Below are a few more shots of the Carriage House and the things we've been doing this week. We are now officially enrolled in the new school and the kids have seen their classrooms, met their teachers, and know where to go when they got off the bus. Seth is thrilled that Kindergarten is only half-day (with no full-day option) and will only be in school for 2 1/2 hours (slacker). Lucas is excited to have a locker and that his teacher leads the drama club. Syd is giddy that she gets to change into shorts and t-shirt for gym. Hmmm...was it really that simple?
I miss you all. It's been a whirlwind for the past six months and I have been swept up by all the activity. But life is simpler and quieter here, and I can feel the moment coming when I'm going to be blindsided by the truth of all we've left behind. Having the kids home with me has been a blessing, but it has also helped me avoid the loneliness I know is coming. I pray God will feather my landing the way he has feathered my children's with the beauty and joy of this farm. I pray the solitude that is around the corner will force my reliance on Him even more, because that's when I'll know I'm going to be okay. I pray the same for the friends and family we've left behind, an even more difficult place to be.
Here are some more pics:
|This place is cozy and clean and has everything we need to be a family.|
|There's a den in the back of the apartment we're using as the kids' playroom. It's where they watch movies and play Wii while Drew and I carve out some time for ourselves.|
|There's a small deck off of FR for coffee in a.m., wine in p.m., and grilling dinner.|
|Here's the FR with great views of the farm from both windows. My computer station is set up (on left) so I can take it all in while I'm writing/reading.|
|Kurt taught Lucas how to drive his tractor (with Seth and Syd in tow).|
|Occasionally the kids get to join in simple farm chores. Here Lucas is taking pruned raspberry bush branches over to the burn pile. Syd and Seth know where to find the eggs, "little farm miracles," as described by Joyce.|
|The chicks have arrived!! There are eight of them and Joyce described them as "cotton balls with legs." As soon as she said that I knew Syd would have a friend in her for life. They talk the same language. :)|