Another month has passed and tomorrow sees us move into our new home. This is the first home in 5 years marriage that really feels like it is our place. When we first got married Mark moved into the home I already owned and while I had not lived at St Andrews Hall in Vancouver, I had already been to Regent and knew St Andrews. This time Bishop’s Cleeve and Cheltenham are new areas to both of us to live and explore. Today sees the gathering of belongings from parental homes, and a table from Brighton(http://www.thelongwalkhome.co.uk/?p=2370, plus see comment re chairs). It is a family move tomorrow with Grandpa, Grandad and Nana all involved.
We are excited about this new adventure after three trips across to the Gloucester, Cheltenham area house hunting. Each time less hopeful than the one. On the way home from the third trip in torrential rain I prayed for a way for us to stretch our budget even further and within minutes we had a text message with a generous offer of some help to let us increase our budget. My other back burner prayer was for a church that had a Sunday school class using similar material to the one Matthew and I had been involved in at Tenth. To our delight that night Mark found one in a village nearby. With our increased rental budget we could now consider looking at homes in the village. So one more trip across to look at a couple of homes and meet with the vicar and we agreed to live in Bishop’s Cleeve. The postal service did nothing for our stress the following week though, losing both pieces of hard copy mail that would mean we could access our savings and sort out the paperwork on the house. While the postal service worked against us, when we met the vicar he asked us if we were needing anything and we mentioned the house did not come with kitchen white goods. He offered to put an email out to the church and by the time we had driven home (2 ½ hrs) we had two offers of help from people at church with white goods going spare.
June has been very much the month of house hunting and focus on moving which has been hard going for all of us and the boys have been out of routine with trips here there and every where and Mum and Dad distracted. We are very much looking forward to having time settle into our new home, put down some roots, join our new church, establish new family traditions and some healthy sleeping patterns.
June has also been a time for family and we have had fun with family on both sides. Nana had a the opportunity to drive in an Austin Martin so we all watched her, in the rain, race round the track at Dunsfold a couple of weeks ago. We’ve enjoyed great meals with family at various points, time for young cousins to play and adult siblings to reconnect.
Ordinary time continues in the life of the church and in our lives too and day to day life goes on with lots of reading, lego, baking and a lot of laughter and excitement between two young boys. Matthew just needs to walk into a room and Jonathan beams however hard the tears were coming. Jonathan is also beginning to grasp signing which is good and is very clear in his wants and dislikes in life. Matthew loves ‘doing school’ at home and so its been fun to start exploring letters and numbers in the world around him. He has also got a place for preschool this September for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons just around the corner from our new home.
Well I should get back to some packing while one is watching Thomas and the other is sleeping.