First Weekend in NYC

Our first weekend in NYC was busy!

Friday morning I went to the DMV in Brooklyn (near the Barclay Center) and got my new license. It was actually a pretty quick process because I had a reservation. I didn't have to take a test or anything, just trade in my license and show a bunch of forms of ID. It was $65 and only 30 minutes of my time :). Afterwards, I went by Target and got some cheap groceries and then took the train home. 

When I got back, Will and I headed to IKEA to pick up some things we needed (new kitchen table, desk, and some other home things). It was a nice little date, thanks to my mom for babysitting! That night we were all exhausted so we enjoyed the dinner provided by one of our church families and watched a movie. 

One a walk Friday afternoon Will found a clown giving out free balloons!

Saturday morning we took my mom to the airport to say good-bye. Thankfully we had a close parking spot so Israel was able to use his walker for the first time in a few weeks! It meant a LOT to me to have that little piece of normal again. That afternoon we took a walk and just put some furniture together. Saturday night the youth pastor from Crossroads and his wife Stephanie came over. It was fun chatting and getting to know each other - and Stephanie cooked a great meal for us! 

Sunday morning was my first Sunday at Crossroads. They had a very special commissioning for our family at the end of the service, almost like a wedding! Will made commitments to the church, and the church committed to support him. It was really surreal to finally be in New York, at a church, with a loving church body already there, ready for us. Will's mind is going 100 miles an hour as he is very excited about the future of Crossroads.

Outside of the high school where our church meets. 

Edith fell asleep on the walk home. That didn't stop her from having a three hour nap once we got to her crib! 

After church the kids took naps and then we decided to explore Prospect Park (a quick 30 minute drive away). There was a great splash pad for free and then when we left we stumbled upon a drum circle! It was so fun and Israel loved it the most. He was grinning for the rest of the night. That night Will and I ordered takeout for Father's Day and relaxed.

It had been a very busy first weekend, but we were SO excited to finally be in New York! We are still pinching ourselves - is this real life? 


  1. I am so excited for your family! NYC is my absolute favorite city in the world and I'm so excited that you guys get to minister in Brooklyn!!! I would totally be pinching myself wondering if it was real life! Thank you for your servant hearts and for being willing to answer the call. I am praying for your family in this transition.


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