My friends back home told me before I left they would be praying for new friends for me. I told them, "I'll just be there for a year. I can totally see myself not getting to know anyone because it's too hard and takes a lot of time." They encouraged me not to do that. I told them okay, but deep down thought I would be perfectly content with just holing up in my townhouse and being a hermit for a good 12 months.
Did I feel that is what God wanted for me? Absolutely not. He intends and desires for us to have relationships, regardless of how long you dwell in a city. But, it seemed easier to not try. Less stressful. And I would be planted smack dab in the middle of my comfort zone ... the coziest place to be!
Then when we came here I realized just how alone we were. The only faces in the entire town that I knew, belonged to my family. It was hard. And lonelier than I expected. I missed the play dates, I missed the adult conversation, but I think even more than all that, I missed watching my kids play with their friends. I knew they missed it, and that hurt my heart.
As you all know, God has been in every single detail of this transition. From our house selling the day before we moved, getting the only townhouse with a yard, providing a great opportunity for my husband, and unexpected bonuses like being 3 miles from Presque Isle! He has just gone above and beyond in making this move peaceful. I knew deep in my heart that He would provide people for us - comradery and friendship. And wouldn't you know, He is doing just that.
Over the past month or so, and even over this past week, I have met some great people who I have so much in common with and have reached out to me. Through this, Levi has made several fun friends, and has clicked with each of them so well! It has taken some guts and swallowing my nerves to get out there and actually do things with these ladies, but I couldn't ignore the prodding on my heart to go. Just go. And I am so happy I did!
Taking the first step out of your comfort zone is always the hardest step to take. But once you take that first step, you just keep walking. And you encounter blessings you never expected to see.
I don't want to look back on this year with regrets. I'm doing my best to be brave, take chances, and come out of this year with friendships that though they may only last a season face to face, will walk with me in eternity.