How is it even possible? We’ve been in Erie for nearly a year. This time a year ago, we were finishing up our last meal in our Raleigh home…Gumby’s pizza. We were going throughout the house and trying to finish up bits and pieces of packing and making sure we had everything we needed for the next few days as we prepared for the final steps of our move.
During that same week, Jeb was slowly recovering from a nasty case of chicken pox and a staph infection. Looking back, I’m pretty sure God timed that “just right” to keep us focused on something other than everyone and everything we were leaving behind.
So much has happened in the past 360 days. Katie and Jeb have traveled through and to many new states (Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York). Abby has visited new states as well (Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York). We’ve celebrated everyone’s birthday and every holiday. We’ve experienced Waldameer, the Greek Festival, fireworks, Presque Isle, Sarah’s, the coldest winter ever in Erie, -20 degrees, over 100 inches of snow, gorgeous sunsets, the Erie Zoo, NCAA Sweet Sixteen in Syracuse, NCSU Women’s basketball in Syracuse, Mighty Fine Donuts, H&K Donuts, steelhead trout, groundhogs, deer, wild turkeys, bunny rabbits, woodpeckers, the end of elementary school, field trip to Pittsburgh, discovering wine and so much more. And even with all of that, there is still a ton of new experiences just waiting for us.
I’m constantly amazed at the connections I’ve been able to make with people in such a short period of time. I’m absolutely certain that each of those connections is just a reminder from God that His plan is taking shape every. single. day.
I’m really excited to see what the next year holds for us and each year after that. Growing up, we moved around a lot…a whole lot. And it has taken me 36 years to find home. Thank you to everyone who provided guidance, reassurance, prayers and laughs along the way.