I'm still playing catch up here, and I wanted to write about the adjustment since so many people are asking - specifically for the boys.
We are all definitely a little homesick, but knowing that we are only here for a year helps tremendously. As you can probably tell (especially if you follow my instagram), we are cramming as much into the year as humanly possible, so all of the adventures keep us excited and positive about living in a new place. I'm so happy we are in a place where so many great things are at our fingertips to explore, rather than somewhere in the middle of nowhere. That would be immensely more difficult!
(A beautiful area we discovered a mile from our house.)
The boys have their moments where they want to go "home". Levi has cried several times, saying that he wants to move back into our house and how much he misses everything there. It is hard for a Mommy to hear those things, and it hurts my heart, but on the flip side, I know we are doing exactly what God has led us to do, and sometimes those things are hard. It's been a strange balance for me trying to grasp the peace I have that we are in His will and the longing I have to have the boys where everything is familiar and comfortable -- home. It's hard to explain, but it's been rough on the Mommy heart. Levi has been so brave during this transition and has truly embraced the change with such grace. He is such a smart little thing, that he knows why we are here and can understand that it is only for a time. That helps.
I wasn't worried about Ezra in the least when we came here. I thought that for him, at two years old, that home is where Mommy, Daddy, and Bubby are. And that's certainly true, but lately he has been telling us that he wants to go home. HEARTBREAK. I have overheard him time after time telling Levi that he wants to go home now and Levi gently tells him that we are home. He says, "no we are not. I'm going HOME!" Bless him! I thought it would be easiest for him, but I know that he is confused. A part of me is happy (not sure that's the right word...) though, that he remembers his first house and loves it.
Continue to pray for my babies, please.
Don't get me wrong - they are happy and healthy and the excited and energetic boys that they have always have been, but there are moments where it is hard.
We are about to get in more of a routine, and I think that will help. These dog days of summer have been amazing, but I also know children thrive on routine and scheduled activity, so I'm looking forward to the fall.
I will be homeschooling Levi again this year (Kindergarten! Yay!!), and he is so excited to get started. As am I. We had such an amazing experience last year with Pre-K, and I know this year will be wonderful. He will start AWANA up at church next month and will also start Karate, which he is THRILLED about. He can not wait for those two things to begin, and I know he will enjoy them so much.
Our first day of church here in town, Levi made an instant friend - an adorable little boy named Brooks. The sweet little boy welcomed him with open arms (literally, they wouldn't stop hugging), and Levi instantly loves our new church, thanks to his new friend. So sweet. An answer to prayer, for sure.
Ezra loves his class at church too, and hasn't shed a tear or even looked back once since we've been here. I was worried that all the change would result in him wanting to stick by Mommy, but that hasn't been the case. He's been such a brave little one! Both of the boys are such social little creatures and that makes change so much easier... on all of us! :)
The other two Fellows in Husby's program are great! He really enjoys both of them and they all have a lot in common - another answer to prayer. He's working with some really great guys and their wives are super sweet, too. :) The women's ministries at church start up next month, so I hope to get plugged into a Bible study and connect with some of the ladies there, too. And a family friend in town has really reached out to us and got me connected to some other young moms here that I'll be doing a once a month book study with, so I'm excited about that!
So, there's a quick update on all of us. We are here in Erie, Pa., and certainly doing our best to make the most of it. This will without a doubt be the most interesting year of our lives to date, and certainly the most exciting! I am learning so much this year - about myself, about my children and husband, about life ... and I think one of the biggest things I'll take away is that adventure is everywhere - no matter where you are. So embrace it, explore it, enjoy it!