Saturday, July 11, 2009

The last few days.

Monday – The move went well. Angie left with Lilia, Micah, and Andrew about 10:30 to say goodbye to some friends and head on south while I finished packing. We finished packing and headed out ourselves. The trip went well. I had a friend drive with me and Caleb to bring the moving van back. We made it in a little over 9 hours of driving. The last part of the drive was real pretty. We crossed the viaduct at Millan which is the highest bridge in the world. We made it here to find Angie having arrived just a half hour before us. She had to make more stops and had some kids get car sick. She was just finished walking through the house with the man. The house is a good size, nice outdoors, nice furnishings, but it is dirty. Even though he has been living here, there was a layer of dust on everything, the dishes all looked liked they had been sitting for months, and the toilet had not even been cleaned. We got everyone settled and called it a night.
Tuesday – I called the owner of the storage unit that we were going to use in Carcassonne. He said that we needed to have a paper of direct withdrawal from our bank. So I went to the next town where our nearest bank branch was and they told me we must order from the branch where we set up the account, by person or by mail. Back at the house we called the back and they confirmed that we had to be there in person or via Internet. So we left for Carcassonne to meet and planned to stop by McDonald's and use their WiFi for the Internet access. We found out that we had left the cell phone at home so we could not call the owner and let him know that we would be late. Angie went with the Moving van to meet the man and I stayed at McDonald's to get the Internet stuff done. With the online banking you have to have a code before you can add another direct withdrawal, they send you the code by text message on you cell phone. Oops. So I left with the kids to meet Angie again at the storage place, when I arrived she was not there, so I went back to McDonald's and she wasn't there. I figured out that we were dodging each other so I was heading back to the storage building to wait for here, trying to follow the GPS and taking wrong turns, Micah getting car sick, etc. It was the low point of the day.
We met and decided just to get some lunch. We ate at McDonald's and decided just to unload the truck at our house so that our friend, Bo, could head back to Paris. Bo and I headed back to the house to unload the truck while Angie picked up some groceries. Ended up that the house held all of our stuff well. It has a lot of closets. So we decided it worked out best to have everything here, it is more handy if we need something. Bo headed back. Caleb and I took a walk. Angie returned. We had supper and went to bed, end of a long day.
Wednesday – This morning we wanted to go to the nearest town with a grocery store and we also wanted to see the Tour de France which was also heading through that same town. We stopped by the store, picked up some groceries and walked over to the route for the Tour de France. We have a good time, it is kind of like a Parade, but the floats come every 2 to 5 minutes. The sponsors would come through and throw out all kinds of stuff to the people on the street. Finally after two hours of waiting the cyclists came through. There were a group of about 10, then 3 minutes later a group of the rest, I would guess maybe 60 bicycles. I could not make out anyone. It was neat. Unfortunately we left our camera in the car, but we ended up with three hats, a bag pack, several bags of candy, even sausage. I am glad that we went.
Thursday – We went to Narbonne today. That is the nearest big size town, about 10 miles from here. We were searching for a better cell phone plan that could call the states and we could check our e-mail. After a lot of talking and discussing we finally found one to our liking. We took the kids to play at a local fast food place to burn some energy before our ride home. We went for a walk after we got home up the hill near our house. We enjoyed the scenery.
Friday – Today Angie and Lilia went back to Narbonne to do some shopping and get some questions answered about the phone. July is also the big sale time of year and she found some really good deals on clothes. She bought me a pair of pants for 7 euros, about $10. Me and the boys stayed home and put together the soccer goal that Andrew got for his birthday a month back. They had a good time with it and played for almost the rest of the day. That allowed me to get a lot of good Bible reading in. Also we got a call from the pastor of the church in Carcassonne checking on how we are doing. He ended up having a couple that he has been visiting with recently who lived in this same village that we are living in. We have been seeking for confirmation that God really wanted us in Limoux. The cell phone salesman ended up mentioning that he drove there all the time. Even more amazing was the e-mail I just read from former language school classmates of ours, Tim and Liz. They have returned to Australia to have a baby. Her sister is a nurse at the hospital where they plan to have a baby. Another nurse there is a man from France who she has been talking about salvation with. She thought it would be good language practice for Tim to speak with him. He ended up mentioning that he was from a small town in France that no one knows about. It was Limoux, so Tim impressed home by knowing where it was. Tim said he hopes he will be saved before he returns to France, and then he will turn him over to us. God is truly amazing in the way He works. Currently (Sat) we are at McDonalds using the wireless internet and letting the kids play. We will be headed to church here in Carcassonne tomorrow. God bless, JASON

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