In true Davis style, Jason biked into work this morning for the first time. He accidentally went the long way, so what should have been 4.5 miles to campus was probably more like 6, but thankfully he didn't have a meeting or class scheduled so wasn't late for anything. There's a heat wave this week (over 100 degrees all week), so that's a bit of a challenge but it should work out just fine.
Amaryn, Teá, and I watched from the front porch and both girls thought it was pretty entertaining to watch him ride by.
We've been here about a week and a half now, and about a half a week in our apartment. It's been exhausting unpacking and getting settled but we are managing just fine. There's been hard days and lots of missing CT and loved ones, but with each challenge or feelings of home sickness, we turn to Jesus and thank Him for His plan and goodness. Jesus, we trust in You!!
What has been a huge blessing in CA however is spending time with my sister and nephews! I haven't been snapping many photos but we are truly enjoying and soaking in our time with them. With 5 kids 4 years old and younger, it's pretty loud and chaotic, but oh so much fun!
Teá begins her Catechesis of the Good Shepherd classes this week. We've been twice already for parent and child orientations and I'm so excited for this Montessori based approach to catechism. The kids meet in what's called an atrium and spend a couple hours, once a week, exploring the atrium and learning all about our faith and, as Teá told me, "being quiet so we can listen to God". How thankful I am that she will be exposed to the value and necessity of quiet in our life! It's so contrary to the loud, distraction filled culture we live in! In The Holy Spirit is the true catechist. I saw the atrium today during the parent meeting and I could feel Gods presence there and it brought tears to my eyes. I'm so grateful for the beautiful and rich teachings and truths that Teá will be further exposed to here and for all I will learn with her on this journey.
Tonight we feel a bit more homesick. What's been going through our heads over and over...Jesus, we trust in You! There's a lot of change happening in our family right now between a new location, job, member of our family, living situation...I could go on and on, but it's hard and our emotions range from feeling overwhelmed, hopeful, sad, excited, tired, unsure. It's amplified when we see our beautiful children sad and missing CT and family there. Today Teá said she missed CT and asked when we will be going back. I said, Lord willing we will visit next summer. She gasped and said that's a long time away. It's really is. Amaryn cries when seeing them on FaceTime and says names of family members in CT wondering where they are. She brought photos of CT family up to her room last night and I could tell she was missing them. She can't quite verbalized it but it's obvious she's struggling with it all. It's just so hard. I'm thankful my family is close by and am really enjoying this time with my sister. We just wish everyone lived in one place!
And with all that we are learning a deeper level of trust and of steadfastness. We want our faith to be consistent, steadfast, and unwavering. Our circumstances will be what they be, but our God is GOOD and faithful and loving and here with us in ALL of it. In our happiness, He is there. In our sadness, He is there. In our pain, He is there. In our uncertainty and doubt, He gently reminds us to trust Him and gives us the grace to trust and be certain in HIM. Not in anything else. Our location has changed, but our foundation in Jesus has not, and it grounds and stabilizes us and gets us through each day.