Hola, Howdy and Hello from Texas!

Hello from Texas! As you have noticed (or maybe not), I have changed our blog to Nate and Kate in the Lone Star State. Very exciting! (At least for me).

We have been in Texas for almost 3 weeks now. We are finally starting to get settled. We live in a part of Texas called "The Rio Grande Valley". It is not actually a valley, it is just a piece of flat land along the Rio Grande River. Since we have moved here, things have kind of been a comedy of errors. Now they are funny, not so much at the time. A week before we came down here the rental company that we are renting through told us that our newly built apartment would not be ready because the electric meters had not been installed yet. Obviously this is when panic set in because we had a moving truck coming from St. Louis a week from that day. Thankfully, we were able to move our stuff in. Sadly, we couldn't stay there for obvious reasons. We had a few very gracious members of the congregation take us in. We also had a very nice couple let us use their home because they were leaving for a mission trip. We got by just fine. We finally got electricity and then the air conditioner started leaking. After a firm message that I left on the rental company's answering machine, it was fixed the next day. We have been living in our apartment now for about a week. I have the kitchen unpacked which was a huge deal because I have way too much in that department, of course, nothing I am willing to part with. Haha. We are still working on the other rooms so that they don't look like a war zone. It might be a little bit yet before we invite people over or post pictures of our place to Facebook. I am very excited about the palm tree in our front yard!

Something that isn't so funny still is that we still don't have internet at our apartment. I know that people lived without it for a long time and still do, but this "first world problem" is killing me. You know it's bad when I, a person who isn't a big reader, reads a 385 page book in less than 24 hours. Even though we don't not have the internet right now, we have had the Olympics to keep us occupied. There is one thing for sure. Nate and I LOVE the Olympics! I have been glued to the TV for the past week. Today we had Dish installed with DVR, so I won't miss any of the coverage!

Nate was installed at St. Paul on July 22nd. It was a very nice welcome. My parents and sister came down for the occasion. We were so happy that they made the trip! We had a great meal after the service, consisting of some very tasty Mexican food. I am going to have to capitalize on living in this part of the country when it comes to learning how to make the native food. Since then, we have just been trying to get settled in both at home and Nate into his office. He is preaching for the first time at St. Paul tomorrow.

Here is a picture from the installation:

Well, that is all for now. Hopefully the next time I post there will be some pics of our place! God is good!

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