It's so strange moving to a new area where we don't know a soul. The only moves we've ever made have been for school--college or graduate work--which offered an automatic group of friends and colleagues. This time, however, it is proving difficult to find "new friends," as Miriam puts it. New friends will come, but only with time and patience.
Still, it feels like home because we are together. Our family suddenly makes up my entire world in a way they haven't before, and that is a grace. The feeling of isolation passes as soon as the Scientist Dad walks in that door, because home is where we are together.
I'm also loving the online community with a new appreciation: Even if we're not physically present to one another, the blogging moms and their readers provide a much-needed witness that we are not alone.
So, to all the bloggers of beauty out there: Keep writing. These are the days when I appreciate the online community we have more than ever. We need to know we are not alone in the world, and God lets us know this both on and off-line.