Well, we've been in France for 2 1/2 months but it really feels like we've been here much longer! (I'm not sure if that is a good or bad thing.) God continues to put things in place to help us with this transition and I am beginning to see how my life will look more permanently in France.
On Tuesday, Will and I went to finalize my immigration paperwork. (Finally!) We have been waiting for this since the first week we were here so I am excited to have it done! In order for me to be here on my visa, this visit was a requirement. They did a medical exam, talked with me about my future in France (having a job, learning French, etc.) and the best news: they set me up for 200 free hours of French classes!!! So exciting!!!! I hope to begin the classes next week. I am not sure what the structure will be (how many days/hours a week) but I hope to know that soon. I also will be attending a day of learning about France, the government, the people, and other information about this country.
Next Tuesday, I start volunteering at a Jr. High and High School nearby. (The one I mentioned in the last post) I met the Professor last week and am really looking forward to working with her and her 10th grade advanced English class. The plan is for the class of 20 students to be split in half and for me to work with both groups for 30 minutes each. It will be pretty informal, but the Professor says her class is excited to talk to me about life in America and talk to an American. The Principal and Professor have both been really great to work with and I am excited for the next few months of volunteering with them.
My favorite parts of the week are still Wednesday morning French classes and Thursday afternoon small group. It feels great to be able to get out of the house and feel empowered to do something on my own. I'm able to take the transportation by myself and it feels great to have something of my own here in France. (Small steps one day at a time!) Plus, I always enjoying the 1-2 French tutoring and meeting with the ladies for prayer and study.
Will finally recieved his diploma in the mail! He is officially a graduate of Cincinnati Christian University with a Bachelors in Business Management. We will be celebrating soon, since he will miss the May graduation.
Bike Rides in Lyon
Lyon has rental bikes all over the city so Will & I were able to enjoy a few miles of biking on Saturday. It costs less than 3 Euros to rent for an hour and a half. We were able to see parts of the city I have never been to and of course, get some exercise! It was a little terrifying at some points because the bike lane is also the same lane as the bus lane!
something was somewhat familiar. It is also the only time I have been here and felt "full" after eating a meal. The French eat very light food and not much of it. It's nice not getting a tummy ache from eating too much food!
1. Our Apartment - We are on the apartment search and are hoping to have our own place ASAP. We have looked at two places already and have 3 more visits this week.
2. Continued Transition - There are still so many new things happening for both Will & I so we are working hard to keep up with all the changes.
3. Spiritual Attacks - Will & I both can feel satan attacking us through different circumstances, situations, & other hardships we have encountered. We know he is working hard to bring worries and frustrations to our life to distract us from our mission of being here.
4. Will's Job - Will begins his new job April 1st! (No, it's not an April fools joke ;))
5. New Pastor - The pastor of our church will be leaving in July, so they are looking for a new pastor.
1. French money is exciting and pretty. Although I will probably never see the yellow or purple ones!
2. France doesn't have High School or College Graduations. I was kind of disappointed with this one since I loved the excitement of senior pictures, the cap & gown, having the graduation ceremony, and having the big party with family and friends after! Something Will will never experience but I'm hoping to celebrate his CCU graduation here in some way.
Two for my cutie Lex:
3. No Dr. Pepper or Pepsi products in France. I was able to find Dr. Pepper at the "American" store here but it was triple the normal price in the US. (Worth it? Probably.)
4. Twenty-One Pilots performed in Lyon a few weeks ago and were also on the French TV music video station. Small world.