If you follow me here on this blog, or on Instagram, you know we’re in Virginia. The ship called Uhaul pulled into port and the Beverly Hillbillies set up camp in town. People keep asking me if I’m settled. It’s a fair question, but a difficult one to answer honestly.
I am. Not. Am. Not. Am. Not.
The truth is, I don’t know if I’m settled or not. I still have packed boxes, so that probably means I should answer no, but I feel like I’m home, so yes, I’m settled.
I’m also lost most of the time, because I can’t navigate my way out of the backyard, and I don’t have one of those nifty savings cards for the local grocery store; however, we’ve already had to buy a plunger, so most definitely yes. We are settled.
…as in settling, like the Pilgrims…
It’s quite appropriate since we’re in Virginia, and there’s a (not even lying) Pilgrim church just down the road from us. Although, I don’t think the real pilgrims had a fancy church sign or central air conditioning. Just saying. Your church name is a little deceiving to us literal thinking folks, and by literal, I mean immature and dorky. I’m totally expecting the Mayflower to come pulling into your parking lot Sunday morning.
I certainly feel like we’ve been through the initiation into Virginia. We’ve already had a funeral, our toilet overflowed, and someone hit our truck while I was loading groceries into it.
Welcome to town!
We’ve also been blessed beyond measure by the sweet people in church. They called our first service a Pounding – you know, they pounded the pastor. Sounds like tons of fun, right?
It was one of the nicest welcomes I’ve experienced. Everyone brought a pound of something – sugar, flour, butter, etc., and gave it to us. They started filling our pantry in order to help offset some of our expenses, and it’s been a huge help to our grocery budget.
Isn’t that awesome?
We were also given three dozen double yoked fresh eggs. I think that’s more than a pound, but I was never good at math anyway. Southern hospitality isn’t just made up; it’s real, and we are so thankful for it. We’ve very much been made to feel at home.
This week is VBS (Vacation Bible School), and the theme is Journey Off The Map. I’m teaching 5th & 6th graders, but I have a feeling these will be lessons I’m still learning myself. To me, we’ve just journeyed off our map, and I’m excited to see where this new road leads.
In the meantime, I’m working on being fully settled.
What’s happening in your world? Feel free to leave updates in the comments. I’d love to read them!
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