We’re Here!

We loaded up trucks on March 30…

drove to our new home in southcentral Kansas on the 31st…

and unloaded trucks on April 1st.

We were blessed by a fabulous amount of help from loving friends and family on both ends of our journey, and are so very thankful.

Jonathan spent this week back in Missouri, finishing up work for Lowe’s and working on our old house. Tina and Sue had come and cleaned the house, shaving many hours off of his work time there (thank you again, dear ones!). Alan came out and helped one evening, and Dad and Mom Smith made a big contribution to finishing up things at the old place – thank you! Jonathan got home in the wee hours of the morning this morning, and we are all thrilled to have him back.

The Blessings and I spent the week organizing and unpacking boxes and getting a little bit settled – they are wonderful helpers. We had visits from friends several times, and got to meet some of our neighbors (who brought us food!). And we took some lovely walks.

It has been a joy to see the Blessings’ growing appreciation for the beauty of this area which is so dear to their parents’ hearts. For instance, one evening Katie and I walked out in the field to see the sunset. She took a deep breath and sighed out, “I just love the open land.” Me too, sweet one. Me too.

While we all are missing our Missouri friends, it is also a joy to begin to reconnect with friends from the area. Many folks we haven’t yet gotten to see, but it’s a blessing to move and to already have a network of familiar faces, and friends eager to help and fellowship. Becki and I got all teary yesterday hearing our children laugh and play… so many years of missing each other and longing for our children to grow up together.

There will be more pictures in the coming weeks, I’m sure, but here’s a glimpse of our new place from when you turn into the driveway.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kathy
    Apr 09, 2011 @ 18:01:36

    beautiful! I can’t wait to see what you do with the house. =)


  2. Bethany
    Apr 10, 2011 @ 15:38:09

    Laurel, it’s so fun to see these pics of such familiar places. πŸ™‚ Hope this week has been a good one… Can’t wait to get back and see you guys! I’ve met a number of friends of yours this weekend.


  3. smithlaurel
    Apr 10, 2011 @ 19:15:06

    Thanks, Kathy!
    Bethany, we’ve been missing you. πŸ™‚ And the irony of the fact that you have been hanging out with quite a few of my Missouri birthy friends has had me chuckling (and a bit jealous) all weekend. Can’t wait to see you and hear about your experience at the conference. Any idea when you’ll be back?


  4. Laurie
    Apr 11, 2011 @ 13:31:21

    Laurel, I’m thrilled for you and I pause to offer prayers of thanks and peace as you make transitions and realize bright new blessings while you fondly remember past ones! Thank God for His faithfulness always and everywhere!


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