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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Settling into a New Home

It's been just over a week since we moved into our house in eastern Colorado. We've seen snow, sun and lots of wind. I'd say it's a typical spring in Colorado. And it is good to be back. The fluctuating weather never bothered me and it's not that different from what we left in New England.

We finally have wifi at our house. We live about 100 miles from any substantial city. To give you an idea of what we're working with, Amazon Prime shipping doesn't apply in this rural of an area. There it a grocery store, hardware store and a few other shops in town. If you want to go out to eat, there is are two options. It is very different from living in a city of 93,000 people.

But I'm quickly learning why small town living has its charm. There is NO traffic. Zero. I only stop at the stop sign because that's how I learned to drive.

I can walk almost anywhere in town I'd need to go (i.e. play ground, post office, grocery store). The people are friendly and I can't get used to everyone waving at me. After seven years of living in Massachusetts where you barely acknowledge someone you walk by on the sidewalk, I am not used to everyone being so friendly, but I am starting to like it (or at least not think it's weird).

Today, we walked downtown as a family. We stopped in the hardware store for some grass seed, then went to the post office to pick up our mail and then to the grocery store for a gallon of milk. It took us about the same amount of time to do all three errands as it would have to get both kids buckled in the car, drive to our destination, get everyone out and go into one of the stores we needed.

Not to mention the weather was perfect. We didn't have to bundle up or wear a rain coat. I'm pretty sure spring is going to be quite lovely.

Everyone keeps asking us if we're getting settled. It's a process, but there are fewer and fewer boxes around each day. We are eating at the dining room table, which is something I missed in those last weeks it was packed up before we left MA. We even hung some pictures on the wall, so I think we're on our way to getting settled.

Tomorrow morning, Brandon will preach his first sermon as a pastor. There will be a pot luck after the service to say good bye to the interim pastor and welcome us.

I still can't believe we're doing this.

PS I should probably be sharing my April goals, for my first post of the month but I was so excited to finally have the internet, I couldn't help but sharing about our new home.


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