So here we are in Ames, IA. We got here Thursday night just in time for a big rainstorm. Friday was beautiful and even though the road in front of our house was being repaved, the construction workers were nice enough to let our big moving semi through so they could unload. The driver was the same one that loaded us in Chandler and it was actually his dad who was helping him unload here. They were both very nice and we highly recommend them. (Ryan or Kevin through United Van Lines). Ryan even let Israel take a ride in the front of the truck.
So, since we've been here, our neighbors have come and introduced themselves (all of which are grandmas and great-grandmas). Everyone had been very nice and welcoming and they seem excited to have children living in their cul-de-sac. At church on Sunday, the ward was really great. Both in Elder's Quorum and Relief Society everyone was very friendly and so excited to have us in their ward for the next little while. In fact, the first counselor in the Bishopric invited us to have dinner with his family that night. He has a PhD in genetics (which is what Randal will be working on) and so he and Randal a lot in common. The wife and their kids are all really great too. Their youngest is a boy around 5 or 6 and he and Israel played together really well all night long - we ended up staying and just talking until after 10!
Some interesting things about the ward - we learned that there are only about 270 members (so it's a pretty small ward) but their activation is at over 75%! (In a normal ward, activation is at 50% or below!) There seem to be lots of activities to get involved in here in Ames and there are tons of parks (which is good because the city itself is only just barely a city, by a few thousand people or something). Oh, and this was really foreign: In church on Sunday, the man who said the opening prayer, prayed for LESS rain. That's right, he prayed for LESS RAIN! Afterwards, Randal and I just looked at each other and giggled. I guess just before we got here there was a flood, and then it flooded again on Sunday or Monday. So, far there has a been a big thunderstorm almost every night we've been here. Wild. In fact, last night (and during church on Sunday) there was a HUGE boom and crack of thunder and lighting - enough to make you jump and make your heart race.
So, things are a little different here in Ames, IA... but so far, we LOVE it! I'll post some pictures of our house soon. Our internet connection is just through Randal's mobile connection and the bandwidth is pretty limited, and I can't find my card reader anyway.
Love to you all!