Two milestones reached this week! I finished my first phase of language (which means nothing to any of you and only a little to me) and we moved into our new house! A big week and a nice change of pace if you ask me. We finished Phase 1 on Wednesday, debriefed and prepped for Phase 2 Thursday morning and then moved after lunch on Thursday. Our new place is NICE, but rather close to the airport. I’m not really sure how the place is under the budget set by our company, but the fact that I can literally read the names on the airplanes sitting on the runway from our upstairs window may have something to do with how we got the place as cheaply as we did. Honestly, I think I could run to the runway to catch the plane quicker than I could get in a car and drive to the airport – which is good since I don’t have a car : )
Our last house was very nice by this country’s standards and I was very happy to have it, but would have been pretty sub-par in America. This house is definitely a step up. We actually have hot water in our kitchen sink, which is not necessarily that common here (since most houses don’t have running water at all) but it is nice to have since we wash all dishes by hand. My roommate has a gluten allergy, which means all meals are separate and that results in lots of dishes to wash everyday! We also have a water pump that allows us to have hot water as well as water pressure when we shower. Movin’ on up to high society these days : )
I joke about these things, but the reality is that my current room is probably bigger than my language nurturer’s whole house and my room might be the size of an average college dorm room. It is nice to have such a nice place for now and I am soooo grateful to live here while I can. Who knows, three months from now, it might be a grass hut that I am making my home in. During my first month here, I started learning the verse in Philippians where Paul says “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” This month it is an exceptionally nice house, and in three months it will be the countryside. I have a feeling this verse will become even more applicable in the coming months.