...we are moved into our 6 week, short term, furnished Christchurch apartment. Today.
Tonight I made dinner for our little family of four. Probably the first time in months.
Tonight we are quietly together, probably for the first time in months.
Tonight I sat down at the dinner table and started to say how the girls probably won't know any other life than this one, which is great, but they won't know our lives prior to this and then I couldn't finish because I was in tears and Clint finished it for me.
Evee asked why I was crying and I think I just miss all of you, and that's what I said. I already knew that community is who we are, but when I am away from all of you, I really know that we are about community. All that time of eating and living and being with friends and I didn't cry :).
But friends dropped us off at this apartment today and for that I am thankful. And there are others here...and I trust that connections will come quickly.
Food is crazy expensive. Honestly, I think that is what made me cry as well. Seriously. I think what it was is that I am so good at grocery shopping. I feel that I feed our family healthy and stick to a good budget. Today I felt stripped of that. We walked out of the shops with a receipt that was about 3 weeks worth what I spend in the states. But, I'm learning. And it's only been 3 days. Grace. Time.
On a positive note, Evee has been pleasantly surprised. I'm not sure what she imagined in her mind. I think possibly complete ruin of the city.
When we walked out of the airport she said, "they've already built it back up". And when I asked her what she thought of Christchurch the other night, she said that it was funner than she thought it would be. I think she's excited about going to school again, which is awesome because she will indeed start on her 5th birthday...April 24th.
And it is nice to be us too :).