Saturday, September 4, 2010

Life in Colorado...

Michael and I packed up our family and left on this new adventure exactly one month ago today. Leaving our friends, our church, our house, and everything that was comfortable and familiar was probably one of the hardest things we have been asked to do. There were so many uncertainties and unanswered questions...so much room to doubt, second guess, and just flat out wonder why. But once we got here, and began settling in, everything began to feel "right." It is still hard to process everything, and the relationships we left in Michigan are still heavy on our hearts. Our boys still ask about people and places and things from Michigan. Drew still likes to know what time it is in Michigan and what he would be doing if we were still there. :) Being here has been good. And being here is where we are supposed to be. Both of us believe that and know that. All long we have been open to this adventure, but not quite sure how God was going to piece everything together. Now that we are here and living it, it is so exciting and humbling to see exactly how God has worked everything out ahead of us. So much has fallen in to place perfectly. The house is perfect for us and for our family and for ministry. The kids have adjusted so well to the altitude and to our new pace of life. Drew loves his school, his teacher, and his new friends. We found a great preschool for Noah and he gets to start on Friday! Michael is back to work after being off all of August to adjust...and he is loving his role with Alethia. This past week I interviewed for two teaching positions and was offered one of them! God is so good!

Alethia is amazing. We love our new church home and the people that God has brought there. The staff is incredible and we already feel like tight bonds are being formed. I believe that we run between 130-150 adults each Saturday night. Isn't that incredible? Lives are being transformed! I'll let Michael write a blog entry going into more detail about the church and our ministry there!

As for me, I am now the new 8th Grade Language Arts teacher for The Classical Academy-The Cottage School program! It is a very part time position, only 6 hours each Friday. Yesterday was my first day and it was a blast! I have 17 students in my Literature class and a few less in my Grammar/Writing class. The Cottage School is the homeschool supplemental type program. I've very excited to have this opportunity...and as always, God provided and knows exactly what we need!!

I'm going to try to be better at this....I'm mostly encouraged when people actually comment on the blog...so leave us a comment! :)

6 comments:

Anja said...

I love the updates it makes you see, not so far away :)

lindley said...

Love all the pics and posts--keep it up!! The scenery and walk to school make me quite envious! Love that we have friends in CO to visit now---whenever we adjust to life with 3!! Praying for your fam!

Faith said...

Thanks for updating the blog. Your new home is beautiful, and I agree that everything is falling into place so perfectly. Thanks for sharing pics and stories so that you don't seem so very far away. We love you!

Anonymous said...

Love all the new pictures. It is very evident God continues to bless your family. Love, MOMF

Stars And Dahlias said...

Yay about the kids being happy, and YAY about you guys being happy!!!

Mandy, I'm so glad you got that job, and I really want to hear more about it :).

I can't wait to come back!

Love you all!

Oh, and anytime you aren't sure what Drew would be doing at that time, tell him he would be with me...ok? Ok :).

Rachel Maples said...

Love that you guys are getting settled in and loving Colorado, of course how could you not love Colorado. I'm hoping we can get up there to see you guys!