We returned to Washington exactly one week ago and we're just now feeling settled back in. It literally took me a week to re-organize our 1100 square foot apartment in order to make room for new toys and all the goodies from Christmas. Faith is now back in her own room (we got rid of a couple of book shelves and converted our bedroom into part bedroom/part office). She was initially thrilled about the idea but she's complained about sleeping all alone the past couple of nights. At this point, she's going to have to get used to it because we simply can't fit all the clothing for three little girls into a single closet.
Our visit home was bitter-sweet. We loved reconnecting and spending so much time with everyone, but it always serves to remind us of just how alone we are out here. I know that a great number of people raise families without the support of their extended family...but I think that when you've known what it's like to have a larger community supporting your immediate family, it makes it more difficult when you lose that support (even if it's only for a season of life). I guess we have learned that you don't really appreciate what you have until it's gone.
Despite the struggles of simply living so far from our loved ones, we still feel so cared for by God in this entire venture. I can't believe that I'm half way through my program at school. This entire experience has already taught us so much about love, life, and who we are individually and collectively as a family. We're excited for a new year and new discoveries.
Thank you to all of you who loved us so well while we were visiting. We ache in our desire to be nearer to each of you. I'll attempt to download all of our photos and post a holiday recap slideshow later this week!
p.s. We pulled out the good old webcam and set up our skype account...so you should all set one up too so we can at least see each other more regularly!