Thank You For Your Prayers
God really answered our prayers this week. It was a difficult weekend as we worked through sickness and prepared for Ethan to go to school. I find that sickness always makes me miss the comforts of my home even more than usual. There were moments that I wondered if the misery would ever end, but it did. Tuesday I was able to go back to class for 2 hours and by Thursday I was feeling close to normal. So far no one else has shown any signs of getting what I had and I am praising God for that! This was a difficult week, but we feel glad to have made it through the week and are looking forward to the weekend.
We now feel like things have settled and we have a better picture of what our daily routine looks like here:
Ethan’s School – Ethan gets up at 6 and heads off to school He arrives home around 1:30. So far the school has been everything we could have hoped for. He is learning some French. He has already told us about the differences in the French alphabet and he has learned the days of the week. Some of it is boring for him, but he is willing to go. He has one friend there that he rides the bus with everyday, but I am praying that he will have a friend in his class someday.
Our French School – After dropping Ethan off for the bus and picking up bread for the day, we head off to our own French Class. We are in class from 8-1. It has been amazing what we have been able to accomplish in a short amount of time. We have missed 2 and half days because of sickness but are still already up to over 400 words. It is amazing for me thinking about what I knew in French only 2 weeks ago and what I am able to understand now. There is still a long way to go and it is a lot of work, but it is nice to be able to see the progress so quickly.
The Afternoon – Ethan gets home around 1:30 and we all have lunch. The afternoon is the most flexible part of our day. It is the time that we use to get the things we need done, rest, and practice French. It seems like we never run short on things that need to get done. We have learned quickly how long it takes to do everything here. Even a simple task like grocery shopping is made difficult by the quantity of different stores and markets that you must go to. We now have a large freezer which will help, because I can buy in larger quantities and not have to go as frequently.
The Evening – Dinner prep usually starts around 4. After dinner it is time to clean up, bathe the boys, read to them and put them to bed. One of the big adjustments for us has been the list of things that have to be done after the boys are in bed. Most of these things involve getting ready so that we can have water the next day to drink.
We are slowly adjusting and becoming accustom to life here. We have a long way to go, but we are figuring things out slowly. Our goal this weekend is to get our washer machine installed and get some rest. This week I learned to rely on God in ways I rarely have had to. This weekend I hope to learn how to rest in Him and get renewed.