This move to Illinois, although meant to be a short term thing, is more difficult for me than the last one. We are MUCH further from our family and friends and I feel more isolated. We got used to being able to go home (either to Ames or Omaha) for weekend trips and we loved having visitors as often as they came! Here, we're not going to enjoy the frequency of either of those things. It's almost 6 hours to Ames and almost 8 hours to Omaha....can't just decide to be spontaneous and have Brandon take off a few hours early from work to be to either place by supper time!
Thankfully we do know one couple here in Champaign, which helps me a lot! Nate and Lina have been a great help to show us around town and help me not feel so alone. I don't know what I would do without Lina here!
But I already miss things. I miss certain stores that I loved shopping at....I miss certain restaurants that we frequented in KC....and I miss certain people too! I asked Lillia if she liked living in Illinois and she said she missed her Olathe house and playing in the basement. Our house in Kansas had a finished basement, here it's unfinished and not really set up yet. She doesn't like going down there (partly because it's cold on her feet, which can easily be fixed by putting on socks!)
So, this move is harder for me. But I know that it can help refine me. It's a good move for our family, for Brandon's career. It's answer to prayer for Lina, for God to bring a good friend into her life as this is a challenging move to Champaign for her too.
So, if you're going to Trader Joe's or Super Target or Jason's Deli, think of me, and be thankful you have that where you live.....because those are just a few of the establishments that are missing in my neck of the woods! (Katie Euken, how do you do it.....with NO Target in Muscatine?!)
Back to the move itself.....
We surprised the kids in Omaha and stayed for a few days and got to enjoy time with the family. Even Brett and Caitlyn came for a visit! We taught Lawson how to eat sweet corn and he loved it! :)
After spending a few days in Omaha with the kids, we were finally
cleared to close on the house and we made the LONG (to us) drive to
My parents stopped on their way home from a family wedding in Michigan and helped for a few days. We were so grateful for their handy work! Then they left us to it and we tried to make quick work of unpacking boxes and getting as much done as possible before the munchkins returned!
The first room finished was Lillia's room.
And we've slowly been making progress since....