One Year in Oklahoma

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Wildflowers near the Wichita Mountains, June 2013

It’s hard to believe that we have been in Oklahoma for one year! I’m finally adjusting to life in the Sooner state. It’s not like I’m the pioneer woman or anything. I live in the city and that’s a good thing! (I wouldn’t know how to grow herbs, ride a horse or cook a tasty potroast for forty-seven cattle ranchers.) I still can’t believe we are home owners. That is truly a dream come true.

There have been a few things to get used to, and I’m doing it. I’m finally adjusting to the wind, which never rests, by growing my hair long enough for a pony tail. I’ve stopped jumping  a foot high every time Fort Sill fires something. We are part of a great homeschool group  – we’re just on the fringe of it, but “fringe” involvement is about all I can handle right now. Mitch has found a piano teacher that he likes. Lauren is about to volunteer at our library for the second time. We are about to complete our first year of homeschooling here, in a state with NO requirements for homeschooling! (Gotta love freedom!) The other kids have made themselves at home in their new rooms. Life has a sweet, harmonic rhythm which I love deeply.

Yes, I still get a little homesick now and then. I miss seeing the natural beauty of the natural state. I miss being an hour and fifteen minutes from my mom. But as I learned from Sarah, Plain and Tall: there’s always something to miss, no matter where you are.

I can’t brag on my church family enough, they are the sweetest people in the state of Oklahoma. They have made me and my whole family feel so welcome. I was nervous about my teenager adjusting to the move, but she loves it. In fact, the people have shown love for each of  the children. I can’t tell you how much that means to this mom! It’s scary pulling up your life and home, leaving everything you know to come to a church full of strangers. And it’s thrilling to watch those strangers become friends.

My first visit to Lawton, Oklahoma, was on February 8, 2013. Imagine how surprised I was to find that I’d left a piece of my heart in a place I had never been! Only God can do that. He prepared us for this place, and this place for us, in a way that only HE can.

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

Psalm 40:2

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One thought on “One Year in Oklahoma

  1. Happy early birthday to Terry, and happy anniversary to your family! I thank God for your wonderful church family, your beautiful house, your good health, and the countless other benefits God loads on you and me every single day.
    Love,
    Mother

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