When my son got accepted to Thomas Jefferson High School, a shift happened in my mind.
Before this, I was still hoping for reconciliation with my husband and assumed that would mean I would move to live with him. As I followed him for all of our married lives. That’s what wives do, right?
I’m still hoping for reconciliation. But now, whether or not that happens, I am making a Home here. My son gets to go to the BEST high school in the nation! As long as I live in Fairfax County. We went to the Freshman Preview Night and were so impressed. There is simply no way I’d have the heart to give him a taste of that wonderful school and then pull him out and make him go to an ordinary school.
So — at least for the next four years, I fully intend to live in Fairfax County.
And you know what? I like that idea! I can make a home here.
I have wonderful friends here — new friends as well as friends I’ve known almost my entire life. I have a fabulous, loving and welcoming church where people worship God and talk about God and God guides and directs. Tim was already going to an excellent school, and in high school he’s going to go to an even better one. And I got a wonderful job working as a Children’s Librarian, working with more fabulous people.
Truly God is richly blessing me, right here and right now.
I had a Friday off, with Tim in school. I work for Fairfax County, and a daily news update mentioned that it was now Bluebell Season at Bull Run Regional Park. Shortly after cherry blossom season, the bluebells burst into bloom by the riverside. The trees still don’t have enough foliage to block the sunlight, and the flowers turn into a sea of blue.
Well, Bull Run Regional Park isn’t far at all from my home. (And I’d heard of Bull Run since I was a little girl — when my brother did a panorama of the Civil War battle. Pretty cool to actually see it!) The day was glorious. The sun was shining and breezes were blowing. An utterly wonderful day for a walk.
The trail ended up being a nice loop along Cub Run and Bull Run, about a 45-minute walk with stops for pictures, and totally flat. It was a magnificent way to spend some time, and I felt I was truly appreciating my new, beautiful home!
I’ll post a link to my facebook album of pictures as soon as I get them edited.