For the first time in about a year, I really feel at home. We are getting settled in to a nice routine, I feel like I'm getting Tulsa figured out (not hard to do after moving from Houston, TX). I can see that our church, The Church At Battle Creek, is going to be the place that we will really connect with people and we will really be able to get involved and use our gifts.
This last year has been the most difficult transition ever! We moved from Fairbanks, Alaska to Houston (with a few short stays in Iowa) and finally here to Tulsa. Actually, I believe that one year ago today, we were probably somewhere in Canada along the Alcan (Alaska-Canadian Highway) on my way to my parents in Iowa. It's incredible for me to think that a year has gone by and so much in our family has changed. Years down the road, I will look back and see just how tough this year has been on our family. Moving, living in a hotel (although my boys did think that they were just like Zach and Cody from The Suite Life on Disney!),living in a tiny apartment, diabetes, moving again, taking a break from homeschooling and starting the boys in public school and on top of it, Eli breaking his arm so badly that he needed surgery. I don't want to go through this stuff ever again! (Unless, of course, it's a move back to Alaska!)
Tulsa will be a good place for us. I love our neighborhood. God, once again, gave us great neighbors! The weather, so far, has been great- I'm looking forward to winter coming. I can't wait to get heavily involved in church- I just really need to decide where I want to serve. I'm also really enjoying making our house a home. I have really not been able to do that for a while, and now that we have a house- a nice house- I'm beginning to get a little crazy with it! Jeff is gonna have to hold me back a little!
Yes, I still want to move back to Fairbanks- but I am now more content than I have been in a long time and know that when the time is right, God will open doors for us to return. Right now, I'm going to enjoy being here, living here and developing relationships- because, really, that is indeed what it is all about.