Friday, May 27, 2016

Re-Entry

Convenience

A furnished house to rent for 11 months
The gift of a van
 A garage to park it in
Dishwasher
Dryer
Backyard with swing set
A ping pong table in the basement
A king size bed and walk in closet
3 bathrooms!
Hot showers with great water pressure
Trash pickup
Libraries
Parks
Wal-Mart
Iphones. Wifi in the house. GPS
School buses with drivers and paras who really care about our kids
Running trails
Intersections that have a walking signal and cars that actually stop for people to cross

Celebration

Cross country

Clean air and blue skies
The Rocky Mountains
Grandparents. Aunts. Uncles. Cousins.
Reconnecting with family and friends (some we hadn't seen in 15 years!) 

Making new friends
Special education resources
Wonderful teachers
Lots of improvement in English
Doctors and specialists
Family Medicaid plan
Counselors
An older couple who is mentoring us
Adoptive Parent Sunday School class at a great church
A sabbatical team
And time to have a sabbatical
Finding freedom in some areas where I've felt stuck

Confusion

Is it really ok to drink the tap water?
Do we take off our shoes in someone's home?
What do we take as a gift to our hosts (or do we need to)?
How long should we stay? (the fear of overstaying our welcome)
Why is it harder for me to get my driver's license at 46 than it was at 16?
(finally did it on my third try!)
How do I get gas at the gas pump?
Which lane should I be driving in?
How can I stay calm when my child is in the driver's seat?
Can we invite our son's 4th grade teacher for dinner to help in his transition to school?
(unfortunately the answer from the principal was no)
Do I stand around and chat with the man who came to check our heater and thermostat
or let him do his thing and just pay him when he's done?
What's the protocol for attending a 2nd grade birthday party?
Do people still drive when there's a foot of snow on the ground?
We're supposed to shovel the snow on the sidewalk in front of our house?
(We didn't realize this until around February)
 Why is it still snowing in May?
Is this presidential race for real?
How can I keep close relationships with my friends in China?
And how long are we staying?

Thankful for the example of our faith heroes who lived as transients in this world:

Each one of these people of faith died not yet having received what was promised, but still believing. How did they do it? They saw it way off in the distance, waved their greeting, and accepted the fact that they were transients in this world. People who live this way make it plain that they are looking for their true home. If they were homesick for the old country, they could have gone back any time they wanted. But they were after a far better country than that—heaven country. You can see why God is so proud of them, and has a city waiting for them.

Hebrews 11:13-16

Our real citizenship is not of this world and our heavenly passport, stamped by Jesus, is going to get us to our Real Home one day...

(Linking up with Velvet Ashes this week on the theme of Re-Entry)

12 comments:

  1. Yes! Yes! YEs! We are asking the same questions!
    especially...
    "Is it really ok to drink the tap water?
    Do we take off our shoes in someone's home?
    What do we take as a gift to our hosts (or do we need to)?
    How long should we stay? (the fear of overstaying our welcome)
    What if I don't feel motivated to buy Christmas gifts for everyone?

    How can I stay calm when my child is in the driver's seat? (!!!!!)

    Loved this post. And we're still bewildered that we're not all trying to use the same bathroom.

    so true - we aren't home yet.Not really.

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    1. Michele, glad to know you can relate. Our boys sometimes still forget that we have more than one bathroom in the house and bang on the door for the one inside to hurry up! And the driving part: I read somewhere that with third culture background we can be more anxious about our kids driving across town on their own than living in a war torn country. That's totally me. I love seeing pictures of your kids growing up and fixing meals together. And I really enjoyed your post on why you can't unpack. Glad we are on similar journeys together ❤️

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    2. Yes, it feels like we're kind of sharing the experience together!

      My kids bopped all over the city by themselves in Novosibirsk and I didn't worry - here they DRIVE down the street and I'm panic - stricken...

      btw, we will be out your way this summer Jodie - I'll be messaging you about that soon - maybe we can connect..???!!!!

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    3. Michele, yes. We heard you were coming this way. Jordan is excited about connecting with Aleicia again! Let me know your plans when you know and we'll figure out how to connect. Will be great to see you in person again. Was the last time 4 years ago?

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  2. I love seeing how God provided for you and your family on your re-entry. I just re-entered today-- still reeling, but so encouraging to hear how your story has turned out. And the pictures!! I love the pictures!

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    1. Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Lyndi. I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures. After I finished I thought maybe I put in too many! God bless you as you start down the road of re-entry. I thought your post was really profound and I'm amazed at how much you have processed already! I know there will be challenges, but may you find God's unexpected joys and blessings for you along the way. ��

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  3. Jodie, so many provisions and so many reminders of His care for your family! And lots of questions. Sounds pretty normal to me. Not easy, but normal.
    Thank you for sharing this today with the sisterhood at Velvet Ashes!

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    1. Thank you Patty and thanks for your great post on caring for the one who has returned. I have been so blessed by everything I've read that you've written and really appreciate your heart!

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    2. Awww, thanks, Jodie. Besides my journal, Velvet Ashes is one of the few places I write, and I find the process helps untangle my own thoughts. So to know it blesses others demonstrates a kindness of the Lord! May you be overwhelmed by His provision and grace in this season!

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    3. Thanks Patty. Velvet Ashes is such a gift. I just discovered it last fall (a friend sent me Kimberly Todd's post on re-entry). Wish I knew about it earlier. A true blessing to women overseas. Thanks for all you have contributed to this great ministry!

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  4. I loved these pictures and a view of your life. I think this one was my favorite: Do I stand around and chat with the man who came to check our heater and thermostat
    or let him do his thing and just pay him when he's done?

    Since we're just getting used to things here, I keep thinking How long should I talk to this person? haha I will need to transition again and not be talking to the grocery clerk for so long next month.

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    1. I'm glad you could relate to that question too. It's hard to know what's culturally appropriate when we've been out of this culture for so long! I did end up chatting with him about his kids' Halloween costumes etc and it seemed pretty natural. :)

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