As you probably may have guessed, I’m just not feeling the urge to blog as much as I used to. I’m sure the move has had a lot to do with it. Having all the channels that Comcast’s basic package offers probably doesn’t help either (HGTV!!). But, it’s very true that life is just so different here.
I’m getting to bed much earlier than I used to at our old house, because our new schedule is so different. We all have to be up bright and early in the morning, because the girls – and usually JJ, too – have to be out the door earlier than we used to be.
Also, oddly, things are quieter here at night. You’d think that because we live in a residential neighborhood surrounded by houses that it would be noisy, but it’s actually quieter here than it was in our old house. I don’t know quite how to describe it. It’s so … still here at night. No wind blows against the windows, sometimes a dog barks in the distance (thankfully, no one right around us has a dog – Hallelujah!), and once in a while you hear a siren — but it’s just so quiet here at night.
You know what else is different here? Strangely, I feel much more sure of myself now. I feel more settled even though we still have many things yet to decide where they go. But more than that, I feel more settled … emotionally. It is SO nice to have that feeling of “Will JJ get a call or not?” gone. We’re here now, and we’ll be here for a while. I’m starting to get a feel for how things go at church. And I feel more … experienced.
Older pastors have shared with my husband the fact that when a pastor takes a call to his second church, he comes to that new church with an intangible bonus — Experience. JJ’s been told that parishioners regard you much differently when you have Experience. But you know what? As a pastor’s wife, I now have Experience, too. I feel a lot more sure of myself. I have a better feeling of what to say and how to say it. I think I’m a good pastor’s wife.
(And I now know how to nicely ask that people call me “Emily,” and not “the pastor’s wife.” It’s a good skill to have. 🙂 )
So, life is different here, but life goes on. I will definitely keep blogging, but I’m starting to realize that it’s not going to be the same as it used to be. Part of that is also that it probably won’t be as frequent. We’ll see what happens. Life is sure different here!
It also doesn’t help the blogging when you come down with the stomach flu. Yuk! I woke up with that magical experience early Monday morning. Thankfully, it took a normal course and didn’t last beyond the typical 24 hours, and no one else in the family got it. THAT is a big blessing!