We have been in the states for just about two weeks now, and quite a bit has been happening!!! I think we have all overcome our initial culture shock, but there are still a few things that will hit us and kind of throw us off guard, but it’s not too bad anymore! J So, here are a few of the things that we have been doing…
Presentations- We have done three presentations so far, with two more planned in the next week. On the 3rd we did our first big/general presentation, which seemed to go over pretty well! It was fun to see the variety of people that came out and that we got to see again… family, work team people, old people my parents worked with, old baby-sitters, etc. Lots of variety!! It’s humbling to see how many people support our family and the work that we do. The next presentation was at a church in Morris, PA. We mostly talked to family (dad’s cousins, etc.) but it was good to see all of them again and update them about the life we have come to love! Our last presentation was yesterday at a church in Boyertown, PA. It was at my grandparent’s church, where we had spoken before. Once again, it was amazing to see the people that supported us, even though they didn’t really know us!
Snow!!!- While we were in Morris, our family got our first taste of snow in two years. Granted, it was only about 3 inches, but it was awesome!!! Abby and Risa went out and played in it that evening while it was still coming down, and I went out the next morning and shoveled all that I could! We probably all looked ridiculous out there jumping around and playing, but hey, we loved it!!! J
Guatemala “Family”- On Friday evening we had the opportunity to get together with our Guatemalan family, those that had lived in Guatemala with ORI at the same time. It was fun to catch up with all of them again and just be together. It’s amazing how quickly everyone reconnected and was able to jump back into it!
|Soccer, of course|
Anniversary Celebration- Yesterday was the 50th anniversary celebration for my grandparents (dad’s parents) at their church. We went to the church on Saturday to set up and got to hang out with the Freeds (Dad’s family) for a while. It was good to catch up with everyone and be together. Then on Sunday was the actual celebration. My grandma had pulled together a whole bunch of pictures from their past 50 years together, which included quite a few pictures of my dad and uncles as kids… did we get a kick out of those or what!!!!! Anyways, lots of people showed up and it was fun to be able to honor my grandparents, 50 years is quite a milestone!!!
|Risa decorating her cake|
|That would be my father... :)|
|Four brothers... quite a while ago!!|
I think those are the “biggest” things that have happened so far while we’re back. In addition there have been quite a few dinners, breakfasts, meetings, and just catching ups that have happened. Tomorrow we are going up to New York to the area that my dad grew up in, which we’re all looking forward to. We have all enjoyed reconnecting with friends and family that we haven’t seen in a while, but we’re missing (some of us more than others) our home life in Guate and the “normal” routines that go with that. But hey, we’ll enjoy our time here while we can and all the fun interactions that it will bring!
|One of our trusty cars|
|My Oso substitute for a little bit|
|First Friday fun|