|Welcome North Americans!|
We passed farms, ranches, animals, and lots and lots of land. It was a really euphoric ride out there, and when we got to the house where the party was taking place, we were amazed at the amount of property the owner had. We spotted the house immediately by the American and Canadian flags out front! The sign said to head around back so we walked down a path, walked a little more, kept walking, and finally started hearing some good ole fashioned American music. There were about 40 people already there, likely around 50 - 60 during the peak hours, and I soon recognized a few faces from the potluck.
|Sam and I|
This whole experience has already been so interesting, and it's only been 3 weeks . . . Keith said yesterday that going to that party yesterday without knowing anyone was good therapy for an introvert like him because it forced him to put himself out there . . . and that my "lonely" days of hotel living while he was at work has been good therapy for an extrovert like me. : ) I do think that we've already learned a lot about ourselves, about other people, and it especially makes us appreciate the things we took for granted back home -- our own country and culture, obviously family and friends, and our easy-going way of life. It is amazing what you are capable of when given an opportunity (or thrown into a situation!).
Many people that we've met this week have made the comment, "You're so brave!" when finding out we moved here at 30-something weeks pregnant . . . and my response has been "I think it's brave to become a parent at any time!" Whether people think we're brave or crazy or naive, I don't think it's any of that. The fact that we're having a baby overseas, essentially without the help of family or friends, is probably scary for anyone. While I would LOVE to have family and friends here, it would be for purely selfish reasons . . . and really, during this absolutely incredible time in our lives, it will forever be about the three of us and not about who was able to visit the hospital or what friends brought casseroles. But that positive attitude may come from also knowing we have family and friends visiting this fall. : ) Regardless, we are incredibly blessed by God, and our geographic location does not alter that one bit. He has given us such peace about this entire process, the pregnancy, everything, and it's good to know we are not outside His will for us. So while others may think we are brave, I know that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
. . . and speaking of strength, we have an extremely busy day tomorrow! The movers arrive at 8 am with our stuff, and luckily they will help unpack and put things away (I'm sure a bit haphazardly, but help is help). We ALSO have an appointment with our midwife in the afternoon followed by an ultrasound -- it's been 16 weeks since we've "seen" Liam, so we're pumped. : ) 34 weeks down, 6 to go . . . I'm just glad Liam has stayed put so we weren't forced to bring him "home" to a hotel! Can't wait to update you all soon with pictures of our new place and our growing boy!