Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Change in 2007

A few weeks ago, I went through the remaining photos in my 2007 storage binder and made a list of layouts I want to complete with them. I knew I wanted to do a layout about the 6 weeks of transition when we moved from East Texas back to the DFW area. I had several photos I wanted to use of the move, the old house, and the new house, but I also knew it would take a good bit of journaling to tell the story. After reading Tammy's post about journaling cards, I knew exactly how to make it all work together.

After several interviews in February (in person, on the phone, via Skype), Robbie was offered a job in Dallas beginning in mid-March. We began immediately packing and staging the house in Hudson to sell. We put the house on the market on a Thursday and headed to Dallas on Saturday to look for a new home over spring break. On Sunday we made an offer and signed a contract on the house in Allen. On Tuesday we received a full price offer on the house in Hudson! Robbie finished out his final week at his old job while I graded papers and continued packing after returning home on Wednesday. The following Wednesday we headed to Nashville and returned home on Sunday with just enough time for us to drive from Houston to Hudson and then Robbie headed to Dallas to begin his new job.

I was still teaching 2 classes and working the ABC job in East Texas, but I drove back up to Dallas the following Thursday evening, and we closed on the Allen house on March 30. We cleaned on the house and hired painters to do all the ceilings before I headed back home. I taught my classes on Monday, finished my last day at ABC Tuesday, and Wednesday Daddy and I moved a U-Haul load of stuff to Allen. Daddy built a base for our new shed and helped us paint the front room before we headed back to Hudson. Robbie and I loaded up the Expedition on April 7 in the midst of an Easter weekend snowfall (in East Texas!!). We were in Allen for Easter Sunday and enjoyed lunch at Texas Land & Cattle. Monday I headed back to East Texas early to teach my classes. The mover arrived on Wednesday morning to load the truck in Hudson. (one vase was broken that day!)

Thursday the movers unloaded at our new home in Allen and I began unpacking. Robbie took Friday off and we drove back to say goodbye to our little happy home as we closed on it on April 13. I had to drive back four more times to finish the semester at SFA, but by mid-May we were well on our way to being unpacked and settled in our new home.


Thanks Tammy for the inspiration to get this story recorded!

10 comments:

Jane said...

sounds exhausting!

Sian said...

It certainly sounds like a life changing time for you. It's interesting to revisit something like that a few years down the line isn't it? Beautifully recorded

Ellyn said...

I'm so glad all of that fell into place so we could become friends!

Cheri said...

looks like that move was quite an upgrade! Do you miss teaching?

Rebekah said...

Lovely post and layout. What a great idea for using some of those journal cards!!

alexa said...

You've packed such a lot into your page - just as you packed in such a lot in a short space of time back then! The design works beautifully. I admire your stamina. :)

Elizabeth said...

Moving is difficult. We will be doing that probably next spring, and I am not looking forward to it. Looks like you handled it just fine. Great use of the journaling cards.

Tammy said...

Yay! So glad you found a way to make it work. Thanks for the shout out too. :) I can so relate to moving. I'm still trying to recover. LOL. Love how this page turned out. So many photos and so much information but it all works beautifully!

S said...

What a great job of incorporating all those words and photos to tell the complete story. Nicely done, Melissa.

Karen said...

I love how many details you managed to capture on this layout!