Hello friends! 3 weeks now in Ohio (see week 1 here) and we’ve been keeping quite busy (so not to think about how much we miss everyone in GA). Today is a cool 62 and we are stuck inside due to the rain (after checking out a local church!), but this is the first day this has happened, so I’ll use it for some catch up. We are free and clear of all home-ownership right now (yay for our GA house closing this week), but ramping up our search in Ohio. We are not finding exactly what we want, but trying to wait patiently and pray for the right house to come up. It’s pretty cutthroat here too – actually put in an offer last week and lost out to someone willing to pay higher than list..more power to them if they want to overpay, not my style (but probably should prepare for that scenario.)
Have I mentioned how beautiful it is here? So many people outside all the time and so many parks to explore! Here is my attempt at a selfie on my new favorite mode of transportation (but hard to get the full bike and trailer in!) But loving our new Baby Jogger POD as both a bike trailer and jogging stroller and how easy it is to get around via bike!
Since I last posted we spent a nice afternoon with some family at the beautiful Edgewater Yacht Club on Lake Erie:
Attended a Memorial Day Parade, followed by our first visit to Huntington Beach (part of the AMAZING Cleveland Metroparks – which I’m guessing you’ll hear a lot about as there are a lot and they are all so unique and cool!), and then an afternoon swim for Zevon & Baxter at another local beach dubbed the “dog beach”.
Celebrated my birthday taking in an Indians game at Progressive Field. And let me take a minute to tell you just how impressed I was! It didn’t hurt that Steven was able to use corporate tickets to get us VIP parking, club access with all you can eat, and great seats! (See our panoramic view at the top of this post!) Sundays are also kids day, so the kids were able to make crafts, play, dance with hot dogs, see a magician, see a variety of exotic animals, watch a live interview with an Indians players, and they had a blast! A bright, sunny, 80 degree day, really made this a perfect afternoon.
The next week brought more great weather, more parks & picnics, our weekly Chick-fil-A visit, and the grand opening of our local pool. It won’t be relaxing chasing 2 young kids around the pool, but it sure will be a fun place to spend many days. The kids pool alone has a 1 ft toddler area, a zero-entry area, and a playground with a slide and more squirters than you could ever imagine! Then there is a lap pool, diving boards, and 2 huge slides for the more daring!
And then I’ll end this weeks segment with a fun event we attended yesterday at another Cleveland Metropark – their Farmpark. About a 40 minute drive from us, the promise of a “Working Dog” festival (along with it being a working farm) was well worth the drive! In addition to sled dogs, search & rescue dogs, sheep herding dogs, agility dogs, guide dogs, therapy dogs, and rescue dogs, the horses, cows, sheep, goats, pigs and chickens were quite entertaining. There were a lot of hands on activities (you’ll see one below of LL operating on Tigger at a mock animal clinic), I was guided by a Golden Retriever guide dog for the blind, and the kids will tell you the playgrounds in the middle of the park kept us all very entertained!
Stay tuned for more – and hopefully some updates on our home search so you can come visit! And since it is Sunday (and I’m way behind on any calling posts), I’ll leave you with a verse:
“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12.
Amen – have a blessed week!