Saturday, July 10, 2010

The New Normal

Well, we are unpacking and settling into our home.  While we couldn’t be more thrilled with the way God worked things out, we are still struck by how vastly different our lives our going to be now.  

We are finding our New Normal….

I am being stretched in more ways than I have been in long time.    I didn’t realize how “comfortable” I had gotten in our old house…with a big yard, big garage, big attic, and big basement.  While our old house was far from extravagant (there was certainly a LOT that it was lacking), the space and storage it had was amazing.

With all the space and storage we had, we filled it with “Stuff”.
Just things…great things, but things.   Things that I am having to say NO to now… things I am having to sell.  We are thinning out wardrobes, toys, books, decorative items.


We have been reminded daily that we aren’t in the suburbs anymore.  We have bars on our windows, and a locked gate at our front and back doors.  We feel safe, so there is no need for concern.  I am just saying that this is a far cry from Greensboro where I could easily feel comfortable leaving a door unlocked or run out to my car at 10pm because I forgot something.   Rather, I am shopping for bike locks…for my stroller.  Because even parked out front of our house, we will lock it to our fence, and bring it in at night.


We are doing a lot of walking lately.  Some people people train for marathons or 10ks… no, we are training just to walk to church and school.  I joke with the DC friends here that I am doing “city walking training” with my kids.  When you are born in the city, you are walking city blocks by age 3…definitely 4.  So my children are being stretched physically.  We are using the trusty Joovy Caboose
        (a $20 goodwill score!) and the big kids take turns….
Walk 2-3 blocks, ride 2-3 blocks.  It’s going to take some time, but walk we must, and walk we will. 

I am realizing now why so many people have these


Phil & Teds Green Sport Buggy V2 Stroller & Double Seat  (Phil and Ted’s - $599)

and these

Baby Jogger City Elite Double Stroller - Black/Black(City Elite - $625)


You also see a lot of Bugaboos and Uppas and Bobs… for those little singletons.  (A lot of Double Bobs too)

But for me… my little $20 Goodwill find of a Stroller is sufficing just fine.   But you better believe I am praying and hunting for that next “deal of a lifetime” on Craigslist!


So, there you have it.  Part of our New Normal.  

And all those challenges and stretches aren’t so bad when this

is in our back yard.

And even more importantly…Those challenges and stretches are nothing in light of Philippians 3:8…

What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ

And that is why we moved here… not for fame, or fortune…not for adventure (though it sure has been one!)… nor political advancement.  
        We moved here so others might count it all as loss as well… 
So that others might find their own kind of “New Normal”.