We have moved twice since our almost 2 years of married life. When we moved to Austin we found a wonderful group of friends. We started to get invited to baby showers, game nights, Christmas parties, and dinners. We felt like we were really “fitting in”. It was a good feeling.
Now, we are in Raleigh. The first week was a little rough. We moved to a place where we didn’t know a soul, my car over-heated on our way here, and we couldn’t find movers to help carry our things to our 3rd floor apt. We were stressed out! We had to pause a second, pray, and figure out what we were going to do. One by one, we scratched things off our list. One of hubs’ classmates helped us find a mover, we searched online for a good mechanic, and we started to meet people. We moved in on a Friday and on Sunday we knew we had to go to church to get plugged in. The 1st church we checked out didn’t turn out to be “the one”, but it was nice to attend there during one of the most stressful times.
We have now been here for 2 months. We found a church, got plugged in to a missional community, and made friends with some of hubs’ classmates. Last weekend, we enjoyed fellowship with a couple we met at church. Over sushi, we got to know how they met, that they got married a month after us, their testimony, and we laughed- a lot. We also met them again for missional community on Wednesday. There, we met several other people and hopefully will develop a closer bond with them. It’s a great feeling to be in a new city and start to see some familiar faces.
Last Friday, we had dinner with P & P. We had such a great time with them. We got to try a new restaurant and enjoy one another’s company. These two are our neighbors and we can see ourselves growing a stronger relationship with them.
And last night, a couple in our MC group announced their pregnancy with us! She said not to tell people because some people at the church didn’t know yet, even some of her family hasn’t heard the good news! She said, “Since we’re all in MC, I wanted to tell you first”. Wow! We really aren’t strangers or acquaintances anymore. We feel like we are actually making friends, perhaps even life-long friends.
One of my favorite bible verses is: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” -Romans 8:31. Such a simple sentence, but so powerful. It’s scary leaving a city of familiarity, being out of your comfort zone, and not knowing a soul. But God lead us here. We trust Him and have faith that we are meant to be here at this time of our life. Who can be against us? Our God is amazing. We have only been in the Raleigh area for a short amount of time and He has already given us friends. He has given us another smooth transition. We owe Him all the glory.