Our First Month in Kansas


We packed up and left my late grandparent’s home, where I was living with the boys during Derek’s basic training. We’re going to miss that sprawling farmhouse and country life.

Derek drove the truck, and I drove the van with the boys. The boys were great travelers (the DVD player in our new van definitely helped!) and we stopped in Illinois for the night, and arrived in Manhattan, KS late the next day.

We moved into an apartment near Fort Riley, and unloaded the truck. Boxes everywhere!


Derek had a four day weekend for the holiday, which helped us get most everything unpacked.

We visited our new church, Manhattan Presbyterian. This was a huge answer to prayer and we are so thankful to have a wonderful community to join. We’ve enjoyed worshiping each week, slowly getting involved, and the fellowship in people’s homes and outside of Sunday morning service.

On the Fourth of July we watched the local parade, ate BBQ, took the boys to see Despicable Me 3, and watched fireworks from our bedroom window.

On July 10th, we celebrated Theo’s second birthday! As you can tell from the video, he loves to be Batman, and wears this cape almost all day, everyday. He’s obsessed.

The views of the Flint Hills are beautiful, and video can’t really do it justice. This month has been hot, usually hitting 100 every day, but we’re hopefully going to see it start to cool down.

We’ve played at a fun splash pad, ate fries at 5 Guys Burgers more than once, opened up birthday packages that made the boys’ day, visited the library, found a little produce market to get our summer tomato fix, and snuck a couple playground visits in between the heat. While Kansas doesn’t feel quite like home yet, I know when the time comes that we’ll be sad to leave it.