Finally feeling settled!

We're getting settled into our new home! I have to say that I really LOVE it at our new community! Our last place was very nice, and we were happy there. But I must say that this community really feels like home to me. I can see us staying here for a long time, and that is a big heart change for me. Although we were at our first place for about 8 months, it never felt permanent. Whatever we did, I just couldn't quite get settled. Anyone that visited our home knows that is never looked completely moved in. I still had boxes and clutter everywhere. I didn't even put pictures up on the walls until July! I couldn't find a homeschool group that seemed to fit what I was looking for, we had a hard time choosing and fitting into a church. Okay, we're still trying to fit into our church, but that's a different topic. I just felt a little bit misplaced. I thought it was because we were living in an apartment after having a house for so many years, or being in a new city and missing friends and family. However, now that we're here, I think I understand. It was God's way of preparing me for another move.  I really feel like we're finally where we're going to be for awhile. Strangely enough, I just found the perfect homeschool group today! As soon as I read the website, I knew it was the right group for us. How great is it that everything is settling at once? Now when people come over, our home will not be littered with boxes (well, give me a couple of weeks on that one!).  
       We can have people over more often, which is something I've really wanted to be able to do. So many people have shown us how hospitality is supposed to be that I've been looking for the chance to return the favor for someone else. So friends, if you live in the area, get ready for a dinner invite. If you don't live in the area, but want to visit, come over! We'll fit you in somewhere!
    Just one other short blurb. If you know me AT ALL you know that I'm not a "feelings" kind of person. Ugh. Feelings. Really, just give me a logical breakdown of things, and I'm good. I think I've been ignoring an important piece of...something with this kind of thinking. God gave us feelings, and He does use them as He works in our lives. I can't explain why I never felt settled at our old apartment. It was just as permanent as where we are now. I had every expectation that we'd be there for at least 2 years (that's how long we committed to serve). There's no good reason why I suddenly feel so settled and permanent here. But I do. So there it is. I know that it's not a guarantee. Something could come up, and we might have to move again in another few months. It's just one of those things that make me go hmmmm.


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