Just wanted to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you are enjoying time with family and friends. We miss you all and are very appreciative of our relationship with you. Most of all we are grateful for being children of God, who loves us, sent His son to die for us, and gave us the Spirit to live within us.
Well, Andrew got some more hours added to his school day this week. He is taking the bus to school everyday which is good. He is going until 1:30 for 2 days, 11:00 for 2 days, and til 3:30 for 1 day. Kent took him to the bus stop Monday morning and asked one of the students to point out the stop for him. (They have 2 locations for the school the younger has grades S1-S3 and the older S4-S6) So he gets on the bus and in true Andrew style didn’t know what grade he is in. He knew what school but he couldn’t put the question and where he was together. So, he ended up at the wrong school. He said “Mom, it was OK. This nice lady took me in her Honda and it only took a few minutes to get there.” Things like that don’t bother him at all.
We also are finally getting his ADHD medicine worked out. Let me just say this is not the most efficient way of doing things. I don’t want to bore you with the details, but just appreciate the system we have back home. Yes, we need to improve some things, but the communication is different and it takes quite a bit of time for things we are used to getting in one day.
New Words- We were trying to figure out how to open the hood of the car. I was reading the car manual and couldn’t find hood. They call it the “bonnet”. The trunk is the “boot”. Slippers are “bathies”. To lightly shake something is give it a little “shuggle”. Sometimes it’s not the word it is just how they say it that is fun. Today we had our shipment finally delivered. The men were so nice but I could hardly understand them. They probably feel the same about me!
Kent and I also went to Costco last Saturday for a little break. It’s as crowded here as it is back home.
Finally, I don’t know if I have written about my desire to get a can of pumpkin. I had heard that it was rarely found here, and some of the wives were buying cases from amazon and selling them to other moms. This time of year pumpkin bread and muffins are so good. A friend of mine brought me a can to church then I heard that there was a pallet of it at the local grocery store. I have gone every day and bought 2 or 3 cans. It’s the little things I miss like my coffee creamer….Until next time.
Thank you for all the well wishes. I am so glad I belong to the body of Christ. When one is down the other can lift the one up. I don’t like having to be the one that needs the help but that is just the way life is!
We have a church prayer meeting once a month. We do all of our meetings at the pastor’s home which has large rooms on the first floor that work for this set up. The church doesn’t have a building so they open their home a lot. We usually pray for half of the time then break for brownies and ice cream then finish the prayer time. When I go, I remember the prayer meetings we attended at Franklin Heights Baptist Church in Rocky Mount, VA. I love to hear those people pray! Here are a few friends from church on our dessert break. Our pastor is pictured with his wife and older son.
This past Sunday and Monday were so hard for me. I felt depressed, homesick, and sad. I just wanted to feel bad. I hate that feeling but sometimes it just is what it is. I kept a lump in my throat and tears were ready to come at any moment.
I think it’s just part of the transition. Some days are lonelier than others. The weather too is more dreary now and the days are shorter. It gets dark early around 4 in the afternoon so that takes getting used to.
Kent has been adjusting to a secular environment. It takes a while to get used to that when you come from an edifying seminary that starts and ends every class with prayer. There is very much a focus on knowledge and academics- lots of “mental jousting” which he enjoys if there is a foundational belief that it all comes from God.
1 Corinthians 8:1-3. ” Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know. But the man who loves God is known by God.”
He also is meeting people that want to study theology but don’t believe. We can’t complain because he wants to engage the culture and this is the first step.
Sunday night my friend Cindy called and I guess she was the lucky winner. She got to hear the cries and frustration of an emotional middle aged woman. She listened and prayed for me and that began my turn around. I got off the phone with a peace I hadn’t had earlier.
Yesterday God began to move and I just want to give Him the glory. Even though these are all little things it has made my down heart soar. In the last 24 hours:
1. I was able to fix my iphone and now can use it over here.
2. I had a doctor call me and help me figure out how to get Andrew his medicine for ADHD which is no small feat in a socialist health care system.
3. We got a call from the shipping company that we sent most of our clothes, shoes, coats, etc. in August and they are finally bringing it next Tuesday.
4. Andrew’s school gave him a temporary bus pass and hopefully will be increasing the number of hours he goes to school per day from 2 to all day soon.
5. Our pastor and his wife came over for dinner and we had a lovely time. They are an authentic couple who enjoy being around the people they minister to.
(These situations all have back stories to them which is too much detail to give but they were all little things that were adding to my frustration.)
So, if you think of us please pray for us. We really need it now. We know we’re supposed to be here but it’s been difficult.
Just thought I’d share a little about our house. Well, it’s not our house. We are renting it. It was the only one we could find that was furnished so we didn’t have to send all of our belongings over here. We live outside of St Andrews about 8 miles and we’re on a golf course which gives a lovely view. It’s so funny because the golfers wake the boys up some mornings. The birds wake me up. There is one bird with the funniest call that I haven’t seen yet. It’s not a typical bird sound.
We are also sharing a car. We bought a Ford Focus which gets over 50 miles to a gallon. We really like that! We usually fill up every 10 days or so. We are still getting used to driving opposite in every way. We still walk up to the wrong doors and try to get in. It’s just habit!