tim and i have both thrived in community life, each of us in our respective intentional-community situations, and now in the same house with 10 other housemates. it has turned us into more authentic and open people, and we love the gritty up-closeness of it all. it seems to us that it is a good and pleasing thing.
so it wasn’t an easy decision at all to decide to move out of community for our first year of marriage. when we first started talking about getting married, we were both assuming that we would continue on living in the same community house, mentoring all the students who would be moving in, etc. but then we started to see some wisdom in NOT doing that.
- a year to get used to being married, to learn one another’s quirks.
- a buffer between ourselves and the needs of those we are discipling and mentoring.
- a place with thicker walls and insulation so that there is privacy.
so we’ve found a place 3 blocks away fom the Winnebago house (where we currently live). it’s in a sweet 18-unit apartment building built in the 1940s. it has hardwood parquet floors, vintage tile work in the kitchen, and paint-able walls. it has a courtyard in the front with grass, trees, and a swing. we both loved it immediately. we signed the lease for a two-bedroom unit last week.
we’re looking forward to creating home here together. and inviting others into that home. we sprung for the two-bedroom primarily because we want to be able to host pilgrims and friends well. and the kitchen is bigger so that i can cook my little heart out in a more spacious place.