Getting off the plane in Asia Pacific, I notice that I instantly feel…damp! I can’t stop looking around and smiling, its beautiful, hazy, warm, and so different. We drive to our new house and see so many sites on the way there, it is reassuring to see mountains and even pine trees!
Our house is amazing on first view. The ceiling is 10 feet high, there are fans in every room, a “proper” fridge, and even a fort in the back yard. Things that I notice and know I will have to get used to are things like a toilet that I scoop flush, square bath things I am not sure how to even start to use, and especially the feeling of strangeness that everything has.
We thought we could go out for supper with friends that are taking care of us, but by the time they came, 3 kids had fallen into a deep, deep sleep and there was no way we could wake them enough to go out, so the food came to us and I had to pretty much hand feed them and let them pass out. That only lasted til about 2:00am for the girls and Duane! They managed to get back to sleep some time, then the boys were up at 5 ready for the new day, especially when Levi found our first cockroach. Lets just say it was a lot bigger than we were expecting and we did not know they flew! Needless to say, there was no more sleep that night. Day one in Asia Pacific has begun.
The kids are amazing me. They got their own breakfast, did some dishes, and couldn’t wait to go shopping. I am finding myself being the “slow down” person, not the encourager-to-try person I thought I would need to be. However I quickly found a way to be more in my element as 3 three-year-olds came to visit. Peek-a-boo, high fives, giggles and “Hellos” work as well here as they do in Canada. They were soon “teaching” me words faster than I could listen and sitting on my lap. I feel much more normal and useful.
Day one is not over yet, but we have gone shopping and bought helmets, flip flops, watermelon, and a rice cooker. We have a kitty for Levi named “Ona” (yes, from Frozen) that he is not allergic too. We have smiled and greeted many people, we have unpacked most of our bins, and we are already starting to feel like this is home! God is good, our friends here are amazingly helpful, and the kids seem to be enjoying everything new here with very few exceptions. What a great first day!