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9.05.2011

A Tiny Update

It's been a while since I've blogged, mainly because I've been insanely busy. The other reason is a sad one - I've had no internet access. I'm using my phone for this post, actually, so if any words are funky, blame it on auto-correct, not Mommy brain. Although I have a lot of that going on, too (for instance, I've forgotten to feed Landon his solids on multiple occasions since we've moved.).

I've managed to get a lot unpacked, mainly because my little guy has been taking good naps or playing happily with random objects like spatulas or laptop cords (which I deliver him from). The child doesn't like toys. We've had a few rough days, and those have been a bit crazier. But God continues to give grace! I got the kitchen and living room unpacked in two days, which I was pretty happy about.

We are living in a cool community called Montclair in the city of Dumfries (pronounced like Dum-freeze, not like a slow version of McDonald's shoestring fatness). I wouldn't call it a neighborhood because it's much bigger than one... it's almost like a mini town. We are renting a townhome, and we love it. When things are unpacked, I'll try to remember to post pictures. It's funny... although we aren't painting or decorating, our colors have ended up matching or coordinating the landlord's. I love how God works out those tiny details!

Randy had a four day weekend for Labor Day, which was fabulous. He started his next phase of training called The Basic School (TBS) on Tuesday. It lasts for six months and after that we'll be moving to Pensacola for his flight training. Of course, it's the military, so the timeline could change at any point! But we get to be together, and that's what's important. :)

Some things I've learned since being here in Northern Virginia:

- Traffic. Everywhere! I-95 is a nightmare, so I try to avoid it at all costs. But even when you're on other major roads, it's like Christmas frenzy. I will be online shopping this year. 

- It is impossible to walk into any store without encountering multitudes of Mexicans... and Indians... and Muslims. I feel like I'm going to break out in a different language at any given moment. I just might. Don't get me wrong... I'm not prejudiced... I've just never been anywhere in the States that felt so... foreign.

- Every road leads to a road that will take you home. Makes it hard to get lost.

- Life is extremely fast-paced. People simply don't take the time to get to know each other. Although we ended up in a really great neighborhood... sweet older ladies surround us!

- Living near two military bases means that most people around here have a deep respect for their country and its servicemen. I love that.

- Don't go to Walmart around these parts unless it's before 8am or it's an extreme emergency.

- There is a 7-11 on every corner, but don't count on it having gas - especially when you're four miles away from empty.

- There is so much to do here! Being 30 minutes from DC is pretty awesome. I plan on visiting everything we can while we're here.

All that being said... Being a family again has done my heart good. I love that I get to see Randy at the end of the day, and I especially love seeing Landon's face light up when he sees his daddy. God has stretched us and grown us in ways we never would have guessed and probably wouldn't have chosen, but it's a good thing. Our love has only grown and we have known God's sustaining hand of grace in the hard times. I'm thankful for that.

We are supposed to get internet in about a week, so hopefully I'll be able to post some more then. But there is a chance I might be in Walmart, talking in Spanish and unable to leave because the traffic is so bad.

(Regarding the picture... Landon found a mirror in the midst of unpacking. Clearly brought him great joy.)


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