There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
—1 John 4:18
Phew. We feel like we have been drinking from a fire hose. So many new words, smells, traditions, people, foods, challenges, victories…… so. many.
We have been gone from the US for three weeks. Right now, it really doesn’t seem like that long. I know there will be days that feel different and I’m sure those are coming very soon but for now I feel like time has been flying. I’m sure it has something to do with that fire hose….
We are settled into our new home in Salatiga. It is a very nice house and I’m finally not screaming when I almost step on a lizard or when I find a giant cockroach in my bathroom. To be honest though, I’ve only found dead cockroaches (praise God for whoever bought those roach tablets off our wish list!). Jack had a live one hanging out in the shower with him the other day and I’m sure I wouldn’t have been as cool about it as he was.
Our home is truly beautiful and a blessing. We have a gorgeous view of Mount Merbabu out our dining room window. Emma has her own room and the boys have taken to sharing a room very well. We have a lot of space and look forward to hosting dinners here once I can figure out how to cook.
RIP my beloved instapot. We have not found a way to be able to use it with the electrical system in our house. We almost made it release the “magic smoke” but thankfully we caught it in time. If you know me, you know this was a giant loss.
We all started school this week.
Emma and Jackson are at Mountainview Christian School. It is a very different culture than they are familiar with but they are getting used to it. Asian learning tends to be intense and this school is no exception. It is also absolutely different for them to be in the very small minority as American children and they especially stand out with their Dutch blonde hair.
Jack, RJ and I are attending formal language school. We have learned SO MUCH in this first week. It is incredible. Be watching for a facebook live video soon and we’ll try to give you a little taste of Bahasa Indonesia :) Just remember we’re like preschoolers again, learning our name, ABC’s and 123’s.
Here are a few God winks so far:
Well, that’s enough words for now. Thank you so, so much for the prayers for our family as we go through this gigantic transition.
Here are a pictures from our first few weeks:
Please continue to pray for us.