|Posted on February 11, 2011 at 9:05 PM|
So we’ve been living on campus here at Morling for a month now. How time flies!
We have more or less finished unpacking and feeling more at home now in our ‘Rainbow House’.
Our homely lounge/dining area
Our green kitchen
So how are we all settling in?
Well, Pete had his orientation week last week and is feeling a bit more prepared for when college starts next week. He enjoyed meeting with other fellow students at the orientation camp and being challenged by God’s word. He has finally finished unpacking his study upstairs (which is no easy task with 2 kids and a sore pregnant wife always needing him to do stuff around the house!).
I never thought I’d say this... but I’m starting to love living here!!
I’m enjoying getting to know the other mums here on campus and to know that we’re all in the same boat. I’m encouraged by their servant hearts – in interacting with others, as well as taking care of their families while their husbands study. It’s great to be able to pop out the front door for a chat with other mums while the kids have their afternoon rest.
And I love Thurs $10 feed the family roast night at the college dining hall!!
The kids are loving it here and would play outside all day long if we let them. Our backyard is small but it doesn’t matter since the kids prefer to play in the giant playground out the front.
Teaghan loves playing her little girl friends here, especially the little girl next door who is just a week younger than her. Their favourite past times include going into Teaghan’s room and putting on make-up. It’s hard not to laugh when three little girls come down the stairs with self-applied make up all over their faces! Teaghan is also settling in well at her new preschool.
Lucas just loves being surrounded by people. He loves giving people leg-cuddles and especially loves (sometimes a little too much!) the 1 year old boy from next door. He also enjoys pushing wheelie toys around with the other little boys his age. Often we would find him staring out the front window either watching for cars or seeing what the other kids are up to.
LIVING IN COMMUNITY
God has been good in helping us settle so quickly. We’d anticipated that it would take a bit longer to feel at home here so are both amazed at how we’re feeling. Having lovely neighbours help! We both agreed that it would be a little strange to move back to ‘normal’ non-community living now!
One thing we’re learning about living in community is that you need to learn not only to give but to take. Which seems to be one of the lessons God is teaching us as we prepare to head off on missions next year.
We’re learning that to be in a Christian community means that you need to have the humility to accept help when offered. Often we can be too proud to accept help from others, and in turn from God. This can be simply accepting a babysitting offer, to having people come and clean, to accepting a meal. We have felt tremendously blessed through the generosity of our Christian brothers and sisters – here at Morling, as well as those from our home church Dural Baptist, and other Christian friends. Just in the past month, we have experienced God’s goodness in so many ways that at times had us in tears as we’ve stood speechless before Him in thankfulness.
As you know, we have nicknamed our colourful house the ‘Rainbow House’ – for God keeps his promises. Not promises to give us whatever we want, but promises to give us whatever is best for us, and promises to be with us thru thick and thin. We have this plaque in our home that we feel sums this up really well: