4.18.2010

Bittersweet

Time does change things. Life has been moving right along, with lots going on here. So here's the updates:

  • We have sold our house. It was on the market for 5 days, with lots of traffic and then we had an offer, negotiated and accepted it. After that, we had the inspection which went quite well, but we have buyers who are first-timers and want everything fixed. Everything. Bear in mind that there was very little of consequence wrong with the house -- but that too has now been negotiated and we are coming up on completing the list.
  • We found a new house! It's not too far away but it's wonderful. Slightly bigger than this one [although that was never the purpose of a change] and a perfect layout for people like us who want to sink roots in and stay put. It has everything on the main floor except a huge playroom [for the kiddoes] upstairs. The back yard could be a little better, but it's much better than the one we have now and Mark admits that it's workable. And the inside is exactly what I wanted.
  • I was released as Primary president last Sunday. It was a sad, sad day for me -- those who know me know how much I loved the opportunity I've had for nearly 5 years now [1 of them as chorister and nearly 4 as president] to learn to know and love our Primary children and their teachers. They are all so dear to me and I will miss them more than they will realize. And my presidency? Oh, so loved and will be so missed.
  • But -- I was sustained in Stake Conference today as a counselor in the Stake Primary presidency. My specific areas of responsibility are the music [yay!], the nursery, the Activity Days for girls -- and probably other things. We haven't met together yet as I was just sustained and the president is out of town. But I know the other ladies I will serve with and am excited about a new challenge.
  • But again - I will miss my Primary children and our Primary people know that I want to be #1 [in big letters and on speed dial] on their sub list. I'm hoping I get to spend lots of time in there doing all kinds of different things.
  • We are going to meet Baby Girl Cottam soon. Her tentative name is Lucy -- and she is due to arrive in the next 3 - 4 weeks and we are excited to meet her. Babies are so wonderful.
  • The wildflowers here are spectacular this year. So much beauty, everywhere I look. What a gift!
So between houses, Primary, and babies, life is full and rich. Bittersweet, yes. But lovely in all ways. I am so grateful!

10 comments:

Suzanne said...

Oh, my goodness -- that's a lot of change in your life. A sale, a move, a release, a sustaining, a new bambino. Wow. Change can be sooo good for us. Makes us stretch and grow. I'm excited for you!

Carrie Page said...

So good to hear what's going on with you! So nice that your house sold so quickly and that you were able to find one you wanna settle down in. I think it's Primary re-organization month! We've lost 4 teachers :( and a counselor. I know it will all come together soon, just hard to lose people that you love! I know that you will be missed just as much!

100 Percent Cottam said...

lots going on indeed! crazy times. it will be nice when you're all moved & settled! moving is so hard. and i'm sure baby girl is VERY excited to meet you, too! ;)

Mel said...

I'm glad to hear you were able to find a house that is perfect for you. You will be fabulous in the Stake Primary Presidency!

Natalie Scott said...

What a year it's turning out to be for you! Can't wait to see the new house AND little miss Lucy. :)

I am already missing primary with you so much. Lunch Wednesday?

Andrea said...

Wow. Talk about busy busy! Good luck with everything. Hopefully they'll all end up being good changes!

Andrea said...

And let's be honest, at least you're not in the stake RS presidency over enrichment! ;)

MiaKatia said...

Jan, so much news! Hugs on getting released. Anyone who even pops in to the blog knows how much you loved your calling. The entire Stake will be blessed with your service now. Enjoy the new house!

Ashley said...

busy times! good luck with all the changes!

Aryn said...

Stake primary presidency - sounds perfect for you (though you seem to be pretty perfect at whatever you do...). Hope you'll post pics of the new house! And yes, Diet Coke solves everything.