Saturday, January 11, 2014
Three Quick Months
It is really hard to believe we have been in our new home for three months. Moving almost an hour south might seem not such a big deal, but it has had its adjustments.
Thankfully, we have been able to continue going to our church home of 17 years. I don't really know how it will turn out in the end, though. We can't continue week night activities after this year. The traffic to church is terrible, making the trip difficult. We have to leave home before 4 PM so we can get there by 6PM! We decided to make the best of things, so we now leave at 3PM, visit with grandparents and then go to church.
Sundays are totally fine. The traffic is light. We do pretty well, leaving at 7AM. It would be nice if we went to a later service, but for now, Grace is working in the preshcool in the first service, Ryan working in the 5th grade in the second service. And, if it snows or someone is sick, we can watch online.
I think our biggest need at the moment is that we need to make some friends close to home. I feel as if we will never make friends if we don't find a church here. Not that I want to leave our church completely. I am praying about finding a church near home for week night youth group.
We have adjusted our small group to meeting on Sunday afternoons. It makes for a long day, but it works for now. We tried having group down here at home, but with the traffic, it was impossible on a week night. We are going to give this a trial period.
We do have plans to have dinner with a family from church who lives close by. They have been driving to church for 18 years. They do go to AWANA and are in the band, so they make a rehearsal trip and have a very early Sunday morning. It can be done. Maybe they can give us some hints on how to make it work.
Today, we finally got our library cards. The library is not as grand as our previous library, but it is very nice, nicer than most libraries. They have lots of programs. I want to try one this Tuesday for teens. Grace isn't too excited about it. But the boys say they will try. It's hard making new connections. This is the stretching part for my kids. It's good for them!
I have resigned from my bunco group. I knew this would be part of the deal. Again it is the driving up north on a week night. The traffic comes to a standstill for an hour or two. It can double your time up there if you leave before 6:30. Anyway, I need to give it up. I will miss the ladies, but that's just part of life.
The distance is an issue and it isn't an issue. It's all how you look at it. I do love living here. The people are friendly. There is every convenience here that a person could want. It will just take some time to make new friends, while keeping the old, of course. :)