Language learning was a trip. We woke up early, twisted our brains, made fools out of ourselves constantly and learned to navigate everyday life in a Latin city. We were trained up and taught. It was a stretch of the will but we look back with gratitude for the opportunity. Now as we are in Ecuador and we are able to slide in a bit easier because of our year in Costa Rica.
We are now settling into the house where we will be living until the beginning of January. Our friends, who are also missionaries, will be vacating their house as they are back in the US for a 4 month trip and we have been tasked with animal care and house-sitting. We are thankful because this allows us time to look for our own home without pressure and displacement in a hotel as we search. Yahoo!
Chris and I are busy learning the ropes of a new house and town. There is no Yellow Pages here so we have to shadow and take notes. Some of them read, "pay electric bill to Cynthia in the meat shop. closes from 1-2 for siesta." and, "neighbor across the street may yell at you for making noise. he's just grumpy...don't worry about it." and, "bread costs 12 cents per roll. baking happens twice a day - 9am and 5pm." and, "everyone is talking about parasites. remember to ask further questions about detection and treatment." The notes go on and on...
Georgia and Reese start school the 20th (their walk to school is pictured above). They are nervous but excited to settle into a little community. Reese has 1 other little girl in her class and Georgia has 5 kids in her class and they both will have their first male teachers. Lots of new!!
We will share more as we know more... Already we have seen how there is a path leveled and readied before us. We are ready to settle in for the long haul of what God has planned. Our foundation is the same although our location has changed.
Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.