I’ve lived in Topeka, KS for 5 months.
No one else really remembers but I do. And I’m excited that I’ve made it this long. I’ve occasionally had second thoughts but not for very long. Why? Because I know that this is where I am supposed to be. I know that this is where the Lord led me when I prayed about moving. I trust in Him even when it isn’t easy.
Of course I miss my family but I’m thankful that they’re just a phone call away. I know it makes it easier on my mom when she hears that I’m doing ok and I know she appreciates me calling everyday. Even though I’ve moved away, I honestly think that I’ve grown closer to my siblings through the move and for that I’m thankful.
Now I just need to plan a trip back to Georgia, but who knows when that will be. 🙂
Sorry for no updates. I’ve been trying to get into a routine here and there’s not much excitement in that.
I got to spend Christmas Eve day with the Hawkinsons and another friend and then that evening I went to another families house and we played games till 10.Christmas Day came and went. It was hard. I’m thankful for a church family that swallows me up when I need it. I went to three different houses, spending several hours at each, and I’m so grateful for them. I got the Monday after off so I whiled the morning away and then got out with one of the girls from church for the afternoon. I really wanted Chinese for dinner but they were closed
New Year’s Eve I did errands and then went to a party for the evening. I got pooped on and that was great fun, NOT 🙂 And then New Year’s Day I managed to catch the lovely bug that’s been floating around the town for several weeks. I really thought I had managed to duck this one. I had the following Monday off again and just laid around trying to feel better before work the next day.
I’m excited to realize that I’ve lived here for 4 months! It seems strange not to be involved in the camp life anymore, but I’m happy here and I’m glad to be where I am right now.
And mom? I’m smiling again. 🙂 I love you
So I’m excited to announce that I have found a place to live!! I move in the first weekend in December. It’s a great MIL suite that is furnished, which is perfect! It is about 10 minutes from the Chapel and about 20 minutes from work. I’ve got a large bedroom and bathroom, a kitchenette and living area. I’m very excited to decorate and organize my new place.
I’ve just gone thrift store shopping so I’ll do a post on that in a few days.
Every other Sunday I go to Youth Group from 6-8:30. I’m not technically the right age to attend and I’m not really helping but I’ve been going so I can get to know the youth from the chapel. In the last two months, I’ve gone to two retreats and had a chance to get to know those that went as well. When I got the house where youth group would be tonight, I went downstairs to put my bag down and found some of the there. I went to sit by [C]. Now getting to the point of this post, one of the first things that [C] told me is that she was really glad that I came to youth group. It might not seem like much but when you’re new to town and having to make new friends, it’s these little things that count. All evening, [C] hung out with me and, even though I’m not her age, it was really nice to feel wanted there. The funny thing with [C] hanging out with me tonight, is that she’s been laid on my heart and it has sort of pushed me toward wanting to take the steps to hang out with her. I would appreciate prayer in figuring out to go about it.
I’m thankful that when there are days or even just a few hours that are hard that there are people to talk to or even just to be around.
Instead of trying to go back a couple of weeks and tell ya’ll about everything from those weeks, I’m just going to start from here. It’s really hard to believe that on Monday I will have been here for 4 weeks. A friend from work and I are going out to celebrate. I’ve just been trying to focus on settling in, keeping up my grades and meeting new people. Oh I’ve met so many new people! Names upon names upon names. It’s been a little funny when one of the few people I know from up here finds out that I’ve moved here. I went to a conference last weekend and when one of the speakers said hi, he asked how I had gotten up here for the conference. The look on his face was priceless when I told him I had moved here. Thinking about it still makes me laugh!
I’ve been skyping pretty consistently on Monday with everyone back home. Phoebe almost always causes me to tear up when she asks when I’m coming home. I miss all my neices and nephews so much. Tuesday I’ll watch the two youngest while Joe takes the oldest to Kid’s Club and Jessie will go shopping. I’ve been so excited to be able to go to Wednesday night meetings again. The chapel has been so welcoming which has helped with all the change. I started going to BSF on Thursday nights which on of my coworkers goes to as well. Youth Group is every other Sunday and on the opposite Sunday’s is Ladies Night. (I’ve only been to one of those so I’m not positive on the timing but I think thats correct.)
It’s been interesting how intertwined the circles of my life are. One typically has home, work, friends, church circles but mine are just a tad different. Several people at church work at the same company as me so those circles intertwine together. I live with a family that the husband works at the company and we all go to church together. One of my only friends works with me, goes to the same chapel and we go to BSF together. Everything is so wrapped together. In some things that is nice but it can make it hard to expand my groups and make friends. Does any of that make sense? I feel like I’m just babbling but that’s what has been going through my head the past week or so.
I’ve gotten into a schedule of who I call when which makes people smile when they hear about it. On my way to work I call mom, if I go get something for lunch I typically call Leah or dad, and then on my way home from work I call Elizabeth or ocassionally Samuel. Beka and I talk on Saturdays when we get our schedules to work together. I go grocery shopping on Saturday morning and then do school in the evening. I’ve purchased tickets for my next two trips back to Georgia which I’m pretty excited about. I’ll be back in mid October to take my midterms and again for Thanksgiving with the rest of the family. Super thankful that I’m passing all my classes right now and I just found out that I have made a 100 on all of my Art Appreciation discussion topics which have been super hard for me. [Shoutout to my brother-in-law for your help!] Jessie likes to go shopping so I’ve been enjoying having someone help me pick out some new pieces for my wardrobe. It’s been nice to have someone to talk fashion with. So with work having been a little slow it’s reminded me how much I love to organize. I went through and and got my desk all cleared off and organized. I’ve been learning QuickBooks which has had a learning curve to it. I have also been listening to a lot of podcasts so if anyone has any suggestions I’m totally open for them!
Some funny things from living with the Hawkinsons: When Judah learned how old I was (21) he response was “You’re 21 and you’re not a GRANDMA.” I wanted to laugh so hard. A couple of days earlier he had asked if I was older than his dad. This kid cracks me up. The boys have also told me that I am an honorary Hawkinson and they are super excited that I get to go to Hawkinson family Christmas. I am so thankful that I have so many people up here willing to take me in and make me feel at home. It makes the changes a lot easier.
Now if only it would feel like fall. I can’t wait for weather where it is actually appropriate to wear boots, and scarves, and cardigans.
Things I’ve learned (or relearned)
* I am definitely an introvert
* I have a really hard time going up and talking to people/making friends
* I want to push out of my comfort zone but have a really hard time doing that
* I love my Rav4
* Conferences are exhausting
* Once I get talking to someone I know I just start babbling
* That I need to be better about taking pictures and posting them to Facebook and on here.
|Pictures of my car|
Things you can be praying for:
* As I keep settling in that things would go smoothly
* Breaking out of my comfort zone and meeting new people
* That I would be open to the Lord’s leading in what areas I am to serve up here
* That I find someone that I can go and talk to about things even if it’s just needing to chat
* That I will find a roommate(s) and an apartment and get all those details worked out
Anywho, I think I’m going to write some recipes out now and then go out with Jessie.
I would say I’ll write more consistently but I’m not making any promises 🙂 Till next time!
Random photo that Leah sent me but I love it!