Thursday, May 20, 2010

Making Home

It isn't hard when your new house is yellow (again) and surrounded by whispering woods. It isn't sad when you hear your child say, "I love it here." It isn't lonely when you live next door to the most outgoing neighbor in the world, who makes you cookies (& margaritas), plays kickball with your kids, and invites your whole family over for a cookout on a night when your life is still in boxes. And it is simply uplifting to go to church on "Baptism Sunday", witnessing young and old alike profess their faith in Christ, go under the water and come up again new, just behind the pulpit. Beautiful.

Today I can finally breath a little. I'm not sure when it will begin to feel "normal" again, or for that matter if it ever will. Maybe deep down I'm uncomfortable with normal, it sounds too much like "lukewarm" to me. I want to have a living, breathing, flowing kind of faith, so...keep me on my toes Lord (but more often on my knees.)

The kids and I took a drive to a peaceful lake with a park just a few miles from our house this morning. While we were in the car I talked to them about something that Aaron and I have been praying about. We both felt that it would be good for Abby Sue and Ben to get back into school. We have heard so many good things about the elementary school closest to us. The kids here won't be out of school until the end of June, so it's been hard for Abby Sue & Ben to get connected. They have loved learning at home and truly done an amazing job with all of these transitions, but we feel isolated and see the need to build relationships within our new community. So, next week they are very excited to be a part of Jefferson Elementary, and we will be covering them in prayer every step of the way.

Homeschooling is still in our hearts and possibly in the future. We realized that we have been "homeschooling" our kids from the moment they were born, and we will continue to do so as long as they are under our roof. For us that doesn't always mean excluding public school but working together with it. We are all willing to give it a try here.

God is so good to us. My heart still aches for all of our family and friends, but His word continues to comfort and encourage my heart. His faithfulness endures. His love never fails.


  1. Thanks for sharing your heart friend, I have been thinking of you sooo much lately. WE love you and miss you of course!

  2. Miss you too...please come over and walk with me!

  3. Jenn,
    It's great to see that you and Aaron are taking your kids social connections into consideration with regard to schooling. I think the best way to help kids get connected (and you) in a new community is to 1)Go to church and 2)Find a good school and form new friendships. I have experience with moves all my life and yes, it's hard when you are in elementary school, but I find that quickly new friendships form with kids and that helps tremendously with feeling connected. If things get complicated or the school is no good, you can always pull them out again. But I really applaud you guys to thinking of them socially too! So many parents forget that part.

    Blessings to all of you!

  4. Kristine~ Thank you so much for your words...they really encouraged my heart today. Blessing s to you all too:) Take care