Sunday, October 31, 2010

Rebuttal to 1 year later

(Cabin in the woods where we are making new memories)

After my last pity-party post I felt I should quickly post a rebuttal.

I am thankful for my new neighbors here in Washington.

(Favorite row of trees this fall, but the picture doesn't quite do it justice)

Tonight we went trick or treating with our neighbors.
Neighbors from Russia, Brazil, Mexico, India, and L.A.

(Pea Patch Preschool class on Orange Day!)

It has taken some time to find our niche here in Redmond, but tonight actually made me feel like it is starting to happen.
Definition of Niche- " a place, employment, status, or activity for which a person or thing is best fitted b : a habitat supplying the factors necessary for the existence of an organism or species c : the ecological role of an organism in a community especially in regard to food consumption d : a specialized market"

It is an interesting thing meeting new people. We have been here in Washington a whole year now and this is just now starting to happen. There is just a glimmer of the beginnings of finding a niche here.

I am thankful for people who share their gift of hospitality with me and my family. There have been all kinds of gestures to welcome my family and I and for everyone of them I am thankful.
Whether it's a walk up my hill, a pie brought over, a free week pass at the gym, a birthday party, a night out , a night in, a book club, an invitation to anything cannot be overlooked when you are the new comer.

(Sol the cowboy, Friend Irene the Witch, and Isaiah The Hulk)

More now than ever I have realized that I want to cultivate my gifts of hospitality and make my home one that welcomes strangers.

Funny side-note, tonight while trick-or-treating I saw a welcome matt that said "GO- AWAY" it made me LOL :)
That matt would be the opposite of what I am trying to convey... still it is pretty dang funny!

(Pic of some branches on the Big Daddy Tree in our yard with some moss and just a speckle of sun)

I am thankful for new neighbors, second chances, new friends, new jobs, a new home, and a new lease on life.


Kalie said...
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Kalie said...

OOOps, okay I'm new at this blogging thing. SOrry for posting, deleting and reposting.

Anyway, Noel we think you and your family are amazing. We are so thankful that you took a leap of faith to move. I'm thankful (most days) that we did the same thing. Yesterday was our two year anniversary. We spent the day looking back on where we've been, how we got here, how different now is from what we thought it would look like, and what the future may hold. Everything happens for a reason. 2010 was meant to be held in WA for us folks.

We felt at home a few months ago, right around when we were reaching our one year mark. It's nice to finally feel that sense of comfort and familiarity again. Enjoy your moment, and rebuttal. :) Love you!

noel said...

Kalie- We feel the same about you and Devon. We are so glad you are here and in all my list of people and things I am grateful for, you and your family is pretty high on that list. I seriously think I would have been a basket-case last year with out your help and kindness toward my kids. You are a gem Kalie and you represent the Farina name so well. The Farina's come from a long line of "givers" and you my dear fit that bill like a glove. I love you so much and I am determined to get a dinner date on the books very soon with you and Devon.

noel said...

Oh Love you TOO Kalie <3!

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