Hello! We arrived in California, La Canada specifically, on Thursday evening. An elderly couple has graciously welcomed us into their home until we find an apartment of our own. Ted & Carol have been so lovely and hospitable, feeding us and loving on our kiddo, but we are anxious to be cooking in our own space and sleeping in our own bed. Actually, tonight we will find out if we are chosen for an apartment in what we think is an ideal spot. It’s clean and cozy, much less expensive than other 2-bedroom apartments we have seen, within walking distance to cute shops & restaurants, a farmer’s market, and a grassy park & playground. We want to live there!!! If you are the praying kind, please pray that we get this apartment. We are so ready to unpack and settle in.
Meanwhile, we have really enjoyed being here. It was wonderful to worship with our new church family yesterday, and it warmed my heart to see Peter being welcomed and loved already by this congregation. Almost as soon as we arrived, people were taking Peter by the hand and walking him around. Two teenagers were on their knees talking to him and letting him hold their sunglasses & bracelets. We are so thankful! And besides our dear hosts, two other families have already has us over for meals. One of those families had taken us around on Friday to different neighborhoods (with their 2 and 6-year-old) to look for apartments, and had even called places on our behalf before we arrived. On Saturday, when we told them about the apartment we were hoping to get, they actually left their uneaten Chipotle burritos at home, packed up their hungry kids, and drove over to see it with us. Again, THEY LEFT THEIR BURRITOS. Amazing folks, I tell you.
So again, we are not settled yet, but we are being well taken care of. Before we left Massachusetts, our dear friends from Church of the Cross prayed that God would provide a special community for us, and specifically little friends for our little Peter. And God has provided these things! I miss my friends in Massachusetts terribly, and shed some tears this weekend thinking of them. But, you know? It is a pretty wonderful thing to have friends that you love so much. Even though it surely makes my heart ache to be so far away.
Ah, the consistency of Starbucks!
Coming soon: A bakery review!!! Woohoo!!