Lubbock Journey – Day 5 – All coming together

July 6, 2009

Today is Monday, and we’ve been doing pretty good here. The past few days have been an exercise n rampant consumerism – between getting our furniture, stocking the kitchen, trying to sort out utilities, etc., we’ve been going quite a bit. I think we’ve been pretty productive – I’m just glad we had the foresight to come up early, as this would have been a nightmare to get sorted out while school was in.

We still have a few things to do. We were able to get a letter stating that we are actually enrolled as students, not just accepted, so the driver’s license shouldn’t be a problem now. We also have been to the Social Security office and unfortunately been rejected. I think it may be one of those cases where the people sitting at the front desk don’t necessarily know all the rules, especially when exceptional circumstances arrive. Fortunately we met a gentleman at the school today who just happens to be having dinner with a highly placed member of the Social Security administration (God is just so awesome!!!). He is going to take up the case for us. We’ve already been told that we can be issued an SSN, it just needs to state that it is not for work purposes. We are praying about it, along with others.

Generally speaking though, this transition has been very smooth. God has been so good, and continues to provide and protect. We worshipped yesterday at the Manhattan Heights church, which was waaay out from where we were. I enjoyed it, but I’d like to go back next week when the regular minister is there (apparently a lot of people were traveling for the July 4th weekend). While we were up there (in the hood), we drove around to see if there are any likely barber candidates. Found one or two, but I will need to recce them. b is still insistent on cutting my hair. I told her I’d think about it – maybe I’ll let her have a go if I know there’s a decent barber I can go to fix up any slips.

Looking forward to meeting with some of the SIBI staff in the next couple of days, and hopefully closing the book on the SSN. Stay tuned…


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