I've been in New York for two and a half weeks now. It feels like longer- much longer. Unpacking, organizing, school, and just life in general all have made those last two and a half weeks a bit crazy. But we're settling in and getting used to our new home. And trust me, there's a lot to get used to. Some of it's good. For example, we didn't have a view like this from our back deck in Virginia:
It's even prettier when the sky is properly blue, rather than the pale blue-white that just washes out and makes everything look cloudy. (I swear, the only clouds in the picture are at the far left- just by the only visible patch of blue.) Granted, more trees would be nice- but I'm definitely not complaining. We also have a lot more yard, which means more space for me to practice archery- if I get around to it before the weather turns cold. I'm not quite sure when that'll happen (October maybe? Hopefully not this month!), but I'm not looking forward to all the snow. White Christmases are lovely. I can even do with a snowfall or two in January and February, just to make things a bit prettier. But what I've heard about snow up here . . . nope. Not my thing at all. (Unless I take up snowshoeing/cross-country skiing/some other winter sport . . . but who knows if that'll happen?)
Another (mostly) good thing about New York: the library. There's two within a three-mile radius of us- but both are tiny. (One of them is actually kind of cute; it looks a bit like a fairy-tale house on the outside.) However, they're connected to a very, very large library system . . . which means that my first stack of library books (all of which I requested online) looks like this:
|Forgive the lousy phone camera photo, please!|
Then there's school. For the most part, it hasn't changed much, except that we do it in a different location and I'm down two subjects. All I have at the moment is English (same old, same old), Literature (I get to read Beowulf! and Macbeth! And some of the Canterbury Tales! and a lot of other British literature!), Calculus (the first chapter is all review, thank goodness), and Principles of Biology. The last is an online dual-enrollment course I'm taking through Cedarville University. So far, I'm enjoying it more than I expected- much more than I liked 9th grade biology! It's possible that I'll post some of the essays I have to write for it, if I'm particularly pleased with them- or I might not. We'll see.
Some of the changes, though, aren't so good. I miss my youth group and my Bible study friends even more than I thought I would. Part of that's because I can't help wondering, even though we haven't really been here that long, if I'll actually find a group of friends like that here. I've met one a few people who I think I could be friends with- homeschooled girls like me, both of whom love some of the same books and movies I love and talk about things like fandoms and shipping and series speculations and all that sort of thing. But there's no guarantee I'll see them on a regular basis, and not all the churches around here have youth groups- or even youth, period. I know God wouldn't bring me here and leave me stranded with no offline friends, no one who I can see on a regular basis, no one with whom I can talk and play games and watch movies. But waiting for Him to guide me to those people is hard.
And, in the same vein, it's hard to be the new girl after so long. It's one thing at something like Cedarville Summer Studies or WSS Support Staff- everyone's new, and just that is enough to break down some of the barriers between people. But here, it's just me (well, and my sister, who's old enough now to be counted in my age group), and everyone else knows each other already. I don't remember how to slip into conversations and find my way into established groups- if I ever knew; maybe I never did. Last time I moved, I was young enough that anyone who played nicely with me could be considered a friend.
But I'm not alone, and I keep reminding myself of that. My family's in the same situation, for one, and I have my online communities- Whitehall Forums, The Potter School, blogs, and Goodreads- standing behind me. And most importantly, I have the Great Author writing the story of my life. So, one way or another, it'll all work out. I just hope that happens soon.
What's been going on in your life lately? Please tell me in the comments! Thanks for reading!
-Sarah (Leilani Sunblade)