Thursday, May 21, 2009

Settling Into Life

We are settling into a very different way of life for us!  The last 18 months- from the time we moved from Alaska to the lower 48- in many ways were very lonely.  We didn't move close to family in Iowa- we moved to Houston- 17 hours away!  Then, to Tulsa where the closest family was 4 hours away.  We haven't been accustomed to people just dropping by or running into people that we know at Wal-Mart or Sam's Club or the gas station!  We were in Houston for about 9 months and about the same length of time in Tulsa.  Each time- we were just getting to know people and beginning to build relationships when we left.  What a difference moving back to a familiar place makes!
It's amazing to move back to a place where our family is known and loved by our Alaska "family".  Every time I'm out- I run into someone that I know.  And- it can make it difficult to get shopping done!  But I love it!  I've had a hard time getting boxes unpacked because we're BUSY already- and we haven't even been here for 3 weeks yet!  The kids have friends that they want to see and places they want to go!  And it's summer- the weather is gorgeous- we have over 19 hours of daylight (as I'm typing this at 11:30 pm the sun hasn't set yet!) and I am so GRATEFUL the Lord  has brought us home!
Pictures coming soon!


Melissa's Thoughts said...

I'm so glad the Lord has taken you back to your home too. It's nice to be in a place where you know people and they know you. Someplace secure. I can't wait to see how this adventure unfolds in your life. How's Jada?

Shamae said...

It's great to be in a place where everyone knows you! It sounds like you are settling in nicely even if you aren't all the way unpacked. No worries--it will happen!

Michelle said...

So happy to hear your settling in nicely! How are Jada's #'s? I've been praying for a smooth transition! I get sad when I think about moving 7 hours away from anyone I know :(, but I also know I need to follow the Lord & my husband wherever He sees fit to lead us next for a job! We are ready for consistent work. For the 19 months of Emmy's life, Ernie's only been employed for 6 of them, so we are graetly excited about what's in store next. I can't wait to see picture! :)

Rocksee said...

I can not WAIT to be there. Litterly I am JUMPING around in my seat just to be in AK.

I can't wait to bump into you at the store!

:) Tracie said...

11:30 at night and it's not dark?!? That would be amazing to experience.
How's that work with the sleep schedule?

Glad to hear you're settling in, and that it's getting warmer!

Wendy said...

I'm so happy to hear that you guys are doing well! It does feel good to come HOME, doesn't it :) We moved to AZ 3 years ago...while I'm terribly homesick for MD, I know in my heart that this is the home God planned for our family.

Welcome Home, my friend!

Shannon said...

That is so awesome that you feel so comfortable! It always feels good when you know that you have made the right choice!

Rachel said...

I'm glad you all made it back home to Alaska safely.

We hope to eventually move back someday. We'll have to meet up!