As you know, we just moved into a new neighborhood but we are no longer the newbies on our street. The house across the street had been for sale ever since we moved in and it finally sold. Tuesday I saw two huge moving trucks out front and texted Jon that we had new neighbors. He responded, "old? young? kids?" knowing that we would love a set of 20 something kid-less or new parent neighbors :-). I was outside pulling weeds when I noticed something and texted Jon back...
"I haven't seem them yet but I think I know the answer. The moving trucks say Heavenly Care- specializing in Senior moves"
Lol! Quite the opposite of what we were hoping for but we will manage. I'd never heard of a company that specializes in senior moves? The guys looked like any other movers I'd seen. We still haven't seen the new family but Jon said we can adopt them as our Texas grandparents.
So it got me thinking about neighbors. For the longest time Jon and I prayed for the Lord to send us believers. People we share the same faith with but are true friends. And the Lord answered those prayers at our old house. We were so blessed to live a wonderful, Christ loving couple and watch them raise their beautiful baby boy (cuteness can be found here). Before we moved, we told our neighbors how they were a gift from God to us. They gave us hope that we CAN find people who we can go to dinner with, watch movies, joke with, and pray with. What a great thing it was to be able to walk next door and ask for prayer. Or ask them questions about how they've endured many more years of marriage than we have, with Christ as the center. I know, I know, we didn't move across the country, just 20 minutes away, but we were sad to leave such an encouraging couple that has become close to our hearts. There is so much power in prayer and this is only 1 of the many examples of how ours have been answered.
So now that we are in our new neighborhood, we are praying for the same thing. Nothing will ever replace our first neighbors because they have some BIG shoes to fill but God led us to this place and I know he is going to do great things for us in this neighborhood, in this home, and in our family. We've had the privilege of meeting so many new families and friends and are hoping to make lasting relationships over the years.
I am in no way saying we don't want to live near non-believers because as a Christian, my heart is so open and full, loving people of all beliefs. And God loves all people, even if those who do not follow Him.
It's just crazy to think how one day someone can jump into your life and change it for good. And that's how life works. Now it hasn't always been fun and rainbows for us with neighbors...haha. We've had our share of odd balls, especially living in Central Austin so we think we found the needle in the haystack.
To lighten things up, please share your craziest neighbor story! At our old house, there was a house on the end of the street that had a free organic farm. We never found out what exactly they do but they'd always offer us a free garden, free food, and invite us to their 'earth honoring ceremonies'. The funniest time was when we were on a walk with Ernie and one of the guys came out on his front porch in tiny jean shorts playing his ukulele. Keep Austin Weird!!!!