We are here in the Dominican, and so far it has been good. It was hard saying good bye to our family as well as friends whom many I consider family, and I still can’t imagine what it means that we will not see most of them for at least a couple years. We had great friends saying goodbye to us at the airport as well as my family. I did cry but not the uncontrollable sobbing that I expected. We have been here for 6 days now. There have been stressful times for sure but overall we have seen God’s provision and grace over and over and over again. It has been so evident that people are praying for us.
We went down to Ikea (which is in the capitol about 2 hours away) the other day and bought almost all of our home stuff. At the first part of the day I was doing great: talking in Spanish to place orders, adding up how much I was spending, and trying to figure out how much things cost by converting everything from pesos to dollars. However, by the end of the day my brain was shot and I could barely string a few sentences together in English much less Spanish. God was gracious to us and got us through the entire store without even a disagreement. Thankfully we had a wonderful lady Cindy hanging out with Autry and Claire while we were at Ikea, and Addie and Gibson stayed back in town with another family and their teenage daughter, Mae. This no doubt helped the Ikea stress level.
We have a wonderful home here, even if until we go pick up our furniture it is practically empty minus a beds and a few chairs. It is much bigger than any home we have ever lived in. It has three living areas and a huge porch to sit in at night. Along with a laundry room, a good size kitchen, 3 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms. We feel extremely fortunate. It also has a weird Jacuzzi thing built in that has become a small jungle gym for the kids. I will take pictures once all of our furniture is set up.
I have been keeping a thankfulness journal (thank you Ann Voscamp) to keep my perspective while we are here and I thought for a first blog post I would share some of these things.
I am thankful for…
- The word of God that keep us grounded during stressful time and that is a healing balm to the soul
- a great team of people who worked getting our house up for us as well as welcoming us when we got here
- people to watch the kids while we run massive amounts of errands
- protecting Randy and I from arguing during travel and during these first week of setting stuff up
- that we will have furniture at some point
- that the people who own our home went a little crazy on security, so that we feel safe in our home
- For mangos left inside our gate by Debbie
- Beautiful waterfalls where we were to hike to and cool down
- Raid to get rid of the millions of ants in our home
- Randy was able to get his phone working and that he has had help from a man named Elias to hopefully get our internet working in the next 4-6 days
- Claire and Autry both made friends yesterday during the bible club held for teacher’s children
- I have been able to position the fan in such a way that I am not quite as hot at night
- For this time of loneliness and solitude where I desperately need to cling to the Lord