Moving day was a huge success, thanks largely in part to our wonderful new Classical Conversations community here. Nate's parents came out for the day, and my sweet Mother-In-Love even brought us dinner. My parents also got in on the action - with Dad coming up for the day to help move furniture, and Mom coming after the chaos died down to bring our kids to us!
The day could not have gone more smoothly, and we know it is in answer to the many prayers lifted up on our behalf! We had a few minor glitches with furniture initially: our queen sized box spring would not fit up the stairs to our room, so we ended up just sleeping on the floor with our mattress until our "foldable box spring" (yes, really!) arrived. We purchased new bunk beds for the kids, but when we put the girl's together, there was a hole punched in one of the headboards. Again - more waiting until the new headboard could be shipped. It was kind of fun just to "camp out" in the new house though! We were scrambling to get as much unpacked and put away as we could before the new baby arrived, since we had T-minus 6 weeks from closing until my due date. I was relying heavily on Nate to carry boxes around, and help get furniture into place, etc, as I really couldn't do a whole lot at that stage in the pregnancy. Two weeks after we moved in, he fell down the stairs, and broke his tailbone! Really, I cannot make this stuff up. While at the time, we were dismayed, now it really does seem funny. He is fully recovered, and we are still so grateful that the outcome wasn't worse (he was holding a drill when he fell!!).
While we are still adjusting to the area, I at least no longer need the GPS to get to a grocery store! :-P We have missed our friends from "home" tremendously, but we are grateful to have forged fast friendships here already. We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is where God has placed us - that he had planned before the foundation of the world to put us here - now, for such a time as this. We are taking comfort in that on the hard days, when homesickness beckons, or when the new reality can feel harsh. We are encouraged by the church we have been attending, and prayerfully considering making it our home. We have already met several of our neighbors, and we are praying that God will use us to minister to them, and that we can be a testimony of the Gospel! The days are s l o w l y getting warmer, and we are looking forward to exploring more as a family. Thank you all again for your prayers! For those of you who have sent text messages, emails, and general "hugs", what a beautiful, tangible example of God's love you have been to me!
And now, for the much anticipated house tour! I have battled with the computer for weeks to try to get pictures uploaded, and it does not play nicely with my camera. So, I ended up resorting to a video tour instead. Hopefully as we get more settled, there will be more updated photos to come, but in the meantime, enjoy "walking through" the house!
Grace and Peace,