Welcome back to life, little blog! I think I’m finally ready to resume writing. Hopefully. Here are some photos to catch you up on our happenings.
This is what it looked like to move our family of 5 across the globe. This was our stuff:
And this was our team’s arrival in country:
Whoa, that’s a lot of stuff.
We said some hard, but good, goodbyes and then boarded a plane. The kids thought the plane ride was a blast. Probably because of the sweet blanket forts. And the food. Because, you know, airplane food is soooo good.
This is Kris’s new place of employment. He’s met some really great people there and has enjoyed the work so far. He’ll mostly be taking call and working in the urgent care clinic while we get settled in and work on language learning, with the plan to build up a continuity clinic in the future. (It won’t take him long to build up his clinic once he’s ready to start. He’s already in high demand, and has apparently created quite the buzz in the expat community!)
We’ve enjoyed reconnecting with old friends and making new ones.
We found a house! We’ve moved in, although it’s still a work in progress. In fact, our contract hasn’t even been processed yet. Apparently the owners needed to get some kind of clearance before we can officially file the contract. It should all be finalized the next few days. Or so we’ve heard. But we love the house! Dad showed us favor and granted us a lot of space. We’re looking forward to having a house filled with guests, from new friends that live in our city and come over for dinner and chats to old friends who come to visit from far away lands (hint, hint). Oh, and we have mango trees in our garden, so that’s pretty cool. Apparently, you can also grow grapes here. I need to figure this one out.
Our kids are still crazy. The longer we’ve been here and the more settled they get, the more good days they have, but there are still hard days. Mostly, they seem to enjoy living here. We’ve seen some really sweet fruit in them and have been encouraged by the ways Father is working in them and using them. One of Kris’s first new friends here had local outfits made for them, and they love them!
Riah lost his first two teeth right after we got here! He was very excited and we learned that the tooth fairy knows how to get to the UAE and she even has Dirhams to put under pillows. Riah. loves. LEGOs. He spends hours a day putting together sets and then designing his own creations. We think they’ll call him soon and offer him a job. He’s getting really good at reading and even read us a whole chapter out of Isaiah the other day! (Chapter 35 – go check it out!) He’s also learning how to play soccer (It’s about time. What kind of mother am I?) and making new friends in the process.
Avie spends most of her days as some princess or another; these days we most frequently see Elsa hanging around. Her freezing powers come in handy around here. She also enjoys LEGOs, but I suspect that has a lot to do with her brother’s influence. She’s a bookworm in her own right and loves working in her school workbooks. She’s also becoming quite the artist; all talent in that department she owes to her dad. We were able to find her a scooter here, so she’s enjoying the space in our compound with that.
Lydia will not be left behind. She’s convinced she’s every bit as big as either Riah or Avie and is determined to do everything they do. So, of course, she loves LEGOs and princesses, and she’s learning how to be still with a book. That one has come more slowly for her. She continues to be the sweetest little girl – our most compliant child, so far – and lights up all our lives. It’s funny to see how the transition has influenced her development: some of her new vocabulary words include “new house,” “bubble wrap” and “IKEA.” She’s getting big fast! She’s transitioning to a big girl bed and saying bye-bye to her paci.
In case you hadn’t heard, Lydia has good reason to say bye-bye to being a baby. She needs to get ready to be a big sister! We’re adding another brother to the clan this Fall. Everyone is excited about the addition, and Riah is especially glad to be getting a brother.
That’s an overview of life for us right now. At our pre-departure training, we learned about this season of adjustment. They called it “chaos.” We are definitely there right now. We’re making big strides at getting settled, but it’s a lot of work! We are so thankful for Dad’s faithfulness through it all!
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