Linking up with Kelly this week to share a bit about our new home and all the changes that have taken place for us in the last four months!
1) New House. We bought our first home in May. It’s a four bedroom 2 bathroom ranch, with a partially finished basement. The unfinished part of the basement has a large glass door that opens out to the backyard, and I have fixed it up as a school room. The yard is sloped, but a large swing set came with the house, and there’s lots of room for the kids to play, so that was a huge selling point! The tiny kitchen presents a challenge, but overall I like living in a smaller house with smaller rooms, because it is much easier to control the mess and keep it clean. The third bedroom upstairs has also been a blessing, as we finally have a nursery and can better sleep train our youngest.
2) New town. In order to be closer to my husband’s job, the new house is 70 miles from our old home, and we are in a new town. We have visited here several times over the years, and are thrilled to live here now. Fredericksburg is an old, historic Virginia town, Southern in tradition, and the sight of numerous Civil Wars battles. At least once a week, we pass the large Confederate cemetery downtown. While it has a small town feel, there a myriad of activities and stores and historic sites and playgrounds and pools. We try to get out and explore a new place each week.
3) New parish. Moving from a small “country” parish to one of the largest parishes in the diocese has been a positive and exciting experience. There are dozens of activities, ministries, group and activities at church every week, four priests and two deacons, as well as a parish school. The first event we attended (not including Mass which we of course started attending right away) was the parish picnic. There were half a dozen bounce houses for the kids, craft beer on tap, live music, a magician, and tons of food and tents. The kids were thrilled and Bobby and I were stunned (in a good way 😉 With the start of September I have been able to join a women’s Scripture Study, Grace has begun religious education classes once a week and we are exploring other ministries. Liturgies with Latin is probably the one thing I miss most here, as well as silence during Communion. All the priests are very reverent and homilies are good, but the choir always sings all through Communion on Sundays.
4) Grad school. In July, my husband started a second Masters program in education, with a focus on becoming a Catholic school principal. This meant he was gone for two weeks over the summer, and now works online several nights a week doing online courses. He really seems to enjoy the new academic challenge, and I hope it opens doors for his career advancement.
5) Homeschool. Although I’ve sporadically done preschool with Gracie for the last two years, this year I bought a real curriculum and intend to do kindergarten 3-4 days a week. We are using the Catholic Heritage Curricula, and God willing, we will get through a whole year! Although the school room is in our unfinished basement, I think it will work out well.
6) No job. After frustrations and difficulties increased regarding my work-from-home job, and I knew I could not both homeschool and do this job, I quit in August. Slowly, the stress and affronts of that job have faded, and I’ve realized that the constant feelings of failure and being overwhelmed have subsided. I am struggling to find a good way to replace that lost income, but reveling in the freedom from a difficult boss.
7) New friends. My overview of recent changes would not be complete without mentioning the new friends we have been meeting. I have already met several lovely moms with kids of various ages, and look forward to getting to know them better. Old friends reading this, I still miss you very much, and I hope you will come visit soon!