Well, we’ve officially been here longer than any of our short-term trips we’ve taken here. It’s gone by quite fast but also been extremely different actually living here. Things that we didn’t give much thought before have hit us right in the face. The other morning Jeremy and I just sat and talked and prayed. It was really good to just voice some of our thoughts. When we were here last October fear hit us really hard. It was actually quite a shock for us because we had never felt it before, but everyone told us it was quite normal. Fear has reared its ugly head again. A few weeks ago our house alarm went off 2 times at 3 AM. Panic rose in us, but luckily there was nothing. It could have actually been the wind or an animal but it sent my thoughts flying. It’s probably no surprise that crime is high in S. Africa. I’ve known that, but it hit me how much I desire to feel safe in my own home. After Jeremy and I prayed, I picked up my Bible and started flipping through Psalms. There were several Scriptures throughout that were highlighted so I started reading those and almost every one of them talked about fear and not fearing man but letting God take care of you! How sweet it was for God to remind me of that simple truth! Then God reminded me of Psalms 27 that just days earlier was given to me by a YWAM leader. “The Lord is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life. Whom shall I dread? When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh, my adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell. Though a host encamp against me, my heart will not fear; though war arise against me, in spite of this I shall be confident…” Thank you, Jesus, for taking care of us!
Well, it’s official. We’re moved into our house and every box is unpacked. It’s so nice to not just have a house but a home. I asked the kids the other day if they liked this house as much as their house in Connecticut since all their things were here and they said yes. I’m thankful that they feel they can settle now. I put pictures of the inside of our home so you can feel a part of our world! The paint colors aren’t our first choice but they will do for now. We still have a few things we have to do like return the borrowed curtains and appliances and purchase new ones but we’ll get there. And we even have a guest room to host all of our friends!
Emma Grace has become quite chatty these days. I think between her girl attitude and sassiness it’s quite something. Some days she is just really emotional but doesn’t know why and doesn’t know what she wants. Sounds like a girl, huh? Well, the other night Jeremy was trying to put them to bed and she was having an emotional moment. Jeremy finally asked, “Emma Grace, what can I do for you?” Her response was, “You just don’t understand me!” I thought those comments wouldn’t come for another several years!
July 6th, 2007 was a warm and sunny day. Not just the weather outside but also in the hearts of the Price family as their container pulled up to their home on Peebles Rd. The kids were so excited they were jumping for joy. It was in that moment that I realized, “Yes, it was still worth all the headaches and extra costs.” To see my kids be able to settle and have their things was major relief. As you can see in the picture their room is evidence that Christmas arrived in July! And everything (well, with the exception of some Ikea dishes) arrived in one piece thanks to the awesome packing job by my New Haven friends. Thanks guys!
Even though it was probably the coldest, wettest day of the year, we didn’t let that stop us from celebrating our independence from the other side of the ocean. We had a BBQ and shot off some fireworks and we even invited some of our non-American friends to share in the festivities. They had a good time even though they had to sit through renditions of “The Star Spangled Banner” and “America.”