We've been on the island for just over 1 month now- it is crazy. Some days I feel delighted and amazed that I live on a tropical island. Some days I feel homesick and think, "What have we gotten into?" But for all the ups and downs- from beautiful beaches to a broken refrigerator, I can trust Father. I know this is the place He has for our little family, so it is the best place to be. Lately, I have been having to remind myself of that. I always feel a little homesick this time of the year- knowing that my birthday is coming up and all my family members will be getting together without me. I have cried more than once already about that.
When I have heard other people talk about culture shock before, I don't think I have really known what they meant. Let me tell you, I do now. It is no fun. And I'll tell you what has been keeping me sane- worshiping, and this one surprised me - memories from TMI. I am feeling more grateful all the time for how hard things were there- because I know I can make it through hard things and they will not stay this way forever.
So, a big thank you to Jesus and to TMI for preparing me for the hard things and helping me get through them.