Well the four of us have been HOME now for 2.5 days. Between the unpacking, reshuffling, project list growing, and the where is my toothpaste/laundry detergent/bag of carrots/underwear game we’ve been playing, it’s been a bit of a blur.
Though few, there have been some fleeting thoughts of what have we gotten ourselves into?? and when will this house feel like ours? Thankfully, those feelings have been somewhat bayed by the joy of finally having a place of our own and even better–finally living life together.
I sent N a text today…”I love our house”. And I think I really do. The large, open living room with the fire place we’ve been too busy to turn on…the well-lit, south-facing kitchen where the girls and I can watch the sun ascend over breakfast….the window upstairs that affords us a view of the road and allows us to catch a glimpse of the only sign of life around here….the close-knit feeling of the upstairs…the open stair case…and the challenge of filling all of the nooks and crannies.
And her flaws certainly have been easy to overlook next to the total demise of our rental house….
But perhaps my favorite part of the house, as imagined, is the great outdoors.
The past two and a half days we’ve spent setting up house, minds engaged, heads spinning at all of the big and little things that need to be done. On both of these days, we’ve taken a brief moment to step outside and explore.
It has been a refreshing draw of water for our country-starved souls.
Watching MG spend 25 minutes splashing in the mud.
Kicking a ball around in the grass.
Pulling a cat tail out of the marsh.
Being invited into the neighbor’s barn to pet (and someday ride!!) the mules
Doing dishes and watching my crew play out on the lawn
These are the moments that fill us with joy, surround us with peace, and remind us of that gentle voice whispering, “This is what I had waiting for you.”
It has been a long winter. A long walk to our current Canaan. But at last, we are here.
And I command you today: Love God, your God. Walk in his ways. Keep his commandments, regulations, and rules so that you will live, really live, live exhuberantly, blessed by God, your God, in the land you are about to eneter and possess. Deuteronomy 30:16 MSG