What a busy two weeks it has been for Will & I! We have been busy with appointments and meetings for doctors visits, our bank account, learning french, health insurance, phones (We finally switched our US phones over with French ones), Will marketing for his basketball club, etc. Starting over in a different country requires a lot of work that I didn't even really think about!
Apparently in November and December, it didn't rain at all in Lyon, but it has rained every day except a couple since we have arrived. (Very uncommon) We have taken advantage of those nice days and explored Charly and Lyon. Details and pictures to come.
I have been able to meet a lot of new people. A lot of them have been professional people, so it is pretty intimidating but I also am beginning to meet a lot of Will's friends, which is fun since I have heard so much about them. I'm also thankful for Will's brother and his girlfriend. (& of course the rest of his family) We've already started a weekly tradition of going to Eloise's apartment to make dinner, drink coke, and play FIFA and Phase 10. Lots of fun and makes me feel most comfortable and at home.
I continue to try new and delicious food! Here are 3 I wanted to mention:
1. Pasta & Eggs - A few nights ago, I went downstairs for dinner with Will's parents and sister. There was pasta on the table and they asked me if I wanted eggs with it.... Will's mom ended up making a sunny-side-up egg for me and you are supposed to put it on top of your pasta and break the egg yolk so that it runs over your pasta. I tried it and it was good but felt really strange to be eating the two together! It's apparently pretty common in France. I assume this could be something people eat in the US but I've never heard of it.
2. French Pizza - SO GOOD! On Monday Will and I took our second trip to the city and ate pizza at Pizza Pino Restaurant. It was suuuuuper delicious!
3. Raclette - This meal was fun to eat because you have your own little tray that you put your cheese in and everyone sticks it inside the burner. You can cook your onions on the top of the grill and when you're done, you put everything on top of your potatoes. On the side we had some deli meats (ham and pepperoni) pickles, and tomatoes.
Will started playing basketball last Monday. He had his first game last Sunday. I'm excited to see him back on the court again and will get to watch him play a game each week. Go #5!
So many things to learn! Will has taught me basic phrases (I'm hungry, I'm thirsty, I want, I need, How do you say, It's delicious, I like, I love, sounds good, etc.) I have also been watching youtube videos to learn the days of the week, the months, and other basic words. It is going to take a while for me to get in the classes that France requires of me, so for now Will and I work every day on the basics. Will's mom also dug up some of Will's books from when he was a kid so we do reading every night. (I feel like a kid again!)
One of the books Will's mom found was the first book she ever bought Will. 110 pages of words in both English and French. Pretty awesome. I've been able to learn a lot of nouns and random words from it.
*When you are asked if you want dessert after lunch or dinner, they aren't talking about cookies/cake/pie/ice cream/etc.... No, they're talking about yogurt. I miss junk food. haha
*The only places I have recognized so far are Starbucks, McDonalds, and KFC
*France works on military time, not AM and PM
*My Transition: So many new things all at once. I continue to be confident in knowing that the Lord has brought us here and really love France so far, but have had moments of total overwhelm. Learning a new language, not being able to do anything on my own (Seriously, I can't even do laundry since I can't read the machine and I couldn't find the bathroom in the pizza place because I didn't know "man" and "woman" yet. haha), learning a new culture, not working, etc.
*Will's Job: As awesome as it has been to have Will here to help me learn and navigate so many things, he also wants and needs a job. For now he is putting out resumes and scheduling interviews.
* Our Spiritual Health: We continue to pray for the spiritual lives of those around us, but for now are focused on making sure we stay spiritually healthy as we transition to this new life. We don't have a church family (Although we have still been having our own service on Sunday watching Whitewater online) or small group, so we continue to stay focused on daily prayer and scripture. I'm also loving my new journaling Bible! We are hoping to try out the Hillsong Church in Lyon. We aren't sure if it is in English yet so we will see.
*For the spiritual impact we have on the people we encounter.
That's all I've got for today. Soon I'll be sharing lots of pictures of Charly (Will's town) & Lyon! Thanks for supporting and praying for us!