Oklahoma….so far

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Things I love about Oklahoma…. ed. 2

So, after living here for a little over 2 months….here is my newest version of 

Things I love about Oklahoma

  • People.  Seriously.  We have felt so warmly welcome here, and not just by our neighbors.  People here are genuine. Always ready for a conversation, always kind.  
  • The pace of life.  A bit slower.  A bit more realistic. 
  • green- it is so green here right now! 
  • thunderstorms- awesome.  Scary sometimes but awesome none the less. 
  • the smell of the hay meadow when it is raining 
  • our teenage neighbor who mows our lawn 
  • our new babysitter 
  • watching my kids go scootering off down our street- knowing they are safe 
  • the wildflowers 
  • every doctor we have seen so far- so kind…never in a rush 
  • beef 
  • Irma's burgers 
  • Sonic Happy Hour (1/2 price drinks from 2-4)
  • Pop's Ice 
  • my drive to anywhere.  Serious- no traffic and beautiful
  • the availability of things to do 
  • the variety of birds that sing in our trees.  A concert. 
  • crickets 
  • multitudes of stars 
  • the way the hay sways in the wind 
  • the beauty of horses at sunset 
  • the longhorn bull farm (yes, I think that was in my first one, but I still love them) 
  • our vet 
  • the kids in the late afternoon sunlight 

I have missed something BIG

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Our friends, Carol, Roy and Megan celebrated their 4th Gotcha Day!!!  I have been dealing with all the fun stuff that comes with visitors from CA, and school stuff, that I forgot to wish them a very happy Gotcha Day.  Carol and I became friends, rather unexpectedly while waiting for our referrals for our sweet girlies.  We instantly discovered a bond- and one that will never leave.  We have shared so much over the past 5 years- Carol- I am SO thankful for you my friend.  Meg- WE LOVE YOU!!! Happy Gotcha Day!! Roy- you old man- your family is a blessing.  We love you guys!!!
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Stuff…..

Hello my bloggy world friends.  

It has been a long time since I actually sat down to write a bit.  So hang with me for a bit.

We have officially lived in our new home state for 7 weeks.  I cannot believe it has been that long.  This has really been a life change for our family. I never anticipated some of the adjustments that have come up- but I have to say I am really very proud of all of us for how we have handled the move.

I have been struggling with my kids.  The relationship of Mom and kids has altered a bit to be mom and teacher and kids.  I am blessed with children with whom school work comes pretty easily.  We have been able to pump out all the work set for us by their old school- and for the most part, we are done with the actual schooling part.  I have wondered how I would fare as a homeschooler.  I would not fare well.  I have the utmost respect and awe for all you momma's who have been called to homeschool.  I know what a task that is, and one that is totally not respected and revered enough today.  

Most people ask how we like Oklahoma.  I have to say that we truly love it. I am surprised to say that OK feels like me.  I feel at peace here.  The land here is really so much more beautiful and rich then I imagined.  There trees and hills, the colors of the hay meadow, the sound of birds singing, the smell of the rain, the sound of lightening and thunder, and the richness of the red in the soil really speak to my soul.  In ways that I would not have expected.  When I go outside and the sounds I hear are so different then the sounds I heard outside in California.  The quiet here is lovely.  I can clearly hear the wind through our oak trees.  The sound of the birds is like no other.  

Living here has reminded me so clearly of how alive God is.  And how masterful His creation is.  I know that we used to live in a place where the waves crashing on the shore and the majestic mountains were a reminder of His awesome creation. Now, the reminders have a different feel.  Almost more intimate.  The gentleness of the rolling hills with horses and cows grazing.  The simpleness of the hay meadow is overshadowed by the intensiveness of the sunset.  The sherbet color sky is breathtaking and silent in its beauty.  The many different birds, each singing different melodies, each praising their Creator in song. The mature oak trees, leaves dancing in the wind and reaching toward the sky in praise.

Living here has awakened my heart and soul to a deeper and richer relationship with God.  Being away from everyone and everything that has cushioned me in comfort has made my heart soften and long to find that comfort again.  I have found solace in the sweetness of a new space.  The silence of this land.  The loneliness of my soul has brought me to Him in a much richer way.  And He has opened my eyes to parts of me I never knew existed.  I am so thankful for that.

I have been reminded of a song my friend, Jen wrote.  I am in constant awe of Jen and her gifts, and this song is one of my very favorites.  And there is a line that comes to my mind every day when I am outside our home or driving along the highway….that even if we are silent, the very rocks will cry out their praise to the Lord.  

"If we keep quiet 
if we keep quiet we stand ashamed.
If we keep quiet,
the rocks will cry out
Praise you, Praise you,
Lift your name
We will shout out shout out
songs of praise…."

I have seen and heard nature praising God.  Not only on the beaches of California, but now in the meadows of Oklahoma.  So how is living here in Oklahoma?  Pretty amazing so far.

Here are a couple of photos of things we have done lately:

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At the OKC zoo waiting for the Sea Lion Show.
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My monkeys.  
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In Norman, at the Museum of Natural History
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Waiting for the Lion King to start
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My family.  NICE.
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With the actors who played young Simba and Nala.

They were so sweet and awesome.