2Embracing a New Roleat-home-mom & bicyclechariot chauffeur
By Nevada McKenzie
I'm happy to be in our new(rented) home in Langley. Thesummer was restful and quiet, andeven though we didn't do much visiting the kids were getting agitatedfrom the "ok, here's your cousin/friend/etc, go play... ok time to go"routine. It was lonely inSaskatchewan, and it’s deﬁnitelylonely here. All of us are missing ouractive social lives and friend networks,but we are spending a lot of qualitytime together and that is a blessing.Even though I'm Canadian,everything is new. Frankly, althoughI've always dreamed of living thisclose to Walmart, it's almostoverwhelming to have so many shopsand businesses nearby. Eerie in away, like it's a dream! Driving iscrazy, and I feel like a bumpkin withmy Saskatchewan wheat ﬁeld
licenseplates amongst the big city dwellers of BC. Also new is my role as stayhome mom. Wow; not sure what todo with that. I've spent the ﬁrst fourweeks feeling guilty about notworking, trying to cook with all ourkitchen stuff still making its way westfrom Saskatoon, and putzing aroundthe house. For the ﬁrst time ever Ifold laundry as it comes out of thedryer!!! My life is here is so differentfrom my life in Taiwan and I have noidea how to reinvent myself, but I ammoving forward with thankfulnessand joy for the path set before me.I'm studying Proverbs 31:10-31 tohelp me ﬁnd my identity and ﬁgureout what my role entails. (Want to join me in memorizing this passage of scripture? Let me know!)I will need to ﬁnd some kind of work soon, but we are being pickyabout what kind of work and thetime away from home it wouldrequire. God has been quiet in thisarea, so we are moving forwardslowly in a few directions, waiting fora door to open in God's way andtiming. My BC teacher certiﬁcationis underway, I'm putting up a 'TutorAvailable' poster at Gemma's school,and checking Craigslist every fewdays. We'll wait and see whathappens! God is faithful and good.Pray for our patience while waiting,for friends and community, and forGemma speciﬁcally to make friendsand settle into school.God has been so good to usthrough this. Chris and I have spentlots of time together this summer,going for coffee and just hanging out.We don't usually have time for thatand we enjoyed every date night mymother in law gave us! Our house issmall, but the majority of the suiteshere are smaller. Weighing in on thepositive is our friendly landlord,backyard complete with playhouse,and huge bedroom for the kids toshare. Chris and I are thankful for thenew furniture we were able to get,including a fantastic new table themanager gave us for 40% off. Chrisand I had looked at this amazing table three times and ﬁnally themanager said, "You sure have youreye in this table; I'll tell you what, I'mabout to sell this ﬂoor model. Are you interested?" Uh, YES!!!! It's thelittle surprises like this that have givenus momentum and energy. We knewthe move would be tough, but witheach week that passes it gets easier.Praise God!
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Mommy and thekids arespending a lot ofquality timetogether. A bright spot inthe midst ofchallengingtransition.