My sister brought some firewood from their home that they had for their outside fire pit. We are very inexperienced with fireplaces, as you can imagine with growing up in Florida. So this is so new for us. Since we recently had the house inspection before buying this house, we knew the fireplace was fine to use. My sister was the one who worked to start the fire, with some crumpled newspaper over the wood, and after a little bit, the fire was crackling away. My mom made giddy giggles, and we all felt happy. We felt like we were at a vacation home. (Because having a working fireplace is still such a new feeling to most of us! Something we dreamed of in the past.)
My sis also picked up marshmallows, chocolate bars
and graham crackers to make S'mores!!
Marshmallows roasting below.
Lights off to feel even more cozy.
I shared one of these pictures on facebook and said how happy it made me to have a lit fireplace yesterday! And then I also added this:
"And in case my happiness bothers anyone lol, don't worry I am sure I could complain
about a few things too, but I AM happy right now!! And it feels good. When we used to say
bye to family and drive home to FL or they drove home to AL, I always had a dark cloud
hanging over me even when I felt stronger. That is GONE now."
It's very true. Even when I was having a happy time in Florida, I'd end up having some days of feeling lonely or bored. I'd feel a nagging feeling all the time that just wasn't good. I would pray and get through it. Then we moved to AL and I felt so much happier. But in the rental house, I knew it wasn't our permanent home. I knew we had to find a house to buy and that added a little stress since we had just moved all our belongings. Finding a house and buying it went faster than expected. But we found a home that we really liked, and was in a great price range. We had to act! So we did, and now we are here getting settled in. And I like this house so much, and the area. Even though we are now 45 minutes from my family instead of 2 minutes, I don't at all feel that nagging Florida dread I used to feel when I drove home from visiting them. I feel joy, peace, and excitement for exploring another area. I am sure it's harder for them right now in a way, because they aren't busy with setting up a new house like I am. But we will all get used to it and it will feel very normal soon. I am praying this joy stays in me, because I don't want to go back to feeling what I used to when we were so far away. I feel relieved right now. :)