Our learning curve is huge right now, there is so much this country girl doesn’t know about how to raise a family in the city, it has been overwhelming, but I ache to explore and understand this new place I’m in. But with this many people, and things always coming and going, there will probably always be something new for me to learn. Which is a good thing, but I’m going to have to let go of control a little, and trust that God is leading our family where we need to go.
Some things I’ve discovered:
-I LOVE Birkenstocks, they are quickly curing my plantar fasciitis that I’ve struggled with for months.
-private Christian school is more expensive than college, (my SIL assured me that only public school rejects go there anyway, so I don’t need to worry, I don’t think it’s true, but it was kind of her to tell me)
-karate is $800/year for 1 child (ummm, no)
-gymnastics is $600/year for 1 child (maybe not worth it for a 4 yr old?)
-most everything else is about $50/month per child, we are not used to such a high cost of living.
-there are tons of free things to go to if we look around and pay attention, (free yoga has me excited)
-our community has a free gym, an amazing free gym, and kids are welcome. I just need to figure out how to get my driver’s license address changed so they’ll let us in.
-the library here doesn’t have as good of a theology section as the next city over, oh well, I’ve been spoiled.
I’m slowly meeting homeschoolers, our karate instructor homeschools. She assured me there were many homeschool groups that meet, both secular groups and faith based groups and that I would find them. However, she didn’t have anything specific to invite me too, bummer.
We are seriously considering joining a classical conversations homeschool group for the older two girls, we are also planning on buying a violin for my oldest daughter and joining a homeschool orchestra that meets here, and we are going to splurge on gymnastics for my middle daughter, she shows real potential in this area and I think the money will be worth it for her. For the little one, she might be better off with gymnastics open gym and no lessons yet….Montessori style.
– We have been exhausting ourselves exploring, I’m figuring out more than two events per day is too much for us.
– Sophia glows when she does karate, she has a competitive side to her, and touch is her love language….I was surprised by how much she likes it.
-Solveigh has already befriended the neighborhood children, and one kid has a kitten she lets her play with.
-I read Karen Kingsbury’s new book “Angels Walking”, it’s good, would love for Sophia to read it someday.
– I’ve decided on ivory for our family room in our new home.-
-the amount of walking we have to do to go anywhere is substantially higher than before, I’m convinced this is why city people are healthier than country folk, bought a stroller for Acacia because it was too much for her to handle.
– I never thought I’d be raising my children in the city.
Just 2 1/2 more weeks until we get to move into our new home!
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