Last night Dave and I had a little chuckle together as we made school lunches and cleaned up from dinner at how just two weeks ago we'd come and looked through this house and now we were well and truly at home here and living in it.
We smiled as we reminisced at how we'd liked it in its primitive, unkept, half finished state but how in just 10 or so days, the landlord had cleaned it all up, installed a kitchen, had it painted, put down a lawn ... and we'd moved in. It still amazes me!
Well, the transition went well and we are all enjoying the new surroundings.
Apparently the garbage gets collected at 2am here... well it happened that way last night anyway- Dave heard noises and looked out our window to see our bin being emptied by someone!! Hahahaha.
Our children are enjoying having other kids in the street to play with and already, on the first day here, Eliana ditched her training wheels to ride Tobi's old two-wheeler and keep up the pace with her brother and our landlord's two children.
Serving up food seems to be about the only enticement to get our children to actually come indoors since we've moved.
The excitement of playing outside either on their bikes, soccer or imaginary games with the used packing boxes has made it very easy to get all the unpacking done and keep the house reasonably tidy.
We have met several of our neighbors now and everyone seems very friendly as well as a little bit intrigued. One lady brought her friend over tonight just to stop and watch our "farang" family (foreigners are called farangs).
David definitely wins the award for 'Most Popular Parent' this week. Our decision to rent a motorbike for him has definitely made him much more appealing.
Let's just say that the bike is by far the most-preferred mode of transport where the Cross kids are concerned! (Even in the rain!)
On the work front, we have just welcomed a new field worker to the ZOE family. Elizabeth has just joined the team and we look forward to getting to know her more over the coming months.
A short-term team from America arrives tonight.
Dave is currently napping on the couch before heading off to greet their flight at 10:50pm.
And my added role of teaching English as part of the home-schooling program for the children (at ZOE) unable to attend regular school has been super fun!
I love being able to teach on a regular basis again but in such a different context.
I am also enjoying getting to help some of the ZOE parents, rostered on to assist in translating, who desire to improve their English skills too.
Lastly, please pray for our Child Rescue Team.
They are dealing with so many important cases right now and need to be covered in prayer.
Please ask God to give them the wisdom they need in making crucial decisions, for break throughs and especially for the victims still waiting to be rescued.
It's been a busy and exciting couple of weeks. We thank you so much for being a part of our lives... I'm excited to see what the next two weeks have in store!!!