We have now been in the states for 2 months! We are half way through our time stateside and I can hardly believe it. It has flown by! Here is our first two months in a nutshell: Flew into Portland drove to Emilie’s parent’s house in Federal Way, WA, over to Poulsbo for a week with Randy’s family, camping at Mayfield lake, back to Emilie’s parent’s house (during this time we visited 7 different families and drove to Whidbey island for the day); Onto vacation with Randy’s family in Soap Lake, WA (but stopped on the way to visit a friend in Ellensburg), Randy and Emilie went to Leavenworth for 4 days for their anniversary in the middle of the Soap Lake vacation, then we drove down through Yakima visited with a friend for a couple hours and drove to Portland; Emilie then left the next day for a ladies weekend at the Oregon Coast; she returned for a day and then we drove down to Southern Oregon to visit some friends for a night; then we were down in California for a week where we filled our days with many things (camping, wineries, moms groups, and lots of pond swimming were some of the fun activities); Last Saturday we returned back from Beaverton, Or and started homeschool on Monday. Does that list sound exhausting to you? it really really was :). But, we have enjoyed every minute of it.
I was thinking through the other day of things I am realizing that I love about the states and the things I miss in the Dominican Republic.
Here are the things I miss in the Dominican ( I am not going to include friends and relationships because I do miss that, but if we aren’t in the states I miss the relationships that are in the states as well) :
-Our Neighbors, and having kids in and out of our house all day. I miss having people to hangout with every time I walk out my doors.
-I miss the prices of going out to eat and buying groceries
-I miss shopping at the Haitian market for cheap clothes
-I miss talking in Spanish
-I miss having a little mini-mart (colmado) every time I am out of things
-I miss our home
Here are the things I LOVE about the states:
-the Library: The ability to check out books and have thousands of books at our fingertips at even given moment is pretty incredible
-The Parks: there are so many amazing parks and so many places to run and walk
-Singing and Worshiping in English: I enjoy singing in Spanish but there is something about worshiping in your native tongue that is such a blessing
-The Salads: I LOVE all the different varieties of salad and greens
-The Food: I have eaten WAY to much
-Homeschooling: I am really really enjoying homeschooling the kids
Here are some pictures of our time in the states:
That about sums up our time here in the states. We are LOVING our time here but at the same time excited to get back