Well...as of today, we will have been in England for 3 weeks. It really has flown by with all the busyness of setting up home and doing all that has to be done to get settled here. With my pregnancy brain and all, I can hardly think straight, so today I give you a random list of how things are going for us :)
*We have had sickness since being here. First off was Evie with her GI stuff, then SK, then Michael, then Michael had a cold thing, and now I have a cold thing. I am ready for us to have a healthy home again.
*I am learning more about what it looks like to cook here and what foods, I am used to finding easily in the states, are hard-to-find or non-existent here. Take black beans for example. I searched yesterday at the larger store (kinda like a Walmart) down the road in a nearby village. No luck. I finally found dried black beans, to which the girl checking us out made a comment that she had never seen these before and wondered what I used them for.
*Nesting is hard here. I tire easily at 35 weeks pregnant and let me tell you...Ikea can wear a girl out. Our crate, which we thought would be here by this week won't be here for another few weeks probably. I just hope that it arrives before baby boy makes his arrival.
*I met with the midwife here in the village for the first time last week. It went well. I will go soon for a consult with the OB at Warrington Hospital next week and also get to see the labor ward and such while there too hopefully. Having a baby here will def. be different than the states. If we have baby boy at the hospital, we will more than likely go home the same day.
*Setting up a home from scratch is a whole lot of work. I am thankful for the help we have had and our friends here that did and are still doing so much to help us get settled and love on us. We have also been blessed to have Emma Rose helping incredibly. Let's just say the other night, she cooked Hungarian Goulash for dinner for us...along with a salad and roasted broccoli and some yummy bread with cheese stuff on top. It was delicious.
*Being stuffy and pregnant is no fun. There's nothing that you can take really to help...I have used some oils with a little success, but for the most part I just stay stuffed up. Last night I resolved to sleeping sitting straight up on the couch in hopes of being about to not feel like my head was going to explode.
*I am slowly getting used to not having a dishwasher. And not having a dryer. And a tiny washing machine. It's just an adjustment to remember to wash a small load daily, then put the clothes on the drying rack each day, which also means more ironing, which isn't my strong suit.
*We also have to adjust our way of grocery shopping. With a fridge the size of a dorm fridge, we don't go and stock up like we were used to in the states. Plus we live about a five minute walk to the local grocery store. So we go just about every day to get what we need for that day, maybe the next as well. It's kinda fun, except for the whole being 35 weeks pregnant.
*Flowers are starting to peek out all around here and I love it. The flowers here really are amazing.
*Michael leaves for London tomorrow. I am slightly jealous I must say. It will be good though as he is going to Presbytery and will be able to meet and spend time with other men in this presbytery.
So I guess we are slowly getting more and more settled into life here. I love the village life and love the church we are a part of here. God truly has blessed us and I am excited to see what all the future holds here in growing the Lord's kingdom. I am excited we get to be a part of it and pray the Lord will use us mightily for his purposes.
Pray for me to get better soon. I go back to the midwife in the morning and hope that will bring more clarity into what the coming days will look like as we get close to the arrival of baby boy. Pray for Michael to have a safe time and good fellowship in London. Pray as we wait to hear back from the council about SK's school situation. We covet the prayers of our friends and family. I know the Lord is caring for us and will continue to. Thanks friends :)
Maybe I will pull the camera out later this week or next and actually take some more pics...maybe...