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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Still Here

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Just a quick update. Yes, we are still in Quebec City plodding our way through French language school. We just said goodbye to Rob's mom yesterday. She was visiting us for a couple of weeks and also had the chance to see a bit of Eastern Canada with another friend. It was a great visit! The only downside was that we had to say good bye again. :(

Our October newsletter should be in the mail shortly!

We are also thinking about how differently we will celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas here. It is the first year for our family to be alone during the holidays. Usually holidays are marked with family gatherings...cousins, aunts and uncles, grandparents, and great-grandparents. This year, it is just our little family. Yes, we realize it is something we must get used to, and will probably come to enjoy more and more as our children grow and we develop our own special ways of celebrating. We also know that in Tana, there is a small missionary community in the same situation. I would expect there is some sense of community during holiday celebrations? Anyhow, for now, perhaps it is a chance to reflect on the significance of the season without the distractions of outward celebrations.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!


Sharon October 5, 2011 at 7:26 PM  

We will be praying you have a great Thanksgiving. You have the right attitude, because you will create your own traditions and your children will think they are the best ones ever.Keep looking up, and be blessed.

Amanda October 5, 2011 at 7:29 PM  

Your photo is beautiful. I hope you enjoy a cozy thanksgiving remembering everything that got you where you are, and that you are thankful and not too lonely. Love to all of you!

writewhatyousee October 5, 2011 at 10:08 PM  

as you said, there is a great depth to creating your own family traditions to holy-days. I found that i had to really dig deeper into why we celebrate them in the first place, instead of just going along with the swift flow of family traditions. It definitely pushed me to be more intentional about creating meaningful ways of celebrating and teaching for my own children.

You are definitely invited for Thanksgiving 2012! :-) We'll be thankful you're finally here!! :-) I will say though that i would encourage you to take full advantage of what may be your last white christmas for a long time. That's definitely one thing a) other people in the world envy about those of us fortunate enough to live in cold climes and b) something i miss. There's just something off about listening to christmas carols when it's beach weather! I've had to really learn how to readjust my way of celebrating and my perspective of Christmas because all the cold-weather cues are absent.

enjoy. see you in 3 months.