I have just had a hard time getting back into our blog. Maybe it's because there is so much going on in our hearts during this transition that it's makes blogging about our daily life seem trivial. I know that writing about what we're up to is not trivial, but it feels that way, considering all that our hearts and minds are processing. But here's my best shot!
We are for the most part, settled into life here in Orlando. Emma Grace has been learning about opposites lately. The opposite of day is night, the opposite of dark is bright, etc. So I've been thinking about opposites a lot too. In some ways our life here seems so opposite from our life in China, and in other ways, it's been surprisingly similar. I thought I'd share a few:
Here are a few ways our life is similar-
We still live in an apartment, which is very comforting rather than alone in the suburbs
Emma Grace's room overlooks the apartment complex pond just as it did in China.
The buildings in our apartment complex are the same color as the ones in China.
My kids still prefer Asian foods.
Our home is in walking distance from stores that carry most of what we might need. (though the walking part and the stuff we need part are similar, the prices would be in the opposites category!)
We have Asian neighbors right next door
We have a rainy season here and it's raining everyday!!!
We live in walking distance from tons of American restaurants
The prices at said restaurants and grocery stores
We don't have any mosquitoes here but we do have lots of lizards
The opposite of riding with uncle Wang everywhere we went is driving around in a car that we own!
The opposite of spending 2 hours a day washing dishes is having a .....DISHWASHER!!!!
We came from a place where lots of people really knew us. Now we are in a place where almost no one really knows us.
Those are just a few of the things of the small things I've noticed about our new life here. Andy starts work next week and I'll be back on my own with my two little ones! It's been such a gift to have some time to settled in and get A GAZILLION things done-everything from buying pots and pans to putting up curtains, learning how to grocery shop, buy cars, get new licenses, and a million other little things! But I'm back to being on my own with two little ones on Monday!