I have probably started about 9 new blogs since I last posted on this one. And by started new blogs, I mean that I created a new gmail account, and then a new blogspot account where I wrote a little introductory message, and then promptly lost or forgot my username and password leaving me unable to access said blog. Lame. I know. But here we are.
So I guess the appropriate thing to do is to play catch-up (considering that it has now been almost a year and a half since we picked up and left our home in Folsom and moved to Costa Rica). In a nutshell, my life has looked something like this:
arriveinCostaricacryfortwoweeksitstartstorainwestartlanguageschoolwalkamillionmilescookcleanstudypraywearlotsofwetclothesdohomeworkandtaketestscelebratesmalltriumphsmissfamilyandfriendscryquicktriptoPanamacomehomewithparasitesyuckhaveaquietChristmascryStevegoestoworkacrosstownthesunsomesoutsmilepraygobacktoschoolhavepneumoniafor6weeksbustriptoNicaraguameetmybabyneiceinCaliforniamoveacrosstownSteveworksandworksandworksfamilytriphomeriancomesbackfindschoolforboysworkworkworkhousegetsrobbedcellphonegetssnaggedpursegetstakenhouseaninternsmilelaughhireatutorworkcookcleancrypray......and it goes onandonandon......
If it seems hard to get through, that's because it was.
This was a year bursting with new experiences, good and bad, happy and sad, triumphant and devastating. It's funny for me to reread the first(last) post, now that I can do so looking back through all of those moments. I sounded so brave, so...ready. Now I can see that I didn't really know what I was getting "ready" for. I wonder if I would have been quite so excited had I known that we would be as lonely as we have been, or that I would feel as dumb as I often do, or that my children would suffer at times as they have. Don't get me wrong, I am not ungrateful for the opportunities that we have here. Retrospect can be a powerful thing, either fueling our regrets or renewing our passions. I choose to be renewed.
So as I write this, it is with a full (although occasionally heavy) heart. A heart that is renewed by the memories of God's clear call on our life as a family. It is for that reason alone that we are still able to say "Thank you, God, for bringing us here."
With all that said, moving forward I'm excited to be able to bring you bits of life here. Right now we are in the middle of HEAVY rainy season. The temp hovers around 73 degrees day and night. Mold grows on everything i.e. shoes, clothes, belts, wood furniture, walls. fruits and veggies are abundant as always, but we are missing mango which is currently out of season. Forgetting that it is fall in the states, I was SO surprised to find a PUMPKIN at the market yesterday (which I plan to carve with the boys on Oct 31 and then bake the next morning so we can have pie for thanksgiving). When I bought it, the people at the counter asked what in the world I was going to do with this strange thing. I wish you could have seen the look on their faces when I told them I would be making dessert with it! Our camera was stolen earlier this month, but I'll try to post pics of our "pumpkin pie process" if we get a new camera in time.
Hopefully, I'll be blogging again soon. So I better go write down my username and password......