I am sure it is hard to imagine, but it can be challenging to live here in Costa Rica. ( And I am sure once we get to Peru, we will look at our days in Costa Rica and think to ourselves, now why did we think it was challenging there?) It is challenging to be in a different place with a new language we are trying to process. A place where we have new friends (but still wish we could just hang out with our friends back home). A place where you can’t express (beyond a basic level) your sorrow for someone losing a loved one or excitement for someone’s achievements because you don’t know the words (or just don’t remember them, which is more often the case). A place where 4th grade is SO hard because Mom is not like Mrs. Weddle. 🙂 (I try and remind him that Mrs. Weddle still made him do his work and each year you learn new stuff that is sometimes hard. Still we miss Mrs. Weddle.) A place where we have to wait on the bus, and sometimes walk home when we miss it. Sometimes we just get frustrated with each other. We are with each other 24/7 pretty much! 🙂 All these things can get a bit overwhelming sometimes. But right now I am reading the book of Acts in my morning alone time (with the roosters) and that is the perfect book to bring my self-pity train into the station. Paul was imprisoned, beat, put on trial, tested in his faith all the time, and he still boldly spoke about God, not dwelling on the things that were uncomfortable or things that didn’t go his way. He kept his eye on the prize. I am sure his conditions were not perfect and the food wasn’t always great. I pray for an attitude more like Paul, one that the focal point is never changing, one that will put up with all kinds of challenges because we know what the forever future holds.
We are healthy, and safe and have many blessings and things to be thankful for. I need to dwell on these things. Thanks again for prayers of support, they are much appreciated! 🙂
P.S. Here are some of the little creatures we have found.