Last fall when we moved in we were able to meet a few of the neighbors and felt so welcomed and blessed by their friendly faces, invitations to get together, friendship bread, and small talk in the yard. We have been overwhelmed by how quickly we have formed great friendships with many of the families on our street. The kids play so well together too!
Last weekend we had an impromptu backyard neighborhood party. Richard invited a few of the families close by to a barbecue at our place. I was supposed to work all night, but was able to have vacation for the first 4 hours of my shift allowing me to join in the fun! Everyone brought something to share and we grilled, laughed, and talked. The kids had a blast and the adults were able to enjoy some great conversation as a result of the kids entertaining each other.
We can hardly wait for summer to roll in so we can do this more often. One of the hardest parts about our transition up here has been having to make new friends and leaving our wonderful friends behind. We are relieved to know that our great friends in Iowa haven't forgotten us and those friendships are only becoming stronger through distance! We are thankful that God has brought so many different people into our lives in the past 9 months we have been here. Through our great neighbors, coworkers, fellow MOPS moms for me, and some wonderful new friends through church we are starting to feel apart of a community. We are having people over for dinner which we LOVE and did quite often in Iowa, but haven't very much since we moved back. We are able to spend some great quality time with my family and love watching the boys growing closer to their great-grandparents, grandparents, aunts, and uncle.
The Lord is good and we are truly blessed.