one month after the move
photos courtesy of zhang yang
Blake's gone to work; Lucy's with my mom at the lake for one last hurrah; Cas is finally asleep. Thank goodness for this afternoon nap--he's over the morning one. With Blake back at school, I plan to reclaim rest time as "Mommy time" and finally get this blog up to speed, among other things. This morning while Cas cooed in his bed, I wrote in my journal for the first time all summer. As a person who uses writing to process, I've had very little time lately to do so; hence my brain is full of clutter and my psyche is a bit tangled. Let's refrain from speaking of craft projects, new recipes and the state of my musical career, shall we?
I am grateful for an easing into the school year. Blake has in-service this week, while preschool begins a week from today. Yes, preschool. I wasn't planning on putting Lucy in school until kindergarten, but soon after we moved, we discovered our neighborhood rec center had an affordable program. We'll be releasing Precious No. 1 into the capable, as yet unknown hands of the teachers there. My friend Keri tells me there will be tears, mostly on my side. I'll take her word for it.
|two days after the move|
We've been in the new house for TWO WHOLE MONTHS now! Unbelievable! My immediate goals include taking banana bread to the neighbors on either side of us--we were introduced but I can't remember any names--and gleaning the answers to these pressing questions:
1) Who goes up and down our street on garbage day and pulls in everybody's containers--whether we're home or not?
2) Why do the neighbors to our right rattle around outside our bedroom window (on the other side of the fence, of course) each night? What ARE they doing?
3) Approximately what time does our mail person deliver the mail each day?
4) Can I manage to walk the 1.5 miles to Garrison or Dittmar Park without suffering from heat stroke?
5) Who on our street is raising guinea fowl?
I'll let you know what I find out this fall.
|two months after the move|
Last night after fixing a toilet and scrubbing the floors on our hands and knees, we spent an hour or so mapping out the next few months. Once again, we've started a Google calendar. Lists have been formulated: People to Have Over for a Meal, Book Clubs, Church Commitments, etc. There is still much to be discussed--a strategy for learning Spanish, an exercise and eating plan--but it felt good to be productive, in the best sense of the word. We are eager to use this house for the glory of God, despite our laziness, our persistent fear of failure, our lack of trust. As our pastor prayed with us a few weeks ago:
May the peace of Christ rule in our hearts,
and may the word of Christ in all its richness dwell in us,
so that whatever we do in word and in work,
we will do in the name of the Lord.