Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A New Start

It has been a while since I have written. Much has happened in life. About two months ago I accepted a job at Duke University in North Carolina. It was the hardest decision I've made as an adult. The privilege it has been to work at Walter Reed seemed foolish to give up-and many people told me so. I prayed hard about the decision as I would not only be leaving a good job, but there were the close friends and those I now considered family as well. Additionally, it was one of the first places I lived where I had my own space but really felt comfortable with the people. So much it seemed to lose for something so unknown.

Despite the unknown, I knew that I needed to be challenged more as a nurse. North Carolina has indeed been a long-time dream of mine. D.C. was brand-new at one point and as such, so is North Carolina. So here I am-months later and two drives with my little trailer. Again I went shopping on Craig's List and again God provided. I won't bore with details, I will save that for my miracles book, but God provided a place on a farm with people who are Christians and very much like my own family. They have already been completely hospitable and provided for my needs often before I even identify them. 

My first day exploring the area was yesterday. Things I notice that are different than D.C.? Well, first of all there is free parking EVERYWHERE! Also, "traffic" down here is a joke. Plastic or paper bags at the store-FREE! People make eye contact and smile more. People stop to help you and let you go first at the stop sign. The left lane of the road is more of a "desiring to pass" lane and the right is more for actually passing. There are a ton of discount stores and lots of places to get good biscuits and good coffee. The weather so far has just been rainy, but supposedly they have very mild winters. 

I live in a barn. Very Roadhouse (Patrick Swayze) style with horses below and my kitchen in one wing. The upstairs is a bedroom, living area, and bathroom. It has beautiful cedar floors and overlooks pastures and the house. Talk about quiet and dreamy. Much writing will be done here and hopefully a few guitar lessons. 

The people I rent from live in the house on the property. She is a NP, originally from Niagara Falls who was recruited by Duke for a year, fell in love with the place, and ended up staying to get her NP. Strangely familiar story. He is one of those all around handy guys who also has a real job. I haven't yet figured out what that is. Both have been extremely welcoming and I feel so blessed to be here.

This morning was my first breakfast in the new place with the new kitchen. I drink well water and have fresh ground coffee (Matthew McLarty taught me about coffee burrs). Nancy provided fresh eggs from the neighbor. Talk about an exceptional place. Did I mention it was peaceful. A little chunk of heaven. I miss Walter Reed and my friends and family there, but I think I'm going to like this place just fine.