Moving DayIn May of 2008, our newly constructed home was complete. We had worked hard for a few years at getting out of debt and saved for this day to arrive. We were thrilled! Our girls (three at the time) were so excited to explore and dance in their new bedrooms. Many of our friends and relatives spent a day helping us unload the moving truck. It seems like yesterday! The memories since then have overwhelming when I stop and think about it.
We have been blessed to be surrounded by really friendly neighbors. Whether shoveling snow, getting the mail, or heading out for a walk, they typically enter into conversations with us. We have enjoyed having our neighbor's children come over to play in the backyard on our playground set. On occasion, we also enjoy having meals together. (Although we really should do that more often!) The seasons change, life is always busy, and time just goes by way too quickly.
Top 3 Things I Like about Gibsonia
1. "The Pace" - We used to live in the Cranberry Twp. area in a large housing plan. There were many people, great sidewalks, a solid sense of community, and lots of places to eat. However, traffic was terrible with a stoplight at seemingly every intersection. Gibsonia, on the other hand, has a suburban feel without all the congestion. We like the suburbs a lot!
2. "The Simplicity" - A few weeks ago, I spent a few minutes reading the history of Gibsonia from its website. It was interesting to learn of many aspects of its heritage. We enjoy the simplicity of participating in a local CSA where our family supports local farmer by purchasing their fresh fruits and vegetables. The girls love to see the animals each week!
3. "The Community" - We like to frequent local restaurants and connect with their servers and managers. We have been going to Max n Erma's almost every week for several years. Many of the employees have become our friends. I have several breakfast meetings each week at local Eat n Park restaurants. It has been great to get to know these people who provide quality service to the community.
When considering where God was leading us to start a new church, we asked God to show us His plan. When a church about a mile from our house opened their doors to us, we sensed God's leading to invest deeper into a community we have called home for over the last 5 years.