all prayers for Dan to find the perfect position down there! We appreciate your prayers for all of the other fun details of relocating (selling our home here quickly, finding a home - with guest rooms! - there, etc.). Stacey is working to finish as much of her dissertation as possible before we leave, but fortunately, she has support from her new department chair there to start ABD (all but dissertation....), which is a huge blessing for the transition should she not get finished before we leave! Her proposal date has been set for Friday, May 23rd - so you can keep her in your prayers that day!
If you happen to know someone that is in or connected to the Corpus Christi area, we would of course appreciate any assistance in job possibilities for Dan, etc. You just never know who knows someone who knows someone!
We are sad to be leaving Indy...especially if we aren't going back to Colorado!...but we are very excited for this next opportunity in our lives!!
We apprecaite your continued prayers and support as we make this transition!!