How’s it going?

This very week last year changed the course of our life tremendously.
This was the week, Dan was approached with the decision of a lifetime and as you have read over the last few months it has been quite an adventure! (One Little Yes)
So how is the Feliciano family doing?
I do get lots of texts/emails/messages asking how things are, how the girls are adjusting and so forth.  I figured it’s time for an update.
We are doing great overall!  We have settled in to our new home quite well and getting used to the culture of Florida life. The girls love their new school although it is more challenging they both have stepped up to the plate.  They have made new friends and are excelling in their studies as well.  Alyssa has gotten straight A’s this past quarter and will be in the Spelling Bee representing her school.  Alaina is constantly singing her alphabet, the months of the year, telling us about her science projects, and just loving Preschool.  Aliyah is now 13 months and has four teeth (that she no doubt likes to use on her sisters) and hopefully will be taking her first steps soon as her goal seems to be to keep up with her big sisters!  Dan is busily working his 9-5 and then having to do the church plant as well–his biggest task is to put together a worship team from scratch. So he definitely has his hands full in balancing right now but God is faithful. Me? Well, I’m simply happy.  I am home with Aliyah and that is a huge blessing as we felt it’s definitely worth the sacrifice since we are in a new environment and didn’t want to put her in daycare.  I am also working with the lead pastor’s wife as we have to set up the children’s ministry as well. But I will be honest–I am BUSY!  I don’t know where the time goes during the day.  Before I know it I’m leaving to pick up the girls from school and start our nightly activities.  But let me save that one for another day/another blog entry.

How is life different?  Well for one–us Northern Virginia folks are always rushing around.  So for Dan and I we haven’t really found our rhythm where we find it enjoyable waiting at a traffic light or waiting for service folks to call us back when it’s convenient for them or even getting it straight in our minds that it really is ONLY 15 minutes or less away to our destination. I wouldn’t say grocery or  gas is any cheaper but the fruits and vegetables do taste sweeter.  We are learning the city life in comparison to the suburbs where we grew up. We don’t have the leaves changing but I will say we all take notice of the amazing sunsets that paint the nightly sky.  We do spend more time outdoors, walking on the beach, playground/parks and especially fishing.  In VA, we had no problem eating the fish we caught but fishing here has opened our eyes to a whole different array of colors and types of fish.  So yes we have been catching and releasing, just seems too sad to eat such pretty fish!  We have taken advantage of the Florida residents rates at Disney so any chance we can sneak in a visit to the park we try to. People here are definitely more friendly and we have had to open up more than the usual culture up north would. One of the biggest differences here in St. Pete compared to Northern Virginia are the highways are pretty much empty.  When we first moved, we just couldn’t understand it.  Everyone uses the side streets and everything pretty much intersects one way or the other.  There is no just take I95, I395 or 66!  There are at least three different ways to get the kids to school but watch out the traffic lights will get you!

To sum it all up–our family has gotten closer over these past few months as we do and experience everything new together.  The two older girls share a room currently and they are already trying to convince us that they want that set up permanently (who would have thought) because they love laughing and talking to each other before drifting off to sleep.  To think back to last year at this time that I would be writing about our family living and setting up ministry in Florida seems impossible. But here we are, a year later from when Dan was approached with this opportunity, and that impossible dream is our living miracle each day!
Thank you all for your loving support and your constant prayers.  There is so much to be done in the next few months as we approach the launching of our church, Church By the Bay (CBB) and we covet those prayers as we not only focus on ministry but our family life as well.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rae Singh
    Nov 05, 2015 @ 11:04:54

    Good Blog!

    Rae Singh

    Administrator

    Burke Lake Gardens

    9608 Old Keene Mill Road

    Burke, VA 22015

    703-644-0061 (Tel)

    703-912-7639 (Fax)

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  2. Josh
    Nov 04, 2015 @ 21:21:00

    Crazy that it’s been a year already! One yes and look how many blessings. Love you guys!

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  3. Aunty Indra
    Nov 04, 2015 @ 17:43:09

    Very proud of you guys, can’t wait to visit CBB!!

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  4. Dan
    Nov 04, 2015 @ 16:01:28

    All I can add is PRAISE THE LORD!

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