Well, we survived the move and we’ve been here three weeks. We are in a different house in a different part of town than last time we lived here (about three years ago). We’ve been getting used to things, remembering the roads and stores and restaurants and places we used to go. Alisha has got the house set up pretty well. We got our stuff a week ago that we had shipped here. It all arrived pretty much undamaged.
As for me (Lincoln), I have been learning the ropes, sitting in on language evaluations and stuff. As I’ve said before, I will function as a language coach/consultant for the new families here who are learning the national language (even though I have not quite finished studying language myself). For Alisha, she is taking it a bit slower as far as getting involved, partly because we want to give her time to finish learning the language and also make sure her health is ok. But on that subject, she’s had a bit of a hard time since we got here. Not necessarily with breathing issues- it’s more that she’s been super tired all the time as well as having some back and stomach pain. We don’t know whether it’s something minor that will go away when we’ve had more time to settle in, or if we need to try and see someone.
Apart from Alisha not feeling well, Davis has had the hardest time adjusting, I think. But he seems to be getting used to things now. We have a good sized yard, so Elroy and Scout have taken advantage of all the space to play in. Davis doesn’t particularly like the feel of grass under his feet (I’m serious), so he generally spends more time in the concrete driveway checking things out.
Elroy and Scout start school next week, so they (and we) are excited about that. That is a praise itself that Alisha won’t have to homeschool them this year and they will have a chance to make some new (and old) friends. It is pretty expensive, though. I hate to be this blunt, but I feel like we need to let you know where we’re at financially. Paying for their school will not leave us much funds if we need to make any medical trips (which could be necessary for Alisha) and paying for our five-year visas next June. I don’t mean to come across as too forward, but I just think we need to let you know our situation. If you want to know more specifics about our finances, e-mail me.
We went to our old church this week and spent some time catching up with some friends there. We have actually been surprised at how much we can understand and talk to them. Last time we were here, our language ability was much lower.
-safe arrival of us and our stuff
-kid’s starting school
-chance for both of us to continue studying language
-reconnecting with old friends
-kids to enjoy/benefit from going to school here
-finances for kids’ school, visas, any future medical needs
-stepping into our new roles here