Jess and I have now lived in PA for 6 months. I let out a deep sigh as I typed that last sentence up.
Half a year in a different world. Half a year away from friends and family. Half a year away from the life I once knew and found oh so comfortable and familiar. To be honest, a big part of me still misses my old life; I don't really know why. I just do.
But believe me when I say that these last six months have been blessed. Here are some things to show you what has happened in the last six months.
We found a place to live (and made it our home).
We adopted Atticus (our wonderful bundle of joy, who's not so much a kitten any more).
We became official Pennsylvanians (& have drivers licenses to prove it!)
We got renters insurance (which was on the "do to" list for a while).
We learned to cook (me more than Jess, and I'm still significantly improving).
We became better friends with each other.
We met people who we think we'll be best friends with (both Jess and I).
We planted our first garden (we'll see what happens).
We learned to endure the weather changing (believe it or not, seasons are difficult to get use to).
We learned to appreciate different types of people (diversity is huge out here, just not in a racial way).
We learned who the Amish are.
We learned who the Mennonite are.
We learned who the Brethren are.
We've met generational locals (people who have lived here for 4+ generations).
We've met people who are just as new (and just as foreign) as us.
We discovered Tomato Pie Café, Chestnut Hill Café, Splits & Giggles, On Orange, and Central Market.
We've learned some of the local lingo. For example...
Shore = Beach
Tunes = Songs
Putzin Around = Messing Around
Out'n the lights = Turn off the lights
We've seen endless forests, electrical storms, thunder storms, snow, leaves changing color, hills, and big rivers.
Jess and I have learned to be the "new people". And I believe that's an incredibly great lesson to learn. Now I know how a new person feels (and how to love them) when they get immersed into a new location (and new culture).
We both have changed; in some cases changed a lot. But they're good changes. Hopefully we'll be able to share more of them here as time goes on.