The house is clean, the groceries are bought, the presents have been unwrapped. We are settled. Getting back into the swing of things hasn't really happened yet. The last group from the team arrived late last night. The team is finally complete.
Now it's a matter of figuring out how everyone is doing, what we need to put in the schedule, where classes are actually in session. We know the main campus shouldn't really be starting until next week, so there shouldn't be too much pressure. Hopefully next week will look more normal where we have a typical schedule and some consistency.
The past few days the kids have been loving playing with their new toys. On Saturday we were able to sit down as a family and celebrate Christmas together. With being in the States and bouncing around during the holidays, it was really nice to be able to just be together as a family.
After about 2 hours of opening presents, we were done. We took our time and enjoyed the process. We had received so many presents from grandparents and siblings, that we had an absurd amount of presents to open. The kids of course didn't mind. It's a huge blessing to be able to get things from the States, so we are so grateful for everything we (and they) received.
We've also been processing through everything that has happened. It's been interesting for both of us. For me, it's involved a lot of tears. For Bart, it's been processing through what this all means for our future. Neither of us have a ton of coherent thoughts on how to handle everything that has happened over the past month. But we do know that we need to move forward with making a decision about our future. More on that later. For now, here are some pictures....