The picture above is the view from our bedroom window at 5 am on our first full day in Carthage.
It is pinch me gorgeous isn't it. Can you see how blue that water is? Sigh.
The landing here hasn't been soft. It's been as expected though. Good moments, hard moments, adjustments of expectations, slamming learning curve. It will be good in time. As we left Seattle my cousin Becky pulled me in tight and whispered, "I wish I could transport you to next August. The second year is always easier." She's right, the second year is always easier. But since I'm deep into the first week, and time travel isn't quite yet mainstream, I'll just take things one day at a time.
Today I was in a funk and I don't really know why. (My husband would say, "Um, it's because you moved to Africa 3 days ago.....") I probably should give myself a little more grace and time to settle in.
This afternoon I read a quote from a friend of ours:
When we take for granted what God has done and is doing, we lose interest in what He will do. A simple prayer: Thank you Lord for what you have done; thank you for what you are doing. Thank you for what you will do. ~Gary Thomas. So while I chew on that, I'll let you dream of all the good things we have been feasting on here.
It has been our good fortune to have several of the staff here at school host dinners for all us newbies every evening since our arrival. They truly are a gracious and hospitable group. Here is tonight's menu!Handmade, Handmade people, couscous with cinnamon, chili, raisins and chickpeas
Tunisian carrot salad
Peaches, plums, Nectarines, figs and melons
Tiramisu and cannoli
Tunisian wines, and actually they are very good!
I'm hoping to put together some sort of meal plan and get into our kitchen to do something other than warm a croissant next week. Hopefully I'll pull together something to write about! Until then our next big adventure is finding out how to dispose of our garbage.