The girls have made friends with a little girl who, along with her parents and older brother, moved in with her grandparents across the street. She comes over 3-4 afternoons a week and my girls are thrilled. They have never had a child live so close by that they could just show up, unannounced, without hitching a ride from a parent. I love it, too ~ it reminds me of when Amy and I used to play with our friend, Diana, who lived down the street. They're pretty content to play on the swingset, in the creek, in the carport and under the pine trees, AKA the Tearoom. She's over here now, which is why I can sneak a few minutes on the computer!
All the same, I am eager for our house to sell so that we can move closer to Roanoke and more homeschooling families, events and activities. I want the girls to get involved in 4H and ballet (Abigail), but I don't want to start here and have to change mid-year. Of course, only the Lord knows the plans He has for us, and we could very well be here for another year. I hope not, because I don't like the idea of Andy driving 76 miles each way in the wintertime with snow and ice in the forecast. Its hard to be patient... and yet, 1 Corinthians 13:1 lists patient as the first descriptor of love. Hmmmmm....could my having patience about a move be a testimony to my love for God? There's a lesson in there somewhere....
We've enjoyed being outdoors a lot this early Fall. We've taken a couple quick family walks in the woods and two nice long bike rides down the (Rails To Trails) Jackson River Trail. I hooked the "Wee Ride / Co-Pilot" tandem bike to mine and Hannah rides a new bike our neighbor gave her last year, and we trek away. I hope to get over to the Greenbrier River Trail, too, pretty soon to take advantage of that as well. Here in Callaghan there are few areas to really ride....its 45MPH in front of our house and that's the low end of the scale for the speedies who fly by.
I'll leave you with some pictures of the girls' adventures....
|Keepin' on keepin' on!|
|A funny face after a long ride|
|"Wading" in the Jackson River at Petticoat Junction|