We have officially lived here a week. It still seems surreal. Shannon and I will say, several times a day, “Hey! We live here now. This is our home.” I think we’re settling in nicely – finally getting everything in it’s place. Finding the new places to put things has been a challenge at times. This house has zero storage capability – no closets, no basement, no attic space and no outdoor shed. We left all of our outdoor items and holiday items in Summerville until we could figure out where to put everything. Okay. The truck was full too but still. We would have left it anyways.
There have been so many God-winks since we’ve been here that our hearts are still encouraged and excited to plant this church with Him. He seems to send those little moments at just the right time. Everyone we have encountered so far has been so nice and helpful. We are enjoying and still getting accustomed to the slower pace of life here – no one seems to be in any hurry – for anything. And while the South is known for it’s ability to move along at a slower pace, Summerville felt like a speeding bullet compared to this. There is no pressure to do anything RIGHT NOW! here.
Zoe has been adjusting well. However, we are noticing that her need to be “social” is really kicking in. And it has become more apparent that she generally just needs lots of activity and action. We are seriously considering public school again for several reasons: 1. She needs to meet new friends. 2. We need to meet people. 3. She needs to be pushed academically. She has slipped into “Mom, I don’t want to do my work.” mode and that isn’t good because I typically will say, “Okay – we’ll catch up tomorrow.” 4. I think my grace for homeschooling has lifted. God asked me to do it for a season and I did. But I find myself more frustrated than not and less patient than I should be.
The elementary school is right behind our house and has about 370 students. Her 3rd grade class is only about 17 kids – so very private school feeling. I chuckled when I saw that they only have 4 bus drivers – and listed the bus numbers and driver’s names for you to have. We have a meeting set up for Monday with the Principal and we’ll make our decision then.
Personally, I find myself feeling rather resolute over the last few days. It’s the same feeling I had when I first had my babies. I remember I was excited, that I wanted the babies, that I knew I was meant to be a Momma, but there was this settled feeling of “Wow. This is really happening and I can’t go back.” Yeah. I miss my routines, my schedule, my church life, my friends, all of it. I was laughing at the fact that my calendar is as empty as it has even been since it’s creation. See below:
Oh. The colors. The beauty of the appointments on my page. Ahhhhh………….. But then, then we moved here. And for now, my calendar looks more like this.——> I’m not going stir-crazy, but I have to admit that this slowed-down pace is very foreign to me. I’ve rested before, but not to this degree.
Shannon and I are making plans to join a fitness center here in town for not only exercise, but to meet more people. We both feel that trying to find a few places that we frequent often will help. The plan is to make a list of places we want to visit and explore. God has really been giving us the courage and boldness to share our story with complete strangers. It’s a big deal for me. Even though I’m outgoing by nature, I still have an introverted side that doesn’t like intruding into someone’s personal space. And I don’t like rejection. Ahem. So, yeah. This forces me to work on that.
I just wanted to take a moment to say that we love you all. We miss you and we miss New Day. We miss our home. We miss family. Everyone has played such a vital role in our lives and in our healing. This church will carry your DNA because you invested in us. We will forever be grateful for that.
Thank you for the continued prayer support, words of encouragement, phone calls, texts, emails and financial donations. You are all so amazing and we are so honored to still do life with you – even if it is a few hours away.
Well, I suppose there really wasn’t a theme to this post except to just verbally process where we are right now. God continues to amaze us, be faithful to us, encourage us and love us while we adjust to a new way of life.
Until next time,