Where on earth has the time gone? It seems like everything has been a blur. How is it the middle of November? Bart has been sick for a while. This week finally seemed like a normal week for him. I'm on a two week stretch of not having stomach issues. I am beginning to wonder if it was stress related like someone mentioned.
I think the team is still trying to figure out how to manage this thing called stint. Adjusting to a new place, a new language, a new culture, new people/teammates/roommates is all really challenging. And I see it a lot when I sit down with the girls and have conversations about how they're doing. It's a lot to take in.
But overall I think we're all doing well. We're trying to get ready for our fall retreat this next weekend. We're hoping it's a really exciting time for students and staff. It will be an interesting weekend with two other groups being at the retreat center while we're there. Hopefully it won't be too messy!
The kids are starting to get a bit restless. Their new phrase is, "what can we do today?" It's a little difficult to spice up life here. We've completed 12 weeks of school so the nostalgia of it has worn off. They're still doing pretty good with it, but it's a lot more work/time for me than I would like most days. Discipline is key at this point. That might not be one of my strong suits.
On a positive and completely random note, hams have started appearing in the stores. Since the president moved up the Christmas season (see here: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/05/243196191/for-the-sake-of-happiness-venezuelas-maduro-moves-up-christmas), which actually seems to have changed nothing, there are hams in the store! Ok, I know that sounds weird, but since I haven't been able to find a ham since last Christmas, I'm pretty darn excited! I've bought a few and frozen them. I love to put them in the crock pot and our whole family loves them, so it's an all around great investment.
Bart and I are working through a lot of junk right now. We haven't had much time at all to talk this week, so we're itching for a date night and some time together. Having conversations about our future, where to live, where to do ministry, adoption, kids, finances etc are just a little taxing. I'm not enjoying this period of waiting.
In the meantime, I'm staying busy helping coordinate our national conference in April. There's been a lot of details we're getting ready so we can present everything at our staff conference in December. We're getting the ball rolling so we're not all stressing out in March and April. That's the hope at least!
That's all for now. I haven't really taken any pictures lately. We're just exhausted and kind of treading water right now. We need rest, rejuvenation and joy.
Oh and on a REALLY positive note, we broke down and invested in a Christmas tree and some decorations last weekend. Yeah, they're all up. That's how we roll. We're ready. More on that later....