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Sometimes I have to remind myself to keep perspective on the happenings of life. While our move this summer has been hard for me emotionally as I try to find my place in our new community, I also have to remember to appreciate the good it has brought into our lives.
  • Our house simply makes us happy. It has such a great spirit with its old house character, open spaces, and lovely light thanks to the many big (old) windows. We simply feel at home here. With the cooler fall months ahead I'm looking forward to digging into some yard work and getting out the paint brushes to start adding some new color to our interior walls.
  • My husband is the happiest I have seen him in a long, long time. The shorter commute, occasional picnic lunches with his girls, and increased family time in general are obviously doing good things for his spirits. I look at his smiling, relaxed face and I feel like I am falling in love with him all over again. After 18 years, his smile, his touch, and a glance from those big soft eyes can still make me melt like a Popsicle on the 4th of July.
  • We have lovely new neighbors. The family just to the east of us even donated their swing set, which hadn't gotten much use over the past few years as their kids have have reached middle school age, to our backyard. The girls are super excited to have a slide. I should have known it would only be a matter of time before they figured out they could do this...

I have started working part time at the Snap Fitness here in Carlisle this week. While I have very limited hours and am not much more than an over qualified cleaning lady/receptionist, I've started to connect with other community members and have got to share a little of my professional knowledge. Plus, we get a free membership! This coming week I have several conversations scheduled to try to establish some yoga business space.

School starts in 3 short weeks which excites the girls to no end. And to be totally honest I am looking forward to a few kid free hours several days a week while Brea is at preschool.

I will always miss Grinnell, but slowly I'm starting to feel a bit more comfortably a part of Carlisle. I just need to give it time...and keep perspective.



Anonymous said…
Jason told me how comfortable your home feels and that it is so much YOU. That's great. . .many happy years there. Love, Aunt Carol
Laurie said…
I sounds like things are slowly falling into place for you and your family. I must say, if I could find a place to move that would reduce my husband's stress level, I'd be there in a heartbeat.

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