Every new adventure starts with a first step.

17 Aug

Hello friends and family.  I would like to welcome you to the “ArvidsonFamily”  blog.  I thought this would be a great way to keep all of you up-to-date on what is happening with our very active family.  I will post pictures and video when I learn how 😀   I am hoping this will be a source of joy for all of you that live near and far.

What a year this has been for our family.  The biggest change is that we made the move of a lifetime from New Hampshire to Kentucky.  Can I get a “HEY Y’ALL!”

I always thought moving to a new place was exciting, and it was, when it was just me and Joe.  This time our kids were much older and very aware of what they were losing.  They had to leave their friends and everything they knew.  That’s a huge deal for any kid (and grown up for that matter).

Talk about culture shock!  We came from a place of what my oldest daughter, Melissa, would call “normal” to a place where you see guys wearing Stetsons and cowboy boots, and ‘oldtimers’ wearing denim bib overalls with no shirts.  As you can guess, our jaws dropped, we stared and we laughed a lot.  Bonding comes in many forms. 😀  To hear my kids laugh made laughing at others worth it…hahaha! 

I’m so proud of how they handled everything.  There were many tears and the occassional threat to run away back to NH.  All of our comforts were there….our friends, which were (and still are) like family and then there’s familiarity.  So much is packed into that 11 letter word;  the familiarity of community, church, activities, schools, the list can go on and on.

Here’s the thing, the expression “you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone” has greater meaning for me.  I know that last sentence makes it sound like everything “good” in our lives was left in NH, but that’s not it.  I guess what I’m trying to say is that it was much harder to adjust than any of us realized it would. 

God allows us to face obstacles in order to teach us that, with Him, we can get through it.  We are better for it, for sure!  

I can honestly say that our family is in a much better place today than we were a year ago.   It just took a lot of “steps” to get here.

Look for more postings on what our clan is up to.  In the mean time, I welcome your thoughts on our first blog post.  xoxo


One Response to “Every new adventure starts with a first step.”

  1. k.l. phillips August 17, 2011 at 7:28 pm #

    Hey Monica,

    Just want to give you a big “HEY Y’ALL!” !!! My heart is proud for you and Joe and the kids. What a lot of work; what a lot of deep, serious “relationshipping”. In years to come your family will talk about times that God strengthened character, faith and obedience in each one of you …. and this year will come up!!! Not that it will be remembered as year that was “easy”, but it will be remembered as a year that God used a man, a woman, a family to effect changes in MANY people … for the good.

    Lovin’ ya from afar …. and totally bummed that I was in CR when you hit NH…

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