So, I'm long overdue in writing about two of the biggest blessings in our move. Of course Jeff's awesome new job got us here in the first place, and there he met Connie. They work together and when he was still hotel-ing it up and there were no rooms available because of the Pro Football Hall of Fame festival, she offered a room at her house. He really didn't have much for options and everyone told him he'd love Connie & John's and so he went to check it out.
(I am not kidding, just as I'm typing Ivy asked "Can we go to Connie's today?")
Soon they insisted Jeff have me and the kids come for a visit. So, a few weeks ago I came for the week and that's when we found our house (thanks to Connie spotting it one day!) and registered the kids for school the very next day. We went back home and packed up the rest of our life in Indiana and came back to live with Connie & John until our moving truck arrived. That is how the kids were able to start their first week of school out here.
They have to be among the most generous and kind people we have ever met. Their home is a reflection of that, and how they just love life and sharing it with family and friends. To now be called friend by them... we hit the jackpot.
I don't hate being able to jump in the pool whenever we want, either. While we were staying with them I'd wake up in the morning and find the coffee made with a mug and a note waiting for me. We'd come home from errands and there'd be homemade cookies with a message for the kids. One morning it was raining and there were five umbrellas out for us on the counter. And the day we came home after registering for school, Connie had gotten each of the kids official North Canton t-shirts.
Oh, and when John (who owns a painting company) found out that our new house did not have a pink room for Ivy? Well, he wouldn't hear of it. He had us pick out a color- Ivy chose Bella Pink- and by the time we arrived, her pink room was there to greet us.
It was like, instant family in this new place. And also, how could we ever repay them for their kindness? Their walls are covered with photos of friends and the places they've been and in one they are in front of the White House spelling out O-H-I-O with two of their friends. They LOVE Ohio and, on behalf of Ohio, are so glad we're to have us. We took this picture of the kids in front of their pool and framed it as a little thank you gift. It was precious, and like a declaration that we are here! and we are going to enjoy the party.