It seems like we are settling in and things are beginning to become familiar. I am amazed at the prayers that God continues to answer. Granted some of them have been prayers of three to four years. And now we have an all new list of prayers.
The children are adjusting to everything so well. We are so proud of them. Everyone said they were at the age were this wouldn't be too painful. They were right. The boys love their school and are making friends and learning the language. They are learning so much. I guess instead of studying history out of a book they are to go on field trips to museums once a month in Rome. Can you imagine! I hope they need help from some moms...because I definitely will be volunteering. Kent has been invited to a Birthday party this weekend. We are excited to meet some parents of the kids in his class and begin a relationship with them. And so is he.
So far while we have been here the things to get used to is doing the laundry. It is not an after thought it is a daily chore that must be done. (or it will get ahead of you. I am thankful for the cooler weather but it has increased the drying time necessary for the clothes to get dry. Sometimes 2-3 days. It is just a part of life here and no one knows different. If they don't get all the way dry, we iron them. I don't know about you but there are some things that are just not meant to be ironed. Hanging out laundry is one of my favorite parts of the day though. Most of the women are hanging out laundry and all of them are talking with each other. So far hi and have a good day are about all they say to me, but they are so friendly. Soon it will be different. I will know the language...(i hope)
We have brought several things with us to make us feel at home. BUT....so far the ipod dock I brought doesn't convert here. I blew up my trimmers, and almost caught Ethan's ear on fire. I had to finish the haircut with a straight razor. (YIKES) The x box won't work (convert)...that probably being the most disappointing for the boys. I blew up the crock pot. (you can't buy those here) and last but not least we blew up our desktop computer. AAAAHHHHH!!! And so far the children have captured three lizards. One escaped, one died, and one we let go... (he was no fun).
We are taking it all in stride. Shopping is an interesting experience. Especially for meat. They cut it off the cow, chicken, pig, or...whatever at the store. The Chicken is a whole chicken with the neck all the way down to the feet and toenails. I haven't bought one yet. I don't even want to know if they have prepped the inside. Probably not.
Of course the overwhelming aspect of it all is the whole reason we are here. The people. There are so many. They are beautiful people with a love for life. I can't wait to see what God has for us here. It is something I know. The fight we have had to get here, to stay, and to go thru spiritual warfare isn't for nothing. Please remember to pray for our family. There are nights when we all wake up. We have all had a bad dream. Or just were overcome with fear. We are 7 hours ahead of most of you so if you remember to pray for us when you eat Italian for lunch or (Qdoba...that is our favorite place as some of you know), we are getting ready for bed and fighting an unseen battle. Will you help us fight it too? We can't do it alone.
On a funny note the boys were given the birds and bees talk. They just kept asking question after question. (Luckily Natti was in bed) I wish more than anything I could have taped Jon's explanation. It was priceless. He did an excellent job, but it was all I could do to keep from laughing out loud at all the boys questions.
I LOVE OUR FAMILY!! I LOVE OUR LIFE!! I LOVE MY GOD!!