Maybe it's the fact that we've been taking mental health assessments all week this week or maybe it's because we need to be reminding ourselves to ask ourselves this question..."how are you feeling?" It seems to be a little bit of a loaded question at this point in our lives. Probably to say we are tired is a little bit of an understatement. We've been going non-stop since we arrived back in the States a little over a week ago. Maybe exhausted is a little more accurate.
We had one interview each this week which was very nerve-racking but ended up being a very affirming and uplifting time for both of us individually and together. I suppose it is very good that we felt more confident in our call. That's a definite positive! To read more about our last week in detail, check out our other blog here.
It's been very good to reconnect with friends. We stayed with Chris and Jenny Hoskins this last week and were with Jeff and Kristi Lundblad and Paul and Mary Thompson also. It was great to talk and laugh and play and watch football and drink coffee and EAT lots of american food we missed.
We could talk for a very long time about our last week, but back to our question, 'how are you feeling'. A good word is probably awkward. We have adapted pretty well to the different cultural nuances of Ecuador like saying "buen provecho" (bon appetite) whenever you are around people who are eating. I caught myself getting ready to do that in a restaurant this week and had to hold back. When we greet friends, we always do so with a kiss on the cheek. People might look at us really weird if we did that here! We just kind of feel out of place. In doing our different assessments this week, it was hard to answer questions because we weren't sure if we should answer being in Ecuador or being here. It's really crazy!
We thought of all of us, Simeon would have the littlest amount of adjustment because he is so used to traveling and meeting new people all the time. He has been struggling a little bit too. Probably if just one thing had changed it would be one thing, but SO much has changed from language to where we're staying, to parent being gone for the day that I think he has felt overwhelmed. Today we are in Goshen and will be here until Wednesday. It is good for him to see faces he has seen fairly recently with the nieces and grandma and grandpa Delp. Hopefully he will get to see my family this week too-including my brother and sister-in-law!
So, how are we feeling... awkward, overwhelmed, out of place. But we also feel blessed and thankful to be with family and friends and that they realize where we are and can meet us there. Thank you for your prayers. Hopefully this will help you know how to pray. Thanks so much!