Try, try again.

3 Oct

As Matthew stated, we are so sorry that we’ve not kept up the blog.  Life at Nashotah, as a rule, is insanity.  Life as a new parent, as a rule, is insanity.  Combine the two and little to no free time exists for either seminarian nor wife.  For example, between writing this sentence and the previous sentence I’ve fed Adeline, changed her, swaddled her, read her Bedtime for Frances, rocked her to sleep, and laid her in her bassinet.  I fully expect her to wake up any moment, thus interrupting the blogging process for the umpteenth time today.  Maybe tomorrow I will read the first page of Mansfield Park for the eighth time and understand it for the first…

As a quick catch-up (the Sparks Notes version of  Nashotah Bound: The Life and Times of the Moores at Seminary) I offer this:

We arrived at Nashotah House Theological Seminary on August 15th, 2008.  We (we consists of Matthew, Jennifer, Adeline, Reagan the mutt-puppy,and Dexter the cockatiel)  live above the Nashotah House bookstore in a spacious apartment with somone else’s stains on the carpet, a ton of white walls, and a kitchen that was built before modern appliances existed. Strangely enough, we love it.  The rooms are bigger than in our “quaint” cottage in Iowa but it certainly lacks the house’s charm.

At Nashotah House acquaintances and friends are quickly made.  We’ve been here for about a month and a half and we feel (pardon the cliche) that we’ve known many of our new friends forever.  They are fantastic and I’m sure I will write much more about them as time goes on.

I’ve gotten (another) job.  Besides being a stay-at-home mome for 21 hours a day, I work in the Admissions office of Nashotah House for about 15 hours a week.  I get to work with prospective students and with the wonderful women in the Registrar/Admissions/Dean’s office.  I couldn’t ask for a better workplace.  However, with the addition of the wonderful job, there is the not-so-wonderful aspect of leaving Adeline for those three hours a day.  Luckily, there are many other new mommas here (five of us with babies within about five weeks of each other).  Another mother took a job in the library in the afternoons so she watches my little peanut for part of the morning, we make the switch at noon, and I keep her Margaret four a few hours in the afternoon.  It’s a fabulous arrangement and I look forward to seeing the girls grow together and become friends.  They don’t seem to mind the arrangment much, but Ashley and I talk each other through it everyday.  I can’t imagine going back to work full time and praise God for His provisions so I don’t have to. 

My dear husband has been quite busy himself…I suppose that is what we’re here for.  He is a choral scholar (surprised?  I didn’t think so.) and Junior Class Refectorian ( he gets to boss people around in the “cafeteria”).  His day starts at 8:00am with morning prayers, continues with breakfast, classes, lunch, work crew, meetings, choir practice, studying, evening prayers, family time, more studying and bedtime.  We carry Greek flashcards with us at all times for “just in case” we have time to run through them while in lines, etc.  He is doing fabulously and I couldn’t be more proud. 

Adeline is doing wonderfully.  We often awaken to the sound of her cooing and laughing in her bassinet next to us.  I secretly dread and simultaneously look forward to moving her to her crib (thank you ladies!) in her room.   She loves to be spoken to, photographed, read to, and cuddled.  She is beautiful, smart, and so strong.  We adore her more and more everyday.

We miss all of you at our “homes” in Iowa and Indiana.   Not to mention all of our friends scattered all accross the country.  We hope that you will continue reading our blogs as we share our journey through parenthood and seminary.  To our new friends and fellow travelers, we are thankful that we are here to share this time with you.  We are amazed and feel priviliged everday to have been called by Christ to be here.

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One Response to “Try, try again.”

  1. sandrar September 10, 2009 at 2:00 pm #

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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