There is a lady at our church who comes up to me every Sunday and greets me (in French of course). Then she asks about my French studys and reminds me that I will get it “little by little”. I have found that the people here are really patient and know that we will be able to talk to them at some point, but it will come “little by little”. I was thinking about it today and we are making steps in adapting. It is good for us to notice the little steps, because then it makes the mountain seem a little smaller. Here are some of the ways I see my family adapting to life in Africa:
– I no longer change out of my skirt first thing when I walk into my house.
– The boys are adapting to the food. Tyler has started to enjoy peanuts as a snack and Ethan ate rice with onion sauce today (and liked it).
– We no longer wake up to the 5 AM call to prayer, or the roster on the roof next door, or even the goats next to our bedroom window.
– We are starting to eat our lunch later. We still aren’t eating at 2 like most Africans would, but we usually make it until 1.
– The mild heat doesn’t bother us. We find ourselves requiring a fan less often and have even slept a few nights without a fan blowing on us.
– The boys have adapted to the transportation here. Bus = nap! The boys are often asleep 5 minutes after the bus takes off. Which is good, because bus rides are cheap, but long (especially if they aren’t very full, because then they wait for more passengers).
– Computer = phone: We are so thankful for skype and the connection to family it gives us.
– Our apartment is becoming a home. We have now begun putting pictures on the walls and had our first company over for dinner.
– We have made some friends and are having fun here in Africa!
Barb. Griffin says
I have SO enjoyed keeping up with your journey. I’m thrilled to read all that God is doing to bless your family. Still praying you learn French quickly.
I love reading about you guys in Africa 🙂
That’s so great. I am glad you are able to praise God for the little things and grant yourselves some grace in the “little by little” process of adapting and learning. It’s amazing how others can be so patient and gracious with us sometimes, but we are too impatient ourselves. I am happy for how you are all doing. Love you and miss you!
Mike Pinkerton says
Talking to Grandpa. Now that’s really important. And a very happy moment I’m sure. 🙂
Ellie Aiton says
Too cool guys!!! It’s exciting to hear how God is helping you all adapt. 🙂 You all remain in my prayers and in my heart. <3