I feel a bit shell-shocked, really.

You whole life flips over, into brand new territory, and yet, everything is the same.

Or is it?

I’m breathing easier. My heart is lighter.

I’m still pretty tired when the day comes to a close.

The laundry still spins endlessly, flip flop, in washer.

The yelling and screaming grates on my nerves, making my hair stand on end.

Oh for quiet and kindness!

But yet there are moments like this:


The light is amazing here. And the kids are thriving, all noise aside.

They’ve run the barn, stem to stern. They’ve run the fields, gamboling about like lambs.

Happy moments dwell here.

I myself am struggling a bit. What do you do when the whole wide way opens before you, free as a bird?

You know that you don’t want to return to the old ways that served so ill, so what to do now?

Now that the boxes have been put away, the favorite books put in their place, the schooling materials out, the couches comfy, I find myself marking out new and yet quietly familiar paths.

I am hoping, above all else, that I have learned my hard lessons well, and the fruit will show in its’ time.


LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup;
you have made my lot secure.

The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance. (Psalm 16:5-6)

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6 thoughts on “Starting new…

  • March 22, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    That is one utterly fantastic view — of the distant mountains.

    And that’s one utterly fantastic view — of the boys doing schoolwork.

  • March 24, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Love the pictures… peaceful. And there is something to be said for kids being able to move in fresh air without a care for what they might step on or mess up.
    Though we are not in the country we have a much bigger yard and my boy has found some peace in that freedom. Digging holes is therapy for boys :o)

    Blessings as you get into the swing of things in the new place. It so takes time. Still on that path myself.

  • March 26, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    The place looks great! Oh to live in the country! The kids look happy and settling in. After 55 years I seem to look in all the wrong places for just about everything. The path is long and narrow and I have a hard time staying on it!


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