I wrote this in mid-June, just before Summer Solstice, but I thought you might enjoy it as an introduction to our current home:
I have got to tell you, I am loving it here in New England. Our specific area is just filled with all kinds of places to go and things to see. We found the house we are calling home for this tour on a beautiful, scenic country road lined with stacked stone walls and, in the spring, summer, and fall, so much lush New England flora and fauna that I could absolutely die and go to heaven. We even have a little pond out back that fills with lily pads, and attracts herons, ducks, geese, frogs, and even bullfrogs. The sounds out here are amazing all day long, and the chorus rises to gorgeous levels at night. And I am exceedingly happy to be back in the land of fireflies.
We have found a homeschooling community in the area full of great people homeschooling their own children from many different walks of life. They have occasional gatherings, and are incredibly active in finding fun and interesting learning opportunities throughout the area that we can experience together.
Within that group I have found a few ladies that I am glad to call friends, and I have also managed to connect, via a friend back home in Pennsylvania, to another lovely lady with which I have the whole “military wife” thing in common. As well, due to the fact that my aunt and uncle lived here for a while, they have introduced us to another pair of wonderful people we thoroughly enjoy spending time with.
Needless to say, I have found much more happiness here in the ten months (wow, has it been that long already?!) we have been here than in the entire three years we were in Maryland.
LT is enjoying his job here, and despite long hours, he is home with us most of the time instead of somewhere overseas, and it is such a relief and a breath of fresh air to have him with us.
The Monster and the Bug are both growing like weeds, and thoroughly enjoying their new home, as well as their schoolwork.
That about sums up life in general right now. Pretty much bliss (with, of course, the occasional not-so-blissful interruptions). We are definitely going to soak up our time as much as humanly possible while we are here, and enjoy every second.
What a lovely way to start a new summer.