GB, you are a boy!! Whoop! Whoop! It is wonderful to get to know you a bit better! So, here's the thing -- your parents do not want to share a name yet and I feel a bit funny calling my first grand-baby "Boy." So, for now you are "Artie." Long story, but trust me that this nickname was given with love and humor. (Unfortunately, your Mom is not too fond of it....)
Moving to a new city has been both exciting and challenging for my daughter and son-in-law. New job. New apartment. New church. New routines. New everything! All this new-ness can be an adventure which leaves one breathless by both joy and anxiety. But I know they will be make the transition extremely well.
Artie, life changes. Everyday. But, this is not really a bad thing -- it's all in how you approach change. Some people love it. Most of us really, really dislike it.
I suspect we dislike change because it makes us uncomfortable and aware of our own limitations. At least, this is why I find change a challenge.
Take a big breathe and face it head on -- best way to deal with change. (Although, there can be strategy involved in looking sideways for a while....)
How do I know they will handle the transition well?
First, they talk and they pray -- together and independently. Each knows her or his own strengths and weaknesses, as well as those of the other. And they want what is absolutely the best for the other, at whatever the cost to self. Definitely a must in marriage and family building.
Next, they know their values and priorities. It is evident because how they live aligns with what they say.
Finally, they ask for advice and prayer. From lots of people they trust. They listen and use what is shared with them.
Artie, you have some pretty amazing parents. Be good to them!
I am really looking forward to watching them raise you (and give lots of unsolicited advice along the way!)
Keep growing Boy!