We are really feeling at loose ends here in Ohio. It is the oddest feeling to be homeless. We are wanted and loved here and very thankful for the welcoming arms that have enveloped us, however, there is such a sense of displacement that we feel. It is very hard to convince ourselves that we are not just visiting and that soon people won't be asking us, "How soon are you heading back?" Well, hopefully they won't be asking us that! It wouldn't be a good sign....:)
We are really hoping and praying that things (especially a job and a home) fall into place soon because then I think we can truly believe that we are here and begin to find our place to fit in. Thankfully, our kids seem to be doing really well now that we are all a little more rested. Eliana had a very tough time Sunday and through the night. She was beyond emotional, asking when we were going back to our home, and cried and cried and couldn't be more than a foot from me at all times. After a couple of days of naps and good sleep, she is back to her happy self. Although, the question of "home" is a good one...
We have had some happy times with our families though. Yesterday, we got to go strawberry picking nearby which was a first for us!
It was a beautiful day and surprisingly, there were a lot of juicy, ripe strawberries left to be found, picked and eaten!
Eliana only needed to be told once not to pick the small, white berries. She was very proud of her finds!
My cute little niece came, too, and ate her way up and down the rows! We finally had to put a stop to that so she wouldn't make herself sick:)
Samuel found lots of good strawberries!!
Zakkai did, too, but he only wanted to show off his favorite one:)
We were also gifted with a pool pass here so we went yesterday afternoon! There is a really great kids area with sprinklers and steering wheels and all sorts of fun water play. We had a great time!
Ben was with us, too but during the rest time, he got in for the adult swim while I held the children at bay:) They thought it was terribly unfair that the kids had to get out! But I, for one, am thrilled at the idea of a childless swim period as I am not too fond of being sprayed in the back and head with water guns and splashed! Call me a wimp if you must...
Brothers! They didn't quite work up the nerve to go down the big slide into the pool but I bet that will come by the summer's end! They are hoping we will go swimming tomorrow again:)
Today we spent some good time with Ben's mom (or "Daddy's mommy" as Eliana likes to call her) and Grandma, which was really nice. The kids love to play with his Grandma's collection of stuffed animals and are highly entertained by them! Z also played on her organ, too, which I forsee being a future favorite.
We had lunch with Grandma and got to play a fun game with her. We are so looking forward to spending more time with her!
Now to convince ourselves that this isn't just a vacation.....