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Making friends in New England

 

We have come to learn for our selves and from members of our church that people in Northern New Hampshire are not welcoming to new comers. We have had our struggles getting to know people and getting them to except our family into the community. Although we have felt anger and sadness and “WHAT IN THE WORLD WERE WE THINKING” it is starting to turn around. Through the different struggles we have been persistent about being involved. School meetings, basketball, towns meetings, teacher meetings, principal meetings, school activities, fundraisers etc. You name we went to show that we are here and want to be involved. After going through all that the past 3 months we are finally seeing people turn around. They say hello back to us now, they give us the right directions and times for events (which was a big struggle).

This picture shows Quentin eating pizza with some of his team mates after last nights game. They didn’t invite him over but I think because of our example (Dave and I) he asked if he could go sit with them. I told him of course! What a great idea. He walked over sat down and ate with them. They talked and laughed and to my surprise the Moms that were there turned and talked to me. The past 3 months I got the cold shoulder from other Moms, but for whatever reason I am glad they talked and said hello.

I have noticed people that I meet on the street are more willing to say hello and ask questions about where we are from and why we came here. Daves job plays a big part of people being a little more welcoming. As soon as I mention he is the A.D at Littleton high school they are quick to change their attitude towards me. I try not to use his job to much, they need to know ME too! 🙂

My favorite quote that I have shared many times has helped me through this and will continue to. I wanted to share this experience to help others who might be struggling and tell them not to give up. have a good attitude even on hard days.”Don’t you Quit, you keep walking, you keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead. Trust in God”

5 thoughts on “Making friends in New England

  1. Awesome! So proud of Quentin…..and you!

    1. Haha, thanks! This has been an adventure we will never forget:)

  2. Liz, I am so impressed! I dare say not many sisters your age would be willing to take on such a challenging and difficult “adventure” with their family. I once spent some time in Vermont, and I must agree with your assessment of the lovely people in that area…warmth and hospitality are NOT words which readily come to mind when describing them! It’s a good thing you come from such hardy stock. I’m sure your parents are very proud of you!

    1. Thank you, that mean so much to me! I appreciate you taking the time to read my posts. It is starting to turn around a little at a time. I thank my Dad for always encouraging me to not be afraid and to speak up. Hope all is well in the Christiansen family, I love all you so much. Almost everyone of your children taught me something or set a great example to me growing up.

  3. I was talking with a sister in our ward who grew up in Maine. She said New Englanders are funny, even when they are being friendly it’s hard to tell by their demeanor!

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