We Have Arrived

We've made it to Africa! I don't think either of us really knew what to expect going into this transition. It has been exciting, exhausting, adventurous, uncomfortable and peaceful. So many different waves of emotion.

As our last flight landed we were relieved to be done traveling. The trip here was slightly anxiety filled as we began to feel the weight of this new journey we are embarking on. For me personally, once we got in the car, with our friend that picked us up, a deep peace came over me.

I felt like this is where we are supposed to be right now, and despite all the uncertainty ahead it feels right. Thankfully, even through the hard times, that deep peace has continued daily  for both of us as we have been adjusting to life here. 

Derrick has already mastered driving on the left side of the road and right side of the car. Thanks to the help of local missionaries we now know how to get to a couple different grocery stores and the orphanage.

We've almost unpacked all of our bags and feel like we can finally settle in more. The house we are renting feels like home and we are so thankful for that! We even have a mountain view from our patio which makes Colorado feel not so distant.

The days have been busy driving around getting things we need and spending time at the orphanage with our boys. The days go fast, yet we've had to learn to slow our pace of life so much. With all the bumpy dirt roads and the low clearance of our car it takes a lot of extra time to get around. What would be a 5 minute drive in America is a 15-20 minute drive here. 

In the days to come we plan to continue preparing our home for the boys to stay with us. We will also be traveling to another town to meet our dear friend and his family, in person, that has been teaching us Swahili via video calls for the past several months.

We have been having a harder time adjusting to the time change than we expected so we are also hoping to start sleeping better! Thank you to everyone who has been keeping us in their prayers. We've definitely felt it!