Both Tim and I have a huge desire to connect more with people in Charlotte than we did in the past-- deeper relationships, friends that aren't necessarily like us, especially people in our neighborhood. As I looked at my to-do list the other day and saw that it was mostly people I needed to call or email back, I realized that I'm not making relationships a priority in my schedule. I want to bring my schedule and my values into agreement.
This weekend has been good for that. My brother came to visit last night and today, which was super fun. Hanging out with him is always so low-key in a great way, and I like showing him around my life. Plus his awesome dog came, too.
Friday night we hung out with my friend Julie (from Davidson) and some of her Charlotte folks. Taking social risks (like going to her house when she's the only one we know) is not really my strong suit, but I'm so glad we did it anyway. I really enjoyed reconnecting with her and meeting some of the people she loves.
Tonight we had dinner with Thadd and Laura, friends from our cross-cultural training who are now in Charlotte after 2 years as missionaries in Germany. What a gift to spend time with others who are going through what we're experiencing and understand the ups and downs, ins and outs.
Getting out of our car in our driveway just now, our neighbors invited us over for a little party of sorts in their backyard. Bed is calling my name, but I had just asked Tim this afternoon how he thought we could get to know these guys. They beat me to the punch. I'm glad for the chance, even if it means delaying my date with my pillow.
So off we go to chill with the neighbors. Pray for us in particular as we seek to meet new people in our neighborhood and share our lives. And let me know if you have any wisdom or ideas for me!