Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Sept. Update

We have been in NM for two whole months! Time has flown, and we are loving it here. Of course we do miss Michigan and our loved ones there, but we can't say we miss the overcast days. :) In two months we've had tons of thunderstorms (we arrived during monsoon season and it rained daily until about a week ago), floods that closed the highway, and some torrential downpours, but only 3 days where the clouds didn't disappear within an hour! We've also seen some beautiful rainbows.

Everyone asks if we think it is pretty here, and sometimes we really do, but it's hard to compare the dirt to the forests and lakes we know and love. There are some beautiful mountains right to the West, and gorgeous red rocks to the North though. They have provided us with some nice hikes and Chris with some really tough runs.

Chris is enjoying his classes and says that kids are kids, no matter where you go. He is busy with the Cross Country team and is really glad he is helping as the Assistant Coach. He hopes to coach track and field in the spring.

Nikki is staying busy with the Calvin Semester in the Southwest program and is also working as the Site Coordinator for Rehoboth's After School program 3 days a week. It keeps her busy, but she is glad to still have lots of contact with kids.

Garrett is doing well and is about to learn to crawl as you can see from the video. He and Nikki take a music class one morning a week, and Garrett smiles the whole time. He is loved by many here in our new community and we get lots of comments about what a cute, happy baby he is. We also continue to hear "You don't feed him, do you?" Apparently it doesn't get old!

We have done some site seeing, and are getting acquainted with our area, but find that many locals give terrible directions. Nikki has gotten lost a couple of times. We continue to feel like we are the newbys, but people are welcoming and have certainly helped us to start to feel at home. Speaking of home, we are including some pics of our apartment to enjoy.
We are both making some friends, but true, deep friendships will take time. We miss our church in Michigan and agree that it is probably the hardest part because we are faced with what we are missing each Sunday as we go to new churches and realize that no church will be the same as what we had before. That is a good thing and has been stretching for us, but at times we miss the comfort and familiarity we had at 1st Reformed.

All in all we continue to experience God's faithfulness and have felt over and over again that this has been the right decision. We would appreciate your prayers and extend ours to you. We hope to see many of you at Christmas. Stay tuned for an updated video when Garrett perfects the crawling, it should be any day!

Recent Garrett Videos

Garrett Crawling
Get the Phone!
Laugh Attack 2
Johnny Jumper 1
Johnny Jumper 2
Johnny Jumper 3
New Mexican Lizard!