What a whirlwind of a week. I have never seen my husband so physically and mentally exhausted. We rented a moving van and he pretty much filled the entire thing with furniture and boxes, then was at the end of his rope with weariness when one of his friends showed up to help him finish, and not just any friend, a giant of a man filled with cheerfulness. God always provides, doesn’t He? Then four wonderful men met him at our storage unit and helped him unload, it reminded me of an Amish barn raising, how they got all of our gear compactly packed into a large room like a giant puzzle. I stepped out of the way and let them go, was too short and too weak to be of much use.
We spent a cozy “last night in our old home” sleeping on the floor. Grandma brought the kids back to us the next day and helped us bring the rest of our stuff to our in-laws where we are now staying for about a month. Then we went house shopping. It was fun, at every home our children would run to the backyard to see if there was a swingset to play on, and I may or may not have told them not to jump on other people’s beds once or twice. We can barely afford a 4 bedroom, but really want a 4 bedroom, so were looking at many split-level three bedrooms with a basement room that could possibly be turned into a 4th. We found a wonderful home with three bedrooms and a large basement full of possibilities. It’s not even a split level. It is a peaceful retreat in the middle of a busy city. The backyard is secluded by wood fencing and trees with landscaping and sitting areas to relax in, we’re going to enjoy this home. Also, no major problems; it’s not a fixer upper, which is nice. Many of the homes we looked at had mold, termites, or foundation issues. It was difficult for me to move so quickly with buying a new home but it would have disappeared if we had puddled around even a little. Real estate is insane here.
So now that all the business is done, we’ve been vacationing in the city. Lots of swimming and exploring new places. We’re not sure how to relax because there’s so many possibilities every day. We’ve been to a toy store, the library–many times, a juggling show, a city band concert, soooo many ice cream shops, an art walk, a bluegrass concert, the park, a community gym. My mother-in-law left me tools and supplies to work on a glass mosaic which I haven’t even begun yet, but I’m excited about….and we played with cousins for an entire day. I’m worn out, but happy worn out. We’ve also discovered the there’s some public program that feeds children for free here if you show up at the right places, still figuring that one out. The swimming pools and parks are packed in the afternoons with childcare groups that show up on school buses. Have seen some interesting clothing choices from the locals, saw a girl wearing a bikini with a black negligee over the top of it. Lots of pink and purple hair, but most of the people seem to dress and act like we do; moms with friendly kids looking for someone to play with.
We haven’t gone to a new church yet, last week we went back to our old church and they gave us a wonderful send-off. It felt like they were our home church sending us out to be missionaries, we will miss them so much. They framed a colorful picture of a guitar with the words to “Be Thou My Vision” and wrote messages on the back for us. We will have to go back and visit them often, leaving is hard. We couldn’t have done all of this by ourselves, I’ve been amazed at how God is providing. New blessings every day.