Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Our first month at Cookson

We left Indiana and made the trip to Cookson in two days (for the sake of our little one). After battling traffic, a U-Haul truck with no air conditioning, and a sprained ankle we arrived at Cookson Hills on June 5th. An army of people welcomed us by helping unload the truck. Less than an hour later we had a house full of boxes and were trying to decide where to start. Thankfully we had a couple of friends make the drive with us and were there to help us put things together. (Thanks again Nikki and Chad!) Settling in meant lots of painting and sprucing up of the house. Here is a before and after photo of our living room.

Living Room Before
Living Room After
When we were not unpacking or working on the house we were in orientation and training meetings and doing various activities to meet people. Everyone has been very welcoming to us and eager to help us when they can. Our new friends (and neighbors) the Kelley’s have been extremely gracious to us and have invited us along to picnics, to the pool, and other activities to show us the ropes and where the good hangout spots are located.

For the 4th of July we went to nearby Siloam Springs, AR with several families from Cookson Hills to watch the fireworks show at the small airport. And wouldn’t you know it, Kaylee and her new friend Caroline made the newspaper!


  1. House looks good. Much love guys.

  2. The living room looks sooooo good!!!! :-)

    ~Nikki Alexander~

  3. The Kelly's are my brother and sister in law!!! They are great!