In Hog Heaven

20 years ago today, my husband and I were married!  Twenty years … we were talking today about how many POUNDS ago that was … yikes!!  But also about how many wonderful experiences we’ve had and how many places we’ve celebrated anniversaries!

Today we left the kids with their grandparents and drove about an hour and a half southwest-ish from their house to Fayetteville, Arkansas.  Our first stop was this beautiful building:



While it looks like an old military post or a historical site, it is actually the campus of the veteran’s healthcare administration.  Somewhere on this campus, my husband has a job waiting for him, should he accept it!   We still have to wait for some results from an evaluation that will give us final details and the opportunity to officially accept the job … but at least we know now this SHOULD happen the first or second week of January!


This is our first trip to Fayetteville, for either of us … and you know, it is a nice city!  At least right now in the holiday lull when the campus of the University of Arkansas is abandoned … and traffic seems light!

My shallow side was THRILLED to see a REAL mall, a Target, Hobby Lobby, Chick-Fil-A’s (several!!!), and many of the others stores and restaurants that I enjoy RIGHT HERE, but right now in Missouri have to travel at least 65-80 miles to go to!!!!  My frugal side was thrilled to know there are 2 Aldi’s in the area, and we visited 2 Goodwill stores today!!  🙂   So far, Fayetteville passes the test for “somewhere I could happily live” (granted, I can live happily ANYWHERE that my family is with me!).

This seems to be an affordable place to live; the area is noted for its low cost of living … except fuel was cheaper across the border in Missouri.

We looked at temporary housing for my husband since he’ll have to come ahead of our family if he accepts the job while we prepare our house for sale.  We looked at a potential church that friends of ours used to go to … and its Christian school, in case we become home school drop-outs.  Thankfully, someone was working today and showed us around there.

And since it was – after all – our ANNIVERSARY, we also did something we don’t often do:  we went to a movie matinee.  We have not been to a movie together since probably 1998 … seriously!   And now I know why:  it is EXPENSIVE!!!  Even the matinee price is IN MY OPINION pretty high.  We originally hoped to see the new LINCOLN movie … but it was not playing any more – so we opted for The Hobbit, which was one of my husband’s favorite books growing up.  Our opinion … it was ok.  Yeh, just ok … especially for me.  I was just in sensory overload most of the time because the movie was in 3D … and the fight scenes just went on forever and there was so many of them – and good grief, the movie lasted 3 hours; my attention span just isn’t that long any more.  Daniel’s assessment was that he wished they had focused more on the dialogue than the fighting too – and the ending left you hanging so there was no closure for someone who knows the entire book’s story (and there will probably be a Hobbit sequel??).    Oh well, so much for our movie experience.  We did have popcorn … and it was GOOD!!  (and expensive!!!!!)

The theme around here seems to be hogs … hmmmm, probably has something to do with a certain Razorback college sports phenomenon?!  🙂  There was the Hawg Wash Laundry and the Greased Pig Tire and Lube … LOL

And we went HOG WILD and ate here (Whole Hog Cafe’, World Champion BBQ):


And so, while this wasn’t a traditional anniversary trip, the fact that I’m spending almost 2 days with my favorite person on this planet makes it a GREAT get-away!!  Hours of uninterrupted talking and laughing and discussing and even some praying.


Happy Anniversary, Daniel!!!!  These last 20 years have been quite an adventure … and I’m looking forward to starting on a new one with you in 2013!


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7 Responses to In Hog Heaven

  1. Mrs. D says:

    Oh… by the way… happy anniversary too.

  2. Mrs. D says:

    Yay! A vacation to look at a job… couldn’t ask for better. Still praying.

  3. Michelle says:

    Happy Anniversary! Praying all works out well for the possible job!

  4. Rebekah says:

    You had me at Chick-fil-a! 🙂

  5. Thanks for sharing your trip with us. How exciting!

    Yep, The Hobbit has been broken up into 3 movies! Can we say “making money!” My son went to see it and loved it, but said I should skip it for the reasons you mentioned above. It’s too bad you couldn’t see Lincoln. You’ll have to rent it when it comes out. It’s so good!

    Looking forward to seeing what 2013 has in store for you and your family.

  6. Renee says:

    How exciting about the job and the anniversary trip to check out the area. Prayers that all works out

  7. charla says:

    I am SO very excited about a potential job for you guys. I’ve never been to Fayetteville, but I have heard good things about it. Happy anniversary!

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