Our initial goal was to take the first three months to get our new home set up and to get established in Santa Cruz. How have we done?
Our house was furnished after about 4 weeks. We have all the basic furniture we need and now little by little will add homey touches such as bringing back some of our paintings, pictures, tea pots, etc.
We have gotten into a routine with Abuelita who lives with us. Cooking the things she eats - including homemade soup everyday. Working on finding things she can do to keep busy. She has specific tasks she enjoys doing for us and this helps me a lot!
We have visited quite a few churches, talked to many church friends, but we haven't found for sure the church that we feel we should become active in. We realize now that three months is not enough time to make that decision.
Daniel has begun playing tennis and racquet ball on a regular basis.
We have bought a car, something we didn't think we'd do until after January. It was getting too expensive with taxis, becuase the city has become so large and family and friends live quite far away.
So what's for the next few months? We both feel we need something else to do to fill our time. Should it be a business opportunity for Daniel? I continue to want to explore ministry possibilities or organizing my time for writing or music.
But right now: We are here for our family. I write this at Andy's house, having arrived last night after a full day of traveling. Tonight I'll make fresh "Sonso" and Andy is preparing "Lechon" for dinner tomorrow. We are awaiting MIguel's arrival yet today.
Happy Thanksgiving to all. And as the family prepares to gather in small groups all over the country may we remember to be thankful. God bless us all!