Hi friends! After a few heavier posts, I thought it might be time for a brief update on how our lives are going and how we are getting settled. I'll post some photos of the new house at some point, but for now there are a few areas that need to be organized, so that'll have to wait.
First of all, we LOVE the new place. Or at least, I love it and Gil seems happy here (he is generally a mellow personality and probably wouldn't use the word love unless referring to me or perhaps to the Liverpool Football Club). While my husband works so much that he doesn't have much time to enjoy having a yard thus far, I am loving the fact that I can sit out on the porch to read.
I'd have to say, though, that living in a house has been a humbling experience for me. Gil and I are realizing how much we don't know. We've both been grown-ups for a long time, but have lived primarily in apartments and condos, so are just beginning to realize we need help. We do not know how to operate our gas lawn mower. I don't know how to take care of a garden or even how to start one. It's pretty embarrassing to have someone say, "You do know that you have to water your grass, right?" (Except that today it is pouring, so nature's taking care of that for us!)
It is also humbling to have to take things slowly. I have moved many times, and I generally like to get everything set up ASAP. With this home, I'm realizing that I need to take my time and be sure about where things will look, rather than just jumping in. I am setting up a home, rather than a temporary lodging. Fortunately, we like the paint colours that the vendors used, because we don't know much about painting either!
In sum, we are thankful to God for providing this home, and thankful for the learning opportunities that have come with it. And even though the house isn't photo-ready, here's one picture of our peonies that bloomed last week: