For the roughly 3 1/2 years we lived in Asia Pacific, we were newbies. Or at least, that’s how it felt. Upon our return to the US, we’ve felt the same way, albeit to a lesser degree. I can speak English and navigate most cultural things here, but I still feel lost a bit. Where it gets really confusing is doing everything with a 3 year old. I decided early on that I wasn’t going to try to do any preschool type stuff (he’s been asking about reading a lot). He did learn to count to 10, but that happened by accident. I decided the best thing I could give him was to form good relationships with friends and family in our three homes, California, Michigan, and Colorado. Here are some things we’ve done along the way. I always think it’s kind of silly to post pictures of kind of normal things, but it helps to remind me how different things are for a third culture kid. So much of this stuff was only on the pages of books before he got here. Now it’s tangible and ready to be enjoyed! So here’s to making memories and enjoying new things!
So, you can’t really see the deliciousness, but it’s there. Fresh pressed apple cider and fresh doughnuts from Erwin’s Apple Orchard. Pure Michigan experience for sure. You can’t really see the yellow jackets dive-bombing our faces for the doughnuts. It added to the experience.
Finn has been waiting to ride grandpa’s forklift for a really long time. He enjoyed Uncle Aaron giving him the royal tour of the lock and safe shop.
Great Grandpa Jack was one of Finn’s favorites. Grandma Rita passed away while we were overseas and it was hard seeing Grandpa and not seeing Grandma there too, but we were thankful for our time together, which included a trip over to Canada!
Going through all these photos was a good reminder of how many blessings we’ve enjoyed even while it’s been hard to go through so many new transitions. God is good.