Thanksgiving has come and gone. We had a wonderful day, filled with ups and downs of being in a new house, with a new family and new stresses. But it was nice. The turkey refused to cook at first, but we worked around that. It gave us lots of time to play some fun games.
We watched the parade, and we put up the tree. Does a nine foot tree fit into an 8 foot room? YES! You can do it! We added a lovely seal ornament to the tree, and we know we will add even more through the years as the girls start to add an ornament each year just like the other five kids have always done.
The move was stressful. Any change is, but add a 7 bedroom home to move in the mix...and it's a lot of back breaking labor and restless nights to make the stress seem--well, unbearable at times. Thankfully, our friends the Wellman family came to the rescue. Even Giles showed up...with hugs and love. He took a few things to remember Layne by, and we were happy to provide those things.
And so we settled into a new home with a new routine. Megan landed, and our family, minus two, was together. We awkwardly met new family members, and we learned their quirks and personalities. We found the local Little Caesars, which kept us fed, and those of us from Nevada learned that rain is not a one day thing here. It's more like a season thing...the entire season, every day, every hour, drip, drip, drip. We saw our first frosted over windshields and we applauded when the sun (formerly in Vegas known as "the hateful burning orb" peaked out slightly today.
We combined the dvd collection, the dishes, the towels. We found new places for every item in our lives...well except for the things in boxes still in the garage that we prefer not to think about right now.
Tomorrow, we begin the search for a home church. That, we assume, may take some time. We'll start at the Nazarene church...and we'll work our way around the neighborhood. I'll miss my little church in Vegas, it had become a place of respite for me. I know the boys will miss Summit Ridge. We need to find a new homeschool group, and we need to get Matthew enrolled in fencing, and the girls enrolled in activities that suit them, as well.
But for now, we are home. In OUR home, and we are safe.
Thanks for all the prayers.