Yesterday, May 20th, marked our one year anniversary in the DR. All day long I kept thinking, “This time last year we were…on a plane…driving to our home…having our first dinner with the other missionaries…” It’s wild to think that it’s been a year. As the date was approaching I tried to come up with a list of things I’ve learned in this year:
- I can live without air conditioning, a dryer, a microwave, and Chick-Fil-A sandwiches!
- Hugs and tears are a powerful language.
- Kids are kids no matter where you are.
- Keeping in touch with friends and family is more difficult than we thought.
- Do things while you can because you never know when the power might go out!
- Vanilla is a good mosquito repellent.
- Church 3 and sometimes 4 times a week really isn’t that bad!
- Everything about us was made to be here.
I asked Kate last night what was her favorite thing about living here and she answered, “The food!” Lovely! About a month ago she drew a picture of herself and titled it “Kate, la Princesa de la Republica Dominicana”–Kate, the princess of the Dominican Republic. She is doing great learning the language and living a happy life. I am so grateful for her ease in transitions. I am also grateful for the friendships we’ve made, the miracles we’ve seen, the people we have the privilege to minister to on a daily basis. We couldn’t ask for more!