It's hard to believe that a month ago Chris and I were in Mwanza still working and hanging out with friends. So much has happened in the last month, from transitioning out of Maryknoll Lay Missioners in NY, to visiting with family in NJ and PA, getting our stuff out of storage at my grandparents' house, and then finally moving back into our house in SC. Here's a quick visual tour of our time:
Saying goodbye to the "big house" in Ossining, NY. This place is beautiful but it was SO COLD for our African-adjusted bodies!
When you combine the furniture we got from family and all the crap we didn't know we kept in storage, we totally filled this 10' truck. What happened to living minimally!?
Exciting moment of crossing the border from NC to SC. We're baAAAAck!
First stop (after getting a rental car) - our house! It's in great shape after 4 years of renters!
In between shopping at thrift stores we took a moment to recognize and remember South Carolina's beauty at Sesquicentennial Park.
After less than 3 days in South Carolina, the big guy starts work. He cleans up well doesn't he!?
First meal in the house -local muscadine cider and Indian food boil-in-a-bag. God bless America!
The house is slowly coming together.
New modes of transportation.
Remembering our old haunts.
So far the transition has been smooth sailing, thanks to the support and help of family and friends. My mind is still boggled at the fact that we are here for good and I'm not going to have to pack everything back up again. And I still feel weird about things like drinking water from the tap, not having to worry that my purse is going to be stolen from the front seat of the car, or plugging my electronics into the socket without a volt guard or adapter. But these are obviously the little things. The big things will come later, I'm sure, when I'm not so distracted with getting settled.
Thanks again and big ups to everyone far and wide for giving so freely of your support, your free time, your prayers, your extra furniture, kitchen utensils, and everything else. We're so happy to be back amongst such wonderful people.